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Since 1st March, 1999
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Shaad Ali's tribute to massy appeal

Check this out for a star-studded soiree. Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, all together on the sequinned dance floor dancing to an ultra-catchy qawwali that goes, Aankhen kya kamaal karti hain/Personal se sawaal karte hain'

'Believe it or not, that's Gulzar Saab at his funniest, wittiest and most fun loving,' smiles director Shaad Ali as he shoots the ultimate item song for Bunty Aur Babli. 'With this song, we have wrapped up nearly the entire shooting. Just one more song to be shot in Ladakh and that's it. And what a song this is. Shankar-Ehsan-Loy have out-composed themselves.'

I completely share Shaad's enthusiasm. Everyone on the sets is humming the catchy qawwali while Aishwarya, clearly the queen bee on the floor, is being instructed with ultra-nazaakat by choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant.

The set resembles an extra-large sundae oozing psychedelic colours on a Sunday afternoon. 'This number is purely for the masses,' Shaad whispers, as Abhishek joins Ash on the popsicle-flavoured floor. The senior Bachchan has just arrived. It's the night after the premiere of Black and his phones haven't stopped ringing. 'It's like nothing I've experienced before. But it's show time again. Time to get back on the dance floor.'

Abhishek is already there and once the awesome threesomes are on the dance floor it's party time! They move and sway to the sensuous cadences as the choreographer pilots what's possibly the only item song ever to feature such a starry line-up. Lest Rani feels left out she too makes a brief appearance in the course of the song.

'First Bachchan Saab and Abhishek are at the bar, then they move to the dance floor to join Aishwarya who plays a professional entertainer. This song is my tribute to the cinema of Prakash Mehra. You know songs like Bachchan Saab's Apni to aisi taisi (Lawaris) and Salaam-e-ishq (Muqaddar Ka Sikandar)'

'Well, this is my tribute to those massy songs from the 1980s,' explains Shaad Ali.

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