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Monday , January 28 , 2013
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Bappida spin & thrill for Bhojpuri screen

Bhojpuri movie lovers, get ready to croon and dance to Bappi Lahiri’s numbers.

Thanks to actress Jaya Prada’s production house, Studio 9 Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd, Bappida, as fans fondly call the music legend, would for the first time compose music for a Bhojpuri film. Jaya Prada, Shatrughan Sinha and Manoj Tiwari would star in the yet-to-be-titled film, which is a remake of 1993 Telugu superhit film Matrudevobhava.

Actress-politician Jaya told The Telegraph: “I feel very happy that Bappida has agreed to compose music for my Bhojpuri film. When I had decided to produce this film, I made up my mind that he should be a part of it. He is a lucky mascot for me. My films like Sharaabi, Maqsad, Tohfa and others had Bappida as music director. He has always given great music and people have appreciated it like anything.”

In the film, Manoj Tiwari plays the role of Jaya’s husband, who is a truck driver. The mahurat (first shot) of the film took place in September, 2012, where megastar Chiranjeevi clapped the board and Sanjay Dutt switched on the camera.

Elaborating on the film, Jaya said: “The Ooh la la song Bappida composed for The Dirty Picture is inspired by a song Ooi Amma Ooi Amma from his earlier film Mawaali in which I worked. He is gem of a person and always gives fantastic music.”

Bappi and Jaya have worked together in more than 20 movies, most of which were blockbusters.

Dinkar Kapoor, once assistant to Abbas-Mustan in Baazigar, would direct the film, which would hit the silver screen around end-2013.

Sharing details about the film, Jaya said: “Though most of the shoots are taking place in Hyderabad, one song would be shot in Bihar.”

Praising Bappi for agreeing to compose the music for the film, Manoj said: “It is very special gift to the Bhojpuri industry, as a personality like Bappida would compose the music.”

When The Telegraph contacted Bappi, he said: “I am not in Mumbai at present. It would be nice if you call me later.”