By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Amitabh Bachchan and Yo Yo Honey Singh finally shot a song together. And Yo Yo Singh can’t stop raving about the Big B.
“It’s like being in a room filled with kinetic energy. Shooting with the Big B made me feel so old and inadequate. Not for a minute does he remind you of who he is. In fact I felt I was with someone much younger than me,” says Honey Singh who turns 31 this month .
The song that Yo Yo sang and shot with the Big B was a promotional video for Amitabh’s forthcoming release Bhootnath Returns.
“I had to be very careful. It is okay to use casual trendy words for the younger stars. But the Big B is a mahaanayak, a star of stars. The lyrics couldn’t be even remotely irreverent,” says Yo Yo who says he spent sleepless nights being politically correct for the Big B.
“It isn’t as if we decided to be prim and proper in the song. There is a great deal of masti in our number. Bachchan Saab likes to have fun with the young. But I had to exercise self-censorship for the first time because this was for Bachchan Saab, and it was going to be incorporated into a film targeted at children.”
Yo Yo says this song with the Big B is his final clean-up act. “Lungi dance became a rage with kids. Until then I didn’t know I had a connect with kids. Before Lungi dance my music was being branded aggressive and raunchy. Mujhe koi farq nahin padta mere music ko kya label kiya logon ne. But I was naturally happy to know I connected with kids.”
The song with the the Big B is according to Yo Yo “completely cleaned out.”
Not that the Big B was adamant on the song being policed.
Laughs Yo Yo Honey Singh, “Bachchan Saab was the coolest and youngest one on our crew. Every time he came on the sets the energy level went up by many notches. When he left we actually felt the energy level drop. He has the energy level of a 22-year old.”
The song was shot over two days. At the end of the shooting, Yo Yo and his gang organized a party on the sets.
Says the singer, “We had this huge cake which said, ‘Thank You, Mr Amitabh Bachchan’ and we partied hard at the end of the song. Bachchan Saab has spoilt me. He is addictive. Everyone who works with him wants to do so again. Toh main kau sa exception hoon? Yes, I’ve plans of doing more music with the Big B.”
As soon as both the parties are can co-coordinate their time together we’ll see the Big B and the Big Y Y get together again.”
Says Yo Yo Honey Singh, “The two biggest superstars of Bollywood are Bachchan Saab and Shahrukh bhai. I’ve worked with both now. And I’ve learnt so much from both of them. Now I want to to take our association to another level.”
Yo Yo was in Dubai recently performing live with Shahrukh. “We invited Dubai’s royal family on stage. Only Shahrukh Bhai can pull off something like that. No one says no to him.”