By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Item-boy Shahrukh Khan may have pulled off all the stops for his item songs with Aishwarya Rai in Shakti (remember Ishq Kamina?) and with Malaika Arora in Kaal (remember the title song?).
But now for his item song in Chennai Express, Shahrukh has ordered decorum of the highest order.
Says a source, “The original choice to partner Shahrukh was the Tamil actress Nayantara and Prabhu Deva was to choreograph. But then Shah Rukh wanted far more sobered-down and non-risque movements. Prabhu Deva’s elder brother Raju Sunderam, who is a formidable name in choreography and who hardly ever steps into Bollywood, was coaxed to do the item song for Shahrukh in Chennai Express.”
The last time Raju Sunderam did a Bollywood song was to choreograph Shahid Kapoor’s in Kaminey.
And partnering Shahrukh in this special song is Tamil cinema’s Priyamani who was last seen as Vivek Oberoi’s love-interest in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakht Charitra.
Apparently, the song was shot keeping Shahrukh’s penchant for sobriety in mind.
Says the source, “Shahrukh in any case has a family image. But now with all eyes of the moral police focused on item songs, Shahrukh won’t even shake a leg if it is anywhere close to raunchy. His brief to Raju Sunderman was to make it fun but not raunchy.”
Incidentally, Shahrukh broke his no-kiss clause for the first and last time in Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
No more kisses for King Khan.