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Behind the scenes of Bol Bachchan’s title track

The one thing that is common between Rohit Shetty’s five blockbusters — Golmaal series, All The Best and Singham is the opulence. The filmmaker, who doesn’t pull his punches also believes in packing his cinema with larger-than-life spectacles.

Like Ajay says, “Rohit doesn’t give his audience a chance to blink. His movies are packed with emotions, laughs, action and superstars. They are always big-ticket affairs.” The shoot of the title track that is said to have cost its producers a bomb was an opulent affair with around a hundred dancers (all girls) and of course three of Bollywood’s most popular actors on set.

Himesh Reshammiya composed the zany track sung by the Big B with Abhishek and Ajay. And yesteryear famous choreographer couple Chinni Prakash and his wife Rekha were brought in to give the song an ideal feel of contemporary and retro.

Some interesting observations:

The dress dilemma: Stylist Navin Shetty (now a Rohit regular having done four films him) says he and Rohit decided to give the ‘boys’ Indian clothes because the title track Bol Bachchan has a dishy tone and lent itself better to Indian over western. “We decided to dress Amitji in dual tone and give identical costumes in solid colours to Ajay and Abhishek,” he explains.

The shoe sizes: Abhishek is 6 feet 3 inches tall and has a shoe size-11. The Big B is 6 feet 2 inches tall, but has really delicate feet (could be a size 7). He invariably prefers to wear his personal shoes even at shoots and is said to have an enviable collection of shoes. Ajay is 5 feet 11 inches tall and wears a shoe size 10.

Kissa Kursi ka: Red plastic chairs were ordered in big numbers and so was a lot of sticky tape.

Reason: in between shots the actors had to cool their heels in these plastic chairs. The Big B sits in four, yes four plastic chairs, taped together. So does Rohit. Abhishek uses three plastic chairs taped together. And Ajay sits in two. Amitabh explains how he has got accustomed to sitting in four chairs because otherwise there is a ‘back’ issue. The higher the chairs, the more comfortable it is.

Shooting habits: Amitabh doesn’t leave a film set unless a break is called. Even in between shots, he is either rehearsing or sitting on set. Ajay escapes to his van for a quick smoke. Abhishek keeps daddy company or is keeping the unit in splits with his pranks and jokes. On the set when someone yells, “AB” the reference is to Abhishek. Not to Amitabh. First of all, everyone talks around hushed tones when the Big B is around and as a mark of respect, he is called ‘Amitji’ by one and all.

Presented by Fox Star Studios, produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and Ajay Devgn Ffilms and directed by Rohit Shetty, Bol Bachchan will release on 6 July 2012.

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