While an item number in a gangster saga is the de rigueur in Hindi films, Arjun Rampal‘s gritty biopic on gangster Arun Gawli, ‘Daddy’, wanted to steer clear of it. Instead, the makers have incorporated a disco number, ‘Zindagi Meri Dance Dance’, which is reminiscent of the 80s in the way it has been composed and shot. The song releases today. Arjun says, “All the songs are designed as scenes. We weren’t keen on having an item song for the sake of it. I wanted to stay true to the era and have a song from the 80s, which is part of a scene that takes place in Caesars Palace, a legendary nightclub from that time. For me, B.Subhash movies and Bappi Lahiri‘s desi electro-funk is the soundtrack of the 80s. When I heard ‘Zindagi Meri Dance Dance’, I knew it had to be on our film’s soundtrack.” Interestingly, the song was originally composed by Bappi Lahiri and sung by Vijay Benedict and Alisha Chinai for Mithun Chakraborty‘s 1987 film ‘Dance Dance’. However, eventually, it didn’t feature in the film’s soundtrack. This time around, famous Norwegian DJ Ole Petter Hergum aka Olefonken has added his magic touch to the song and it has been choreographed by Caesar of the Bosco-Caesar fame. The choreographer says, “It was sheer joy to choreograph something so authentic. Mithun Da and Parveen Babi were our idols and you see so much of their fashion sense and dancing styles in this song as well.” Featuring actress-model Natasa Stankovic, the song takes place during a scene where Gawli and another infamous don have a tense meeting. Says director Ashim Ahluwalia, “I have always loved the idea of an upbeat song when the narrative is really dark. There is a certain kind of messiness to the Bollywood songs of the 80s, which has gone out of Hindi cinema. We wanted to keep it real. Also, the set pays homage to ‘Namak Halaal’.” The Times of  India : 3rd. Aug,17


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