Farah Khan who at the moment wears any number of hats simultaneously, is currently choreographing a song for her brother director Sajid Khan in Hyderabad.
The song Taki re taki re from K Raghvendra Rao’s Himmatwala in 1983 composed by Bappi Lahiri is now part of the Himmatwala remake that Sajid Khan is directing.
And Sajid wanted his lead pair Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah to replicate Jeetendra and Sridevi’s zany movements from the original.
Farah has put her foot down. According to sources she has made it very clear to her brother that she’d do the number in her own way, and not borrow the movements and steps from the original.
Sajid on the other hand, is adamant about retaining the original movements, promoting Farah to issue an ultimatum: her way or the highway.
Says Farah, “My brother is crazy about those movements in the original Himmatwala. But how can Ajay Devgn dance like Jeetendra? Jeetuji was known as the Jumping Jack. He could carry off those outlandish movements. Ajay has a far more sober image. He has to be given steps that suit his personality. So I am sorry. But I am not doing Taki re taki the way it is done originally. Sajid would just have to understand my viewpoint, and come round.”
The good thing, says Farah, is that Ajay is willing to learn. “He is giving me time to rehearse his steps for Taki re taki. So we can work on creating innovative steps for Ajay and Tamannaah. There is no point in making them do Jeetuji and Sridevi’s steps. It’d look spoofy.”
Finally though the Khan siblings have come to a compromise about the dance steps.
Says the much-relieved Farah, “Sajid has finally agreed to have 60 percent of the dance steps as my original and 30 percent from the original Himmatwala. What he intends to do with the remaining 10 percent, only he knows.”