Katrina makes India dance with her ”˜Chikni Chameli’

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Move over all the Jalebis and Munnis! As the British-born ”˜My name is Sheila’ girl Katrina Kaif has now taken the lead with ”˜Chikni Chameli’. Industry members are smitten with the song. They feel it will definitely be a USP of Karan Johar’s remake of his father’s classic “Agneepath”, and overshadow “Munni”, “Sheila”, “Shalu” and “Jalebi bai” item numbers.

Composed by national award-winning duo Ajay-Atul, the spicy song, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, is the Hindi version of their own Marathi hit “Kombadi palali”.

The lyrics of the number, penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, are as cheesy as they could get, but the rhythm is extremely peppy and catchy. And Katrina’s vigourous moves and sensual expressions, choreographed by Ganesh Acharya, go in total sync.

The 26-year-old had set a benchmark with “Sheila ki jawaani” last year, but with this song, she has surpassed it with her killer desi look.

“Agneepath” director Karan Malhotra is all smiles and believes Katrina has done full justice to the song.

“I think the way the song was made, it was so wonderful, that only a topmost actress could have done justice to the song,” said Malhotra at the music premiere of “Agneepath”.

As much as he avoids talking in media about Katrina, even Salman Khan, her former beau, couldn’t stop raving about the song.

“I love the song! I saw it a few days back and I am completely smitten by it. A lot of hard work has gone behind it and it is visible on the screen. Hats off to Katrina. She has come a long way,” Salman said at a recent event in Mumbai.

The two minutes-long video on YouTube  has registered over 3 million hits so far, and producer Karan Johar is ecstatic.

“The nation is singing and dancing to ‘Chikni chameli’, so I am really excited about it. It is already an established big hit song,” Johar said.

According to Atul Gogavale, “Katrina spent eight days in rehearsal before starting to shoot the song. It took nine days to finish the shoot, and her energy levels never saw a dip.”

“This song has a very high tempo and requires speed in steps. Even if I or someone else wants to dance to it, you cannot match up to the tempo for more than two minutes. But Katrina just took it to another level. She has left us speechless,” he said.


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