Kylie's great, but working with Akshay nostalgic: Farah Khan

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By Joginder Tuteja

Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Director-choreographer Farah Khan says Australian singer Kylie Minogue was "a dream to work with" in forthcoming film "Blue", but she was even more excited to work with Akshay Kumar after a year's gap.

The two had last come together for Farah's directorial venture "Om Shanti Om", where Akshay was seen in a cameo as 'Khiladi Kumar'. And she didn't miss the opportunity to work with him in the much-hyped song featuring Kylie in director Anthony D'Souza's "Blue".

"I enjoy working with Akshay and have always had great fun shooting with him. In 'Om Shanti Om' he was a riot and sporting enough to have consented to do a cameo. We were in splits throughout when he came back in his 'Khiladi Kumar' image. This was a year and a half back and when we shot again in 'Blue', it was quite nostalgic," Farah told IANS.

The ace choreographer bonded quite well with Kylie even though they were working together for the first time.

"That's right, we hadn't interacted earlier but knew about each other's work. She had seen 'Om Shanti Om' and was also aware about my musical 'Bombay Dreams'. Once we started working together for the 'Blue' song, we gelled well quite quickly. She is a dream to work with," Farah said.

Farah has now become very choosy when it comes to taking up choreography assignments ever since she donned the director's hat for "Main Hoon Na" in 2004. But she has made exceptions.

In fact, one of the songs she decided to choreograph earlier also featured Akshay. The number was "Mast Kalandar" from the film "Heyy Babyy", which was directed by her brother Sajid Khan. Of course, the song had her favourite actor friend Shah Rukh kahan making an appearance too.

"It's always a great experience to work with Akshay since he is a fun-loving guy. Moreover, he is very professional and very punctual. There were many factors that contributed to me agreeing to work on the song and Akshay being a part of it only helped," Farah said about accepting "Blue".

Apart from Kylie and Akshay, the much-awaited song also features Zayed Khan, Lara Dutta and Sanjay Dutt. Composed by Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman, the number has been sung by Kylie and Sonu Nigam.

"The number is a mix of Western and Punjabi bhangra, hence turning out to be a great mix. Rahman has come up with a great tune again. To begin with, while Kylie sings her own portion in English, Sonu Nigam brings on a Punjabi element in the second half of the song," she explained.

"Blue" is set to release in the latter half of 2009.

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