Spanish mayor, locals in Bollywood song

By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, May 6 -- For eons, singing and dancing with extras dressed in vibrant costumes in the background, has been an integral part of Bollywood. But Zoya Akhtar decided to do away with convention for the song 'Senorita...' from her forthcoming film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD). The director refused to use extras in the video, and instead, got mayor Carmen Osorno of the Spanish town Alajar, apart from some locals, to shake a leg with her lead actors.

Most of the film has been shot in Spain, which is where three friends played by Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abay Deol, go on a road trip. Since Indian extras would look out of place in the outdoor spell, Zoya featured residents from the shooting location itself. mayor Carmen too was glad to be part of 'Senorita...', which has been sung by the three actors themselves. "Zoya was keen to feature the mayor in the song," says producer Ritesh Sidhwani, adding that the locals probably had no idea what was coming their way.

"Usually the town winds up by 8 pm, but when we rehearsed for four nights and then shot for five, it was like a carnival. Since the song has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with the Spanish flavour, it was essential to treat it accordingly. So the locals dancing with Hrithik, Farhan and Abhay add to that authenticity."

Apart from the mayor, Zoya also got Spanish actor Concha Montero 'La Taranta' aka Big Mamma to participate in the song. Though this is the first time Abhay has sung a song, Hrithik and Farhan have earlier recorded for Kites (2010) and Rock On!! (2008) respectively. Abhay was initially skeptical, but finally gave in and said, "I loved my voice after the recording. I don't know if people would love it too."

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