Aamir Khan: 'The item boys will give the girls a run for their money'


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, June 25 -- I hate you, like I love you... Tere pyaar ne kar diya deewana...' That's how the new item song from Delhi Belly goes. And it's Aamir Khan who's shaking a leg to it!

So how does it feel to be an item boy? "Great!" the actor laughs. "It's time for the item girls to pack up their bags because the item boys are here to stay and give them a run for their money."

Buzz is that Malaika Arora-Khan, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were all approached for the track and after getting the thumbs down from the trio, Aamir decided to take the floor. "That's not true, they were never approached. We'd planned the item song sometime ago and it was Kiran (wife Kiran Rao) who pushed me into doing it. I agreed to give it a shot because it is a fun song and something I have never done before," he reasons.

So will 'I hate you, like I love you...' be a 'Munni badnaam hui...', 'Sheila ki jawani...' and the 'Dum maro dum...' remix all rolled in one? "It will be better than that," promises Aamir. "It's nothing like any of these songs. It's a tribute to the disco era of the 1980s. We've recreated the hairstyle, clothes and sets of the magical decade. And I'm saluting the superstars of the time, including Disco Dancer Mithunda (Chakraborty), Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan), Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra and Govinda among others."

So, did he rewind to the 'disco' songs as part of his research and during rehearsals? "I didn't need to," quips Aamir. "I've watched them all my life, they're a part of me. Even Abhinay (director Abhinay Deo) and Bosco (choreographer Bosco) are familiar with the period." Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap that releases on the same day as Delhi Belly-July 1-also has Amitabh Bachchan grooving to an item song, 'Go Meera...' that is a mashup of four of his evergreen chartbusters-- 'Rang barse...' (Silsila), 'Khaike paan Banaraswala...' (Don), 'Pag ghungroo ...' Namak Halal) and 'Sara zamana...' (Yaarana). The last one is a disco song too. The first look of the song was unveiled by producer Abhishek Bachchan on Thursday evening-the same day as Aamir's-- and Bachchan admitted that all these years, he had been desperately waiting to be called an 'item boy': "With this song my wish has come true."

Aamir has "no idea" about this item number, but says that he is a big fan of Bachchan and wishes him all the best with his home production. "Whatever success Delhi Belly gets, I pray Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is two steps ahead. If our film is a hit, I'd want his film to be a superhit," asserts the star. "Amitji is amazing, I have the highest regard for him. It was so sweet of him to make time in his hectic schedule to attend the 10th anniversary bash of Aamir Khan Productions recently and share his memories of Lagaan for which he'd done the introductory voiceover with us."