If you are not clued into movie folklore it would be easy to miss all the inhouse references in the song that comes with the territory of being filmed on Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. The two superstars, shown singing and dancing together for Aanand Rai’s Zero in the catchy quasi-folk number, love to hate each other in real life.
Hence when a filmmaker of Aanand Rai’s stature brings them together for a special song in his new SRK starrer Zero it is not a small matter.
Friends of Salman say he doesn’t like sharing screen space (or any space for that matter) with SRK. Apparently he agreed to do this song to repay his debt to SRK for making a special appearance as a magician in the Salman starrer, ouch, Tubelight. Once on screen, dancing to Ganesh Acharya’s steps (Acharya too joins in the dancing with the Khan superstars), SRK and SK must pretend to have fun. This becomes doubly difficult for Salman since Shah Rukh plays a vertically challenged man who is head over heels in love with a hot actress named Babita Kumari.
Babita Kumari (probably inspired by Karisma and Kareena’s mother) is played by the beauteous Katrina Kaif. The same one whom Salman has secretly and not so secretly been in love all his life. And now here he must watch SRK act as though he is smitten by Ms Kaif. SRK doing the innocent unsuspecting dwarf-act to perfection, flashes his teeshirt with her image to Salman.
Salman grins and bears the insolent act. Little does he know that the song begins with Katrina planting a wet slurpy kiss on SRK’s lips, an act of endearment that makes SRK break into a joyous jig.
I don’t think ‘Bhai’ would like it. He doesn’t kiss on screen and doesn’t like his near and dear ones doing what he doesn’t like doing. It’s a complicated situation. But let’s not get into it. Let’s just enjoy the zingy number where Bhai and SRK dance their hearts out. The number ends with SRK (in full midget form) jumping into Salman’s lap. Again, a mistake. Bhai doesn’t like men to get physical with him. But he grins and bears. All for a song and a dance. The music and dance dwarfs all the misgivings.