A series of musical evenings entitled the 'Dum Maaro Dum Nite' are being planned across the metros of India in the next two weeks. It's reliably learnt that these stage performances which are currently being kept a secret, would feature Rana Daggubati's newly-found skills on the guitar along with Anushka Manchanda who has sung the title song, and Pritam Chakraborty who has 'composed' the music (not taking stock of the fact that poor Rahul Dev Burman spent a good month creating the 'Dum Maaro Dum' track for Dev Anand's Hare Rama Hare Krishna).
Abhishek Bachchan who has sung one of the songs in Dum Maaro Dum is also expected to warble on stage for the 'Dum Maaro Dum Nite'.
But the big news is that the singing diva Asha Bhosle, who sang the original 'Dum Maaro Dum' track to ever-lasting fame in 1971, is expected to give her blessings for the Dum Maaro Dum nites.
Ashaji, never known to mince words, has cut down all comparisons between her version of 'Dum Maaro Dum' and the new-age version sung by Anushka. "Just because you call a hotel 'Taj', it doesn't become the Taj Mahal," Ashaji is quoted as saying.
Apparently, the team behind Dum Maaro Dum is busy persuading the diva to bring her formidable presence into the new version of the song.
Vijay Singh, the CEO of Fox Star India, who has co-produced Dum Maaro Dum is guarded in disclosing their on-stage plans vis-a-vis Asha Bhosle. "All I can say is, we would be very happy and proud if she gave us her thumbs up. At the moment, I am not at liberty to say anything more. We'd like Ashaji to know that 'Dum Maaro Dum' is not just a song for us. It's the heartbeat of our film. It's our film's title. Our song and film are homage to Ashaji and R.D Burman."
It remains to be seen if Asha Bhosle joins the team for the 'Dum Maaro Dum Nite' in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore in the coming weeks.
Interestingly, the team does not intend to take the 'Dum Maaro Dum Nite' to Goa, the place where the film is located. Apparently, the heat of the Goan authorities who have raised objections to the way the touristic place has been projected in the film, would be too much for the Dum Maaro Dum team to handle.
Says Vijay Singh, "We're restricting ourselves to the metros. Goa is not part of our 'Dum Maaro Dum Nite' plans."
As for Rana Daggubati on stage, the popular Telugu star promises, "I can't reveal the exact plans. But no one will be disappointed."