It's common knowledge by now that Jackky Bhagnani has acquired the right of the popular song 'Gangnam Style' by pop star PSY. The track which has been used in Jackky's forthcoming film Rangrezz has created a stir among the audience. So here's Jackky himself and Niharika, Jackky's stylist, and Prasanna, the track's choreographer, decoding the Gangnam style.
Speaking about the styling used in the track in Rangrezz, Niharika says, "As the song has already been a rage and people will look forward to something crazy where costume is concerned, we had to think out of the box keeping Jackky's look in the film. He plays a lower middle class Marathi boy in Rangrezz which had to be factored in. At the same time, it had to look colourful and funky on screen. It had to make a statement as well, after all its 'Gangnam Style'".Decoding ‘Gangnam Style’ for Rangrezz
Adding to Niharika, while commenting on changing the steps in the new track, Jackky says, "We have chosen all iconic places around the city. We did not want to give a touristy feel through this song. It had to be from the eyes of a local boy, who has hung around in these places. 'Gangnam Style' in Rangrezz had to paint a completely different picture as there is a huge recall of the international song, the video and PSY's act. We did not go anywhere around that zone. What we have captured is also close to the character Jackky is playing- a Marathi boy from a lower middle class family. Dhobi ghat was a specific choice because it's iconic to Mumbai and visually its colour palette, just to see the coordinated movement of the dhobi can be sheer joy. We have shot at the docks, Worli village- all these places have their unique characteristics which put together makes Mumbai. We have also used an open bus to bring out the fun quotient. The entire song is a slice of 'Mumbai life' from a local Mumbaiite's perspective. We wanted to get raw Mumbai and not high life or touristy places. 'Gangnam Style' in Bollywood will be for one and all and not just posh club goers. Going forward I see this song playing at mandals and local festivals also."
"We have introduced Harlem shake in this song which is a hot property these days. So both in terms of song and dance form it is a global merger- Harlem shake in Gangnam Style. Also Jackky is a fab dancer so along with giving the song a fresh look we wanted to tap into his talent as well. The song looks warm, colourful and will include everybody- from a child to an oldie", said Prasanna, the choreographer.
Rangrezz directed by Priyadarshan features Priya Anand opposite Jackky and is slated for release this March.
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