Abhishek to croon Mehbooba

MUMBAI: Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma’s Sholay gets more colourful with Abhishek Bachchan joining its already exuberant oeuvre of casting coups.

Abhishek will dance and lip-sync Ganesh Hedge’s version of RD Burman’s Mehbooba o mehbooba while Urmila Matondkar will groove to the funky tune. Amitabh Bachchan, playing Gabbar, will watch the flamboyant razzmatazz.

In the original Sholay, Helen danced, Jalal Agha crooned and Amjad Khan looked on.

“Abhishek is delighted to step into the cameo. If you remember he was originally cast as Veeru. But he had to beg off due to date problems. When Abhishek heard Ganesh Hegde’s track he immediately offered to perform in the song with Urmila,” Varma said.

Urmila is very excited about having both the Bachchans together for her dance. “The primary difference between the other Amitabh-Abhishek songs like Kajra re and Rock ‘n’ roll soniye is that the father and son have been highly interactive in these songs. In my film they might not even look at one another.”