Remember the song “Khallas” from Company? Looks like that song has yet to become khallas (finished)! Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is ready to bring the track back for his upcoming film Veerappan. Fourteen years after Isha Koppikar sizzled in “Khallas“ in Ram Gopal Varma’s gangster thriller, Company, the filmmaker is gearing up to recreate the special number for his Veerappan biopic. The first track was pretty sexy too, but from RGV’s perspective the new one is even more so! He says, “Zareen Khan ‘sexifies’ the new rendition!”
Veerappan’s plot covers Asia’s biggest manhunt in history, the hunt for Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, also known as bandit Veerappan. While the 2002 film featured Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi and Manisha Koirala, the biopic has Sandeep Bharadwaj in the titular character, and Lisa Ray. Zareen Khan, who made waves with her bold turn in Hate Story 3, steps into Isha’s shoes in the song.
Ram Gopal Verma told the Mirror,
“The lyrics, “Bachke tu rehna re… Nahin duja mauka milega sambhalna,” literally hint at Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ theory. Now the lyrics have been reworked to “Khallas Veerappan“, but its spirit remains the same, with a sexy Zareen dancing in the forest.”
Following a three-day prep which wrapped up today, the actress will shoot the fire-and-water sequence with laser beams flashing in the backdrop.
“It is a surreal setting that brings out the wildness of the jungle. Some feel that the film glorifies slain sandal wood smuggler Veerappan but once the song is out, they will only be talking about how Zareen `sexifies’ it,“ the film maker states, adding that the new “Khallas“ comes at a time when everyone knows Veerappan is going to be killed.
“It is pure evil! The manner in which the song has been picturised is something that has never been explored before. Though I had very little time to prepare for it, I’m really excited because I will be sporting a completely different look.“
RGV is hoping to re-invent himself with this comeback of sorts.
“I looked at the last few films I directed and realized that I did not want to be repetitive. A director is as good as the subject he chooses and with this criminal who murdered 97 men, I am back in Bollywood,“ he smiles.
RGV seems to be back with what he excels in. A dark, dramatized portrayal of reality has been the filmmaker’s forte and this film exactly emits that. The film is produced by Sachiin Joshi’s Viiking Media and Entertainment and is striking in cinemas on 27th May.