Akarsh Khurana’s directorial debut Karwaan, with Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar as leads, features a song in which the trio will be seen rapping to a Malayalam number.
Also featuring a smattering of English and Hindi, the song is written and composed by Slow Cheeta aka Chaitanya Sharma, who has also rapped for it. Incidentally, it was while working on a play directed by Akarsh a few years ago, when the musician met Masaan actress Shweta Tripathi, who he married last week in Goa. “Akarsh approached me for a fun rap song called Dhai Kilo Bakwaas, which plays on the phrase Dhai Kilo Ka Haath and talks about people who chicken out of fights,” he informed.
The song was filmed on the leads. “We rounded up all the locals we could find in the crew and put them in a recording studio to get them to mouth Malayali slangs. So, we have Malayalam, a Hindi chorus, and rap bits in English, followed by Hindi rap, and back to Malayalam,” Chaitanya added
Says Akarsh, “Dhaai Kilo Bakwaas is one of the most fun songs I’ve heard. The situation in the film is such that Irrfan’s character goes to pick a fight and then chickens out. I knew that I wanted some Malayalam elements in it, and lots of humour. Chaitnya is a very talented actor, and I have had the privilege of watching him evolve into a very talented rapper. I loved a few of his singles and I try use him wherever I can. A fun fact is that the Malayalam portions of the song are performed by our sound designer Anish John and our executive producer Sanjeevkumar Nair.”
The film revolves around a road trip through Kochi and its neighbouring cities and is set to release on August 3.