Varun Dhawan and Salman Khan share screen space for the first time in a Hindi film song.
Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and the well-loved 10-day long festival especially in Maharashtra just got a track to add to the festive song list.
Presented by Salman Khan himself, the Bajranji Bhaijaan actor’s upcoming actioner Antim: The Final Truth dropped the Ganesh Chaturthi special song ‘Vighnaharta’ on YouTube today to ring in the festive splash in Bollywood music style. Hitesh Modak has composed the music on the words penned by Vaibhav Joshi. And as the song crooned nicely by Ajay Gogavale plays on, one can’t help but be reminded of the Ganesh Chaturthi hit song Deva Shree Ganesha from Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath, composed by Ajay-Atul. The song was also sung by Ajay Gogavale. The two songs, though two films apart, mirror each other in tenor, essence, texture, and have the protagonists mouthing the lines, weaving it into the narrative of the film.
Watch the song here.
The feet-tapping song opens with Varun Dhawan ushering in the festive vibe with folded hands before the glorious Ganpati idol, against a backdrop cast in red and yellow lighting and white elephant tusks, dancing and singing vigorously with worshipping men in white kurtas and red stoles and women in green sarees. Mid-shots and close-up shots of Lord Ganesha and the celebration dance are juxtaposed with visuals from the plot — Salman Khan as a cop and Aayush Sharma beating their adversaries to a pulp. This is the first time that Aayush has taken on an out-and-out action avatar and seems to be playing an anti-hero in the plot, pitted against Salman khan. In separate visuals, Aayush joins Varun in the dancing. Salman walks in at a point in his Khakee uniform, joining in the lamp-lit celebrations, and mouths the lines, such as--
“Sab Kuch Hai Tera Bappa Morya.”
The song crescendos visually into bare-chested Salman Khan, flaunting his six-packs. Cut to the two of them locked in a literal fistfight at the end of it, providing a preview into the high-octane, testosterone-pumped action waiting to break out in the film. Picturisation wise, it is mounted along the lines of the staple template of Ganesh Chaturthi songs in Hindi cinema, and therefore is a cliché fare, but if you were hoping for a new song to tune the celebrations in, you just got one.
Courtesy of Salman’s star power, the film has generated the buzz that was expected of it. Mahesh V Manjrekar has directed the brawny actioner that will see Bhai fans watch their idol fight it out onscreen with his brother-in-law for the first time, the two playing enemies on the opposite sides of the law.
On the work front, Aayush will be seen in Kwatha next alongside Isabelle, Katrina Kaif’s sister, while Salman Khan has Tiger 3 lined up, for which he is currently shooting in Turkey.