Setting the mercury levels rising, sensational actress Sunny Leone sizzled our screens today in full bling and bang with the scintillating dance number from Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming film RAEES — ‘Laila Main Laila‘, a tribute to the original Qurbani track featuring Zeenat Aman and Feroz Khan (1980).
Although the song officially released today, Sunny teased fans with a sneak peek on her social media channel earlier this week and captioned her photo with a succinct: “Proud to be part of ‘Laila Main Laila’ (in) Raees… the journey has just begun”, Shah Rukh Khan and Raees director Rahul Dholakia were quick to re-tweet her post. “Absolutely awesome,” tweeted SRK. “Ram Sampath and the ebullient Sunny Leone are bringing back a blast from the past.”
We see Sunny in her Laila ensemble — a peacock blue Arabic inspired lehenga-choli, volumised wavy hair, maang-teeka and a waist-belt to accessorise her Arabian Nights look. The energetic dance performance in Laila Main Laila feels in sync with the spirit of the film.
Zeenat Aman was the epitome of grace and class when she brought Laila to audiences. The new rendition of the track is a gesture by the producers of the film, Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment, along with the cast and crew of thanking those behind the original track for such an iconic song.
Laila Main Laila is intrinsic to the film’s narrative and helps to take the film forward. It creates just the right amount of drama, thrill and intrigue in the plot.
Since RAEES is set in the early 1980’s to 1990’s Gujarat, India, the track fits in beautifully with the timeframe of the film, creating the appropriate backdrop to take audiences back to the 80s vibe.
Interestingly, one of the background dancers in the original song, Bulbul, also shot for the new version of the song!
Since Sunny was introduced to Bollywood, she has connected most to the 70’s and 80’s music era, with Laila Main Laila being her firm favourite.
RAEES is a fictitious story of a man named Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) and how his relationships and meteoric rise helped him build an entire empire from scratch, making him the single most powerful man in the state. However, his downfall will be crossing paths with the no-nonsense police officer Majumdar, whose sole reason for existence is the elimination of crime. What ensues next is a tumultuous battle between the two, forming a key defining element of the film’s narrative. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Atul Kulkarni, and Mahira Khan.
RAEES is an Excel Entertainment Production, co-produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment.
It releases in cinemas worldwide on 25th January 2017 and in the UK by Zee Studios International.