What brings Nikhil close to the cricket team though is the open top bus which was used for the India Team of the Twenty 20 World Cup when they had defeated Pakistan last September in the tournament finals at Johannesburg, South Africa. On coming back home, the triumphant Indian cricket team rode in an open top double decker bus from Mumbai airport to Wankhede stadium. The same bus would now feature in Khalbali Hai Khalbali with a song being picturised on the film's lead Nikhil Dwivedi and South star Sada.
Commenting on the idea behind the bus, director Ajay Chandok, who saw the release of his Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan starrer Nehlle Pe Dehlla last year, says, "Khalbali Hai Khalbali is a unique film in itself since it features dozens of comic actors on a single platform. We wanted to bring on a unique element even in the way a song is being shot."
He adds, "One of my unit members remembered India's win and how this open top double decker bus had traveled across Mumbai and caught attention of one and all. This is when we decided to make this bus an integral part of our song. Thankfully, we didn't face any hassles from administration in procuring this bus and the shoot is going on smoothly."
Buzz is that the song is going to be the highlight of the film since it has a strong 'marathi' flavor to it. Agrees Chandok, "Composer duo of Sajid-Wajid has come up with a track that is an out and out chartbuster in the making. This was another reason why we wanted the picturisation to be special as well. It only compliments the riotous flavor of the film."
On his experience around shooting for the song, Nikhil Dwivedi says, "Howsoever good it may all look on screen, let me admit that it is not an easy task to be shooting atop a bus, especially when it is on a move. More so because if you make one wrong step or a right frame is not captured and you have to get the bus back to the starting point and start all over again."
"I have experienced shooting on roads in 'Jaane Maula Jaane Khuda' for My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves but this was truly different. For me a double decker experience by itself has been adventurous enough," he chuckles.