For the shoot of the title song of Tum Mile, the cast and crew was required to be stationed on the sets for three straight days. The number required Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan to be amidst a celebration which was based on Obz Festival which takes place annually in Cape Town. This is an annual street festival in Cape Town, South Africa, where musicians, artistes and entertainers come together for a 3 day non-stop hysteria.
In the beginning, it all sounded like fun to begin with, especially since it was a party song to be shot. There were flaming shots, jager bombs, playing pool, fun dressing - all being perfect ingredients of a party which could well keep party goers up the whole night. However, for Emraan, Soha and the crew of Tum Mile, it was not just party, but also loads of work. In the end, it all became tiring as the first night's shoot came to an end.
This is when director Kunal Deshmukh hit upon an idea. Instead of asking his actors to 'get into the mood' for a party sequence only when the song was being canned, he actually put up an actual party for three nights in a row.
Says Emraan, "We were so exhausted that we just couldn't get our energy up for the shoot. That's when Kunal suggested that we start having a party. The shots you see me and Soha having are diluted but real shots made by a real bartender. There were flaming shots, jager bombs, shooters - of different colours and flavours - which we drank. At the end of it, we ended up a bit tipsy!"
"Since the song is high on energy and everyone had to look very happy and bubbly, Emraan and Soha - who had been continuously shooting from Cape Town - were tired on the very first night. That's when we stumbled upon the idea of actually having the 'party' during the shoot", Kunal confirms.
He goes on to add, "I wanted to shoot the song in the actual Obz Festival in Cape Town, but we were denied permission. So we went to this festival, clicked pictures, shot videos and then recreated the entire festival back here in Mumbai. If you were to show this to someone from Cape Town, you could make him believe that this is a real Obz fest!!"
Soha Ali Khan is plain amused on recollecting the sequence of events that took place which led her to become tipsy in reality as well.
"We dressed garishly, played pool (where I beat Emraan by the way) and got a bit tipsy on the shots. It was tiring, but I think this is truly one song I have enjoyed shooting", she laughs, "Kunal made sure that we actually freaked out during the shoot to capture the vibes and just be ourselves. Many people have complimented on how great the song looks, and how good Emraan and I look good together, but I think credit would go to Kunal to come up with the idea of having a party right on the sets."
A Mukesh Bhatt production, Tum Mile is all set to release on 13th November.