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Ganesh Hegde defends himself

By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Choreographer-turned-singer Ganesh Hegde has often been in the news for his starry attitude.

After last year's Rockstar tour, where Salman Khan had him replaced by Bosco-Caesar, it was director Lovely Singh who showed him the door most recently. Hegde was supposed to choreograph Kareena Kapoor's item song in Kya Love Story Hai, called It's Rocking, but was later replaced.

Says Singh, "It's true that I had approached him, but he gave me a lot of starry airs. He is a choreographer, but he wanted to change the whole thing.

I don't know whether he is into song composition or not, but he wanted to make it a whole new song! He said he wanted to record the song his way, even though Pritam had already recorded it. When he made so many demands, I decided to replace him with Bosco-Caesar. I'm happy with my decision as I think Ganesh wouldn't have been able to do what they have done for the song."

Main hoon Don!

Hegde has his own version. He says, "People who want Ganesh Hegde, must want Ganesh Hegde (eh?). I don't have a replacement in the industry. I do only three songs a year and one of them (Main hoon Don) gets selected at all the award functions.

I refuse 40 songs a year because I like to do quality work. When someone asks me to choreograph a song, it has to appeal to me. I have to visualise something different. When Lovely came to me with It's Rocking, I couldn't visualise anything spectacular so I asked him to make some changes."

What were these changes? Hegde says, "Kareena is a very dear friend so I didn't want her to do a mediocre song. I wanted to help Lovely as he told me it was a small film. The only thing I suggested was to take the song to a different level. Lovely wanted hip-hop, while Pritam wanted the original.

I heard both versions and felt both lacked something special. I wanted something more to inspire me. The next thing I heard was that they had replaced me. Whether it's Don Bosco or Caesar's Palace, I am not in that league of choreographers. I am a star choreographer and whatever songs I do should be landmark."

Whew! Now that's hard logic to argue with, no?

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