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Last week Zayed Khan and his co-star Sweta Bhardwaj danced with the well-known Turkish belly dancer Tanyeli. And he just can't get over the experience. "Tanyeli is a Turkish dancer. And she's very popular back home. You've to see her dance. She's awesome. And she's not just talented she's also a wonderful human being."
Since Zayed isn't much of a dancer how did he keep pace with the stupendous ballet dancer? "I wasn't even trying to keep pace with her. I just enjoy dancing. So I just grooved with her."
Adds director Apoorva Lakhia, "Tanyeli is very popular all over the world. She has danced for Bill Clinton and the Queen Of England. I heard about her while shooting in Turkey. We bought the rights of the Bob Sinclair chartbuster World Hold On and we turned it around. Though Anu Malik tunes the rest of the songs, we got Shamir Tandon to do this special track 'Hamara Kal Hamara Aaj Hamare Hi Hanthon Mein Hai'. Kunal Gunjawala and his wife Gayatri Iyer sang the number. And Rajiv Goswami choreographed the track. It has turned out to be something special." Was it exorbitantly expensive to get the Turkish super-dancer to Mumbai?
Says Lakhia, "We had to pay her only 5,000 US dollars per day. The dance took five days." Go figure that out.