The controversial singer's arrival is being kept under wraps. He's expected to be whisked away from the airport straight for the recording.
Akon will be recording on March 9 and 10 before he quietly slips out of India. But hang on. He's expected to return to India in April for live concerts with Aadesh Shrivastav.
Confirming Akon's recording in Mumbai, Ra.1 director Anubhav Sinha says, "Akon will be here for the recording on the dates you've mentioned."
However, Anubhav very strongly contradicts conflicting reports in the press stating that Akon would also be acting in Ra.1. Says Anubhav, "Akon is only singing for our film. He is not acting in Ra.1."
While Shahrukh Khan will lip-sync Akon's lines, the song in Hindi and English will also feature a female voice, since Kareena Kapoor will be dancing with SRK in the song. The female voice has not been decided as yet. But Kareena giving playback for herself is not ruled out.
Music composer Aadesh Shrivastav, who's in constant touch with the American super-rapper, has been informed of Akon's very hush-hush arrival to an undisclosed part of the country for a two-day visit. Says Aadesh, "Akon is coming to India this month. He'll be here a couple of days. Akon then returns to India in April, this time for concerts with me. We're at the moment working out the details and venues."
Last month Aadesh recorded a raga-rap number with Akon in the US. Now in the light of all the brouhaha over Akon's Ra.1 recording, Aadesh will release a music video featuring himself and Akon. "It's basically footage that Akon and I shot while recording our song," says Aadesh.
Get ready for an Akon blitzkrieg in Mumbai this month onwards.