The song was to be shot in Manali. "And who would have thought there would be snow in Manali in February? It has never happened before!" marvels Vipul. "We had planned the whole song schedule for a time when we were sure there would be no inclement weather. When we got to know there was heavy snowfall we were stunned. There was no way we could shoot," says Vipul who now needs to find alternative dates for the Manali song.
Easier said than done, considering how busy Aishwarya Bachchan and Akshay Kumar are. Rather than delaying the release of the film further, Vipul may drop the song completely. "We shot one 1970s-style romantic number a solo with Shreya Ghoshal. Now we wanted to shoot a song about a couple romancing in winter like Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in the song 'Karvaten Badalte Rahen' in Aap Ki Kasam in Manali."
Pritam Chakraborty's brief was to create a raga-based melody, a la the 1970s. Some portions of the track were even recorded with a live orchestra as the composers of the 1970s used to do.
But will this labour of melodious love ever get shot now?
Vipul Shah's schedules for Action Replayy seem to be going awry for no fault of anybody's. First it was his principal actors' choc-a-block schedules that delayed the film. Now when the film had just two more songs to be filmed, Vipul is again left high and dry. And it's not his to question why. Because this time it's the weather gods who are to blame.