Remember the chartbuster track 'Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost Dost Ko Salaam Karo' in the film Aap Ki Khatir in 1977? After 21 years, Bappi Lahiri has re-created, re-structured and re-vitalized that old Mumbai song for Akshay Kumar in Nikhil Advani's Chandni Chowk To China.
Bappi-da just can't stop that top-of-the-whirl feeling. "See, songs about Mumbai and me go back a long way. I did Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost so many years ago. Then recently, I did 'Bambai Nagariya' for Milan Luthria's Taxi No 9211, music which was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Now when Nikhil Advani asked for a re-mix of my Aap Ki Khatir song, I took it up a challenge. I've just one track while the rest of the score is by others (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Kailash Kher)."
While the basic structure of the original song remains unaltered, Bappi has tampered with the rhythm sections. However, the word Bambai has not been changed to a more politically correct Mumbai. "It's a song .Where does politics come into it?"
Bappida says the track has turned out far better than it used to be. "I've given it a new-age sound. And Akshay Kumar performing it will take it to another level.