‘It’s sen­sual, not sleazy’

Slammed on­line for his erotic ren­di­tion of the clas­sic Chaud­hvin Ka Chand, singer-ac­tor Karan Oberoi de­fends his ver­sion of Guru Dutt’s 1960 gem

Mid Day - - HITLIST - SHA­HEEN PARKAR sha­heen@mid-day.com

YES­TER­YEAR clas­sic Chaud­hvin Ka Chand just got erotic, and ne­ti­zens aren’t happy.

The melo­di­ous 1960 track, belted out by Mo­hammed Rafi, has been recre­ated by Karan Oberoi of Band Of Boys fame. The mu­sic video fea­tures him get­ting in­ti­mate with model Raina Ah­luwalia.

While Oberoi’s in­dus­try pals have been rav­ing about it, with R Mad­ha­van call­ing it ‘awesome’ and Pooja Bedi terming it ‘siz­zling hot’, web users are outraged, ac­cus­ing Oberoi of “ped­al­ing soft porn”, “mak­ing it look like a con­dom ad” and “turn­ing a gem into a gut­ter stone.”

How­ever, Oberoi has now come out in de­fence of his ren­di­tion, stat­ing, “The song is sen­sual, but it’s not a sleaze fest. It has a mod­ern-day ap­proach. Ev­ery­body is en­ti­tled to an opinion. It’s not my place to ques­tion them. My in­ten­tion was not to turn a clas­sic song that I have loved to some­thing that of­fends peo­ple. If this is termed soft porn, then every En­rique Igle­sias video would be deemed the same. But we seem to ac­cept and cel­e­brate it as erotic, sen­sual and ro­man­tic. In­stead of copy­ing the orig­i­nal, I have given it a real-life con­tem­po­rary touch.”

The singer-ac­tor ad­mits that he ini­tially had reser­va­tions about cre­at­ing it, es­pe­cially owing to the cult sta­tus that the orig­i­nal has ac­quired. But, he de­cided to go forth af­ter con­sid­er­a­tion. “Af­ter jam­ming with my band, I came up with some­thing that sounded right, and I went on to cre­ate it. I have writ­ten the story as well.”

The num­ber is part of his 15-track album, Retron­ica, the mu­sic of which has also been pro­duced by Oberoi, along with his band, Sunoh. “The idea was to cre­ate a sto­ry­line and nar­ra­tive, like the in­dus­try wit­nessed in the good ol’ days when in­die pop was pop­u­lar.”

The video, di­rected by ad film­maker Shashi Bhushan, fol­lows a young fan of Oberoi, one who turns up at his film’s set to meet him. Find­ing him shoot­ing a sex­ual scene, the fan fan­ta­sises about get­ting be­tween the sheets with him. As her dream ends, she re­alises he isn’t the man she pic­tured him to be, as Oberoi greets her with a na­maste and walks away.

“The song chron­i­cles life in the in­dus­try. It ap­pears glossy, but the truth is far from that,” says Oberoi.

Karan Oberoi and Raina Ah­luwalia in the mu­sic video

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