Adding to the whole Bollywood-has-made-it-in-Hollywood hysteria, is the news of Akshay Kumar’s item number with Kylie Minogue for his next release Blue.
Never mind that Slumdog Millionaire is a British production, it has been wrested from a bewildered British public, who have been able to make only a few weak noises about the gross appropriation of the movie. Now that Akshay Kumar will shake a leg with Kylie Minogue, that too on A.R. Rahman’s musical score, the media will again go berserk about the whole Bollywood-Hollywood shindig.
Kylie Minogue is said to have recorded two songs for Blue, a solo for the promotional video of the movie, and a duet with Sonu Nigam, to music set by A.R. Rahman. Interestingly, Kylie recorded her part of the duet in her London studio, while Sonu Nigam recorded his in Mumbai.
Sonu’s tracks was sent to London, using which Kylie completed her recordings. Unconfirmed reports say that Kylie Minogue is being paid $1 million to sing for Blue.
Kylie will come to Mumbai to shoot the video with Akshay Kumar, on February 25, 2009. The video will be choreographed by Farah Khan and will be shot over eight days.
Blue, directed by Anthony D’Souza, and produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, will be released on May 29, 2009. The screenplay of the movie has been written by Bryan Sullivan.
Blue stars Sanjay Dutt , Lara Dutta , Katrina Kaif and Zayed Khan. Made at a budget of Rs 100 crores, Blue will be shot in the Bahamas and Thailand. The action adventure flick about shipwrecks and lost treasure, has been shot underwater for a screen time of 25 minutes.
All the actors in Blue were trained in scuba diving. Cinematographer Pete Zuccarini, a specialist in underwater photography, was brought onboard for the underwater scenes.
Peter Zuccarini was the underwater director of photography for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and Jumper (2008).
Special effects technician James Bomalick (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Minority Report (2002)) was roped in to shoot the action scenes.
Blue is the directorial debut of ad filmmaker Anthony D’souza.
Akshay Kumar other releases in 2009 are Nagesh Kukunoor’s 8×10 and Kambakht Ishq.