Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan to feature in Malayalam rap song in Karwaan
The film, which marks Dulquer's Hindi debut, revolves around a road trip through Kochi and its neighbouring cities
Akarsh Khurana’s directorial debut Karwaan, starring Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar in the lead, features a song in which the trio will be seen rapping to a Malayalam number. The film, which marks Dulquer's Hindi debut, revolves around a road trip through Kochi and its neighbouring cities.
Also featuring a smattering of English and Hindi, the song is written and composed by Slow Cheeta aka Chaitanya Sharma, who has also rapped for it. "Akarsh approached me for a fun rap song called Dhai Kilo Bakwaas, it’s a play on the phrase 'Dhai Kilo Ka Haath' and talks about people who chicken out of fights," says the rapper.
"We rounded up all the locals we could find in the crew and put them in a recording studio to get them to mouth Malayali slangs. So, we have Malayalam, a Hindi chorus, and rap bits in English, followed by Hindi rap, and back to Malayalam," Chaitanya adds.
The song was filmed at a timber mill in Kochi. Director Akarsh Khurana says, "Dhaai Kilo Bakwaas is one of the most fun songs I've heard. The situation in the film is such that Irrfan's character goes to pick a fight and then chickens out. I knew that I wanted some Malayalam elements in it and lots of humour."
About Chaitanya, he adds, "He is a very talented actor, and I have had the privilege of watching him evolve into a very talented rapper called SlowCheeta. I loved a few of his singles and I try to use him wherever I can. He did the title song for a web series, Boygiri, and he and Shwetang Shankar put together a song for High Jack. The duo has returned for Karwaan with this amazing track. A fun fact is that the Malayalam portions of the song are performed by our sound designer, Anish John and our executive producer, Sanjeevkumar Nair."