Husband Mahesh behind item song Laila: Lara

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Lara Dutta, who is all charged up for her first home production, `Challo Dilli`, says it was her husband Mahesh Bhupathi who conceived the item song `Laila O Laila` which features Yana Gupta.

"We needed a song in the film that had a little bit of masti and was based on a woman. Mahesh loved the film `Jhoom Barabar Jhoom` and my character was Laila in the film. So it was his idea that we should get Laila and remix it. Yana is doing an item song `Laila O Laila` in the film. No one except Yana was approached," Lara told PTI here.

"We were lucky enough to get the rights of the song. It is not a tribute to Zeenatji but I would say it is a tribute to the iconic song. We have kept Zeenatji in the loop and yes, she has liked the song," Lara said.

Yana grooves to remixed version of Zeenat Aman`s popular number `Laila O Laila` from the film `Qurbani` in Challo Dilli.

Directed by Shashant Shah of `Dasvidaniya` fame, the film stars Lara and Vinay Pathak.

"Of course the song adds a value to the film. People will have expectations since `Laila O Laila` was a classic song, so people will expect the song to be as good as the original one or better, and comparisons will be made. But we are not trying to make a statement that ours is better," the former beauty queen said.

Produced by Eros International in association with Big Daddy Productions (owned by Globosport of Mahesh Bhupathi) and Lara`s Bheegi Basanti, the film releases on April 29.