First song from Cuttputlli released

Akshay Kumar and Rakul Preet Singh in a hot-air balloon as they sing Saathiya in Cuttputlli. Photo: Trailer Video Grab

Akshay Kumar and Rakul Preet Singh star for the first time together in Cuttputlli, whose trailer was unveiled last week and has created a good buzz. The makers have decided to take the buzz a notch higher by releasing the first song of the film, Saathiya, a love ballad.

Sung by Zahrah S. Khan and Nikhil D’Souza, Saathiya has been shot in a stylish manner. The music and lyrics are by Tanishk Bagchi.

The megastar took to Twitter and dropped the song, saying, “This one is for all the ‘Saathiyas’ in love. Get ready to be hooked to this tune.” He also said in a statement, “We had a massive set built in London for this one, from cars to airplanes to even a hot-air balloon, we had it all. Rakul and I really enjoyed shooting this peppy romantic number. Tanishk has done an impressive job with the music of Saathiya. It’s a tune that you will listen to while driving, and even groove at a party, it will grow on you and before you know you will be humming it. It’s one of my favorites from the album.”

Speaking about Saathiya, Tanishk Bagchi said, “It was a different experience altogether to build this love song. I had a lot of fun producing this track along with music supervisor Azeem Dayani, and have added an African drop to this love song, giving it a different feel from a typical love song. Zahrah’s and Nikhil D’Souza’s voices add the fun yet soulful element to it. Saathiya has a very fun vibe and I hope that the audience enjoys it.”

Rakul Preet states, “I think it’s a very refreshing melody, and after a very long time I have heard a romantic melodious track. I truly believe that this will touch people’s hearts. The energy, the tune, the peppy upbeat romance that the song has is amazing. We shot this in beautiful locations with 10-11 Rovers and 3-4 big planes and us standing on top of the wings and dancing. And I remember it was cold and I was in a corset, but nevertheless I thought it’s come out well and its truly worth it. Of course, working with Akshay-sir and matching to his energy and Ganesh master choreographing it, was all great.”

Having watched the song, I had only one issue: Why is Akshay hollering the word when he is very next to his girl? This is a problem common to several songs today ever since the fashion of male voices becoming high-pitched, unlike in the past, has set in.

Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh and directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, Cuttputlli unmasks a serial killer and decodes the mystery using the hero’s skills to understand the psyche of the murderer. It will be released exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar on September 2 and will be available to all platform subscribers.














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