The secretly-shot visual of the song that Prabhu Deva choreographed for Akshay Kumar in Tony d’Souza’s Boss was apparently leaked by someone on location, who took unauthorized pictures, thereby upsetting the film’s leading man and the team.
“I don’t know how it got out," says Prabhu Deva. "The song that I shot with Akshay was not meant to be made public. Someone took a picture, we don’t know who it is, and put it up.”
The premature announcement of what was meant to be a secretly shot song has greatly upset the choreographer.
“Anyone would be upset, no?” asks Prabhu Deva. “So much care is taken over the marketing of a product these days. To have such a big song being leaked out so randomly is very upsetting.”
Prabhu has now decided to ban all cellphones on the sets of his films that he directs or choreographs. “We have to safeguard our product. If it gets out, it is likely to be duplicated.”
As a choreographer, he is now working very sparingly.
Says Prabhu, “I’ll only choreograph if a friend asks me. When Akshay requested me to do a song in Boss, there was no question of saying no. Akshay is a fantastic human being and a terrific dancer. I had a ball shooting with him in Rowdy Rathore. We shot the song for three days at Film City and my work was done.”
Prabhu Deva describes his tuning with Akshay as “out of this world”.
“I think he liked the movements I gave him in the Chin ta ta song in Rowdy Rathore. We share a great tuning. Like me, Akshay is only concerned with his work. He doesn’t waste time on useless gossip," Prabhu Deva signs off.