Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 2, 2018)

Akshay Kumar, who plays coach Tapan Das in Reema Kagti’s sports-drama Gold, recently shot for a fun party song alongside debutante Mouni Roy who plays his wife.

Titled “Mono Beena,” the song has them in traditional Bengali avatars. Tanishk Bagchi, who has composed the song, reveals that Akshay has also contributed to the lyrics. “I discussed it with (producers) Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and they were very open to experiment with a different kind of song. The idea to change the lyrics from 'Mona Lisa' to 'Mono Beena' came from Akshay sir. He reasoned that it would sound better with a Bengali girl’s name. Reema was also very supportive and told me to immediately lock the idea. We are introducing new singer Yasir. Monali Thakur and Shashaa Tirupati have sung the female vocals,” the composer tells Mirror.

Tanishk goes on to add that he flew to Chennai and put together a band especially for the song. “It is very jazz-oriented, so I assembled a band that comprised musicians from different acts because we required the live orchestra feel,” he informs.

The composer hopes that the number, which isn’t as “in-your-face” as an item song, will be well-received. “The brief was for a retro but classy number, not an item song. Since the characters are Bengali I thought of bringing in the blues and jazz and we are optimistic the audience will love it,” Tanishk signs off.