EXCLUSIVE: Student of the Year 2 actor Aditya Seal REVEALS deets about Will Smith's thumkas-filled song shoot
In an EXCLUSIVE chat with Pinkvilla, Student of the Year 2 actor Aditya Seal revealed details about Hollywood star Will Smith's desi thumkaas-filled song sequence.
Will Smith's recent journey to Mumbai, India, was a surprising news for all of us. Not only was Hollywood's most bankable star seen learning the tricks and trades of Bollywood from Ranveer Singh and Karan Johar but Will also shot for a song sequence in the Tiger Shroff starrer Student of the Year 2. The actor took to Instagram to share some fun pictures from the sets of the film and is seen shaking a leg with Tiger Shroff and Aditya Seal.
In an EXCLUSIVE chat with Pinkvilla, an elated Aditya could not believe his luck on getting to share screen space with someone that he has idolised over the years, for the family man that he is. Talking about how he got to first know about Will's song sequence in SOTY 2, Aditya shared, "There's a person in the production house...I was just having a chat with her, maybe 3-4 days ago, we were talking about somebody and I said, 'He's acting like he's Will Smith!' And she agreed with me and then said, 'But, he is coming on set na?' I was shocked and said, 'Wait, what? What did you say?' And then, she said that I was not supposed to know and added that he is a part of the song. Nobody on set knew about this...none of the actors, just the director and one person in the production team knew this. Nobody else was supposed to know. I had tears in my eyes, I was literally crying."
There's the common notion that Hollywood stars in India are always on the enclosure of security guards. So how was Will on the sets of the SOTY 2 song shoot? To this, Aditya said, "When Will walked in, he was so chill...there was minimum security when he was around and he was high-fiving people. He met me and hugged me. There were 3-4 instances, where I caught him alone and chatted with him, he was so cool to chat with. I couldn't believe it! It was my dream come true!"
Giving us the juicy deets about Will's song sequence, Aditya revealed, "He rehearsed for one day for a very big chunk with Bollywood steps, which were desi steps. It's not hip-hop that we were doing. We were doing proper Bollywood steps where there's 'thumkas-whumkas maarna', and this guy was acing it. In the first two takes, his timing went off and he was like, 'Oh my God! I got carried away. C'mon! C'mon!' We had a lot of dancers on set and for him to manage his timing without knowing the wordings and dancing was amazing."
"We did one master shot where he nailed every step on the perfect timing without knowing what he is actually saying. He's not lip-syncing it but he doesn't know what beats is supposed to go and still, he's acing it. We made him do another jig, which was very impromptu, we didn't even rehearse it with him before. We just asked him if he minded doing this also. He said, 'Yeah, let's do it.' He was so up for it. We made him do something new and he killed it in the very first take. It's larger than life," Aditya added.
Aditya also spoke about how Will was all praises for Bollywood and the work that goes behind the elaborate song sequences. Aditya narrated, "After we wrapped the part that we shot with him which is for The Bucket List (Will Smith's YouTube series), he did an interview with his team while we were all around. He was very excited and said, 'This is bigger and much more fun than I thought it would be. People in Bollywood actually do know what they are doing. They know how to shoot their songs, make it look big and I'm really impressed with what they are doing here. Because songs and films out here don't happen out there. To actually cultivate a song in a film and make it look so pretty, I can't believe, I've been a part of this.'"
We can't wait to see Will in Student of the Year 2! How about you guys? Let us know in the comments below.
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