Vidya Balan is like a bright phurjhari!

As prices of gold fell for the fourth session in a row to their lowest level in more than six weeks, gold traders across India stepped up their last minute purchases to increase their stock for October 24 when the country celebrates Dhanteras.

Amidst reports of people makingadvance bookings for gold jewellery and coins this season, one wonders what India’s most wanted Golden Man fancies this season. Someone who loves the yellow metal as much as his music, Bappi Lahiri sure has interesting plans up his sleeve for Dhanteras. Ask the composer what he plans are and he says, “This year, Dhanteras isindeed very special. My “Oh la la” song from “The Dirty Picture is making a lot of noise. For this song, I teamed up with Vishal-Shekhar.

The song has the exact tempo and sensation which can take theaudiences to an era when Silk Smitha ruled the screen. The song has been picturized so well on Vidya Balan and it’s become asuperhit already. I’ve loved Vidya Balan ever since I saw her in “Parineeta”. Vidya is like a bright phuljhari in this song. Meanwhile, two of my compositions from Hollywood films have become chartbusters in the US. That’s reason enough for me to want to buy more gold. My wife, Chitrani, has plans of buying a silver dining set and other gold objects. My daughter, Rema, will be gifting me gold this yearThick gold chains around his neck, gold bracelets on his wrist and rings define Bappi’s persona to a large extent. Despite wearing so much of gold, is there anything in particular that he still fancies?

“Though there is no dearth of gold in my life, I still have a secret desire. Someday, I wish to buy a car made of gold!” A golden car?Isn’t that too expensive a dream? “Of course, I know it will cost me a bomb. On second thoughts, I am ready to settle for a gold plated car too,” he says, without caring to hide his childlike innocence for having harboured such a dream.

Soon Bappi goes down memory lane to talk about how he developed hisfetish for gold. “During the release of “Zakhmi”, my mother presentedme a gold pendant that had ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ engraved on it.That movie turned into a huge hit and since then, I have consideredgold to be my lucky charm.

I am a very god-fearing person and havegolden pendants of all gods including Ganapati, Balaji and Hanuman.After my marriage, my wife gifted me a pendant with the letter ‘B’written on it just to honour my fascination for the yellow metal,” hesays.With such a huge obsession for gold, can Bappi ever imagine what woulddo if he were to wake up in the morning to find himself robbed of allhis gold? The mere thought of this seems to give a jolt to thecomposer and he pauses for a while before answering. “Gold, for me, isa lucky charm.

It’s akin to God. How can I even think of anyonestealing God from me?” he asks.While PT Usha is called the Golden Girl, is there anyone else hedoesn’t mind sharing the Golden Man tag with? “My image is veryprecious. But if I had to really choose somebody, it would be late MNSleader Ramesh Wanjale. He had once told me that he had started wearing gold after seeing me. I took it as a huge compliment,” he signs off.

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