On Kapil Sharma show, Farah Khan divulged that she wished Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu to feature in the Deewangi Deewangi song from ‘Om Shanti Om.’
She explained that Amitabh Bachchan was not able to take part in the ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ song from ‘Om Shanti Om’ as he was occupied with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai’s wedding.
On 20th April 2007, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan got married at the Bachchans’ bungalow Prateeksha. “Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were getting married that month, that’s what he told us,” Farah said.
Due to pregnancy, Raveena Tandon was not a part of the song, Farah had also approached Dev Anand for the same but he refused and told her, “I don’t do guest appearances.”
Farah further added that she wished for Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu to be a part of the Deewangi Deewangi song and said that Shah Rukh Khan had promised her that he would personally get them on board. Regardless, it did not work out.
The song ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ was shot in an ‘organised way’, with five celebrities every day and two hours devoted to each. “Woh pehli baar tha jab Shah Rukh subah time pe aata tha (That was the first time Shah Rukh would come on time in the morning) because he was the producer, actor and host,” Farah said, poking fun at his infamous unpunctuality.
Farah recalls how she and Manish Malhotra personally went to everyone’s houses and requested them to be a part of the song Deewangi Deewangi. “Kuch log plus-one mein aa gaye (Some people came as a plus-one),” she laughed.
Om Shanti Om’s ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ song holds a special place in Farah Khan’s heart as it was her second directorial project which featured Shah Rukh alongside several stars, including Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha, Tabu, Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, among others. A total of 31 Bollywood actors were a part of the song.