Hindi film songs have often borrowed lyrics from Urdu, Punjabi and even the English language. However, for the first time, a French song has been penned and sung by an Indian singer for a Bollywood film. Preity Zinta, whose upcoming film is set in Paris, had roped in singer-actress Sophie Choudry to write and sing a peppy French number for the project.
Sophie is fluent in French and also holds a degree in the language from Sciences-Po of Paris. It was when Preity saw Sophie conversing with Isabelle Adjani during the French actress’ recent visit to Mumbai, that she decided to rope her in for the song. “Preity is a dear friend of mine and she was amazed to see me talking to Isabelle in French. And that was when she thought it’d be great to put my lingual ability to good use for her film,” the 31-year-old says.
Later, music composer duo Sajid-Wajid suggested to Sophie that she herself write some French verses too. She further adds, “I immediately obliged to this idea as Sunidhi (Chauhan) has already put in some lovely Hindi vocals for this song. I came up with the lyrics within an hour or so and it was recorded that day itself. The English part is sung by both of us. It was very exciting to say the least.”
Interestingly, this might be the first time a French song will be heard in a Hindi film but it isn’t the first for Sophie. “Two years ago, I sang a French song for Katrina Kaif in one of her films but for some reasons it didn’t make the cut.” Well, better late than never!