Rishi Kapoor appreciates new `Tayyab Ali`, Imran Khan thrilled

Mumbai: Actor Imran Khan, who has recreated the evergreen number `Tayyab Ali` in the forthcoming film `Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!`, is ecstatic after receiving a stamp of approval from veteran star Rishi Kapoor, who had featured in the original song in 1977.

The original number was part of the movie `Amar Akbar Anthony`, and in the track`s new version, Imran grooves with Sonakshi Sinha.

Recalling his recent meeting with Rishi Kapoor, Imran said: "What happened was that I was leaving after dubbing for this film and Rishiji was sitting there as he had the next dubbing shift. So I met him and I was complimenting him on his performance in `D-Day`.

"Suddenly he said, `You have done my song, `Tayyab Ali`.` I asked him hesitantly, `Did you like it?` and he was like, `Why are you afraid, you have done it so well. Well done, don`t be scared!`"

Imran says his nervousness about the song is obvious.

"I was very thrilled because it is such an iconic song and when you are trying to recreate a song like that, obviously you will be nervous. You think that - `Those who like the original song... will they like it?," Imran said.

"(But) The biggest stamp of approval came from Rishiji himself. I was very honoured," added Imran.

Imran plays a gangster in `Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!`, directed by Milan Luthria. Also starring Akshay Kumar, the movie hits theatres Aug 15.