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Sunny Leone, Shah Rukh leave you awestruck in Laila Main Laila reprise

Ram Sampath retains the soul of the original; Pawni Pandey's sensual voice melts your heart.

Mayur Lookhar

The hashtag Lailaaaraheehai was being promoted on Twitter for a couple of days. The song was to be released today and since morning the hashtag LailaMainLailaOutToday began trending, but the track wasn’t out till evening, leaving even Shah Rukh Khan, the lead star of Raees, feeling restless, apparently.

The wait was finally over when the Laila Main Laila track from Raees was launched after 6 pm today. The song is a reprise of the evergreen cabaret number from Feroz Khan’s 1980 hit Qurbani. The original was sung by Kanchan and Amit Kumar.

Old may be gold, but it's time to welcome the new Laila. And Sunny Leone does her best to make sure you don't miss Zeenat Aman as she looks and dances like a dream. Dressed in desi attire, Leone leaves you gasping with her desi moves. The highlight is her coiled dance step while leaning on Khan's shoulder.

Leone has compared the experience of sharing screen space with the superstar to that of getting a ticket to Disneyland. Her sizzling chemistry wtith Khan and her dance moves might just make Disney open their gates to her again.

For the record, this isn't the first time Sunny Leone has played a Laila. The actress had done a poor item number of the same title in Shootout At Wadala (2013).

Shah Rukh Khan does not have any great dance moves for this track, but Raees (the character he plays in the film) has bigger business to take care of at this desi cabaret. Khan's black Pathani suit and kohl-rimmed eyes hit you like a tracer bullet.

The visuals are great, but what about the music? Without tinkering too much with the soul of the original, Ram Sampath has added a new dimension to the track. The music isn’t as vibrant as the original composition by Kalyanji Anandji, but Sampath's Laila tastes more like fresh mint.

The unsung star of the track is singer Pawni Pandey. Though not very melodious, her sensual voice touches your heart. There is a sexiness in her voice, especially when she sings the words Laila Main Laila. Laila knows she is a bomb, and the arrogance flows through Pandey’s voice.

Enough said. Why don’t you just experience the titillating joyride of the new Laila?