Published on 07 Oct 2011 | over 5 years ago
Chammak Challo (Hindi: छम्मक छल्लो) is a song composed by musical director duo Vishal-Shekhar as a part of the soundtrack for the 2011 Bollywood film Ra.One. The song, along with the rest of the soundtrack, was officially released on September 12, 2011. However, the song faced controversy when the rough version was leaked on the Internet on May 31, 2011. The song is sung by international pop singer Akon, while the female vocals are given by Hamsika Iyer. Chammak Challo is also noted for being the first musical collaboration of Akon with Indian artists.
Chammak Challo has been dubbed as the "trademark of Ra.One's publicity campaign". There are four other versions of the song in the album, including a remix by Abhijit Vaghani, another remix by DJ Khushi and an international version sung solely by Akon with no female vocals.
Akon arrived to Mumbai in March, 2010 for two days to record the song. Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Ra.One director Anubhav Sinha held a press conference to declare the association of the Grammy award winning singer with the film. The song was composed by music duo Vishal-Shekhar and co-composed by Akon himself and was recorded at the Yash raj Studios. The lyrics of the song were penned by Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar. The lyrics are primarily in Hindi and English, with a few Tamil lines included. Akon sang parts of the song in Hindi by himself, apart from the English parts. Hamsika Iyer sang the Hindi and Tamil parts of the song. According to the music directors, the Senegalese American R&B singer had no problems voicing the Hindi lyrics, "It was really easy for Akon. When he came to the studio and we told him that he would have to sing in Hindi too, he got really excited. Once he heard the lines, he started singing fluently. It took him only three-four hours to learn...he picked up everything so well," said Shekhar. The song is produced by Giorgio Tuinfort, who also produced Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape, featuring Akon.