Anees Bazmee made a last minute decision to shoot an item number with Akshay Kumar and Mallika Sherawat for Thank You and had to steal the actress from Indra Kumar who was filming some shots with the actress for Double Dhamaal.
"We needed her for five days and Indra Kumar, who is a dear friend, was sporting enough to lend Mallika to us," said Bazmee who admitted that the item song Razia goondon mein phans gayi was an after-thought and therefore created date problems.
"We had a situation for the song but until recently we had no song. When Pritam [Chakraborty] came up with the song Razia we immediately thought of Mallika Sherawat. I've worked with her in Welcome and we had a good working relationship. In fact, she was supposed to do an item song for Welcome which Malaika Arora finally did," added Bazmee.
The song was apparently called Sheila gundon mein phans gayi. But Kumar, who had lately done a spectacular Sheila number with Katrina Kaif in Tees Maar Khan, put his dancing foot down. So Razia it was.
Kumar's Double Dhamaal stars Sanjay Dutt (who plays Sherawat's husband), Kangana Ranaut, Riteish Deshmukh and Arshad Warsi.
"Indra Kumar's first impulse was to say no. He had the combined dates of all the busy stars. There was no way he could let Mallika go. But Anees and Akshay were adamant. They left the good-natured Indu with no choice," said a source.