Rohit Pereira will perform his catchy new single tonight
ViceVersa has always been known for its groovy basslines and catchy videos. And their latest single, Chal Hatt is no exception. Done in collaboration with playback singer Apeksha Dandekar, the three-minute clip features a dance battle, which transitions from fierce to funny. It starts off with the Mumbai-based Freak n Stylz troupe flaunting its hip hop flair. Then the ViceVersa duo, Rohit Pereira and Manas Ullas, and Dandekar outshine their opponents, with their filmi Dharmendra, Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit moves.
It’s taken Pereira two years to bring out this single. He hadn’t found the right set of people all this while, says the 27-year-old Mumbaikar, who works with his Bengaluru-based partner, Ullas “over Internet”. The song was scheduled to be shot with another dance crew but had to be scrapped due to budget issues. And when the shoot was rescheduled, it turned out to be six hours of great fun, he reveals. “While Apeksha and I have written and sung the song, Manas is just part of the video. He’s got not just two, but three left feet.”
The single is Pereira’s way of snubbing fake well-wishers. “I am an expressive guy. I end up saying more than I should say, and more than what others can chew. The song is about all those who doubt or turn against you,” he explains.
ViceVersa also found themselves in a spot of confusion last month. As news hit that US-based Vice Media company sent out a cease-and-desist letter to LA’s hip hip trio, ViceVersa over the similar names, Twitteratis went into overdrive. Pereira says, “I started getting messages like ‘Don’t worry, your indie band will win’. They were confusing us with the other ViceVersa band,” says Pereira, who has three singles coming up.
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