I won’t deny that there are some instances that re-worked songs have been a great update of a classic original track but, of late, there have been some remixes which I’ve mostly tried to avoid. When I say avoid… I mean not watch on YouTube, switch the TV or radio channel if they came on and generally just keep myself away from them.
I know many will say that the re-works have worked to some extent to update a loved track to make is desirable to a new audience. However, does anyone ever think of an original audience? What about those of us who have memories attached to those tracks in the first place which have been – quite frankly – ruined by having them made contemporary, so to speak? As the months go on, there is a long list of songs I’ve not been happy about this happening to. As another of my faves – Sheher Ki Ladki – gets a remake and two more – Tip Tip Barsa Pani and Muqabla – will be revamped for upcoming films, I’ve made a list of the songs I hereby avoid in fear of it ruining a much-loved song I associate my childhood to.
Let me also be clear that many of these I haven’t ever listened to because… I just don’t want to hear anything but the original version!
Sheher Ki Ladki
Original film: Rakshak (1996)
New film: Khandaani Shafakhana (To release this year)
This song was hands down one of my favourite songs of the 90s. Anyone who lived in that era will remember how much hype there was surrounding it. To know that Suniel Shetty and Raveena Tandon are now a part of the new version makes me feel quite sad. I really some of these actors took a stand against such remixes to protect their own fandoms… the original fans who were there is their hey day and are still around now.
Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast
Original film: Mohra (1994)
New film: Machine (2017)
I’ve got to put my hand on my heart and say if there was one song I never ever wanted to hear a new version of, it’s this one. I remember dancing to this with my cousins in the era where Akshay Kumar was the biggest superstar. Him and Raveena Tandon (yet again) were magic on screen in all the songs of this movie. There was a lot of “unrest” during the time Mohra released and this made the songs even more evergreen. Viju Shah’s music literally did wonders for this movie and I absolutely do not think it needed a remix and neither did the new one do the original any justice.
Ek Do Teen
Original film: Tezaab (1988)
New film: Baaghi 2 (2018)
No… Just no. This song put Madhuri Dixit on the map. Jacqueline Fernandez is beautiful but she is not Madhuri in any way, shape or form. Maybe they shouldn’t be compared but with such an iconic original track, do you blame the audiences for making comparisons? I have never listened to or watched the Baaghi 2 version of this song. It’s just too wrong for me to do.
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
Original film: Blackmail (1973)
New film: Wajah Tum Ho (2016)
This is hands down one of my favourite 70s tracks. It literally gives me all the feels. When I learnt that it was being remade in a new film, it became another track I avoided. I am actually happy with cover versions of songs but when they feature in a full length movie as a “new” sound, this is where I find it a problem with certain songs. And this was one of those instances. You can’t match Dharmendra’s charm with any actor and Rakhee’s innocence with any actress of today. It should’ve been left well alone.
Saara Zamaana Haseena Ka Deewana
Original film: Yaarana (1981)
New film: Kaabil (2017)
When you take a truly memorable Amitabh Bachchan track from the 80s and try to turn it into an item song… and although the song works because it’s a known tune, nothing else does? Yep, that. Exactly that. Enough said.
Neend Churayee Maine
Original film: Ishq (1997)
New film: Golmaal Again (2017)
Yep. 20 years after the song became one of the biggest hits of the year, the ever popular Neena Churayee Maine was revamped for Ahay Devgn and Parineeti Chopra starrer Golmaal Again. I guess it’s little consolation that it was Ajay in the original and then again in this second version when a song like this is remade for a brainless comedy movie. Once again, it may have worked because it was a well-known melody but the success of the original should not have been cashed in on, in my book!
Gud Naal Ishq Mitha
Original song – Malkit Singh
New film: Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga (2018)
The reason this one makes my list is the original video of this song which released in the 90s featuring Jas Arora and Malaika Arora. It’s one of those videos which was viral when I was in India on vacation and I literally couldn’t get enough of it or the song. It was remade recently with Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha…’ and why it had to be done is beyond me.
Original film: The Train (1970)
New film: Noor (2017)
So this was a song which also featured in Student of the Year back in 2008 but wasn’t a full-fledged track (thank God!). However, it was reworked for Noor, starring Sonakshi Sinha. You can’t beat Rajesh Khanna and Nanda dancing in a park to Sonakshi moving her head around in a nightclub. It just doesn’t have the same feel, in my honest opinion.
So there you have my list of eight tracks – there are many more which is another story for another day. I’ll share a list of the songs I think worked in remixed form very soon! Stay tuned… and do share with me which ones you absolutely avoid too!