OLD SONGS IN NEW AVATAR STRIKE GOLD

Four such hits out so far in 2017 will be joined by many more in forth­com­ing films

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.in ■

What’s com­mon to Kaa­bil, Raees, OK Jaanu, and Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia? All these films, re­cent and com­ing re­leases, fea­ture songs re­made from su­per­hit Bol­ly­wood num­bers from the ’80s and ’90s.

Song re­makes are the flavour of the sea­son. Join­ing the league of Haseeno Ka Dee­wana (from Yaarana, 1981), Laila Mein Laila (from Qur­bani, 1980), Humma Humma (from Bom­bay, 1995), and Tamma Tamma (from Thanedaar, 1990) is the megahit Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast (from Mohra, 1994), to be recre­ated for the next thriller, ti­tled Ma­chine, from di­rec­tor duo Ab­basMus­tan. Also, film­maker David Dhawan is bring­ing back two tracks, Oonchi Hai Build­ing and Tan Tana Tan, from Jud­waa (1997) for the se­quel to that com­edy.

Com­poser Tan­ishk Bagchi, who has re­vived Humma Humma and Tamma Tamma, feels that the trend is here to stay. “If there’s a re­quire­ment in the film, why not do it? But it should be done with good in­ten­tions,” he says. “When I work on such a track, I al­ways use new sounds and groove. For Tamma Tamma, I used some rap by Bad­shah.”

Bagchi re­calls with de­light that the orig­i­nal com­posers, AR Rah­man and Bappi Lahiri, ap­pre­ci­ated his work.

Film­maker San­jay Gupta shares that Haseeno Ka Dee­wana did much bet­ter than the other tracks in Kaa­bil. He says, “We have a new gen­er­a­tion that isn’t aware of these won­der­ful old num­bers. So why not give them a repack­aged ver­sion? They’re lov­ing it.”

Amitabh Bhat­tacharya, a Na­tional Award-win­ning lyri­cist, is wary of re­makes. “These songs are gen­er­at­ing busi­ness. But per­son­ally, I’d rather have a fresh track.”

Singer-song­writer Sona Mo­ha­p­a­tra also feels, “Orig­i­nal mu­sic is al­ways more in­ter­est­ing.”

We have a new gen­er­a­tion that isn’t aware of these old num­bers. So why not give them a repack­aged ver­sion? SAN­JAY GUPTA, FILM­MAKER

Anti-clock­wise from top: Stills from the re­made songs Tamma Tamma (Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia), Humma Humma (OK Jaanu), Haseeno Ka Dee­wana (Kaa­bil), and Laila Mein Laila (Raees)

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