Music industry explains why Bollywood is recreating old songs

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Bollywood’s love for remixing old classics is growing. The past few months have seen a tsunami of recreated songs like “Ek Do Teen” and “Dilbar”, many of them couldn’t get audience appreciation. Here’s what industry icons have to say about the latest trend.

Are you in favour of recreating an old classic song? Take for example “Laila Main Laila”, “The Humma Song”, “Ek Do Teen” or even the latest tracks like “Dilbar” from Satyameva Jayate. Does you heart sink, listening to the techno beats added to its original tunes? If yes, then it isn’t your fault.

Today, no music album is complete without a couple of rehashed songs, which might have the same tune and the catch lines (mukhda), but its rewritten paras (antara) ensure that the track loses its essence.

“I don’t understand why they change the lyrics because at the end of the day people are listening to it only for that mukhda which was so popular. I can understand if you redo the music with the modern sound and all, that is fine. But, changing the antara, it is like there are two songs in one!” singer Shibani Kashyap, whose songs “Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat” and “Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa” ruled the charts in the 90s, told

“If you are going to retain just one line and the rest of it is new, then you just might do a good original song. Why do you mix it? Then it is not here, not there, it is a mixed feeling,” remarked seasoned singer Sunidhi Chauhan, whose song “Mohabbat” in Fanney Khan is already a chartbuster.

So, does that mean Bollywood has lost its melody? “The audience only listens to what is served to them. Therefore, the responsibility lies on the shoulders of the people who are either creating or recreating music,” said singer Sonu Nigam.

The trend of remixing old songs began in the 90s when classics like “Saiyaan Dil Mein Aana Re” and “Kaliyon Ka Chaman” became hot favourites. The entire album of Jawani Deewani got remixed by one artiste or the other. The song “Keh Doon Tumhe” from Deewaar sprung back into our minds when DJ Aqeel repackaged it while retaining the original voice of Kishore Kumar. This track was altered again in Baadshaho last year, but it failed to make an impact.

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