From Ek Do Teen in Baaghi 2 to Tumhari Sulu’’s Hawa Hawai 2.0, a look at Bollywood’s obsession with remixes
From Ek Do Teen in Baaghi 2 to Tumhari Sulu’’s Hawa Hawai 2.0, a look at Bollywood’s obsession with remixes – The last couple of years seem to have witnessed a surge in the number of recreations of popular songs from the ’80s and the ’90s. One way to look at this trend is that they introduce today’s generation to the hit tracks of the bygone era. On the other side, many of those who grew up on those songs back then, believe they should be retained in their original form.
Interestingly, one common factor of the updated versions of those old songs in the past two years is Tanishk Bagchi. While he is one of most sought-after musicians to give a new spin to the hit tracks, we also have Gourav-Roshin, who have recreated Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s Ek Do Teen from Tezaab (1988) for Baaghi 2. This time around, Jacqueline Fernandez steps into Madhuri Dixit’s dancing shoes. Here’s looking at some of the other recreated tracks in the recent times…
GAZAB KA HAI DIN — QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK (1988)NEW VERSION: DIL JUUNGLEE (2018)
A favourite of every ’80s and ’90s kid, this song embodies sheer romance. Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla were the perfect representatives of innocent teenage love in this soulful number. Everyone will remember how they got lost in the woods and kissed thereafter. Tanishk Bagchi recreated it for Taapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem’s Dil Juunglee, which released recently. It was rendered by Jubin Nautiyal and Prakriti Kakar.
HAWA HAWAI — MR INDIA (1987)NEW VERSION: TUMHARI SULU (2017)
The original song is a classic in every way — whether it is Sridevi’s expressions or the peppy beats. Tanishk created a jazzier version for Vidya Balan-starrer Tumhari Sulu, which was appreciated by Sridevi. The song suited Vidya’s confident, jugaadu and unique approach towards life. Shashaa Tirupati provided the added vocals in this version.
RAAT BAAKI — NAMAK HALAAL (1982)NEW VERSION: ITTEFAQ (2017)
Jubin Nautiyal and Nikhita Gandhi crooned the new version of Raat Baaki called Ittefaq Se. The music was again remixed by Tanishk, who also worked on the lyrics with Groot. It resonated with listeners who said it was the best remade song of 2017.
TU CHEEZ BADI HAI MAST MAST — MOHRA (1994)NEW VERSION: MACHINE (2017)
The original song is kind of a classic. Every ’90s kid will tell you that Raveena Tandon’s oomph and Paresh Rawal’s act with those glares are inimitable. However, Tanishk made some alterations to the song, originally composed by Viju Shah. Neha Kakkar lent the vocals to the new version with additional lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed. Listeners loved the trippy vibe brought by Neha’s voice. Machine also had a remixed version of Padosan’s (1968) iconic number Ek Chatur Naar composed by RD Burman.
GULABI AANKHEN — THE TRAIN (1970)NEW VERSION: NOOR (2017)
The revisited version was sung by Tulsi Kumar and Amaal Mallik. All of us know that Gulabi Aankhen, featuring Rajesh Khanna and Nanda, is one of the biggest hits of late singer Mohammad Rafi. Sadly, the new song failed to register any impact.
HUMMA HUMMA — BOMBAY (1995)NEW VERSION: OK! JAANU
AR Rahman brought a new version of the song that featured singers like Jubin, Tanishk, Badshah, Shashaa and others. While Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor’s chemistry sizzled, the song failed to impress lovers of the original.
We are sure many purists would be fuming seeing these experiments with their favourite songs. There is no denying that some of the remakes have worked well. But considering the kind of news and hype the recreation of an old classic generates, such songs are great for publicity as well.
TAMMA TAMMA — THANEDAAR (1990)NEW VERSION: BADRINATH KI DULHANIA (2017)
Fans will remember Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit dancing energetically to Bappi Lahiri and Anuradha Paudwal’s vocals in the song that itself was a lift from Mory Kante’s Tamma Tamma Lobe. In Tanishk’s Tamma Tamma Again, also a chartbuster, we saw some additional rap by Badshah.
CHALTI HAI KYA 9 SE 12 — JUDWAANEW VERSION: JUDWAA 2
Anu Malik, the original composer of the song recreated his two chartbusters Oonchi Hai Building and Chalti Hai Kya for the reboot of the ’90s superhit film Judwaa. He sang the song with Neha Kakkar. Needless to say, both the new versions trended and won listeners over with their funky tunes.