‘Oh God, one more remix’: Bollywood continues to revive old songs, Twitter reacts
“Oh God, one more remix?” Karan Johar rightfully asks this in the reboot version of “Aankh Marey” in the film Simmba. Bollywood musicians are increasingly looking back at old tracks and pepping them up with a sprinkle of dance music and serving them to Bollywood buffs — much to some people’s joy and to some people’s dismay. The onset of 2019 has brought along one song recreation after another. “Aankh Marey”, “Tere bin”, “Chamma chamma”, “Paisa yeh paisa” and the latest “Mungda”, which is launched on Tuesday. Singer Subhro J Ganguly, who has forayed into Bollywood with “Paisa yeh paisa” and “Mungda” from the upcoming film “Total Dhamaal”, says recreations are like tributes to legendary composers.
“The 1970s’ and 1980s’ music was so legendary that our new generation is rediscovering it in their own way and recreating it. The current generation is dancing to those tunes and paying tribute to those legendary composers and singers, who had done those wonderful compositions. I think it is more of a tribute to them,” Ganguly said. The original versions of “Paisa yeh paisa” and “Mungda” were picturised on actor Rishi Kapoor in the film “Karz” and “Mungda” on twinkle toes Helen in the film “Inkaar”, respectively. The recreated versions are by Gourav-Roshin.Other old songs that have made their way into new films via remixes are “Poster lagwa do bazar Mein” from the upcoming film “Lukka Chupi”. It is a recreation of Akshay Kumar’s eponymous hit number from his 1997 movie “Aflatoon”. Singer Arjun Kanungo, whose single “La la la” was recreated for actor Saif Ali Khan’s film “Bazaar”, said he is tired of remixes. He said, “I am tired of recreations now and focus more on original music because of the simple reason that in the future, say 10 years down the line, the record labels won’t have anything to recreate. If you keep recreating a song again and again and make no new content, then you are really not thinking about the future very much.”