Collaboration: 5 songs that should never have been remade

In the world of Bollywood music, one of the current popular trends is to add a song remake (or more than one) to a new film soundtrack. As I am not a fan of this particular trend, I have decided to share the 5 bollywood songs that I feel should never have been remade. This topic is in collaboration with my good friend Rujul from the blog Music Masatani, and he will also be sharing 5 bollywood songs that he feels should never have been remade. Rujul’s blog Music Mastani reviews the latest Bollywood soundtracks giving you the perfect selection of the right ones to enjoy. He has chosen a very good mix of 5 Bollywood songs that should never have been remade and you can read his post here.

Original Credits:
Song: Aashiq Banaya Aapne
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyricist: Sameer
Singers: Himesh Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal

Remake Credits:
Music Arranger: Tanishk Bagchi
Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir
Singer: Neha Kakkar and Himesh Reshammiya

I simply fail to understand what is the need to recreate songs which are already superhits. Aashiq Banaya Aapne has been composed by my favourite bollywood composer Himesh Reshammiya, and is the title track of the film with the same name. The song is a duet and features Shreya Ghoshal on the female vocals. It released in 2007, and went on to achieve humungous success, only to be faced with a poor remake of it 10 years later, for the film Hate Story 4. The recreated version has been “adapted” by ‘composer’ Tanishk Bagchi and Neha Kakkar has replaced Shreya on the vocals. Himeshji’s lines are more or less intact in the remake, although extra lyrics have been added to give the song an unnecessary female angle. This remake is a far cry from its original.

Original Credits:
Song: Naam Hai Tera
Album: Aap Kaa Surroor
Music composer: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyricist: Sameer

Remake Credits:
Song: Naam Hai Mera
Film: Hate Story 4
Music arranger: Tanishk Bagchi
Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir
Singer: Neeti Mohan

Real liberty has been taken with Naam Hai Mera which is originally Naam Hai Tera taken from Himeshji’s superhit album Aap kaa Surroor which released in 2006. Not only do we have additional unnecessary lyrics added to this already popular track, but liberty has also been taken in renaming the title of the song, thus altering its meaning entirely! It is also very unusual to see a song from a private album being used in a film soundtrack, as the whole point in the composer creating the song, was to keep it separate to a film. Once again, this remake is a dismal fail and does not reflect nor uplift the original song in any way.

Original credits:
Song: Sanu Ek Pal
Music composer and singer: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Singer: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Remake credits:
Music arranger: Tanishk Bagchi
Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir

I must say that I was quite surprised when I first heard and saw the Sanu Ek Pal Chain promo for the film Raid (2018), but then again this soundtrack released fresh after the soundtrack of Baadshaho which had Mere Rashke Qamar as its recreated song. I personally feel that it is very risky when songs from such legendary composers such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, are recreated as it feels like one is somewhat insulting the original composition. The remake of Sanu Ek Pal Chain is pleasant enough and has been sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Original credits: RDB
Remake credits: RDB

Another trend that has emerged from the recreation of songs, is songs from UK Asian artists, also being remade. Aaja Maahi from Singh is Bling belongs to UK based group RDB. It is one of their biggest hits and they allowed it to be recreated for Singh is Bling. Due to their close relationship with Akshay Kumar, RDB were able to be a part of the song, although an unplugged version featuring Arijit Singh as the lead singer, was also released. It doesn’t beat the original version at all, and I don’t understand why they cannot simply use the original again in the film.

Original credits:
Song: Ghar Se Nikalte Hi
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music composer: Rajesh Roshan
Singer: Udit Narayan

Remake credits:
Music composer: Amaal Malik
Singer: Armaan Malik
Lyricist: Kunal Verma

This is a more recent remake which unfortunately succumbed to some negative feedback as well. Ghar Se Nikalte Hi was originally and wonderfully sung by singer Udit Narayan lyrics by Javed Akhtar, for the film Papa Kehte Hain. The recreated version released as a single and has been sung and adapted by Amaal and Armaan Malik, while additional lyrics have been added by Manoj Muntashir. It was essentially a brave attempt to recreate this song, (it is also one of my favourites from Udit Narayan), but I wasn’t too happy when I first heard about the remake.

Summing up, I fail to understand this trend of not only remaking songs, but adding additional lyrics, instead of simply reusing the original composition, which would avoid all kinds of embarrassment for the newer composers. I find it increasingly worrying that so-called composers of today are taking help from old compositions instead of creating fresh, new ones! If one pays close attention, you will notice that it is one music label who is fully endorsing this trend and who owns nearly all of the songs that have been recreated.

The real question is for how long will we keep having to listen to recycled music? The audience is growing tired now. What kind of message will this give to future generations? Dear Bollywood, please give us something original!

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