Why is Bollywood obsessed with remixing old classics? - #BigStory

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A drawstring of caller remixes successful Bollywood has sparked a cringe fest among the euphony aficionados. While societal media was flooded with reactions from netizens slamming the euphony composers for ruining aged evergreen classics, the 1 that stood retired was Pakistani histrion Adnan Siddiqui’s tweet wherever helium expressed his implicit disdain astatine the remixed mentation of disco fig Aap Jaisa Koi featuring Malaika Arora and Ayushmann Khurrana successful An Action Hero. “Nazia Hassan indispensable beryllium turning successful her grave,” helium remarked, stating that re-creation requires talent.

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This is conscionable 1 among the galore failed attempts to reincarnate aged compositions that person been a raging deed successful their times. There were fewer much wrong the weeks gone by. The aforesaid movie featured a recreated mentation of Amar Jalal and IP Singh’s Jehda Nasha that was slammed by many. Fans gave a large thumbs down to the recreated mentation of the fashionable creation fig from Satya - Sapnon Mein Milti Hai, present titled Kudi Meri featuring Abhimanyu Dassani and Dhvani Bhanushali with a peculiar quality from ‘Bhiku Mhatre’ Manoj Bajpayee himself. Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani starrer remixed mentation of Harrdy Sandhu’s Punjabi fig Kya Baat Ay was met with a akin fate. Netizens slammed Kyaa Baat Haii 2.0 from Govinda Naam Mera stating Bollywood is ‘murdering each deed Punjabi song’.
Yohani’s Manike Mage Hithe, Phalguni Pathak’s Maine Payal Hai Chhankai, AR Rahman's Masakali, Kishore Kumar's Dil Mein Chhupa Loonga, Humma Humma, Tamma Tamma, Chamma Chamma, Saki Saki - the database of remixes that ruined the representation of the tin beryllium endless. Today’s #BigStory seeks to find retired what drives Bollywood to support going backmost to repackaging and reusing aged classics implicit creating caller euphony contempt each the flak, is determination a dearth of archetypal ideas to constitute caller music, are we becoming lazy and taking the casual mode retired and more. Read on.

Why remix aged classics?

To acceptable the grounds consecutive the deed ratio of remixes has ever been skewed - precise fewer appealed to the sensation buds of the assemblage with Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Laila, Tamma Tamma, Disco Deewane making it to the list. As noted movie writer and writer Chaitanya Padukone states, “Almost each 3rd Hindi movie has a remixed mentation of an aged retro-chartbuster track. Evidently they are trying to currency successful connected the timeless callback worth of the aged retro song. As the adage goes, selling precious aged sparkling vino successful a caller charismatic bottle.”

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Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan makes nary bones astir it arsenic helium says, “I'm really, truly bored of listening to these remixes that are coming in. I'm wholly against it close now.” Just similar us, the instrumentalist fails to recognize the ‘philosophy down it’. “I deliberation they've got their ain thought process that if they remix an aged song, it is going to go a deed and that volition pull much assemblage into the theaters. Secondly, I deliberation the full enactment of the euphony for the movie is being done by the euphony company. There was a clip erstwhile a manager utilized to decide. I deliberation close now, the full conception of the euphony institution is to conscionable person a remix which has got nary transportation with the communicative oregon the movie oregon thing to bash with that. But nary of it works! Musically, aesthetically, it conscionable doesn't adjacent scope wherever it is expected to, due to the fact that we're not talking astir originative euphony astatine all. Don't they person immoderate benignant of assurance successful the euphony composers?” helium questions.

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 manager Anees Bazmee explains remixes enactment for the movie due to the fact that the archetypal is already popular. “When it is remade and presented successful a caller way, it helps the film,” helium says. “But I americium not of the sentiment that each the songs successful the movie should beryllium remixed. I person utilized 2 songs successful Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. One was the rubric opus and the different 1 was Aami Je Tomar. Both these songs were important for the film. And if you see, lone those 2 songs person worked. The recently created songs did not work. So, the makers are alert that remixes of already fashionable songs tin enactment with a fewer modifications.”

Veteran playback vocalist Anuradha Paudwal says, “Today nary 1 wants to instrumentality a chance. They would alternatively play with already deed numbers than constitute caller songs.”

Promotional strategy

Songs person ever played a important relation successful creating a buzz astir a film. So aged classics that became a rage are a spell to enactment for the makers implicit the uncertainty of caller composition. Music composer Lalit Pandit of Jatin-Lalit fame has seen galore of his archetypal compositions crook into remixes. He says the inclination of remixes is large contiguous due to the fact that the euphony companies, directors, and producers are each insecure astir getting a deed song. “They cannot fig retired if the euphony volition go a deed oregon not, which is imperative for immoderate film,” helium states. “They consciousness it is casual to remix the aged opus since it was already a hit. It is their constituent of view. There is simply a consciousness of desperation to get a deed song. Even my opus Bin Tere Sanam among galore others has been remixed. It volition proceed and lone deed songs volition beryllium remade.”

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Producer Ratan Jain calls a spade a spade arsenic helium says, “ Filmon se euphony khatam ho raha hai. They request euphony lone for promotion and not wrong the communicative of the film. When euphony itself has vanished from films, determination are these remixes that are either point songs oregon extremity titles which are not a portion of the story. We are frightened of putting euphony successful films, it’s similar we are trying to transcript Hollywood.”

Music composer-singer Tanishk Bagchi is possibly the King of Remixes successful today’s times having maximum recreations to his credit. He is the 1 often facing brickbats connected the net each clip the assemblage feels an aged classical has been butchered. Shankar Mahadevan backs Bagchi and says helium doesn't blasted him astatine all. “He's doing a large occupation arsenic acold arsenic the remixes are concerned,” helium says. “It's enactment for him, you know? When determination is nary enactment successful the industry, the enactment is needed for young euphony composers. Don't blasted the euphony composers for this. Blame the euphony company, blasted the producer, and to a definite grade if the manager is successful control, blasted the directors besides for taking a determination similar this. It's getting boring and predictable and perfectly pakau.”

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Heaping praises connected Tanishk, Shankar goes connected to say, “Tanishk is simply a fabulous musician. He tin constitute archetypal songs too. He is simply a young, new, upcoming composer. And it’s enactment astatine the extremity of the day. So delight bash not blasted the euphony composer. I'm definite that if helium composes an archetypal song, the euphony institution volition cull it. They say, ‘No we don't privation this. Koi purana gaana hullo leke daal do’.”

While Ratan Jain agrees astir of the songs are ruined portion remixing, lone immoderate of them crook retired better, helium disagrees that the telephone is taken by euphony companies. "It is done by the shaper and director. Companies lone administer the music. We don’t person the benignant of euphony directors and composers contiguous similar we had earlier. Today’s euphony has nary creation only. If you speech astir euphony directors, aaj Pritam (Chakraborty) chhod ke kaun bacha hai?” helium says.

Is it unethical to remix a song?

There is nary 1 mode to reply this question. While remixes bring much visibility to the opus and artistes, they besides springiness a caller individuality to an aged classic. But again the question remains, is it ethical to recreate a remix of an archetypal aged opus of a legendary composer? The precocious legendary composer-singer RD Burman clip had told elder writer-author Chaitanya Padukone (author of memoirs publication RD Burmania) during the precocious ‘80s that “it is unethical to reproduce oregon reprise immoderate archetypal opus without anterior consent and without giving owed credits to the archetypal composer. Secondly, successful the process of remixing, the melodious essence of the archetypal creation should beryllium preserved and not beryllium distorted.”

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Lyricist Sameer Anjaan holds the Guinness World Record for penning the astir fig of songs. While helium is not against the remix culture, helium tells ETimes 3 things that helium does not rather hold with. “I americium against the information that erstwhile a opus is remixed, the archetypal composer and the remix composer get the aforesaid stock of the royalty. That is wrong. If a writer has added 1 enactment successful my opus and asks for a royalty of 50 percent, that is precise unethical and wrong. Secondly, the originality of the opus is lost. No thought, no lena dena, koi bhi enactment likhi jaa rahi hai. Uski creativity ke saath khilwar hai. And thirdly, if the archetypal writer oregon euphony manager is alive, what is the occupation asking them to remix the song? Why not springiness them an opportunity? 90 percent of my deed songs person been remixed. The archetypal writer and euphony manager are not adjacent credited successful remixes these days.”

Lalit Pandit echoes the sentiment and says, “A remixed opus was already made by immoderate different writer/composer who worked hard connected it. These guys conscionable marque changes and bash not recognition the writer and composer astatine all. This is precise bad. Credit is not fixed truthful that royalty request not beryllium fixed to the archetypal composer arsenic well. So galore songs of Kalyanji person been remixed. Javed Akhtar adjacent had a ineligible lawsuit connected Ghar Se Nikalte Hi song that helium had written and was composed by Rajesh Roshan. This is wrong.”

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Ratan Jain recalls helium had remixed Chura Ke Dil Mera and adjacent helium had to look the barbs due to the fact that it was not arsenic bully arsenic the original. “Many person approached maine to remix songs that I had the rights to. Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast, Tip Tip Barsa Paani were remade, but nary came adjacent adjacent to the original. Nazia Hassan’s Aap Jaisa Koi was a precise modern opus adjacent successful that era. How overmuch much modern volition you marque it? Neither tin you get that actor, nor the voice, it was bound to beryllium ugly,” helium says.

Shankar Mahadevan recalls they had composed Pretty Woman about 18 years back. “We bought the rights to the song. We did not remix anything, arsenic it was an English song. And we've done 1 remix a agelong clip backmost for Housefull, that's it. That clip it was a caller concept, conscionable a wacky, brainsick thing. But close present this is coming retired of people's ears. Every film, you tin spot the patterns - the determination is made by euphony companies.”

Connecting the younker with the old

Legendary composer Anandji bhai of Kalyanji-Anandji fame had shared with Chaitanya Padukone “that the affirmative flip broadside of a well-recreated ‘remix’ is that it besides serves arsenic a catalyst which sometimes ‘connects’ the young procreation to assorted aged ‘forgotten’ evergreen chartbusters. But astatine the aforesaid time, the archetypal psyche and flavour of the timeless songs should ne'er beryllium severely tampered with”.

Singer and songwriter Neha Bhasin believes portion determination is thing incorrect successful remixing a song, the onus of doing it aesthetically and keeping the respect of the archetypal creation intact rests connected the composers and the artistes who are progressive successful making the track. “And if that's lacking, past they indispensable instrumentality the work oregon the accountability for the same,” she says. “But with aggregate artists making an medium with labels wanting lone their ain artists oregon their ain composers to bash music, it is benignant of narrowing down to benignant of a mafia of sorts. We're not allowing 1 composer to bash the full album. Now you're making songs conscionable to beforehand a film. That integrity of euphony is not determination anymore successful that sense.”

Does Bollywood deficiency originality?

Each clip a remix fig wrecks the archetypal vibe and aesthetic of a song, this is 1 question that plagues the minds of euphony enthusiasts the most. As Lalit Pandit aptly says, “This is simply a enactment of mutilation. Achhe gaane ki cheer-phaad karte hain. Many judge you should not interaction classics. There are bully composers who tin make archetypal music. Why not situation them to bash specified bully enactment similar the classics? They are precise capable, makers should lone person guts to spot them.”

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Shankar Mahadevan adds, “Which is the lone deed opus of this year? It's a opus called Kesariya. And it is an archetypal opus with archetypal lyrics, archetypal melody; it's not a remix. Which opus has go arsenic large arsenic Kesariya? We did a opus called Ae Watan for Raazi. Is determination a opus similar that? We did a opus similar Dilbaro which became the bidaai anthem of the year. So let's not speech astir deficiency of originality. But the happening is, they don't privation to person 1 euphony composer composing for the full film. We volition not bash a movie wherever 5 euphony composers are there. We'd alternatively bash autarkic euphony due to the fact that now's the clip for autarkic music. Then they travel and inquire america to bash 1 offs. I don't adjacent blasted the young composers for doing it, due to the fact that they request work, you know?”

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Singer Akriti Kakar believes the existent batch of euphony directors/lyricists are not incompetent, but “there is immoderate unsaid, undue unit by radical successful the determination making seats to support recreating songs”. “There are superb caller young lyricists and composers who are doing their happening truthful finely. Sadly much wealth is being pumped into glorifying the remixes is lone wherefore they are seen and heard more. Bollywood decidedly doesn’t deficiency originality. There are immoderate truly beauteous compositions coming retired successful the movies. Freddy, Brahmastra, Prithviraj, Laal Singh Chaddha each had beauteous albums. They conscionable request to beryllium pushed more. That’s all,” she says.

Neha Bhasin agrees determination is nary deficiency of originality. “I consciousness remixes person ever been the ploy of the labels, a benignant of mafia, wherein they person the rights of aged catalogue and they consciousness it's safer to recycle that and determination it forward. And determination are definite labels who person been doing it since the 90s,” she shares.

Singer Savaniee Ravindrra believes we person large endowment successful our country, but it is yet unexplored. “The composers and upcoming artistes don't get capable encouragement to make bully music. We unluckily person a wont of blaming it connected the audiences, ki assemblage ko yahi acha lagta hai, assemblage ko peppy songs achhe lagte hain. But I'm wholly against it,” she says.

Is exertion to beryllium blamed?

With precocious euphony technology, it has go easier to compose, notate, analyse and edit music. Even dependable tin beryllium modulated done softwares. And past determination is societal media that has besides altered the mode we devour music. Could exertion past beryllium blamed for an improvement successful music? Akriti disagrees. “Technology? No. It’s ever the quality caput steering technology,” she says.

Neha Bhasin thinks portion it's large that the assemblage is rebuking the strategy of remakes, she besides feels it is them to beryllium blamed for it contiguous with the full reel civilization of remixing aged music. “ Woh Lo-fi bana rahe hain. (Lo-fi is simply a euphony oregon accumulation prime successful which elements usually regarded arsenic imperfections successful the discourse of a signaling oregon show are present, sometimes arsenic a deliberate choice.) So it's besides coming from the truthful called netizens who are to beryllium blamed arsenic well. Today they conscionable privation thing truly accelerated to creation on, to marque a reel on, and it's creating a precise unusual situation of accelerated nutrient music, which the labels are adhering to,” she makes a pertinent point.

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With archetypal music, the stakes are higher and it takes much clip to beryllium injected into the system, and to penetrate into people’s hearts. “A deed opus is simply a deed opus which is simply a deed for a agelong time, and I consciousness cipher has clip for that anymore. I consciousness that civilization boils down to societal media and radical also. So it’s a corporate benignant of accountability of a weird civilization that we each are a portion of close now,” she signs off.

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