No one can predict what trend Bollywood will start. Some trends are amazing while some are absolutely irritating. Lately, we saw a growing trend of biopics which was really a brilliant way to make movies as it inspires the society; there is also a huge demand nowadays for realistic films as Indian audience is bored with the cliche and glamour in cinema.
However, one trend that should be avoided by our film-makers is overdoing the old song remixes. Just in last 6 months, almost every entertainment oriented movie had at least one old song remixed. While we all love 70’s-90’s classic songs but there is a beauty in preserving them and let it be enjoyed for their authenticity.
Most of the remixes of these songs don’t even work very well because first of all , there is no reason to have that song in the film. So, the narrative has no logic for the song. Humma Humma song from Ok Jaanu was uncalled for. Moreover, music directors don’t really create a thoughtful remix; they just add some modern beats and mix it with a ridiculous rapping. These all aspects actually destroy the magnificence of the old songs and degrade the music culture.
One might even wonder why do so many talented music directors need to take a help from Old song when they can create something new and refreshing?
Let’s have a look at some examples:
One of the highly criticized song was of course Humma Humma from Ok Jaanu. A R. Rahman’s genius composing from ‘Bombay’ was mesmerizing but the remix doesn’t even reach a threshold and Badshah’s rapping was a disappointment.
Even ‘Laila Main Laila‘ song from Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees was nothing special in terms of newness. Just having Sunny Leone in the song created a huge buzz about it. That’s not it. ‘Ye Saara Zamaana‘ track from Kaabil was another unnecessary remix to have. The problem is that these songs have no context in the film or even with the storyline.
Shah Rukh Khan’s Don was a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s film by the same name. So, ‘Khaike Paan Banaras Wala’ makes sense in the new film too, as it has some value in it. But, recent films have no such logic to have them.
We are not done. Badrinath Ki Dulhania added ‘Tamma Tamma Again‘ song from Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sanjay Dutt’s film ‘Thanedaar’ and it also had the same effect as rest of the remakes. It didn’t work out.
Abbas-Mustans latest film ‘Machine‘ used Akshay Kumar-Raveena Tandon’s ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast‘ song from ‘Mohra’. It was one of the worst remakes done for one of the best songs. Even Naam Shabana had Zubi Zubi song which failed to create any spark. Sonakshi Sinha’s Noor has Gulabi 2.0 and it’s the latest example of why we should stop destroying the the beauty of old songs.
Most music directors are not even understanding why they are remixing it. Even if it creates some buzz, at the end, it is never going to help the cinema. It’s a good thing sometimes to remix a song but overdoing it is definitely not going to help. If you listen to Mirzya, Dangal, Rangoon, Phillauri’s music, you will realize the kind of authentic songs these films have. The music directors of these films wanted to create something new which can become a benchmark for the greater future of music.
Let’s hope we learn this thing quickly and we get to watch and listen many more fresh songs in Bollywood.