Remixing old melodies is the new trend in Bollywood. And, recently singer Atif Aslam recreated the classic song ‘Chalte Chalte, Yun Hi Koi Mil Gaya Tha’ from ‘Pakeezah’.
The singer recreated the song for the film ‘Mitron’ which features Jackky Bhagnani and Kritika Kamra. But, it seems like the latest version of the song has not gone down well with Lata Mangeshkar, the singer of the original track.
Lata Ji has not heard Atif’s version. And the singer says that she does not even want to. Lata Mangeshkar has further slammed the trend of remaking old songs and said that it saddens her.
While talking to news agency, Lata said, “And I don’t want to hear it. This trend of remixing old songs saddens me. Where is the creativity in simply lifting acknowledged, beloved classics and shuffling the notes around? I’ve even heard that the lyrics are changed in the remixes. By whose consent?”
“The original poets and composers wrote what they had to. Nobody has the right to tamper with the creativity of these great composers and lyricists.” she added.
Singer and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, no fan of Atif’s singing, said, “Today, even the‘’poetic’ term ”artistic liberty’ is at the verge of extinction. With due respect (and disrespect) to Atif Aslam, as a singer myself, I will observe a 2-minute silence to mourn rather than offering a comment.”
Singer Alka Yagnik, whose song “Dilbar Dilbar” was recently remixed for Satyameva Jayate, said, “Why don’t they make a new song and make it a super hit if they can, instead of picking up an already super hit song, distorting it, and releasing it again… and then saying, ‘See, it’s become so popular!” “Chalo humaare gaanon ke saath ye zulm kartey hain (They do this with our songs)… but their audacity is increasing by the day. Now they’ve started doing this to Lata Didi’s song as well.”
Pahlaj Nihalani, the former Chairperson of censor board, wonders why Bollywood is looking towards Pakistan for music. “Every day there is an incident. Our soldiers are being killed. We can’t say artistes are immune to politics. At the end of the day, they are citizens of their country first, artistes later.”