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It has all turned dirty: Amaal Mallik on increasing number of remixes in Hindi films


The music composer posted a series of tweets on 6 May, shedding light on the 'soul less' state of the Hindi film industry's music department.

Keyur Seta

Over the years, the trend of remixing old Hindi songs for new films has been gaining momentum. While some renditions have been appreciated, most end up being condemned. The remix of Tezaab's (1988) iconic dance number ‘Ek Do Teen’ for Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 2 (2018) faced wrath from the audience, not only for its 'remixed' music, but also for its picturisation and choreography.

While the audience is beginning to question the relevance and need of remixes, industry members, too, are speaking up against the practice.

Music composer, Amaal Mallik, on Sunday (6 May), posted a series of tweets shedding light on his experience. “2 years 60+ remakes [sic].....Who knows where we are headed ! Even the original stuff that’s coming is soul less.... 11 films I’ve left.. 3 films, I’ve been thrown out of due to other composers charging half my price. It’s all turned dirty bro..... In short : We are fucked,” he wrote.

It all started when fellow composer Gourov Dasgupta, who composed the remix of 'Hare Krishna Hare Ram' song from Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) for Deven Bhojani's Commando 2 (2017), expressed concern for artists by tweeting, 'Let the artists breathe...'

Mallik replied expressing hope that talent will return in 2020, "2020 bro....That’s when talent will rise again.' while Dasgupta seconded Mallik's wish, writing, "I pray dear brother... I do... @AmaalMallik," Mallik chose to list the number of remixes done in 2 years and shared how he had to lose work with other composers charging half his price.

In the year 2017, Hindi cinema saw a high number of remixes: ‘Laila Main Laila’ song from Qurbani (1980) was recereated for Raees (2017), Yaarana's (1981) ‘Sara Zamana’ song was remixed for Kaabil (2017), Mohra's (1994) ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast’ song was remixed Machine (2017), among many others.

2018, too, is so far treading on the same path with the 'Ek Do Teen' number, 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' song from Aashiq Banaya Aapne: Love Takes Over (2005) being redone for Hate Story IV, and Kaagaz Ke Phool's (1959) classic number 'Waqt Ne Kiya' getting a tweak for the recently released 102 Not Out.

Mallik, however, too has been a part of the remix trend a few times. Last year, he set Golmaal Again's ‘Maine Tujhko Dekha’ song to the tune of 'Neend Churayi Meri' from Ishq (1997) and used parts of ‘Gulabi Aankhen Jo Teri Dekhi’ song from The Train (1970) in Noor's 'Gulabi' number.