The creators of the original song 'Masakali' from Delhi-6 (2009) have condemned the latest remix to hit the music scene.
AR Rahman, Prasoon Joshi, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra speak out against 'Masakali 2.0'
Mumbai - 09 Apr 2020 18:48 IST
Hours after the launch of 'Masakali 2.0', the latest recreation of an earlier hit by composer Tanishk Bagchi, the creators of the original song 'Masakali' from Delhi-6 (2009) spoke out against it.
Original composer AR Rahman was the first to speak up as he wrote about the team's process a decade ago. "No short-cuts, properly commissioned, sleepless nights, writes and re-writes. Over 200 musicians, 365 days of creative brainstorming with the aim to produce music that can last generations," he shared in an image on Twitter.
"A team of a director, a composer and a lyricist supported by actors, dance directors and a relentless film crew," he added, sending love and prayers to everyone. He also asked people to enjoy the original instead.
On Instagram, the composer was less polite.
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi stated that he was sad to see their original creation "insensitively utilized" and said it was "up to the conscience of [music label] T-Series".
All songs written for #Delhi6 including #Masakali close to heart,sad to see when original creation of @arrahman @prasoonjoshi_ &singer @_MohitChauhan insensitively utilised. Upto the conscience of @Tseries. Hopefully the fans will stand for originality. @RakeyshOmMehra— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) April 8, 2020
Delhi-6 filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, too, condemned the remix and asked audiences to savour the original.
This new version, produced by Bhushan Kumar's T-Series, has been sung by Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon and picturized on Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria. Earlier this year, Bagchi had remixed Rahman's iconic track 'Muqabla' for the Hindi film Street Dancer 3 (2020). He has already made a name (some may say ill-fame) for himself as a composer who is open to recreating older hits.
Music fans have already given a thumbs down to the new number, with filmmaker Hansal Mehta asking listeners to take a stand by not tuning in online.
This quarantine feels better than Masakali 2.0— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) April 8, 2020
I am glad @ArmaanMalik22 has refused to sing any more remixes of old songs. It tests today’s creative talent. Great old songs are also spared the ignominy of reinterpretation. The only great remix I have heard is the @MikeyMcCleary1 version of Khoya khoya chand in Shaitan.— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) April 9, 2020
Really glad how makers of original #Masakali are standing up against recreations & the new one. High time we had masters speaking of ruining the classics themselves. It needs to begin with them, its creators. It cannot always be about money & sold rights. It's about ethos too 🙌— Mimansa Shekhar (@mimansashekhar) April 9, 2020
We are complicit in this bastardisation of old songs. It is seen as a small price to pay for getting your film produced. Truth : it is a travesty. It is an insult to the original creator by an ecosystem that thrives on shit. Stop consuming shit. People will stop producing shit.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) April 9, 2020
The remix phase itself, which began nearly two decades ago with pop singles like the 'Kaanta Laga' remix and a host of remixes of Punjabi folk numbers, is unlikely to go away anytime soon, and after the current shutdown ends, it remains to be seen how many stick to the promise not to associate themselves with any recreations.