"Oh God, one more remix?" Karan Johar rightfully asks this in the reboot version of "Aankh Marey" in the film Simmba. Bollywood musicians are increasingly looking back at old tracks and pepping them up with a sprinkle of dance music and serving them to Bollywood buffs -- much to some people's joy and to some people's dismay. The onset of 2019 has brought along one song recreation after another. "Aankh Marey", "Tere bin", "Chamma chamma", "Paisa yeh paisa" and the latest "Mungda", which is launched on Tuesday. Singer Subhro J Ganguly, who has forayed into Bollywood with "Paisa yeh paisa" and "Mungda" from the upcoming film "Total Dhamaal", says recreations are like tributes to legendary composers.
"The 1970s' and 1980s' music was so legendary that our new generation is rediscovering it in their own way and recreating it. The current generation is dancing to those tunes and paying tribute to those legendary composers and singers, who had done those wonderful compositions. I think it is more of a tribute to them," Ganguly said. The original versions of "Paisa yeh paisa" and "Mungda" were picturised on actor Rishi Kapoor in the film "Karz" and "Mungda" on twinkle toes Helen in the film "Inkaar", respectively. The recreated versions are by Gourav-Roshin.
However, Twitterati doesn’t really like the new version as well as Sonakshi in the recreated song. Here’s what netizens are thinking-
Bollywood is literally on a spree to ruin the old classics 😥— Taanu. (@xTaanux) February 5, 2019
There's no creativity left at all.#Mungda
The kind of feeling I still get when I listen to #Mungda featuring #Helenji is 😍😍😍 and the kind of feeling I got when I listened to #Mungda featuring #SonakshiSinha ...............😓😯 why are you doing this #Bollywood ??— Parmita Chowdhury (@Parmi0727) February 5, 2019
im gonna have to listen to the OG mungda on loop to get the screechy new shit out of my head. #Mungda— 𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐢. (@trolldemortx) February 5, 2019
#Mungda disappoints big time. Wondering Why a failed actress is being promoted like this from so many years.— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) February 5, 2019
And it falls flat... totally!— Scheff (@shafiqulhasan81) February 5, 2019
Where's the bolt of energy, oomph factor in the eyes and raw dance which Helen was known for from #Mungda?
Even the vocals are pretty average.#TotalDhamaal #SonakshiSinha https://t.co/MCVuH8U4eK
Other old songs that have made their way into new films via remixes are "Poster lagwa do bazar Mein" from the upcoming film "Lukka Chupi". It is a recreation of Akshay Kumar's eponymous hit number from his 1997 movie "Aflatoon". Singer Arjun Kanungo, whose single "La la la" was recreated for actor Saif Ali Khan's film "Bazaar", said he is tired of remixes. He said, "I am tired of recreations now and focus more on original music because of the simple reason that in the future, say 10 years down the line, the record labels won't have anything to recreate. If you keep recreating a song again and again and make no new content, then you are really not thinking about the future very much."
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