Veteran actor-dancer Helen, who grooved to the hugely popular track, ‘Mehbooba’ from Sholay (1975), has requested the makers of the 3D version of the film — Shehzad Sippy, Sasha Sippy and Shaan Uttam Singh — to not remix the song for its re-release. Helen wants it to be kept as it is, as tweaking the tune might make it lose its charm.
A source close to the production house says, “The makers decided to remix and launch the classic dance number as this would make it more exciting and also appeal to the youth. During the meeting with Salim-Javed (writers of the original), for the trailer launch of the movie, the makers discussed the idea of remixing the song.”
We’re told that since the song is a classic hit, Salim-Javed, along with Helen, were of the opinion that it shouldn’t be tampered with. The source says, “They felt that the remixed version will only disturb the glory of the sassy dance number. So the makers have come up with an idea of creating a mash-up of the four songs from the movie and use that for promotional purposes.”
Ask Salim Khan about this and he says, “Whatever I have seen of the new version, it is very good and they have retained the song with its original charm.”
Jayantilal Gada, who is distributing the film, says, “We want the entire cast of Sholay to happily be part of our 3D initiative. So we
decided to drop the idea of remixing ‘Mehbooba’ and made a mash-up instead.”