From Chull to High Heels, Bollywood music is high on women power

  • Yashika Mathur, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2016 15:48 IST
A still from the track Ki and Ka

With independent music finally making its presence felt in the Indian music industry, the treat gets better for music lovers when Bollywood films include a single in their film. But that is not where it stops, to bring more spice and fun to the track, Bollywood music composers are now adding female singers to the original tracks.

Music producer Amaal Malik, who recreated singer Fazilpuria’s track Chull for filmmaker Shakun Batra’s next, feels strongly about adding female voices to the song and he emphasises that it is not as easy as it sounds as a lot of effort goes in recreating a track for a film.“Singer Sukriti Kakar’s was added to create some excitement as the song was sounding monotonous and I think she has been a discovery of sorts with this song,” says Malik.

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“It’s very easy to say that these songs are hits and music directors only add female vocals. But, sometimes the audience doesn’t know that mostly composers recreate the songs. There is a difference between recreating songs and revising songs,” adds the music composer.

Fazilpuria is more than happy with the response to his track and says, “As long as the original composition and vocals are retained, it’s fine to add singers, depending on the requirement of the movie.”

Singer Aditi Singh Sharma, lent her voice to actor Kareena Kapoor in her upcoming film on the track High Heels, which was originally sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh. She says, “I feel it’s a nice way of adding a twist to the original song since people already know the rap parts, I think it brings something new to the table. Sometimes it works way better than the original and sometimes it doesn’t,” says Sharma.

Talking from the perspective of a director, Shashank Khaitan, whose film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya picked singer Indeep Bakshi’s track Saturday Saturday and added Akriti Kakkar’s voice, says, “The idea behind introducing the female voice in the track was that it adds another dimension to the song while shooting the video. The minute you have a female voice, you can get a female actor to come up and do something interesting in the video. Your video becomes multidimensional rather than being just one dimensional. It adds flavour.”

However, Indeep has a different point of view.

“They add female singers for flavour, but they don’t realise that the credits get shared along with the identity of a track. Bollywood has a wide range and when people listen to the song they tend to forget whose single it was in the first place. There is a difference between producing a song and mixing the song,” says Bakshi.

Adding to this Fazilpuria says, “Any such modifications should be done in consultation and agreement with the original singers and composer.”

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