Remember the song
rendered by the legendary Shamshad Begum who was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2009?
The iconic track, which featured Biswajeet dressed up as a woman and Babita as a man in Manmohan Desai’s
(1968), was recently picturised on Kangna Ranaut for her forthcoming romcom,
Tanu Weds Manu
, with R Madhavan.
However, what is most interesting to note is that the original OP Nayyar composition won’t be remixed for the Anand Rai-directed film that also features Jimmy Sheirgil. At a time when cult classics like
Apni toh jaise taise
Dum maaro dum
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
) are being remixed, the use of
in its original form comes as a breath of fresh air.
And interestingly, Ranaut is stepping into Babita’s role in the song, now choreographed by Saroj Khan. Initially, Rai considered getting music director Krsna to compose a new tune for one of the wedding ceremonies in the movie.
“Maddy is also present at the function and Kangna asks him to join them in the dance. He declines, saying he doesn’t know how to. She teases him that only watching others dance is not much fun and proceeds to show him some Kanpuriya moves,” says the film’s director, explaining the song setting and adding that he felt the
number had the romantic intensity and flavour required.
He adds, “I thought that something nostalgic that would render that feeling of
(teasing) by today’s small-town modern woman. And
had that flavour, making it the best song for the situation.” On his suggestion, the producers proceeded to acquire the rights of the original Shamshad Begum rendition from HMV-Saregama.
Asked why he opted to retain the original composition instead of remixing it, Rai says, “I required a feeling of nostalgia in the song. If I wanted to remix it, I’d have gone for a new composition.
is fantastic in its original form. So why should I tamper with it?”
As for Ranaut doing a Babita, Rai says, “Kangna is playing a small-town tomboy. So some of those manly moments are also there in the song sequence. It’s a performance-oriented song and she’s got all the nuances right.”