Kumar Sanu: Singers who sang the original track must also sing the rehashed version
The trend of remaking old songs seems to have caught on in a big way, especially in the present year —with Haseeno Ka Deewana, originally picturised on Amitabh Bachchan, in Yaraana, making an appearance in Kaabil, Laila Mein Laila being reworked for Raees, AR Rahman completely recreating his foot-tapping number, Humma Humma, for OK Jaanu, to Bappi Lahiri’s Tamma Tamma appearing in Badrinath Ki Dulhania, and Chalti Hai Kya 9 Se 12 and Oonchi Hai Building 2.0 from Judwaa featuring in Judwaa 2. Singer Kumar Sanu, unlike many of his contemporaries, is a supporter of the trend of rehashing old hits.
“This is not a bad thing. It’s more like old wine in a new bottle for teenagers who aren’t even aware that such beautiful songs existed. And they are, in fact, lapping up these songs. In a way, the trend is giving a new lease of life to these popular tracks,” says the singer.
However, he admits that rehashed versions have a shelf life. “To give an example, someone who heard an old Kishore Kumar original, might not like the new version. I also think that if possible, even the remade version should be recorded in the voice of the original singer. In a way, it’s interesting to see the newness he or she will add to the song. This might help in retaining the popularity for a longer time as music lovers would like it more,” he explains.
Ask him if there is any song of his that he doesn’t want to be rehashed, Sanu quickly responds, “The song Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye (Jurm, 1990) is one of those songs that the audience might not accept (as) anything other than the original version as it has a different appeal altogether.”
Meanwhile, Sanu has sung the title track of the show, Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai. The music has been composed by Anu Malik. He has also recorded a Durga Puja album that has eight original tracks written and composed by Kolkata-based Raju Saha. “I have been planning to do another album for Durga Puja. I couldn’t do one last year, so this year I decided not to give it a miss,” he says.
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