Wednesday, April 28

Original Vs. Remix - Filmi Edition

So far I have been comparing the Original Bollywood songs with remixes by Djs. Lately, there have been several remixes of Retro Bollywood songs featured in Bollywood movies. Here's a list of the filmi remixes that I like and special mention for two I really really don't like.

Babuji Dheere Chalna from Aar Paar (1954), O.P. Nayyar

The original is from a Guru Dutt movie. The remixed version I like is from the movie Salaam-e-Ishq and stars Anjana Sukhani and Anil Kapoor. What is it with Ms. Sukhani and remixes?! I have to add that my friends an I totally loved her hair in the movie. Anyway. This song comes introduces mystery girl (Anjana) to Mr. Corporate (Anil Kapoor). I love the way Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy remix this song. They don't add any fancy beats or crazy vocals but still manage to retain the mystery and air of caution that the original had.

Man Dole Mera Tan Dole from Nagin (1954), Hemant Kumar

The original song stars the gorgeous Vaijayanti Mala. Of course the remix is Twist from Love Aaj Kal. I like the way Pritam re-works the classic Nagin theme into this modern song. The name of the song is also fitting - Twist.

Ude Jab Jab Zulphien Teri from Naya Daur (1957), O.P. Nayyar

The original song stars the beautiful Vaijayanti Mala and the handsome Dilip Kumar. The filmi remix is It's Rocking from Kya Love Story Hai (no one really knew that considering the only part of the movie that became famous was this song!). Pritam works his magic again and seamlessly fuses this retro classic with a modern Bollywood song. As a plus, Kareena looks her usual best and does justice to this song!

Bachna Ae Haseeno from Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi (1977), R.D. Burman

The original song stars the charming Rishi Kapoor. Kishore Kumar adds a whole other character to the song. He manages to add charm, masti and chedkani with ease. The filmi remix is done by Vishal-Shekhar. I have to give them props for retaining a good amount of the original vocals and music. I also love they way they update the song to make it current. Just like how Rishi Kapoor rocked the original, son Ranbir adds his magic to this remix.

Yeh Mera Dil from Don (1978), Kalyanji-Anandji

The original song has the amazing Helen and the original angry young man Amitabh Bachchan. Helen and Asha Bhosle always created magic. This time is no exception. Helen plays the seductress perfectly while Asha Bhosle's voice is flirty with a hint of danger. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy remix this song perfectly. I love that they chose to Sunidhi to sing the song and she sings it perfectly but I would have loved to hear Asha Bhosle sing it again. Kareena plays the modern seductress well but not as well as Helen of course. Kareena actually looks healthy in this song since it was filmed before her size 0 (anorexic) days. SRK adds his touch as the modern, stylish and sophisticated Don.

Khaike Paan Banaras Wala from Don (1978), Kalyanji-Anandji (Yes, I totally forgot about this one!)

The original stars a drunken Amitabh Bachchan and the gorgeous Zeenat Aman. I love the way he has fun even though he's being chased by goons. Once again I love the filmi remix version by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. This has to be the best song that Udit Narayan has sung for them. I love the way be adds the Bihari feel to it. SRK interprets the song well and adds his own version of the drunkeness. I like the additions of the Hindi Rap section. I enjoy the involvement of Priyanka's character in this song.

Apni To Jaise Taise from Lawaaris (1981), Kalyanji-Anandji

The original stars the one and only Amitabh Bachchan, the rape specialist Ranjeet, and evil personified Manorama. The song starts out as a fun song. In the mukhda of the song Amitabh sings about what it feels like to be labeled as lawaaris. Kishore Kumar sings the song wonderfully. I like how can easily transition from fun to soulful in an instant. Imagine my surprise when I played the Housefull soundtrack for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's take of this song. I like that they chose Sunidhi and Mika. Oddly, I actually enjoy Mika's rendition even though I hoped they would have retained the Kishore Kumar's original vocals for the chorus (just like Bachna Ae Haseeno). Once again they come out with a fun filmi remix of an Amitabh classic! Listen to the entire song here.

Why did they even try?!

Mehbooba from Sholay (1975), R.D. Burman

Mallika has nothing on Helen. Himmesh has nothing on R.D. Burman. I almost puked when I saw this version of Mehbooba. Urmila can do so much better! Why?! If you're wondering - I'm not going to destroy your eyes and ears by posting the videos of these horrible versions of this Helen classic.

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