Let’s Humma


From Laila main Laila, to Pal pal dil ke paas, this year has kickstarted with a slew of remakes of popular old tracks. SANGEETA YADAV tells you more about this revival trend that has Gen Z rocking to redone melodies

Call it a fad or experimentation with the old chartbusters, the trend of remaking popular Bollywood songs have become a rage in 2017. Songs like Humma humma,  Pal pal dil ke paas, Haseeno ka deewana, Laila main Laila, Ae zindagi gale laga le, Aise na mujhe tum dekho and many more old melodies are back with a twist. Not only are these remakes popular among Gen Z, they are finding their way into the top of the chartbusters.

For some, remixing an old popular number is an easy way to grab the attention of the listeners especially the youth and to connect with the fans who liked the original version. For many it’s a promotional gimmick. “Trends are trends. They are never here to stay. And usually stay till exhaustion. The trend of remakes is a mere promotion tool being used at present. Old melodies come with trademark of a sure shot success. Hence the producers and record labels take that route to ensure easy promotions,” singer Neha Bhasin says who has given award winning numbers like Kuch khaas hai  from Fashion, Dhunki from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Jag ghoomeya for Sultan.

Singers believe that there is a need for innovating new songs instead of experimentation with the old. “What we are lacking is innovation in music. For now, it is being treated as a promotional card rather than just to make great tunes and write iconic lyrics. Old is gold is true. Two important aspects of a remake is to give them a new and better sound keeping the soul intact. If a remix done well, you will revive a great tune and cement it into the consciousness of the new generation. But casually doing it is disrespecting it,” Bhasin opines.


Many a times, the remix of an old song is for an item song to add zing to a movie. Take for example the original Laila main Laila that featured Zeenat Amaan in Qurbani. As a remake, in the movie Raees featuring Sunny Leone, the song has become a top chartbuster sung by Pavni Pandey.  The original version of Sara zamana haseeno ka deewana had Amitabh Bachchan grooving to the voice of Kishore Kumar. Its remix in Kaabil has Urvashi Rautela swaying to the beats of Raftaar and Payal Dev.

Most of the remakes turn out to be dance numbers like Dil kya kare in Kaabil which was remixed by Jubin Nautiyal and has Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam do the tango to it. The original score was sung by Kishore Kumar for Julie movie featuring  Lakshmi Narayan and Vikram Makandar.

Then there is Humma humma, from Ok Jaanu. It was originally composed by AR Rahman, Remo Fernandes, Swarnalatha for the movie  Bombay. The remake has been done by Tanishk Baagchi and Baadshah. The song that featured Sonali Bendre and Arvind Swami, in the original, now has Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.

For actors, dancing to remakes is all the more fun and enjoyable and a great way to relive the memories. “When I came to know that there’s a remake of Humma humma and Baadshah is going to put some new tunes to it, I was excited. The original is groovy and a huge hit that made people go crazy on the dance floor. It had that madness. It’s remix is more groovy and has a pep to it,” Aditya Roy Kapoor tells you who was in Delhi recently to promote the movie.


Shraddha Kapoor who also features in the song tells you that when Gen Z listens to a remix of the old song, they like to listen to the original number too and that keeps the song alive. “When Humma humma was released in the movie Bombay, I was very young and used to dance on this song on my father’s bed in front of the mirror. I’m really honoured to relive that memory in this remake,” Shraddha says.

Recently, singers Armaan Malik, Tulsi Kumar and Meet Bros lent their voice to remix old popular numbers like Dev Anand’s Aise na mujhe tum dekho. Then there is Pal pal dil ke paas sung by Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar, Neuman Pinto for the movie Wajah Tum Ho. The song is originally from the movie Blackmail. Another popular song Ae zindagi gale laga le was recreated by Arijit Singh for Dear Zindagi.


Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra dancing to the remix of Kala chashma, the original is a Punjabi track from the 90s, in Baar Baar Dekho and Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Kapoor to Kar gayi chull in Kapoor & Sons movie which was originally written by Baadshah and recreated by Amaal Malik.

(Inputs Harshit Nagpal)

(The article also got published in Pioneer Newspaper – http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sunday-pioneer/backpack/lets-humma.html).


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