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HOUSEFULL and the hits songs from past as a trend to popularize the film

April 29, 2010 04:16:39 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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One does not know whether Kishore Kumar's soul would be at peace or would be tormented by the new interpretation to his song, from LAAWARIS: Apni to Jaise Taise by Mika in HOUSEFULL, but it has rather become a trend to use the opening lines of the hit songs to try to either create nostalgia or bask in the reflected glory of a hit song from the past.

Whatever be the case, the era of remixing now seems to be standing on its head. While Sajid Khan may have used the song in his film HOUSEFULL in a different context, the ambience being created through the song does not hark back to the era in which the song was originally created. It could precisely be for this reason that Prakash Mehra's son was not amused by this initiative and one does not know whether the issue has been settled or not.

It all started in a big way with Ranbir Kapoor's film BACHNA AE HASEENO, where Ranbir tangoed on the song serenading Bipasha Basu in the same manner in which his father Rishi Kapoor had wowed Kajal Kiran in HUM KISSI SE KUM NAHIN. Redeeming point of this initiative was that it was Kishore Kumar's sons Amit Kumar and Sumit Kumar who crooned on his father's song rather than any other giving his own interpretation to Kishore Kumar's song.

Dev Benegal's latest film ROAD, MOVIE also used the hit song from PYAASA, "sar jo tera chakrae", as a score in the film quite a number of times.

The moot point is that the remixes may have their quotient of success in the night clubs and at the discotheques but they do not attain the same quotient of success when thy form a part of the music of the film. The plausible reason is that the audience is not ready to accept that a song that is super hit from the past should be interpreted in a new manner by remixing it. Remixing may have become a genre in a new musical set up, as is evident from the music CDs of the films released these days. Moot point is that the audience does not seem to like remixing of a song when original is available.

It also is a telling reflection on the music directors of the present times as well, and though it may be catalytic factor in adding to success of the film, music directors need to appreciate that the route to success cannot come through remixes, but through original compositions.

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