BOLLYWOOD: Lata Mangeshkar hit out at Atif Aslam’s rendition of her mellow track Chalte Chalte from the classic film Pakeezah.
Atif Aslam had lent his vocals to produce a new version of the song, for the upcoming Bollywood film Mitron. However, the song hasn’t received much appreciation from music enthusiasts, least of all from Mangeshkar.
In fact, she has even refused to listen to the track.
Mangeshkar said to a portal, “And I don’t want to hear it. This trend of remixing old songs saddens me. Where is the creativity in simply lifting acknowledged, beloved classics and shuffling the notes around? I’ve even heard that the lyrics are changed in the remixes. By whose consent?
“The original poets and composers wrote what they had to. Nobody has the right to tamper with the creativity of these great composers and lyricists.”
Usually, remakes and remixes of songs has been met with much resentment by the original artists. Alka Yagnik, whose original song Dilbar was remixed for Satyameva Jayate, said, “Why don’t they make a new song and make it a superhit if they can, instead of picking up an already superhit song, distorting it, and releasing it again… and then saying, ‘See, ‘it’s become so popular’!
“Chalo humaare gaanon ke saath ye zulm kartey hain (They do this with our songs)… but their audacity is increasing by the day. Now they’ve started doing this to Lata Didi’s song as well.”