The Worst of Bollywood Remixes

How would you want your days to start? With an annoying buzz of the alarm or with your favorite song, jamming aloud?

Do you remember the scene where Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) wake Aditi (Kalki Koechlin), dancing to the tunes of Chumma Chumma de in the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani?

If you are a Bollywood buff, you know what I am talking about! Apart from the movies, scenes, and the actors, Hindi songs are an integral part of every Indian’s life. Once in a while, a soundtrack releases and wins the hearts of millions, becoming eternally etched into our lives.

These songs have found a place not only in our daily lives while we wake up, eat, study, work or go for a walk but also in some of the most memorable moments and life-changing days of our lives such as birthdays, proposals, marriages, farewells or even break-ups.

Did you know that the first-ever Bollywood song was recorded in India by Gauhar Jaan in 1902 under Saregama, India’s oldest music label, owned by RP Sanjiv Goenka Group? Since then, thousands of Bollywood songs have been recorded and released in India. These Bollywood soundtracks account for nearly 80% of the country’s music revenue.

Despite countless new releases, the country still swears on some old Bollywood classics that have remained timeless to date. I mean, who wouldn’t like a slow dance to the tunes of ‘Lag Jaa Gale’ or immediately get a spark of smiles on their faces when someone hums ‘Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye’? 

Alas, it brings me great sorrow to say that the new age trends haven’t spared anything! Not even the age-old timeless Bollywood classics. You know and feel the pain, Right?

God! When I come across a younger cousin singing the classic song’s remix, clueless about the original, I feel utterly and poorly helpless.

Are you a millennial reading this and wondering what I am talking about? Thank your stars for landing on this blog. Here’s a list of the worst Bollywood remixes of all time that have ruined the originals for you and me:

Ishwar Allah – PM Narendra Modi:

The original song ‘Ishwar Allah’ was written by Javed Akhtar and composed by A.R Rahman for Deepa Mehta’s movie ‘Earth.’ Well, after I named the incredible personalities that have created this song, you might have already got an idea of how soulful the original version of this song is. 

But the makers of the movie ‘PM Narendra Modi’, the Prime Minister’s biopic, decided to give their spin to the song and ruined it for all of us in the remix version.

Ishwar Allah- PM Narendra Modi
Ishwar Allah- PM Narendra Modi

Raabta- Raabta:

There have been many instances when the movie didn’t do very well, but some of the songs from those movies win hearts. That was precisely the case with the movie Agent Vinod, the 2012 film directed by Sriram Raghvan. The song ‘Raabta’ sung by Humsikha and Arijit Singh became very popular, and we couldn’t stop listening to it. 

Five years down the line decided to make a slow sensuous remix version of this song with Deepika Padukone for the title track of the movie ‘Raabta.’ It doesn’t do justice to the melodies of the original version.

raabta raabta
raabta raabta

Chamma Chamma – Fraud Saiyaan:

The first time when I heard this song, I wanted to pray for it to be a horrible nightmare. The original Chamma Chamma song was sung by Alka Yagnik, starring Urmila Matondkar, for the film China Gate in 1998, and it became very popular not only in India but globally as well.

In 2019, Neha Kakkar and Ikka Singh created a remix version of the song featuring Elli Avram and Sara Loren for the movie ‘Fraud Saiyan.’ We don’t know about Saiyaan, but the remix version certainly does feel like someone committed a serious fraud that the fans of the original song cannot give forgiveness for.

Neha Kakkar - Chamma Chamma
Neha Kakkar – Chamma Chamma

Masakali 2.0:

Such remixes should officially be a part of the list of disasters! The original Masakali song from Delhi-6, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor, sung by Mohit Chauhan, was a soothing, simplistic, musical treat for the ears and the soul.

Contrary to that, ‘Masakali 2.0’, the remixed version starring Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, makes you want to shut both your ears and run away. Check out how people expressed their rage with memes all over the internet. 

masakali 2.0
masakali 2.0

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas – Wajah Tum Ho:

The original classic song is from the movie ‘Blackmail’ which was released in 1973. The legendary singer Kishore Kumar created this song, and we can no doubt say that it has been a forever favorite for ages now.

In 2016, Arijit Singh, Neuman Pinto, and Tulsi Kumar recreated this song for the movie ‘Wajah Tum Ho.’ Though it was not that bad in individuality, remixes are supposed to maintain the original versions’ charm, and this one failed at doing so.

dil-ke-paas-wajah-tum-ho
dil-ke-paas-wajah-tum-ho

Akhiyo se Goli Maare – Pati, Patni Aur Woh:

As a part of the comedy film ‘Dulhe Raja’ directed by Harmesh Malhotra in 1998, the original ‘Akhiyo se Goli Maare’ featuring Raveena Tondon and Govinda, has been a hit. Fans would never miss a chance to groove on the tunes of this song.

Well, in 2019, Mika Singh and Tulsi Kumar worked on creating a remix of this song for the movie ‘Pati, Patni Aur Woh’ starring Kartik Aryan, Ananya Pandey, and Bhumi Pedneker. Honestly, they took the ‘kar de bura haal’ part quite seriously here.

Akhiyo se Goli Maare- Pati, Patni Aur Woh
Akhiyo se Goli Maare- Pati, Patni Aur Woh

There’s nothing wrong in getting inspired from a well-created soundtrack, but getting inspired, incorporating it, and churning out a sound output is one thing and deciding to ruin it with such remixes is a big NO-NO!

Do you know about a good Bollywood remix adaptation?

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