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Bollywood Music: Old wine, new bottle!

Alia Bhatt

By HT

Mumbai, Aug. 19 -- Remixing old hits may not be a new phenomenon, but Bollywood is in overdrive mode these days. A long list of songs from recent films are revamped versions of the originals - film soundtracks and pop numbers - that were released much earlier.

Cases in point - 'Main tenu samjhawan ki' is a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song that has now been sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh and Alia Bhatt for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

On the other hand, 'Aaj phir tumpe pyar aaya hai' from Dayavan (1988) has been borrowed by Hate Story 2, while Himesh Reshammiya's 'Hai apna dil toh awara' in The Xpose is originally from the 1958 film, Solva Saal, and 'Hungama' in Queen is from Anhonee (1973).

"Using a good original is better than copying. It's nice for the audience as well - a classic from another time is adapted to suit the tastes of modern listeners. I loved Alia's version of 'Main tenu samjhawan'," says film-maker Kunal Kohli, who used a medley of remixed songs in Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002).

Interestingly, the current format is a far cry from the usual backbeat additions. Hate Story 2, for instance, uses only the first few lines of 'Aaj phir tumpe'. "The antara (midverse) is an original composition and the introductory part is from an old hit, and we fuse it. In fact, I wouldn't say this is a remix. A remix keeps the composition the same," says the song's composer, Arko Pravo Mukherjee.

Himesh, too, has only borrowed the first line from 'Hai apna dil toh awara' for his version. "They are being recorded due to the growing demand of the audience, and not personal fantasies," he says. Singer-composer Sonu Nigam, however, says, "It's a short route to success. Original songs will always earn more respect."