Those who have listened to Chalte chalte yuhi koi mil gaya tha in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice might find the new version of the song recorded by Pakistan singer Atif Aslam for a Bollywood film titled ‘Mitron’, a shocker, reports Hindustan Times.
The mellow ‘mujra’ melody was composed by Ghulam Mohammed for the mythic Meena Kumari swan song in Pakeezah.
A Hindustan Times report reads that the new song takes the delicate notes of the original tune, wrenches them out of context and leaves us with a spill-over version of the original which no one can identify as the memorabilia from Pakeezah, except those responsible for this duplication. And the composition is credited to Tanishk Bagchi.
According to a Hindustan Times report, Lata Mangeshkar, the living legend who sang the song in Pakeezah to immortality, has luckily not heard Atif’s version. ‘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 report reads, ‘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.’
Singer and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, no fan of Atif’s singing, said: ‘Today, even the poetic term ‘artistic liberty’ is at the verge of extinction. With due respect (and disrespect) to Atif Aslam, as a singer myself, I will observe a 2 minute silence to mourn rather than offering a comment,’ reports Hindustan Times.
The former chairperson of censor board Pahlaj Nihalani wonders why Bollywood is looking towards Pakistan for music, the report reads, ‘Every day there is an incident. Our soldiers are being killed. We can’t say artistes are immune to politics. At the end of the day, they are citizens of their country first, artistes later.’
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