Mohit Chauhan breaks his silence on the 'Masakali 2.0' fiasco
Clearly, nobody is happy with the new Masakali song. Ever since the remix dropped, fans have been slamming it mercilessly. Now, after original composer AR Rahman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi criticized its makers for ruining the original, singer Mohit Chauhan has also weighed in on the matter. He said the track is nowhere close to the original, and disapproved of the rampant remix culture.
The reboot has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi
The reboot has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi, who already has a reputation for ruining classics. The Masakali 2.0 music video, released by T-Series a couple of days ago, features Marjaavaan co-stars Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, who break into a lavish hotel and start dancing to Masakali (2.0) for some reason. Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon have lent their voices to this one.
It ruins the experience of the original, said Chauhan
In an interaction with PTI, Chauhan said the remix doesn't sound like the original Masakali. Citing an example of the classic Ramesh Sippy film, Chauhan said, "But to say it's Masakali and then ride on the name of the song to make something else...If you make a new Sholay and then add anything to it, it ruins the experience of original."
Chauhan is fed up of remixes and reboots
Chauhan further said too many remixes are being made today, with people piggy-backing on the popularity of the originals. "It (recreations) has been happening for too long and it's too much now... There are remixes of remixes now (sic)." The singer wondered whether the real reason behind these songs was lack of creativity or just the business angle for music labels.
Neither makers nor the listeners are liking it: Chauhan
Chauhan also pointed out that neither the original makers nor the listeners are happy with the new song. He said, "Rahman sir is a quiet person, he does not say much but he's been also showing his disapproval, even Prasoon (Joshi) has been talking about it." "And from what I came across on social media, even people aren't really liking it," the singer added.
Earlier, Rahman and Prasoon expressed their disapproval of the song
Earlier, in a rare outburst, Rahman reminded people of the efforts it took to create the magic of the original Masakali. The maestro tweeted, "No short cuts, properly commissioned, sleepless nights, writes and re-writes. Over 200 musicians, 365 days of creative brainstorming with the aim to produce music that can last generations." Soon after, Prasoon and Delhi-6 director Rakeysh Mehra also agreed with him.
The original 'Masakali' song featured in Mehra's 'Delhi-6'
For the unversed, the original Masakali song, featured in Delhi-6, was pictured on Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor, in the backdrop of old Delhi. The song is much loved for Rahman's soul-soothing music, catchy lyrics, and the unique old Delhi vibe that it brings out.