'Masakali 2.0': Sidharth Malhotra believes the criticism is reasonable
Even with the entire world at standstill, Tanishk Bagchi still managed to spark a major controversy. Ever since the composer's latest song Masakali 2.0 dropped, he has been receiving quite a lot of flak from the makers of the original song and music lovers alike. Now, Sidharth Malhotra, who features in the new music video, has reacted to the criticism.
In an online interview with film critic Rajeev Masand, Sidharth said he has been keeping track of the situation. "Of course we get marked (on tweets), we are part of this song," he pointed out. Sidharth added he has done remakes such as Kaala Chashma in the past, noting that they all worked well and the conversation of whether he endorsed them never arose.
After Masand asked him if he understood the outrage around the new song, Sidharth said it was reasonable. "I keep thinking from an actor's point of view, if someone had to remake a film that I've been a part of and it has not been done with utmost taste...of course it can be annoying. So in that case, yes, it's completely valid," he said.
The actor also noted that the trend of remixes is dying lately. "I don't think the audience has the patience now or they are not excited by that we are not really creating new melodies. So as an audience, I completely agree." He added that actors also prefer new songs over recreations. Why did he agree to be a part of the song, though?
Earlier, AR Rahman, the composer of the original Masakali, reminded people of the efforts it took to create the magic of the classic Delhi-6 song. The maestro tweeted, "No short cuts, properly commissioned, sleepless nights, writes and re-writes. Over 200 musicians, 365 days of creative brainstorming..." Soon after, lyricist Prasoon Joshi and singer Mohit Chauhan also voiced their disapproval of the rebooted song.
The new Masakali song has been composed by Bagchi and sung by Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon. The music video also features Tara Sutaria. On the other hand, the original song, pictured on Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor in the backdrop of old Delhi, is much loved for Rahman's soul-soothing music, catchy lyrics, and the unique old Delhi ambiance that it brings out.