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Composers are out of Original Tunes – Alka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik
Written by Heer Pamnani

The new generation is being served with old retro numbers, repackaged with contemporary tunes, primarily used to promote huge Bollywood albums. Many songs like Tamma Tamma, Pallo Latake, Kala Chashma have been accepted well, yet go on to show a dearth in originality by music composers. The latest to join this list is the remixed version of classic Ek Do Teen for Baaghi 2.

Originally featured on Madhuri Dixit in 1998’s Tehzaab, the song was sung by Alka Yagnik, became an iconic hit, and till today is largely associated with Madhuri Dixit’s personality and filmography.

Recently, makers of Baaghi 2 chose to recreate it with a much more sensual look, featuring Jacqueline Fernandez. The song opened to mixed responses, where some appreciated the lead actor’s dance prowess, while some cringed at its blatant sensuality.

Original singer Alka Yagnik reacted to the new version:

“It wasn’t required. Even though the original Ek Do Teen was an item number in Tezaab, there was a certain innocence and vulnerability present both in the song, and on Madhuri’s face. Aap koi bhi scene dekh lein, uss gane mein kuch bhi vulgar nahi hai”.

Alka Yagnik’s original singing has been replaced with vocals by Sherya Ghoshal. The veteran Playback singer, at 52, is a spectator to all of the classic tunes, which are being distorted and made into unnecessary dance numbers. Alka Yagnik hopes the composers of today render original tunes, instead of falling back upon 90s Hits to make their albums work.

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