10 cult songs we wish Bollywood had never made a remix of

Vishal Dadlani seems quite miffed at the recent remake of his 2000s hit, Saki saki. Mincing no words expressing his utter disgust at the possibilities of upcoming remixes of songs produced by him and Shekar, he warned one and all against such attempts. Clearly, the musician won’t hold from moving court to sue such vultures.

We agree, because, while few remixes add to the existing value of the original, most tend to mar the mood and feel of it.

Here are some remixes we are totally not digging.

After a couple of career-ending flops, it was this epic song from the movie Tezaab that placed Madhuri Dixit on the map of B’town catapulting her career to unprecedented highs. We love Jacqueline too, but lets all be honest here, the Sri Lankan beauty tried her best but the remake of Ek... Do... Teen has ruined this immortal song.

Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor are cute as buttons in this romantic rendition. But only a true fan of 90s music, and one who has come to appreciate Prabhu Deva’s unparalleled gift of dance would be able to recognize what a big turn off this remake was. Though, it done by A R Rahman himself, we are compelled to say, even AR Rahman couldn’t outdo the AR Rahman who created music for Bombay.

Neha Kakkar tries to create magic with her seductive pipes, but this item number from KGF falls flat on its face. Alka Yagnik left an everlasting impression on the minds of Bollywood music lover with this Tridev song. Again, though Mouni Roy is sexy in her moves, we choose to stay mesmerized by the gorgeous Sangeeta Bijlani in the 1980s original.

Like the movie Rangeela, the Chamma Chamma song from China Gate was a milestone in Urmila Matondkar’s career. The multi-starer did an average business at the box office but the song, with its rustic feels, was a major crowd puller. The 2018 redo of this son, with a sultry Elli AvrRam and lyrics tweaked with English words was a ‘no match’ to its original from 20 years ago.

Directors Abbas-Mastan produced Machine to introduce Abbas’s son Mustafa. The movie tanked badly at the ticket window, leaving the remix of Tu cheez badi hai mast mast as its only take away. The song, however, stood no comparison to the original. The Mohra song had set the bar so high, it was impossible for the Machine remix to match up. We wish they had created a new number instead of spoiling our childhood memories by ruining the Akshay-Raveena 90s chart-buster.

By far the worst remix of recent times, Gulabi Aankhein from Noor is a living proof that throwing in a couple of extra beats, some rap lyrics or rearranging the tempo of an erstwhile super-hit song doesn’t guarantee another success. The singing and mixing of music is so upsetting, even Sonakshi Sinha’s drunken dance fails to salvage it.

Though this Kishore Kumar romantic was too holy to be altered, fans were enthralled by its 90s remix attempted by the Indi band Instant Karma. But lifting the opening lines from the legendary Dil kya kare to create a song with comparatively inferior couplets, was a musical sin. The poor remake of the song featuring in the movie Kaabil was rightly given a cold-shoulder by music lovers across generations.

Kaabil also featured another Kishore Kumar rip off, Sara zamana, haseeno ka deewana. The hit number from Yarana continues to be a favorite among the music enthusiasts; it was a struggle for them to listen through its remake sung by Payel Dev. Urvashi Rautela tried to lend the song a sensuous feel with her sexy moves, but it lacked the kick of its original.

Now, though Vishal Daldlani turned livid at the idea of his originals being remade, and asked the ‘vultures’ to make their own music, we wish he had followed what he preached also. We wrap up our list by these two remakes of hit songs by Vishal-Shekar. Both these songs were unique with an everlasting appeal and were better off left unseasoned and unadulterated.