Another classic song ruined by Bollywood

This time, Pakistani pop superstar Nazia Hassan’s popular hit Aap Jaisa Koi was reworked for the upcoming film An Action Hero, starring Ayushmann Khurrana – and fans have dubbed the new song an “atrocity.”

Bollywood is currently all about repeating old iconic songs, and the remixes frequently disappoint fans.Β The updated version, sung by Zahrah S Khan and Altamash Faridi, was uploaded on YouTube. Malaika Arora, the Chaiyya Chaiyya dancer, also makes a reappearance. In the 1980 Bollywood film Qurbani, Nazia Hassan’s voice was first heard on Zeenat Aman and late stars Feroz Khan and Vinod Khanna. Back in the day, Aap Jaisa Koi was pivotal music in the disco trend.

For admirers, the need to generate the excessively auto-tuned updated remixed version has felt “unnecessary” and “criminal.” Users on social media flocked to Twitter to rage about how the Indian music business should stop “ruining classics”.

Bollywood outraged Pakistani fans earlier this year when they recreated Abrar ul Haq’s Nach Punjabun in JuggJugg Jeeyo, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to stop anytime soon. Fans believe that the music business is “tanking” in terms of new musical output.

 

We ponder the nature of Bollywood’s fascination with this specific song. An earlier remix of “Aap Jaisa Koi” also received poor reviews from the public. There are some things that are better left alone since nothing can compare to the original.

 

An Action Hero, directed by Ayushmann Khurrana, tells the tale of Maanav, a youth hero and celebrity who was at the pinnacle of his career at the age of 30 when he was involved in a film set accident. The film also has central performances by Jaideep Ahlawat, Jitendra Rai, and Mirabel Stuart. An Action Hero will be released in theatres on December 2.

Written by Shazia Gulzar

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