It is sometimes a very clever idea to draw inspiration from the best performances of yesteryears, especially in the media industry. From story lines to scripts to song lyrics to entire songs, a lot has been copied from past successes in Bollywood.
Over the last five years, the age of remixes that entered pop culture in 1990s, has been rehashed and has reached new heights. Some of the best melody numbers of evergreen Bollywood music have been recreated using the talent of new music directors, lyricists and musicians. Result? Magic once again.
1. Pardah from Once Upon a Time In Mumbai
This song was created keeping in mind the original superhit cabaret number, “Monica, Oh My Darling!”, from the 70s. The Asha bhonsle number was sung by Sunidhi chauhan, and we all loved Gauhar Khan in this new version as well, just as much as we had loved watching Helen do her high speed dancing. And therefore, someone won Bigg Boss the next year with a straight edge!
2. Disco Deewane from Student Of The Year
Disco Deewane was a very popular private album track created by Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan in 1981. Check it out here. In its original form, it showed a young Hassan gyrating to the song with disco lights around her and her brother at the guitar accompanying her. In the version created for Student of The Year, the song was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Benny Dayal with few original cuts by Nazia Hassan included in the track. No wonder, this rehash of the cult number became an instant superhit!
3. Tumhe Apna Banane Ki Kasam from Hate Story 3
The original song from Sadak released in the nineties was immortalized by the voices of Anuradha Paudwal and Kumar Sanu. In 2015, the same song was recreated with a new magic in the voice of Armaan Malik and Neeti Mohan. You can check out the latest remix here. But for now, rewind to the beauty of the nineties with the original video in here:
4. Har Kisiko Nahi Milta from Boss
This song from Jaanbaaz was a rare hit from the eighties, wherein Sridevi spiced up the screen with her ethereal presence. Here is the original song. But the recent version has more fire in it as Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha have added contemporary oomph to the eternally beautiful song.
5. Aapke Aa Jaane Se from Love Break-ups Zindagi
This Govinda Neelam number was a teenage favorite in the early nineties. While break dance was Neelam-Govinda’s take in the song, Break-ups and Zindagi was Dia Mirza’s take in the song.
6. Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Nautanki Saala
Madhuri Dixit’s epic number Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta had visuals in Bollywood that had never happened before. The Nautanki Saala song did not have such promising visuals, but again it still gave us magic!
7. Dheere Dheere Se Mere Zindagi Me by Yo Yo Honey Singh
When love is more about purity and less about selfishness, then a track like Dheere Dheere Se is created. The original track had a mesmerizing rendition by both singers, Kumar Sanu and ANuradha Paudwal. Feel the nineties Aashiqui bliss here. While, both the songs were indefinitely famous, we leave it to you to decide which is more soothing to your heart. Check out the Hrithik, Sonam and Honey Singh mash-up here:
8. Deewana Tera, Tujhe Hi Bulaaye from Ek Paheli Leela
Sonu Nigam’s album Deewana was released in 1999, and was an instant superhit. The song Deewana Tera was on every teenager’s lips since it captured the intensity and passion of youth and love totally. Check out the original piece here. While Arijit Singh has done a great job and brought in anew passion in the latets version, we still cannot but feel the Sonu magic resplendent in this rendition as well.
9. Aye Mere Humsafar from All Is Well
This evergreen song was one of the most sought after superhits of the eighties because it brought with it the sweet romance of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla. While Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a different story altogether, the song was revived for Abhishek Bachchan’s movie recently and sounded very very good. Check it out:
10. Jaata Kahaan Hain Deewane from Bombay Velvet
A memorable number form CID, this song was a Geeta Dutt favorite for many of the fans of the Guru Dutt-Geeta Dutt pair.Check out the original madness here. And for those whoremember, the Bombay Velvet versio was not that bad too, although the film was a total disaster.