Bollywood Music: On the Curse of Remakes

In the last five years or so, Bollywood music has become increasingly unoriginal, with melodies being repeated in the same genres of “romance”, “party/club/EDM”, or “sad/emotional” over and over again. With the exception of some great albums of recent times (Mirzya, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Befikre), there has been a trend towards remaking/remixing/remastering old classics (mainstream and indie/pop) from earlier decades. Here are a few just from the last year…

Haseeno Ka Deewana (Kaabil)

Tamma Tamma Again (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

The Humma Song (OK Jaanu)

Kala Chashma (Baar Baar Dekho)

Dil Ke Paas (Wajah Tum Ho)

Laila Main Laila (Raees)

Hare Krishna Hare Ram (Commando 2)

O Jaaniya/Kaate Nahin Kat The (Force 2)

Love them, hate them, don’t care about them – your choice. For me, these are some of the questions that come up and are left unanswered:

Have Bollywood music composers lost their originality?

What does this trend mean for the future of the Indian film music industry?

Where is the identity of music composers today?

Most importantly, are music composers working on their craft as artists?

I understand if a remake of a song is related to the film’s theme (like “Yeh Mera Dil” in Don, for example), but this trend is starting to make me wonder about the purpose of recreating a random song and inserting it into an unrelated film with no relevance to the original song.

Old is gold but perhaps the new re-polished gold may only be for a few.


One thought on “Bollywood Music: On the Curse of Remakes

  1. peekay54 says:

    Agree. There is no point in remaking songs just for the sake of it. The 2002 romantic film Dil Vil Pyar Vyar did a great job of choosing RD’s songs and inserting them in the right scenes and context.

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