Okay, so in the past year or so, or you can even take the past couple of months, we have seen a flurry of old and in some cases, classic songs being revamped and released all over again.
They could either be in a movie, like OK Jaanu has the awesome and one of my favourites, Humma Humma, Raees with its Laila Main Laila or it could be a standalone song like the godawful Honey Singh cover of Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi, which just ruined a perfectly good song.
Now, for the most part, I am not really in favour of old songs being given a new twist. Why? Because most of the times, the focus of the audience is shifted to how this one old and beloved song is being revamped and redone just for this film and the film is marketed heavily based on this one little point only.
Ek ya Do Baar Is Fine, But Not 20 Or 30 Times, People!
I am fine with this happening once or twice, in a case where the film actually calls for it and nothing would make better sense than taking that old song and adding a more modern touch to it for the film.
But the thing that started to get to me was the fact that literally every 2nd or 3rd film was doing this and with no head or tails for the reason.
I mean, shouldn’t there be a limit, and along with that, something like a sense of whether that song is also right for the film and the plot or not!
However, having read about this process and how these songs are made, I have come to the realization that while it might not be the best thing to do, it is also not the easiest one to do meaning revamping an old song, speaking in a creative manner.
Listen, I don’t like this any more than you do, but I have to give credit where credit is due.
If you thought that it is simply a matter of taking an old song and just adding modern sound effects to it, then you are wrong my friend.
It Is A Whole New Creative Process When Revamping An Old Song
No, you don’t just add a couple of new effects to the song and have it ready to go. This is not 3 day old rice, jisko tadka deke they are good to eat.
First you have to take the music piece itself, jump through several hoops to get the copyrights, converse with the original artists and the owners of the music and get all the proper permissions.
After that, the creators have to sit down and dissect the entire song, one small piece at a time, open the whole thing up and see what all it is comprised of.
And then, get to adding the new tunes, chords and music and not just adding, but making sure that the additions work with the original song, that they don’t clash with the tunes that are already present.
Then deciding what to keep and what to remove, adding in a few new verses, and all in all creating the song once more just making sure to keep the soul of the original alive, so that the fans do not get upset over the mistreatment of their favourite song.
So, you see people, in a way, revamping an old song is perhaps even more difficult than creating a whole new song, because you are putting in almost the same amount of time and effort but with the added danger of the public rejecting it entirely.
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