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Are remake songs better than original? TELL US!

Last updated on: March 18, 2013 19:15 IST

Image: The old and new Himmatwala
Sukanya Verma in Mumbai

Is it the shortage of brand new ideas? Or a deep-rooted adoration for the classics?

Truth is it's not just films that are returning in a new skin these days. Some of the most popular Bollywood chartbusters are making a comeback in a remixed avatar and finding favour with an audience unfamiliar with the original.

So here's a comparison between the real thing and remix.

Meanwhile, tell us which version works for you in the message board below ith your votes!

Nainon mein sapna (Himmatwala)

Original: Sridevi and Jeetendra shake their butt profusely against a backdrop of equally committed dancers and colourfully painted earthen pots on a kitschy set at the beach.  

Remix: The Tathaiya tradition continues in a rather loyally reproduced version of the same with Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah.

Only Devgn has two left feet even as Shreya Ghosal and Amit Kumar try their best to match Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar's giddy enthusiasm for Bappi Lahiri's ornate tune.


Na jaane kahan se aayi hai (Chaalbaaz, I, Me Aur Main)

Image: Sridevi in Chaalbaaz, Prachi Desai and Chitrangada Singh in I Me Aur Main

Original: Sridevi and Sunny Deol indulge in a delightful rain dance for this perky Laxmikant-Pyarelal ditty that rocked the charts in 1989. 

Remix: John Abraham and his ladies -- Prachi Desai and Chitrangada Singh don't even come close to recreating the magic on screen or Anushka Manchanda off it.

Which version of Na jaane kahan se aayi hai do you like better? VOTE!


Dhak dhak karne laga (Beta/Nautanki Saala)

Image: Scenes from Beta and Nautanki Sala

Original: Madhuri Dixit set a lot of hearts palpitating in her sexy yellow sari avatar and seductive heaving in the super hit Beta. 

Remix: It's almost blasphemous to watch the leading cast of Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala mock her iconic sexiness with a dance so un-Dhak Dhak, it's anything but a tribute.

Which version of Dhak dhak karne laga do you like better? VOTE!


Yeh mera dil, Khaike paan Banareswala (Don)

Image: Helen in Don (1978), Kareena Kapoor in Don (2006)

Original: Helen goes all out to make some serious advances at Amitabh Bachchan to Asha Bhosle's tantalising playback for Kalyanji Anandji's dishy composition.

Big B (and Kishore Kumar as his energetic voice) too gets into his element for the super catchy Khaike paan

Remix: The remixes are ho-hum in Farhan Akhtar's glossy adaptation of the 1978 action thriller.

On one hand there's a slightly plump Kareena Kapoor turning up the heat in Sunidhi Chauhan's husky expressions.

On another, Shah Rukh Khan tries to do an AB with Benarasi paan et al.

Which versions of Yeh mera dil, Khaike paan Banareswala do you like better? VOTE!


Mehbooba (Sholay, Aap Ka Suroor)

Image: Scenes from Sholay and Karzzz

Original: Helen and Agha do an enticing gypsy-inspired gig against RD Burman's glorious rendition of his own chartbuster song in Sholay. 

Remix: Himesh Reshammiya as RD. Mallika Sherawat as Helen. What could possibly be the verdict on this one?

Which version of Mehbooba do you like better? VOTE!


Sabse bada rupaiya (Sabse Bada Rupaiya, Bluffmaster)

Image: Scenes from Sabse Bada Rupaiya, Bluffmaster

Original: A kurta-dhoti clad Mehmood lends gyaan on the might of money in a 1970s style party sequence to a hugely entertaining effect. 

Remix: In its infectiously jazzy remix retaining Mehmood's original delivery; Abhishek Bachchan gets all stylish and suave sashaying against a wall of brightly lit bulbs.

This forms the opening credits of one of his best films, Bluffmaster

Which version of Sabse bada rupaiya do you like better? VOTE!


Aapka kya hoga/Dhanno (Lawaaris, Housefull)

Image: Scenes from Lawaris and Housefull

Original: The thumping beats of Kalyanji-Anandji's addictive tune and Kishore Kumar's exuberance pair up with Amitabh Bachchan's trademark dancing skills within a tacky, glittery discotheque set. 

Remix: 'People on the floor. Come and get some more.'

And so Housefull's version employs the recurring theme of the original to device its club mix, Dhanno picturised on Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and Arjun Rampal making merry with Jacqueline Fernandez. 

Which version of Aapka kya hoga do you like better? VOTE!


Bachna Ae Haseeno (Hum Kisise Kum Nahin/Bachna Ae Haseeno)

Image: Rishi Kapoor in Hum Kisise Kum Nahin, Ranbir Kapoor in Bachna Ae Haseeno

Original: Rishi Kapoor hits the peak of his charm as the giant heart pendant sporting Casanova sending out melodious disclaimers courtesy RD and Kishore Kumar's unbeatable combination. 

Remix: The signature trumpet returns with Kishore's son, Sumit in tow and Rishi's son, Ranbir in front of the camera to dish out a coup of a remix in Siddharth Anand's Bachna Ae Haseeno.

 Which version of Bachna ae haseeno do you like better? VOTE!



Parda Parda (Apna Desh, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai)

Image: Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in Apna Desh, Gauhar Khan in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

Original: Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz dress up like Westerners to perform the silly but enjoyable RD Burman chart topper. 

Remix: Sunidhi Chauhan & Rana Mazumder never quite get the fun aspect of the original and deliver a mechanical version that finds its match in an equally tepid picturisation.

Which version of Parda parda do you like better? VOTE!


Dum maaro dum (Hare Rama Hare Krishna/Dum Maaro Dum)

Image: Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Deepika Padukone in Dum Maaro Dum

Original: Another winner from RD wherein Zeenat Aman demonstrates flower power of the 1970s under Dev Anand's keen direction in Hare Rama Hare Krishna. 

Remix: Deepika Padukone gyrates her toned body with never-before-aggression for its disorderly rap-remix with odd lyrics like 'Oonche se ooncha banda potty pe baithe nanga.'

Which version of Dum maaro dum do you like better? VOTE!


Pyaar do pyaar lo (Jaanbaaz/Thank You)

Image: Rekha in Jaanbaaz, Akshay Kumar in Thank You

Original: Rekha steps into Parveen Babi/Zeenat Aman territory with Pyaar do pyaar lo her glamorous nightclub number in Feroz Khan's Jaanbaaz. 

Remix: Mika steps in Sapna Mukherjee's shoes to dole out his typical swagger in a song that is as shabby as the film itself.

Which version of Pyar do pyar lo do you like better? VOTE!



Laila o Laila (Qurbani/Chalo Dilli)

Image: Zeenat Aman and Feroze Khan in Qurbani, Yana Gupta in Chalo Dilli

Original: Zeenat Aman's inimitable charisma, Amjad Khan's feverish drummer skills and Kalyanji-Anandji's complete understand of Feroz Khan's aesthetics make Laila an enduring classic.

Remix: Chalo Dilli turns Laila into the usual item number relying more on Yana Gupta's skin show and June Banerjee's fizzled attempt to do a Kanchan.

 Which version of Laila o laila do you like better? VOTE!