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‘Masakali’ 2.0 hits a wrong note: AR Rahman not pleased with remake, asks fans on Twitter to listen to original number

Twitterati couldn’t help but agree with Rahman and rallied behind him in support.

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Last Updated: Apr 09, 2020, 01.08 PM IST
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While the remake received mixed reviews from the audience, Oscar-winning maestro A.R. Rahman wasn't happy.
While the remake received mixed reviews from the audience, Oscar-winning maestro A.R. Rahman wasn't happy.
Nothing polarises the Indian audience quite like the remakes of old songs. While some appreciate the modern, funky twist given to a remake, others are of the opinion that classics shouldn’t be tampered with at all as it destroys the original charm. The latest Bollywood song remake that has hit a wrong note is Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria’s ‘Masakali 2.0’ which dropped on the Internet on Wednesday.

While the remake received mixed reviews from the audience, Oscar-winning maestro A.R. Rahman, the brainchild behind the original ‘Masakali’ in the Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor-starrer ‘Delhi 6’, is not pleased.

Rahman sent out a tweet which did not directly address the remake, but urged the fans to listen to the original version of ‘Masakali’ from the film ‘Delhi 6’. A note was shared by the music composer, which read , “No short cuts, properly commissioned, sleepless nights, writes and re-writes. Over 200 musicians, 365 days of creative brainstorming with the aim to produce music that can last generations. A team of a Director, a Composer and a Lyricist supported by actors, dance directors and a relentless film crew.” - Lots of love and prayers A.R. Rahman.”

Twitterati couldn’t help but speculate if the line ‘365 days of creative brainstorming, no shortcuts’ was a subtle dig at the remake.

“Enjoy the original #Masakali”, Rahman captioned the note.

As soon as the tweet was sent out, Rahman’s fans rallied behind him in support.

Joshi, who currently heads the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said he feels saddened because the track was the result of a lot of hard work.

In fact, 'Masakali' is a word that he created.

"Things created with heart and painstaking craft reach out and make a genuine difference. So when they are simply re-used with sole commercial purpose, it is indeed sad," Joshi told PTI.

‘Masakali 2.0’ is recreated by Tanishk Bagchi and sung by Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon. The original song was composed by music maestro A R Rahman and sung by Mohit Chauhan. The lyrics were by Prasoon Joshi.

(With inputs from PTI)

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