With the trend of remaking popular Bollywood classics from the 90s being the norm at the moment, another timeless classic was recently recreated for audience of today. The song was none other than the track, ‘Humma Humma’ from Mani Ratnam’s ‘Bombay’ (1995). However, it’s emerged that original composer AR Rahman was against such a remake.
The song was added to the soundtrack of ‘OK Jaanu’ and while the music was composed by Rahman for both the films, the latter had a rap element given by the rapper Baadshah. Soon after the release of the song there were many who remained unconvinced with the idea of a classic song being tampered with again. In a recent interview, the Oscar award winning music composer Rahman himself confessed that he too wasn’t entirely happy with the idea of remaking the song, reports Bollywood Hungama.
When the producer of ‘OK Jaanu’, Karan Johar, and director Shaad Ali approached Rahman for the remake rights, Rahman revealed that he had categorically refused. He had then told them that it was not a good idea but they had eventually convinced him by stating that Baadshah can spin his magic and impress the youth. The musician later confessed that this was the correct move and added that they were probably right.
Rahman also recently recreated the song ‘Urvashi Urvashi’ from the film ‘Humse Hai Muqabla’ (1994) in order to make a political statement. Mentioning about how music helps in making these political statements, Rahman also added that one shouldn’t be too aggressive since that will make the music boring. Although that said, recently the music legend has seen a small dip in the popularity of his music. But, he isn’t disheartened. In fact, talking about it, Rahman explained about how music evolves with age and time and it has not reduced his passion towards it. Rahman also expressed pride in his work and also retained that critics were free to have their opinions.
‘OK Jaanu’ releases in cinemas today.