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From "Humma Humma" to "Tamma Tamma": The trend of using remixes in new Bollywood films
It seems as if the Censor Board has taken Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make In India' campaign a tad too seriously, as the Board looks to have passed a new rule that for a movie to be cleared, it has to have at least one remixed version of an old iconic song.

Time travel may not be a reality just yet, but with several Hindi film tracks being revisited in a big way and being reinvented, there is a prevalent sense of deja vu. Although, the late 90's were infamous for remixes, but now, adaptation of hits is much more in demand and being well appreciated by the audience.

If we analyse carefully, we will find that a tried and tested formula is being implemented. Indian musician Chirantan Bhatt has explained how the music companies make money out of their catalogues of already popular songs which guarantee a certain level of success.

But, some times, reworking on an old track can ruin the original song. Veteran musician Pyarelal of 'Laxmikant-Pyarelal' doesn't approve of this trend of remixing old songs. According to him, though, all the young composers say that they appreciate and love his work, but at the same time, they end up ruining it.

Famous singer Bappi Lahiri also feels that popular songs should not be reworked. According to him, in case a composer wants to do a remix of a popular song, then he/she should ideally come up with a much better and improvised version than the original one, which unfortunately, rarely happens.

Singer Shaan feels that the need of the hour is to put some rules in places. He says that when it comes to ethics, the music industry has become just like any other business.

However, music director Pritam, another famous name in the contemporary Bollywood musical scene appreciates the use of old hit tracks in remixed versions in new Bollywood films.

While Bollywood filmmakers have a lot more technology at their disposal compared to what was three decades ago, it seems that there is a severe drought of creativity among the industry's elite.

Lately, there seems to be a sudden surge in the practice of remixing popular old Bollywood songs, particularly of the 90s. Suddenly, it seems like any new Hindi release is incomplete without having a rehashed version of an old classic song.

From "Humma Humma" to "Tamma Tamma", the list is endless. These songs form a huge fan base, thanks to the popularity that the originals had garnered. But, just like movies, some classic songs are best left untouched.

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