In the world we live in, the remake culture is expanding quickly. While some people might enjoy hearing particular songs recreated, many people do not. Neha Kakkar, a singer, has faced a great deal of criticism for her rendition of the well-known song Maine Payal Hai Chhankai by Falguni Pathak.
Even the singer Falguni Pathak voiced her displeasure with the song’s version. A.R. Rahman is one of several musicians who thinks that new versions of classic songs undermine their authenticity. Discover his thoughts on the remake culture by reading on.
The remake culture is “distorted,” says music maestro A.R. Rahman
A.R. Rahman, a Grammy-winning vocalist and composer, is revered as a giant in the music industry. His opinions are valued just as much as his music. A.R. Rahman was recently questioned about an intriguing topic during an interview with India Today. The query said,
“What are your thoughts on other composers in the industry remixing your songs and compositions?”
The maestro of music said that he thought it was “distorted” to this. He remarked, and we quote:
“The more I see, the more it is distorted. The intention of the composer gets distorted. People say, ‘I am reimagining.’ Who are you to re-imagine? I am also very careful about taking someone else’s work. You have to be respectful and I think it is a grey area, we need to sort it out.”
The O Sajna issue involving prominent singers Neha Kakkar and Falguni Pathak was the cause of the query. He answered the question by emphasising the need to always respect the original work of an artist.
A.R. Rahman discusses how he responds to requests from individuals to remake and remix his songs.
Composer of many of the best songs from the Bollywood and southern film industries, A.R. Rahman also spoke about how he handles requests to remix and remake his songs.
He mentioned in the interview that various people, including producers and directors, had commented on the Telugu music launch that “every song that you two (Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman) do now sounds fresh because it is all done in digital mastering.” Everyone recognises that quality as being there in it. Thus, I must reconstruct it if I must do it.
He continued by saying that although people do ask for his approval to remix his songs, he just thinks it’s very bizarre. He remarked, and we quote:
“Of course, people take permission, but you cannot take something recently and remake it again. It feels weird.”
If we talk about the legendary Rahman’s work front, he was very busy composing and promoting the soundtrack for Mani Ratnam’s upcoming movie Ponniyin Selvan. He created a captivating composition specifically for this movie, Alaikadal (Doobi Doobi). Antara Nandy, a gifted singer, is making her professional debut among musicians like A.R. Rahman and Mani Ratnam.
Aishwarya Rai plays the principal character in the historical drama Ponniyin Selvan 1. It is currently streaming in every theatre and is based on the Tamil novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy.