Lata Mangeshkar is not happy with Atif Aslam’s latest rendition of her song Chalte Chalte that she sang for 1972 film Pakeezah.
Lata Mangeshkar on Atif Aslam’s Chalte Chalte
Remixing the old songs for new films is not a new tradition in Bollywood. The Indian film industry is doing it for decades. The recent case is Atif Aslam’s Chalte Chalte that he sang for the upcoming Indian movie Mitron. The song was originally sung by the popular singer Lata Mangeshkar for Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor starrer Pakeezah, and it is popular even today.
Atif Aslam’s version of Chalte Chalte is not precisely similar but a remix with some new composition and change of lyrics, Lata Mangeshkar doesn’t seem pleased with as she doesn’t want to hear the song.
No Creativity In Remix Songs
According to Scroll Lata Mangeshkar opined that the trend of remixing the old songs saddened her. She questioned where was the creativity in merely lifting, acknowledged, beloved classics and shuffling around the notes.
The renown singer who has a massive fan following across the globe in general and in sub-continent particular also argues that songs were remixed without the consent of original creators and no one had the right to tamper with the creativity of those great lyricists.
Earlier, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s daughter had also reportedly said in a press conference to take action against producers in India and Pakistan who were reproducing his father’s work without seeking permission from her.
Atif Aslam’s Song Chalte Chalte
While Lata Mangeshkar has her opinion and concern over new singers and composers remixing the old classics, Atif Aslam’s Chalte Chalte in Mitron is also receiving huge popularity. The video has already garnered more than 8.9 million views on YouTube. It is pertinent to mention that most of the Bollywood remixes often emerge as hit songs as they amalgamate they give a modern touch to old classics.
Lata Mangeshkar’s Chalte Chalte from Pakeezah was undoubtedly a hit song; something which can be a reason behind the success of Atif Aslam’s version. And, whether the new creation does justice to the old one or not is a matter better left to the listeners. But, Lata concern on asking for the consent before tampering the creativity of original composers and lyricists also makes a sense. The new lot needs to come up with something that can act as a heritage for the future generations.