In a rare public outburst, singing legend Lata Mangeshkar has slammed the new version of Chalte Chalte track sung by Atif Aslam for a Bollywood film titled Mitron.
IANS quoted the legendary singer as saying that she was so angry that she did not even want to hear the new song, produced by reversioning the popular track from classic Bollywood film Pakeezah.
She said, “And I don’t want to hear it. This trend of remixing old songs saddens me. Where is the creativity in simply lifting acknowledged, beloved classics and shuffling the notes around? I’ve even heard that the lyrics are changed in the remixes. By whose consent?
“The original poets and composers wrote what they had to. Nobody has the right to tamper with the creativity of these great composers and lyricists.”
Singer and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, no fan of Atif’s singing, too was quoted by the news agency, “Today, even the poetic term ‘artistic liberty’ is at the verge of extinction. With due respect (and disrespect) to Atif Aslam, as a singer myself, I will observe a 2 minute silence to mourn rather than offering a comment.”
The original track was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and composed by the great Ghulam Mohammed for the mythic Meena Kumari swan song in Pakeezah. The track Chalte chalte yuhi koi mil gaya tha continues to remain one of the most popular all-time hits.
Mitron has Jackky Bhagnani, Kritika Kamra and Tanishk Bagchi in key roles.
Atif had recently sung sung an old qawwali Dekhte Dekhte, performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The song, composed for Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu has clocked 51 million views on YouTube.
Another popular qawwali by Pakistan’s famous Sabri Brothers, Tajdar-e-Haram, recorded by Atif at Coke Studio has is on course to create history. As of today, the qawwali has amassed 171 million YouTube views.