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Bollywood tradition of adapting non film music

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By Natalia Ningthoujam

The charming looks of Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan can’t be ignored while watching the ups and downs of the Kapoor family in the recently unveiled trailer of “Kapoor & Sons”. But it’s also the upbeat 2014 hit party track “Chull” that keeps the viewers hooked to it. Not just this track alone, Bollywood has been successfully giving a twist to popular rock or pop singles and album songs for decades.

If reworking on classic Bollywood songs has become the hot favourite among some of the Bollywood composers, digging into the past and picking out Hindi singles or songs from albums for movies is catching up too.

Here’s a list of some of the hit non-film tracks that have made it to the big screen too:

* “Chull”: Sony Music India presented the song by Fazilpuria and Badshah two years ago. It immediately became a party anthem and a favourite on radio stations. Now, it’s back as “Kar gayi chull” as a part of the sound-track of “Kapoor & Sons”, set for March 18 release. Though the full version of the song is yet to be unveiled, one can hear “Sunny sunny” hitmaker Neha Kakkar adding sensuality to the track that has retained the original duo.

* “Tamil fever”: Originally released in 2014 for Sony Project Resound, the song, voiced by Benny Dayal, has a strong presence of DJ Nucleya. Yes, he features in the song’s video, but it’s his south Indian street and energetic bass music that leaves no room for guesswork.

Composed by the popular DJ, the dance number is set to return to car stereos and clubs with a touch of hip hop, thanks to Badshah. The “reworked version” has made it to the sound-track of “Kapoor & Sons”. A few more days to go and party lovers will get to know how the new version sounds like.

* “Gud naal ishq mitha”: Actress-producer Malaika Arora Khan’s red towering heels are the first thing that pops up in mind when one hears the 1990s Bally Sagoo song and thinks of its video. Till now, a lot of people, regardless of age, must have mastered its popular hand-steps that match the energetic beats of the song. Fast forward to 2015, the song has featured in Sunny Deol-starrer “I Love NY”. It went through a major change. Not only the lyrics got modified and Malkit Singh’s voice replaced by Tochi Raina, but the genre in trend – rap – was also fused to the Punjabi number.

* “Zaroori tha”: The heartbreaking song, with a distinctive tootle-too sound of a flute, in Pakistani qawwali maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice sounded powerful yet painful when it released in 2014 as a part of his album “Back 2 Love”. It got a “new life” as a Bollywood song when Mohit Suri decided to use it in his last year’s directorial “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” — a tale of longing, loss, and love.

* “Deewana tera”: The feel-good 1999 pop song, crooned by Sonu Nigam for his album “Deewana”, was recreated by Meet Bros Anjjan for “Ek Paheli Leela”. The modified version for the 2015 film was given a new title too — “Main hoon deewana tera”. From a song that couples would probably still love — to hold each other and dance to — it got majorly transformed into a club number. Nigam’s voice was also replaced by Arijit Singh, one of the sought-after singers of Bollywood today.

* “Saturday Saturday”: It was back in 2012 when Indeep Bakshi and Badshah joined hands for the party number, but the song can still make people, including those with two left feet, hit the dance floor. The catchy track got revived in 2014 with additional vocals of Akriti Kakkar for Varun Dhawan- and Alia Bhatt-starrer “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”.

* “Bheegi yaadein”: The rock song from 2004 album “Jal Pari” — Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s first solo album after he left the Pakistani band Jal — was given a Bollywood twist in 2005 in the form of “Woh lamhe woh baatein”. Atif’s soothing voice was intact in the song used in the film “Zeher”, but it did away with rock music elements. The band also has its own version of the song.

(IANS) (pic courtesy: filmfare.com)

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Bollywood has Faced a Major Setback Due To Lockdown, says Veteran Filmmaker Subhash Ghai

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels that the nationwide lockdown in the country was a "major setback" for Bollywood

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Subhash Ghai says that post this phase of fighting the global pandemic, the world will emerge to be a better version of what was before. Wikimediacommons

Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels that the nationwide lockdown in the country was a “major setback” for the Indian film industry. “Like any other industry, Bollywood will also have to face challenges as far as producing films is concerned,” he tells IANSlife.

Adding, “Like other industries, the film industry will also face challenges with new changes in producing films for big and small screen. The situation is still wait n watch post the lockdown. It was a major setback for us, but we will fight this out together. We are waiting for the cinemas to re-open; we will release the films again.” However, the ‘Karz’ director believes that post this phase of fighting the global pandemic, the world will emerge to be a better version of what was before.

“Trust me, it will be a better world with better wisdom, discipline, creative, innovative in socio political and economic platforms latest by post 2024. Changes in between may create chaos conflict and confusions in the world with new debatable decisions. But finally it will settle for better world. It will be ‘yuga parivartan’ period,” says the ‘showman of India’.

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We are waiting for the cinemas to re-open; we will release the films again, Ghai says. Pixabay

Ghai, who is the Chairman of Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC), is hosting a webinar on Vidyadaan, an initiative by MESC, which aims to provide informal vocational education and skill development. “It’s all for people and students who are eager to know about our first time initiative of Vidyadaan — a unique platform for informal education online and physical by connecting masters gurus and experts from various arts and crafts and professionals,” he says.

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During the webinar to be held in the coming week, Ghai will answer students’ queries as a Chairman of MESC. “Our key objective is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality vocational education and skill development in Media & Entertainment Space in the country. I will emphasis on skill-based education rather than only imparting academic education.” (IANS)

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Facebook Takes on TikTok; Launches Experimental App Collab

Facebook takes on TikTok again, this time with music making app Collab

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FAcebook launched a music making app named "Collab". VOA

Taking on Chinese short-video making platform TikTok, Facebooks experimental app division has introduced a new iOS app called Collab for making and mixing music with friends.

Facebook’s app-focused New Product Experimentation (NPE) team announced the invite-only beta version of Collab that brings together creators and fans to create, watch, and mix and match original videos, starting with music.

“Collabs are three independent videos that are playing in sync. With the app, you can create your own arrangement by adding in your own recording or by swiping and discovering an arrangement to complete your composition. No musical experience is required,” the Facebook NPE team said in a statement on Wednesday.

In a TikTok-like feature, Once a collab is created, you can publish it for others to watch and mix and match further.

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In a TikTok-like feature, Once a collab is created, you can publish it for others to watch and mix. Pixabay

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To request access, the iOS users can sign up for waitlist at https://npe.fb.com/collab.

“We’ll be opening up invites in batches, starting with folks in the US and Canada, as we continue to improve the experience,” said Facebook.

The social networking giant has aimed to take on TikTok in the past, with Reels editing feature on Instagram and the standalone app Lasso. (IANS)

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Vidyut Jammwal, Angira Dhar and others snapped during Commando 3 promotions in Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

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Vidyut has been helping and motivating fans to stay physically and mentally fit since the beginning of the lockdown in March, and now he wants to help people stay financially fit too.

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“I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it.”, says Vidyut. Pixabay

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The fitness enthusiast is best known for starring in the “Commando” franchise.

Vidyut will next be seen in the movie “Khuda Haafiz”. (IANS)