In its original form, Agar Tum Na Hote, sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, leaves a mark on you without fail, even if you listen to it once. The RD Burman track with lyrics from Gulshan Bawra is an ode to love itself, and invokes a gloomy but romantic vibe with its radiance. Singer Rahul Jain has seemingly failed to understand these core characteristics of the original while recreating his new version.
Rahul’s vision for Agar Tum Na Hote is a cheesy cry-baby love story that’s made even cheesier by the music video. The charm of the song was lost the moment the singer decided to keep this thought in mind while singing it. Make no mistake, his voice is flawless and technically sound, but it’s the thought that has gone wayward.
Pehchan Music has released this song via its official YouTube channel, and although the response to it cannot be called phenomenal, it did manage to enjoy some time in the Trending section. Unlike the original, this reprised version chooses to start right from the first verse, and then move to the chorus. This is followed by the most generic of electronic music fillers entering the fray.
It’s always astounding to see how so many artists think that the only way to make an old song modern is to add electronic music to it. Even this idea itself has become so old, it’s ironic. Once this portion starts playing, it completely takes out of the atmosphere created by initial portion with its alluring lyrics and the guarded RD Burman composition.
Adding to the pain is the music video featuring a jaded lover, played by Manish Giri, being duped by his supposed girlfriend, played by Aditi Budhathoki. There is no sense of structure to this story, and moreover, it ends with a “to be continued’ slate. That means there’s going to be one more version of the song, most probably featuring the third verse from the original which this version has chosen to omit.
Agar Tum Na Hote by Rahul Jain is a song best not listened to if you’re a fan of the original track sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. Go listen that one instead and marvel at the amazing musical genius that oozes out of them.