Original Versus Remake Of Bollywood Songs: Yay Or Nay?

Old favorites represented in a new foil

Original Versus Remake Of Bollywood Songs: Yay Or Nay?

To be honest, Bollywood does not really create good music anymore except for a select few. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact song and movie that has come up with a rehashed version of popular songs of the yesteryear, but now it has become a sure- shot way to attract the crowds to the cinema hall. Some have reignited our love for these songs, while others have completely destroyed them.

Changed lyrics, changed locations but the same music and hook-up lines are what remain memories of those songs. Here is a compilation of original songs that have been given a makeover in the recent years:

Urvasi Urvasi

Originally for – Kadhalan (1994)

Recreated by – T-series (2018)

Originally penned and composed by Vairumuthu and A.R. Rehman for the Tamil romantic thriller, the street dance song was originally a playful revolving around women and in love general. Starring Prabhu Deva and Vadivelu in the movie, the song takes us through a ride of Chennai featuring well-known places such as the Chennai High Court and the 29C Ladies Special MTC Pallavan bus. The easygoing song was recreated in 2018 as a nightclub party song with completely different lyrics. Starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, the sleek song doesn’t have anything new to offer than some nice steps and Advani’s new look.


Originally for – Sirf Tum (1999)

Recreated for – Satyameva Jayate (2018)

Sung by Alka Yagnik, Sushmita Sen was the magic wand that made “Dilbar” the iconic song of the late 1990s. The song was a superhit in those days, all thanks to Sen’s dance steps, grace and persona. Combining sand and water in various locations, the song is visually appealing as well when paired with Sen’s oomph factor. “Dilbar Remake” was given an Arabic makeover for the vigilante action movie “Satyameva Jayate”. The video is picturised on Morrocan-Canadian dancer Nora Fatehi who uses her belly-dancing skills to charm John Abraham in a a dance bar. Sung by Neha Kakkar, the song is all about Fatehi’s suggestive expressions and graceful dance steps – yet falling short of Sen’s aura.

Ruk Ruk

Originally for – Vijaypath (1994)

Recreated for – Helicopter Eela (2018)

Sung by Alisha Chinai, this playful song is all about Tabassum’s (or Tabu) attraction to Ajay Devgn on a motorbike. Filled with bright colours such as red, yellow, white and pink in the video, the hilarious song was one of the most popular songs of the early 1990s, and has led the album to win a number of titles. “Ruk Ruk” was recreated for the Kajol-starrer “Helicopter Eela” (2018), where Kajol is seen grooving to the song. Complete with vivid colours and a peppy background score, the 90s favourite is back with a bang. The song is sung by Palomi Ghosh, whose voice gives a kind of maturity to the otherwise happy song.

Tamma Tamma Again

Originally for – Thanedar (1990)

Recreated for – Badrinath ki Dulhania (2017)

A chartbuster of the early 1990s, the swanky disco song had every won every youngster’s heart of its time. A combination of passionate lyrics, foot-tapping music, amazing choreography and the vocals of iconic singers Anuradha Paudwal and Bappi Lahiri, the song is something that every millennial today knows about. So much so that “Tamma Tamma Again” was recreated last year for the Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt rom-com. The remix was a shortened version of the original with some more disco beats and a rap section added to it. Changed to a popular nightclub song, it’s something that we would still dance to.

That’s how it is with recreated songs by Bollywood – they can be both good and bad. Even with the changed lyrics and changed situations, the magic of those good old songs cannot be left behind – so let’s just enjoy the old wine presented to us in a new bottle.