I will only do a remix when I think I can do justice to the number: Amaal Mallik

Amrita Prasad
Friday, 6 April 2018

We chat up music composer and playback singer Amaal Mallik who recently recreated  the ’90s popular track Ghar Se Nikalte Hi 

In the crowd of remixes, the recreated version of Ghar Se Nikalte Hi comes across as clutter-breaking, melodious track. Composed by Amaal Mallik, the 1996 hit number from Papa Kehte Hain, has been crooned by his brother, Armaan, and also features him. The video has already got 13 million views and has struck a chord with music lovers across different age groups. 

Having won hearts with numbers like Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar, Kaun Tujhe, Subah Subah, Soch Na Sake, and most recently Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety album, Amaal, through the reprised version, has attempted to pay a tribute to Javed Akhtar, Rajesh Roshan and Udit Narayan, who created the original song. 

Talking about the song, Amaal says, “It was Bhushan Kumar sir’s idea who wanted a similar feel like Dheere Dheere number. It is not a part of a film. We can’t even call it a recreation because we have recomposed the song and the lyricist Kunaal Vermaa has rewritten many parts of the song. It is more like a tribute to Javed Akhtar Saab, Rajesh Roshanji and Udit Narayan. It was Bhushan sir’s idea that Armaan should feature in the video.” 

The 26-year-old believes that a song should be simple but tell a great story. For this particular track, 95 per cent of the music was recorded live and only five per cent was created using technology.  “I don’t like taking credit for songs where I haven’t done any work. In this song, I have made new stanzas, antaras and apart from the first three lines, new lyrics have been written. The reason I chose to do Ghar Se Nikal Te Hi, is because I  felt that this generation hasn’t heard it,” he adds. 

So does this successful composer have any regrets?  
“I never wanted to make Gulabi 2.0 the way I have created. My hook was Sharaabi, but because of the suggestions and the ideas that came from the producers and director of the film, I had to make Gulabi the hook of the song. I admit that we shouldn’t have tampered with an iconic song like Gulaabi Aankhen and I really feel bad about it. After this, I learnt my lesson. If a remake has to be done, you have to take it to its original level or not do it at all. I am afraid of doing a bad remake. If in future, anybody attempts to make a remake of my songs and s/he spoils it, I will hold a grudge against that person,” he confesses.  

When asked about the reason behind too many remixes, Amaal says, “The meaning of the word ‘remake’ has changed over the years. Earlier, it was a channel through which the young generation heard classic melodies. Now it has become an inclusion in the formula of a hit film business model.” 

Speaking further on the subject of remixes, he adds, “There is this misconception that remixes of old songs is the current trend. It’s not. It is also not true that young composers like myself have brought this trend. Vishal-Shekhar did Bachna Ae Haseeno, Pritam has recreated Dum Maaro Dum and Duniya Mein Logon Ko, Sachin-Jigar did Na Jaane Kahan Se Aaya Hai, Amit Trivedi has done Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy did Apni Toh Jaise Taise. Everyone has done it and they have done it so well. The audience doesn’t bother whether it’s a remixed version, as long as you keep the memory of a beautiful song alive. Hence a right balance is important.” 

Talking about his upcoming work, Amaal says, “I have declined 11 film offers because they all demanded me to do remixes. I will only do a remix when I think I can do justice to the number or pay tribute to the original composers. I will only do a remix in a film, if it fits in the script. If there is something that defines me completely, it is the album of MS Dhoni: An Untold Story.”

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