Sonakshi Sinha’s Mungda from Total Dhamaal got a whole lot of thumbs-down from viewers hours after its release, and the matter just got even a whole lot worse. Maybe some classics are best left as they are. With an original voice by Usha Mangeshkar with music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, the1978 hit song has been recreated by many singers alike over the years.
The rendition, however, till date has not faced a backlash as this version of Sonakshi Sinha has. The song features Sonakshi trying to live up to Helen's magic on screen but failing miserably. This huge let down of a classic does not end with the viewers alone but also to the original creators, who are at the very least impressed with the version. Usha, told Deccan Chronicle in a report, “Our songs were created after a great deal of thought and they were done with sensitivity and care. To rip them off in this arbitrary manner is not correct.” Her sister and Bharat Ratna recipient Lata Mangeshkar also added in the report, “We are not asked if we approve or not. No one seeks our consent before using our songs. Is that right?”
Music director Rajesh Roshan, who also shared his similar thoughts, stating “I think there is less of inspiration and more of perspiration in the music industry. The filmmakers have lost confidence in creating new songs.”
Contrary to the music stalwarts, singer Subhro J Ganguly, expressed a complete explanation stating that recreations are like tributes to the legendary composers.
This time, Subhro J Ganguly, it looks like you are on your own, these are some of the reactions from Twitterati who have slammed the Sonakshi Sinha’s Mungda version:
I get that you need to recreate old gems for promotions. But I don't get that when you have @MadhuriDixit in a movie why do you need a @sonakshisinha or anyone to perform a dance number?? #Mungda #TotalDhamaal— Piyush Daga (@piyushdaga4892) February 8, 2019
@ushamangeshkar I am very upset your signature song #Mungda has been redone for a movie featuring @sonakshisinha / many popular compositions from the golden era should not be recreated/ better sense prevails with music directors— nazirji (@nazirji) February 8, 2019
Cult classic songs are being destroyed in the name of remix.— RK Raj (@OyeRKRaj) February 7, 2019
Any comments Sir @Javedakhtarjadu. Sorry but you have penned the original #Mungda so had to mention u. Several songs have been destroyed in this decade.
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