Are We Done Ruining Our Evergreen Music – Masakali 2.0 versus Masakali

You think the virus outbreak and lockdown are the biggest disasters this season? Well, this recent remake will make you think twice. While we all loved Masakali by AR Rahman from the film Delhi-6, we can’t say the same about the remix. Masakali 2.0 released two days before to largely mixed reviews

By mixed reviews we mean, not exciting nor disgusting; the song just makes you think in the end- ‘what was the point?’ The ‘leftover Paratha’ description by Bhardwaj Rangan best describes the emotion we go through on listening to Masakali 2.0 –

Imagine coming home from school, hungry. You want a quick bite. You ask your mother what’s for tiffin. She reheats a roti she made the previous day, smooths some peri peri sauce over it, and presents it with a flourish: Paratha 2.0. Now you know why composers get angry. They knead the dough, stand in the hot kitchen, making sure the tawa is warm enough…And Tanishk Bagchi says, “Dude, just get a microwave!

Bhardwaj Rangan has put words so perfectly that I can’t think any other better way to describe this latest remix.


From visuals to the remixed music, everything fails to impress. While in the original video you see a graceful Sonam Kapoor and her pigeon Masakali dancing in the alluring Indian backdrop, Masakali 2.0 looks totally artificial and unimpressive. Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria did groove to the song well but when a remix is made, there is always a comparison with the original.

If you look closely, it seems as if they recreated the ‘Humma Humma’ set. 

Looks like T-Series was too busy to think of another set.

The original creators of the song, AR Rahman and Prasoon Joshi too aren’t happy about the remix. The Sufi saint of Indian film music conveyed his disapproval in his tweet which said-No short cuts, properly commissioned, sleepless nights, writes, and re-writes. 

Over 200 musicians, 365 days of creative brainstorming with the aim to produce music that can last generations. A team of a director, a composer, and a lyricist supported by actors, dance directors, and a relentless film crew. Lots of love AR Rahman. After listening to the song we totally feel him.

Obviously, this is not the first song to be ruined in the name of the remix. Has the productivity hormones of skilled musicians like Tanishk Bagchi oozed out or does T-series think that millennials can be fooled with drums, noises, and glittering visuals? The number of original songs ruined in the name of the remix has considerably scaled up in recent years. 

Wasn’t it already enough for Bollywood to incorporate some really racist and objectifying lyrics in songs!

Do these remakes sound and look as cool as they think? Recreating is the death of the original. Remixed songs may garner superlatives at times but we can’t deny that with every remix, the original song ends up losing its charm and gets ruined. Bollywood film music, like the movies, is just shrinking to glittery glamorous ideas and has distanced itself from logic and freshness in content.


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