5 R. D. Burman Song Remakes That Are A True Tribute To The Legend
Posted On 27th June, 2017 @ 16:39 pm by Ketaki Mankame

Keh doon tumhe, ya chup rahu?

Song remakes and remixes weren’t always a cringe-y affair. Before Sara Zamaana Haseeno Ka Deewana, Laila Main Laila, Tamma Tamma and more such remakes ruined the originals for us, DJ Aqeel, Instant Karma, Shaan and the likes were killing it in the music scene. ‘90s kids will know how these guys made their careers solely by remaking evergreen Bollywood music. And guess who is to be thanked for that? The legendary music director Pancham da a.k.a RD Burman. On his 78th Birthday today, let’s remember a few timeless classics that were remade right, and are every ‘90s kids’ favourites. 

 

1.       Keh Doon Tumhe by DJ Aqeel

The original version sung by Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle and produced by R. D. Burman, Keh doon tumhen from Deewar is a classic to say the least. With a soulful tune and playful lyrics, this was amongst the best songs of the ‘70s. 

 

 

While nothing can beat the original, DJ Aqeel came very close when he remixed the song in 2003. Improvising and adding English lyrics to an already existing track and a rap before the original lyrics began was as cool as it could get. To top it all off, the song had a music video with a legit story, unlike remakes today which are almost always skin-showing sleazy item numbers. 

 

 

2.       Baahon Mein Chale Aao by Instant Karma & Mahalakshmi Iyer

The 1973 movie Anamika was full of evergreen songs that add romance to the otherwise rainy mucky days. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and composed by R. D. Burman, Baahon Mein Chale Aao is one of the most beautiful and romantic songs ever made. And to pick this one up for a remake needs a lot of guts and talent. 

 

 

But Instant Karma, a popular band from the 2000s, took up the task and did a commendable job. Making the song a bit more upbeat to suit the times while keeping the soulful vocals intact, this is one of the best remakes of our times for sure.

 

 

3.       Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein – Leslie Lewis

The track that established a relationship between monsoon and romance, Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein from the 1974 drama Ajanabee, is a track without which rainy nights with your lover are incomplete. Produced by Burman and sung by the dynamic duo Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, this track is not an easy one to mess with.

 

 

But for talented musicians, it’s a challenge worth accepting. Leslie Lewis remade this one, adding a lovely flute tune to it and a sick table beat. 10 bonus points for the super sensual music video. 

 

 

4.       Chadti Jawani – DJ Aqeel

The 1971 hit film Caravan was another gem of a film with music produced by R. D. Burman. In fact, Burman was even nominated for Filmfare Best Music Director Award for this film. The item number became an instant favourite which shot actress Aruna Irani to fame. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi, this item number was equal parts dance, vocals, music and meaningful lyrics too. 

 

 

Mixing The Ketchup Song with Chadti Jawani, DJ Aqeel created some kind of magic with this remake. Somehow, the two unrelated songs sounded pretty good together. While some loved the remix, others didn’t because of the so-called “obscene” music video.

 

 

5.       Gulaabi Aankhen – Atif Aslam & Sanam

Sung by Mohammed Rafi and produced by R. D. Burman, Gulaabi Aankhen from the 1970 thriller The Train is one of the first songs a guitarist learns to play. The song has multiple remakes by many artists. 

 

 

While nothing can come close to the original, we found a lot of peace in Atif Aslam’s cover of it. In fact, it was this cover that helped him get noticed by (the right) people. 

 

 

A year ago, Sanam Puri with his band of boys did a remake of the song with a rather colourful music video. It instantly became extremely popular. They did a genuinely good job with the remake. We won’t deny that their chocolate boy looks helped though. 

 

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