You may be amazed to see Aditya Roy Kapur–Shraddha Kapoor’s romance in OK Jaanu in the recreated version of AR Rahman’s iconic chartbuster Hamma Hamma. But whenever such iconic song is taken to put new spin in it, there is always a risk. In this new version, the track has been rendered by Tanishk Bagchi and Badshah and it fails to create much positive remarks on social media. A large number of music lovers slam the rap bit as they found it pointless and sleazy. One such tweet on this newer version is “Badshah puts the no in nostalgia”.
And the tweet comes from no one but Remo Fernandez who originally sang Hamma Hamma in Mani Ratnam’s Bombay (1995). The singer expressed his reaction from Portugal saying, “There is nothing wrong in doing new versions of existing songs, as long as one brings something new to the table. It can be something plus, or at least something different. This version of Humma Humma, I am afraid, brings neither. It is but a pale, insipid version of the original. Vocally, instrumentally and arrangements-wise, it seems to be a hurried, uninspired job”.
Interestingly, Tanishk is already aware of the brickbats as he was expecting such. In his safe guard, he says that his intention was to pay tribute to the legendary musician Rahman, ‘not spoil the track’. He says, “We are getting mixed reactions and a lot of people have also accepted it. When I was first approached for the song, I was excited because, as a kid, I would always dance to it. But, I had questioned the makers why we were remixing a beautiful track”.
He further clarifies, “Rahman sir has always been an inspiration, so for me, it was a chance to work with him (Rahman is the film composer). He suggested that Badshah and I work on the song since he knew we would bring a new flavour to it”.