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 Given Bollywood’s trajectory with sequels and remakes, one request we unanimously have for the Hindi film industry is to ‘let the OGs be’. We don’t want to see another Aag or hear a highly auto-tuned rendition of Maine Payal Hai Chhankai.

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With the release of Satyaprem Ki Katha’s latest song, we’re highly sceptical whether creators actually care about what the general public even wants or if it’s all just a publicity gimmick to generate buzz about their movies. 

As you hold on to this thought, here’s a little throwback to 9 times Bollywood movies ruined great songs for us.

1. Pasoori Nu from SatyaPrem Ki Katha

Even Arijit Singh’s soulful voice couldn’t save the remake of the OG Pasoori by Ali Sethi and Shae Gill, the release of which created a phenomenon worldwide last year. How and why a lover lamenting their heartbreak got remade as a love song remains a mystery!

The OG: Pasoori by Ali Sethi and Shae Gill

Bollywood remakes are worst Pasoori
Coke Studio YouTube

The Remake: Pasoori Nu by Arijit Singh, Tulsi Kumar, Rochak Kohli, and Gurpreet Saini

Bollywood ruined OG songs Satyaprem Ki Katha Pasoori Nu
T-Series YouTube

2. Kala Chashma from Baar Baar Dekho

The popularity of this song surpassed the original, and the OG Punjabi Singer Amar Arshi was unimpressed. “I don’t think most of these people making dance videos to this song know that I sang it. For all the raula (buzz) this song has generated in recent weeks, I haven’t made any monetary gains from it”, he reportedly said.

The OG: Kala Chashma by Amar Arshi, Kam Dhillon, and Amrik Shera

Bad Bollywod song remakes
Angel Records YouTube

The Remake: Kala Chashma by Badshah, Neha Kakkar, Amar Arshi, and Indeep Bakshi

worst bollywood song remakes
Zee Music Company YouTube

3. Kudi Gujarat Di from Sweetiee Weds NRI 

That rap was so unneeded tho!

The OG: Dil Le Gayi Kudi by Jasbir Jassi, Jaidev Kumar

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90’s Hits Songs Bollywood YouTube

The Remake: Jasbir Jassi, Sonia Sharma, Akasa Singh, KD, and Jaidev Kumar

T-Series YouTube

4. Tip Tip Song from Sooryavanshi 

“What can I say? I am thoroughly disgusted. They are tampering with all the evergreens and popular songs…ruining them. It is just so shameful. Our past hit songs are being remixed to suit bar lounges and clubs, for young people to dance to. Achhe original tunes banaa nahi paatey hain. Therefore already superhit songs ko bigaadte hain, aur phir kehtey hain ki hit ho gaya! Arey woh toh pehle se hi hit tha, tabhi toh aapne choose kiya hai!” Alka Yagnik had said on the bad remix of her Tip Tip Barsa Paani song.

The OG: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Viju Shah, and Anand Bakshi

worst hindi song remakes in Bollywood movies
Rowdy Creation YouTube

The Remake: Tip Tip song by – Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, and Tanishk Bagchi

worst hindi song remakes in Bollywood movies
T-Series YouTube

5. Cheez Badi from Machine

Nothing. I repeat, NOTHING can beat the original.

The OG: Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan, and Vijay Kalyanji Shah

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Refined Music

The Remake: Cheez Badi by Neha Kakkar, Udit Narayan, Tanishk Bagchi

Bollywood song remakes we never wanted

6. Dus Bahane 2.0 from Baaghi 3

Let’s not release anything that ends with 2.0. “This song though (Dus Bahane) was just about 14-15 years old. It’s not even a generation old. Most people know the original anyway. I think it was a little too premature to bring the song back. But, like I said, there wasn’t much change” said Shaan while talking about the song.

The OG: Dus Bahane Karke Le Gaye Dil by K K, Shaan, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar, and Panchhi Jalonvi

worst hindi song remakes in Bollywood movies
T-Series YouTube

The Remake: Dus Bahane 2.0 by Vishal & Shekhar, KK, Shaan, and Tulsi Kumar

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T-Series YouTube

7. Chamma Chamma from Fraud Saiyaan


The OG: Chamma Chamma by Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan, Vinod Rathod, Anu Malik, and Sameer

Song remade by bollywood worst
90’s Gaane YouTube

The Remake: Chamma Chamma by Neha Kakkar, Romy, Arun & Ikka, and Tanishk Bagchi

Bollywood song remakes we never wanted
Tips Official YouTube

8. Ek Do Teen from Baaghi 2

Seriously, what is this obsession?

The OG: Ek Do Teen by Alka Yagnik, Laxmikant Pyarelal, and Javed Akhtar

worst song remakes by bollywood
Gaane Naye Puraane YouTube

The Remake: Ek Do Teen by Palak Muchhal and Sandeep Shirodkar

worst song remakes by bollywood
T-Series YouTube

9. Haseeno Ka Deewana from Kaabil 

The OG: Sara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana by Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Roshan

worst song remakes by bollywood
Goldmines Gaane Sune Ansune YouTube

The Remake: Haseeno Ka Deewana by Raftaar, Payal Dev, Gourov, and Roshin

worst song remakes by bollywood movies
T-Series YouTube

This was mainly Bollywood. We’ve not even begun talking about good songs big music labels are ruining. For instance…

Oh, and an honourable mention to Masakali 2.0.

The song’s not really from Bollywood perse but has actors Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria performing in it. The music director of the OG song from Delhi 6, A.R. Rahman, took to Twitter urging people to enjoy the original made without ‘shortcuts, sleepless nights, writes and re-writes.’

The OG: Masakali by Mohit Chauhan, Prasoon Joshi, and A.R. Rahman

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T-Series YouTube

The Remake: Tulsi Kumar, Sachet Tandon, and Tanishk Bagchi

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T-Series YouTube

Or Leja Re

This had personally scandalised me.

The OG: Leja Leja by Shreya Ghoshal, Ustad Sultan Khan, Sandesh Shandilya, and Irshad Kamil

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Pop Chartbusters YouTube

The Remake: Dhvani Bhanushali, Tanishk Bagchi, and Rashmi Virag

worst hindi song remakes
T-Series YouTube

Guess this will be a conversation for later. Until then, which Bollywood song would you add to the list?

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