Bollywood does a good job of creating a remix of old school songs and turning them into super hits. Case in point: Kala Chashma, updated to liven up the Siddharth Malhotra-Katrina Kaif starrer Baar Baar Dekho. This adaptation of the Noughties hit Tenu Kala Chashma Jach Da Eh, has racked up 22.4 million hits on YouTube since it released a week ago. Talk about burning up the charts!
Here’s a look at more such hits:
Chull, Fazilpuria Feat. Badshah
Reimagined for: Kapoor & Sons (2016)
Kar Gayi Chull, the updated version of this 2014 song was viewed a staggering 75 million times on YouTube, quickly making it one of 2016’s biggest hits. Taken from Fazalpuria’s hit independent single Chull, featuring rapper Badshah, the song does the work of an item number (albeit a millennial version of it) in the movie, whose cast included Rishi Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan.
Rock Tha Party, Bombay Rockers
Reimagined for: Rocky Handsome (2013)
This smash hit, courtesy Bombay Rockers, was reimagined in Rocky Handsome starring John Abraham in a pivotal role. If you’re in your late 20s or 30s, chances are you will have played this song on full volume when it played on the radio or at a friend’s house party back in college. It was a huge hit in 2003, and 13 years later the remix was released and received with the same amount of fanfare.
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Khoya Khoya Chand, Kala Bazar
Reimagined for: Shaitaan (2011)
Taking an old song and adding a few new beats and faces to it in one thing, taking an old song and giving it a whole new spin is entirely another. When the new Khoya Khoya Chand (remixed by Mikey McCleary, sung by Suman Sridhar) released, it became a surprise hit, thanks to the foot-tapping beats and stunning visuals. It’s an underrated song, but if there’s one that deserves a special listen from this list, it’s this one.
Aapka Kya Hoga Janabe Ali, Laawaris
Reimagined for: Housefull (2010)
A remix of Kishore Kumar’s Apne Toh Jaise Taise from Laawaris (1981), this song, featuring a very svelte Jacqueline Fernadez, became a huge hit when it released. The makers threw in a few extra lyrics, loads of feisty dance moves, a line-up of big stars, flashy visuals and of course an element of nostalgia. The updated song was also a winner.
Bachna Ae Haseeno, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
Reimagined for: Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
It was probably a well-planned move to have Ranbir Kapoor shaking a leg to Rishi Kapoor’s hit 70’s song, Bachna Ae Haseeno. Complete with vintage outfits, extravagant sets and hot women, the song was an ode to the father from the son.
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