Akshay Kumar's 'Tu Cheez Badi Hai' song gets a makeover!

Abbas-Mustan are the latest to revisit a '90s chartbuster; re-use original singer Udit's voice for their next film

Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar in a still from the original song
Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar in a still from the original song

Joining a growing list of filmmakers recreating yesteryear chartbusters, including Kala Chashma, Humma and Tamma Tamma, for their respective productions, Men In White duo Abbas-Mustan are now set to reprise a '90s hit for their next film. They will revisit Akshay Kumar and Raveena Tandon's hugely popular 1994 track, Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast (Mohra), for their upcoming thriller, Machine, which marks the debut of Abbas's son, Mustafa Burmawalla.

Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan

Zeroing in on the song was easy for the duo, given that they have cherished the number. "Udit Narayan, who sang the original, will record it again, this time round, with Neha Kakkar [originally sung by Kavita Krishmamurthy]. We will shoot the song with Mustafa and Kiara Advani [female lead]. It will feature as a situational track in the film," Abbas says.


The filmmaker is set to meet choreographer Bosco Martis (of Bosco-Ceasar), who will set the moves for this rendition. "We will decide the look and styling for the song to be set in a club," he says, adding that while the choreography will be new, a few signature steps from the original will be retained. "The costumes, however, will not be the same. But we may make Mustafa sport dark glasses," he says, alluding to Akki's look from the song, which saw him pairing black glasses with a bandana.

The filmmakers have directed several hit projects, including Baazigar (1993) and Khiladi (1992), for production house, Venus, which also helmed Akki-Raveena starrer Mohra. Abbas attributes this long-standing relation to the ease with which they procured the rights to the track. Once the shoot is complete, they intend to show the song to Akshay first. "We have worked with him for several films and he is a favourite. This one is one of his best known songs, so Mustafa needs his blessings."

Machine, which has been shot in locations across Georgia, is slated to release next month.

'90s revisited

  • Amar Arshi's Punjabi track Kala Chasma was recreated for Nitya Mehra's Baar Baar Dekho as Kala Chashma (2016)
  • Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt will dance to the new version of Sanjay Dutt-starrer Thanedaar's (1990) classic, Tamma Tamma, in Karan Johar's next, Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya
  • AR Rahman's Humma Humma from Bombay (1995) was rehashed as The Humma Song for Shaad Ali's OK Jaanu (2017)



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