Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Imagine a publisher rewriting a classic only because he has rights

Updated: Apr 10, 2020, 08:28 IST | Uma Ramasubramanian | Mumbai

As Masakali 2.0 faces flak from music lovers, Delhi 6 director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra slams makers of reprised version for 'destroying' original song

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Such is the love for the Delhi 6 song that a decade since its release, fans vividly remember Sonam K Ahuja dancing to Masakali with a pigeon on her head. It's hardly surprising then that the reprised version, Masakali 2.0 — featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, and recreated by Tanishk Bagchi — has drawn criticism from all quarters. AR Rahman, usually a man of few words, too indicated his displeasure as he urged music lovers to listen to the original gem.

mid-day reached out to Delhi 6 director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who revealed that coincidentally, he was writing about Masakali in his biography when word of the remix reached him. "I have dedicated half a page in the chapter to Masakali," he says.

pic
Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria in the Masakali remix

The filmmaker asserts it is disrespectful to revisit a song without seeking the permission of the creators. "When I meet Bhushan [Kumar, chairman, T-Series], I will tell him that they need to consult the creators. Otherwise, people will keep destroying our original work. Rahman, Prasoon [Joshi, lyricist] and I have spent days creating the song. It is [the equivalent of] a publisher rewriting a classic, [adding] gibberish to it, only because he has the rights to the book." Lyricist Prasoon Joshi, who coined the term 'Masakali', laments, "The word is not part of any language. I tried to infuse meaning in it through imagery. These things are created with heart, so when they are re-used for commercial purposes, it is sad."

pic
Sonam K Ahuja in Masakali song

Meanwhile, Adil Sheikh, who directed the latest number, says, "The intention was not to hurt anyone. The song was made only to refresh the listeners' memories."

Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.com

Subscribe
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK