Why you should expect more remakes from ‘Remake Raja’ Tanishk Bagchi in 2019

By Bryan Durham - December 25, 2018

Bollywood wants him to let go of his originality, but at what cost?

If you’re living under a rock, consider this a repeat broadcast: 2018 was the year of remakes in Bollywood. Close to a 100 remakes went down in the past year and the year’s biggest song, for the second time in a row, is a remake. Last year, it was The Humma Song, this year, it’s (arguably) Dilbar Dilbar. Both songs share one thing in common: Tanishk Bagchi.

Why you should expect more remakes from ‘Remake Raja’ Tanishk Bagchi in 2019

Over the past year, Tanishk made a habit of making hits by remaking hit Bollywood songs from the 90s (mostly) and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan classics.

By comparison, his original compositions are lesser known. Monobina was a personal favourite, but found little love with the janta. Tera Hua (Loveyatri) and Tera Mera Rishta (Jalebi) are beauties, but chances are you might have not loved them as much as his remakes (at least 15, at last count).

If you’re one of those who expected originality in music to have something of an impact, you’d be sorely disappointed.

We imagine Tanishk realises this. His hit/miss ratio is indicative of what the music industry perceives, is working.

It’s a sad fact. Even sadder is the fact that one ‘original’ song we thought might have bucked the trend is actually inspired in part by a folk song. Loveyatri’s Akh Lad Jaave’s hook-line owes its origins to a folk song by Shree Kavi Daad and the melody to a rendition by Jigrra (Jigardan Gadhavi).

Then, there’s the case of the Tere Bin remake for Simmba. It’s a remake that found no love from us (to know why, go HERE). If you’re listening closely, you realise that the cross before the hookline sounds incredibly similar to Amaal Mallik’s Roke Na Ruke Naina.

Don’t believe us? Listen to both tracks back-to-back…

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