music is full of new trends; some new and some that have been here for decades.
One such trend is having different versions of the same song in the movie. There
can be a male version or female version like in the movie Junglee
(1961), where "Ehsaan Tera Hoga" had one version sung by Mohd.
Rafi and the other by Lata Mangeshkar. Same is the case for "Khilte Hain Gul
Yahaan" from Sharmilee
(1971) which had
Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar singing two different versions. These versions
tend to have same lyrics but different singers. Another form of this trend is happy
and sad version of the same song; "Arre Re Arre" from Dil Toh Pagal Hai
(1997) is the apt example here with both versions
sung by Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan but having different lyrics and tempo of
the music. But one fact remained unchanged till then and that is all versions
of the song were used in the movie.
And then came
the late 2000s and the trend changed. A music composer would have one song with
varying versions but only one version would be used in the movie. What about
rest of the versions? They will be added to the movie's music album and will
become a part of your music library if the album is one of the successful ones.
Today, BollyCurry is going to highlight few such songs that are popular enough
to be a part in your music collections, all versions included.
"Tu Jaane Na" from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
When we first
heard of "Tu Jaane Na", it was with the vocals of Atif Aslam. Composed by Pritam
and penned by Irshad Kamil, it graced our television screens and won our hearts
with the heartfelt vocals of Aslam. But it was only when we checked out the
album that we came to know that there exists two other variants too; one by
Soham Chakraborty and other by Kailash Kher. The one by Chakraborty was mellow
and not that attention grabbing once you have heard Aslam sing the same song. But
the one that Kher sang stole our hearts again. It was not just his voice but
also the slow tempo of the song which endeared the song to us. "Tu Jaane Na"
was truly a trendsetter by making us love all its versions.
"Galliyan" from Ek Villain (2014)
Jaane Na" the trend continued with many songs but no song stood out till 2014
came and brought "Galliyan" to our attention. The first version that released
with the promos was sung and composed by Ankit Tiwari with Manoj Muntashir as
its lyricist. The song became popular right away and still exists in our
playlists. And just when we thought that "Galliyan" was the best song in the
album, Shraddha Kapoor came along singing the same song with Tiwari. Her low
pitch coupled with his husky voice was a treat to listen and jump started the
trend of unplugged version which continues to the current year!
"Samjhawan" from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)
unleashed the idea of an actress turned singer on us and on its heels came "Samjhawan".
Already the original version, composed by Jawad Ahmed and Sharib-Toshi and
penned by Ahmed Anees and Kumar, had made rounds and won approval from the
listeners when Alia Bhatt sang the song in her soft and velvety voice. While
Shreya Ghoshal and Arijit Singh sang the original song in their usual pitch, Bhatt's
lower vocal range and the minimal use of instruments gave this song a very contemporary
feel and reinforced the idea of unplugged versions.
"Meherbaan" from Bang Bang (2014)
The same year
as "Galliyan" and "Samjhawan" got released, another song joined the
song bandwagon and that was "Meherbaan", penned by Anvita Dutt and Kumar
composed by Vishal-Shekhar. While the original was sung by Ash King,
and Shekhar Ravjiani, the unplugged version was sung by only Ravjiani
with just the guitar as music in the background. Both songs are
beautiful in their own right
and prove once again that the trend of unplugged version is here to
"Bheeg Loon" from Khamoshiyan (2015)
above four songs were examples of same song sung differently and by different
people, "Bheegh Loon" is an apt example of songs that have male and female
version. Composed by Ankit Tiwari and written by Abhendra Kumar, the female
version is sung by Prakriti Kakkar and male version by Ankit Tiwari. The lyrics
are similar with only a slight change while the music remains same. Only the
singers and their singing styles are different and while the female version was
used in the movie the male one was left for us to discover when we heard the
were just a few examples of how the new trend of having various versions of the same
song in the album but only one being used in the movie caught up and continues even
to this day. Due to obvious reasons we have not listed all the songs with more
than one version and only focused on few popular ones. But that does not stop
you from creating your own list. If you know other songs that you believe
should have listed above, then comment below and let us know! We are waiting to
hear from you!
Editor(s): Peehu A. & Hershi J.
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