Lata Mangeshkar upset with Atif Aslam for ‘Chalte Chalte’ new version


The nightingale of our country, Lata Mangeshkar is unhappy with the Pakistani singer Atif Aslam for remixing the iconic song ‘Chalte Chalte’ from Meena Kumari starrer ‘Pakeezah’. The new version of ‘Chalte Chalte’ was done for a Bollywood film titled ‘Mitron’.

The living legend, Lata Mangeshkar, who sang the song in ‘Pakeezah’ luckily did not hear Atif's version. The recreated version was composed by Tanishk Bangchi. 

"And I don't want to hear it. This trend of remixing old songs saddens me. Where is the creativity in simply lifting acknowledged, beloved classics and shuffling the notes around? I've even heard that the lyrics are changed in the remixes. By whose consent?

"The original poets and composers wrote what they had to. Nobody has the right to tamper with the creativity of these great composers and lyricists."

Singer and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, who is not a fan of Atif Aslam, said: "Today, even the 'poetic' term ''artistic liberty' is at the verge of extinction. With due respect (and disrespect) to Atif Aslam, as a singer myself, I will observe 2-minutes silence to mourn rather than offering a comment."

Singer Alka Yagnik, whose song 'Dilbar Dilbar' was also remixed for 'Satyamev Jayate' said" "Why don't they make a new song and make it a superhit if they can, instead of picking up an already superhit song, distorting it, and releasing it again... and then saying, 'See, it's become so popular'!

"Chalo humaare gaanon ke saath ye zulm kartey hain (They do this with our songs)... but their audacity is increasing by the day. Now they've started doing this to Lata Didi's song as well."

Pahlaj Nihalani, the former Chairperson of the censor board, linked the issue with the country’s sentiments.

"Every day there is an incident. Our soldiers are being killed. We can't say artistes are immune to politics. At the end of the day, they are citizens of their country first, artistes later."