I don’t think that there will be even one single person who doesn’t know who AR Rahman is and also who does not love his songs. Rahman has created some amazing musical wonders like Roja, Bombay, Dil Se, Rangeela and many more. But as far as Bollywood remixes are concerned, he finds them annoying and disastrous.
Hindustan Times interviewed him and Rahman has this to say. “The one which I was happy with was The Humma Song (Ok Jaanu; 2017) as it helped the movie. However, after that, I didn’t like any of them. Some of them are really disastrous and very annoying.”
He further added, “In fact, I told the company who made the remix, ‘You are forcing me to support this but I hate this one, and people are going to troll me if I support this.’ As far as the trend is concerned, it’s over. I think people are realizing that music needs love and finding a song for the movie, rather than taking the fast-food route.”
I personally agree that he is absolutely correct. Take for example Mr. Badshaah. He is recreating old Bollywood songs, mixing them with his ‘so-called’ rap and then creating new songs. Some are good, but others are just crap and utter nonsense.
Bollywood does not need these type of songs but rather original creations. A remix, once in a while, is okay but what is happening these days is not.
Further, when the interviewer asked him that why is he missing from the Hindi movie scene, this is what Rahman had to say, “I was concentrating on my movie, 99 Songs, which is yet to release and Dil Bechara, which is supposed to come out. I was also doing Tamil movies. My time was divided between my productions, building a studio, and spending time with my kids and nurturing them into musicians.’
Mr. Rahman, we the fans of yours, are looking forward to listening to your melodies once again. So please don’t keep us waiting for long.