Saturday, August 10, 2002

Dil Vil Pyar Vyar

Anant Mahadevan's film that bears this moniker has for its soundtrack a selection of R. D. Burman tunes. This would have been great news had the filmmaker and his troupe decided to stick with the originals, spending time in cleaning up the masters in the process. Instead they opted to churn out an official remix of the same with new singers and lacklustre, pale and lifeless music that not only would cause the late genius to turn in his grave, it could even prompt him to rise from the dead and wreak havoc on the lot! I sampled a few songs and although there are a few interesting music samples in the new versions, they are no patch on the originals, which were all IMHO complete examples of the genius of Pancham. Anything less than the best is a sheer felony.

Related: Bollywood continues to churn out R. D. Burman tributes

Postscript: {August 21, 2002}: More on the Jhankar Beats vs. Dil Vil Pyar Vyar in Filmfare. It's interesting how the industry took turns shunning the late Pancham and are now wrestling over his legacy now that he is no longer with us. Necrophiliac incompetence!

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