After days of hype, the video for Kala chashma, a song from Nitya Mehra’s directorial debut Baar Baar Dekho, is out. The movie stars Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif, and its hopeful title does not refer to its box office chances, but to the romance between the lead pair that spans three decades. The film will be released on September 9.
Kaala chashma is being touted as an earworm on the lines of Kar gayi chull from Kapoor & Sons. If the track sounds exceedingly familiar, that’s because it’s none other than a remastered version of Amar Arshi’s Bhangra pop hit Tenu kala chashma jajta ve (Black eyeshades suit you), which was composed by Kam Dhillon and released in 2005. To this hip-swinging and mellowish number, Badshah has added more insistent beats, a rap interlude and vocals by Neha Kakkar. The original tune worked just fine; Kaif’s look evokes memories of Chikni Chameli from Agneepath; the choreography gives off a whiff of déjà vu. Or perhaps that’s intentional, given the movie’s time travel theme?