Musical memories

Jagjit Singh’s velvety voice returns in a cover of an old hit, but does it work?

‘Koi Fariyaad’ has now become ‘Teri Fariyaad’, in keeping in with the trend of composing new versions of popular hits.

The cumulus clouds fogging memories of the 2001 sleeper hit Tum Bin begin to clear when Jagjit Singh’s melodious voice filters through like a message descending from the heavens. In the sequel Tum Bin II, Singh’s ghazal Koi Fariyaad from the original release has been re-imagined to establish a connection between the two films.

Music composer Ankit Tiwari has composed two versions of Koi Fariyaad, retitled Teri Fariyaad for the sequel. Tiwari has mixed Jagjit Singh’s voice with Rekha Bhardwaj. Shakeel Azmi has written new lyrics for the tracks, which weave in the misra-e-saani (second line of the couplet) of the original ghazal written by Faaiz Anwar and composed by Nikhil-Vinay. The extended version of Teri Fariyaad is 10 minutes and 35 seconds long. The shorter version lasts three minutes.

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‘Teri Fariyaad’.

The track in Tum Bin II is being promoted as a tribute, rather than a regular remix. The new song reintroduces the original singer’s voice and doubles up as a cover version with new musical inputs. This tribute is unlike the trend of recycling old songs with new voices and added beats. Few composers have tried the route Tiwari has taken. His compositions sit well within the context of the sequel by preserving the ghazal’s essence and honouring the original singer, who died on October 10, 2011.

In Queen (2014), the remixed version of Hungama Ho Gaya (Anhonee, 1973), composed by Amit Trivedi, is also not out of place. The original track was written by Verma Malik, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and sung with pizzazz by Asha Bhosle. In Trivedi’s version, Bhosle’s vocals were retained and the song was shot inside a Parisian discothèque, similar to the setting of the original number in which Rita (Bindu) is shown atop a bar counter jiving to the beats. Queen’s director, Vikas Bahl, shows lead character Rani (Kangana Ranaut) going through the same emotions of drunken ecstasy. The song capitalises on its great reverb effect.

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‘Hungama’.

Singer Nitin Mukesh’s only bona fide hit, So Gaya Yeh Jahan from Tezaab (1988), was remixed in Nautanki Saala! (2012). The original composers were Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Composer Mikey McCleary increased the tempo and added the surf guitar to his version of the soulful road song featuring Mukesh’s vocals. Both versions depict characters driving through Mumbai’s deserted streets.

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‘So Gaya Yeh Jahan’.

Nazia Hassan’s vocals were blended with the voices of Benny Dayal and Sunidhi Chauhan in the dance number The Disco Song (Student of the Year, 2012). The song samples Hassan’s title track from her 1981 pop album Disco Deewane. Composers Vishal-Shekhar add funky beats with additional lyrics by Anvita Dutt-Guptan. The revamped version became a favourite dance number.

The idea is to give the original a contemporary spin, but the effort isn’t always successful. Cover versions of classics such as Khoya Khoya Chand in Shaitan (2011), Yeh Mera Dil in Don (2006) and the title tracks of Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Dum Maaro Dum (2011) sound gimmicky and hold little recall value because they stray from the original compositions.

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‘The Disco Song’.

The exquisite thumri Aaja Savariya, sung by Hari Devi Mishra in raag bhairav in Gaman (1978), was rediscovered and introduced to a new legion of music lovers through the soundtrack of Monsoon Wedding (2001). Jaidev composed the original track. The Indian fusion group MIDIval Punditz remixed the track with modern musical instruments, including the synthesizer. The seamless blend of the singer’s divine vocals with electronica music gives Aaja Savariya its much-deserved due.

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‘Fabric/Aaja Savariya’.
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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

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— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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