Playback singer Chandana Dixit recalls her debut music, Husn hai suhana, which she recorded in 1995 for the Govinda-Karisma Kapoor starrer Coolie No.1, and which modified her musical journey in a single day. The music has been used within the 2020 remake of the movie starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan. While the original quantity was composed by Anand-Milind, it has been recreated by Tanishk Bagchi for the brand new movie. The voices of Chandana and Abhijeet Bhattacharya have been retained within the remixed model, in addition to the lyrics by Sameer Anjaan.
“I think the whole idea of keeping the voice of the original singers is nice. It really helps to hold the old charm of the original song. So this time when I recorded the first paragraph of the song, it brought back so many memories of my first recording. It was my debut song. I met music directors Anand-Milind and my co-singer Abhijeet for the first time when I went for the recording of the song in the studio,” Chandana instructed IANS.
She added: “I remember a live violin was played as accompaniment for us to get the sur (tune) right. It was very special because, to be honest, I did not even know that time if the song will be retained in my voice. I went there to dub for the song. Perhaps that is how the beginnings happen for many singers. Luckily the song turned out well. So they decided to keep my voice.”
Which model of the dance did she take pleasure in extra — Govinda-Karisma and Varun-Sara? “I think it is a bit unfair to compare because the original song, its picturisation and everything was a complete package and it was a success. Because of that, the song has been re-imagined now, and without tampering the very essence of it we tried to put it in a contemporary space. So, I will not compare and say which one is better,” Chandana replied diplomatically.
Davud Dhawan’s Coolie No. 1 launched on December 25 on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video.