It has been going on for decades, in the 90’s the UK Bhangra scene loved a cover version and it was very rare that an album was released without a remake of a Punjabi song, Bollywood then picked up the baton and has continued to run with it ever since . Some say it is good, some say it is bad, now one of the most influential Punjabi producers ‘Honey Singh’ has talked about songs that are remade for modern day Bollywood.
Honey Singh is not adverse to the odd remake himself and always with a huge amount of success so hearing talk about the whole thing was an interesting take.
Yo Yo Honey Singh believes that a song, be it an original or a remake, should be “technically sound” first, and only then will it become a hit. The singer also feels that the song should be made in such a way that the public can easily understand it and connect with it, musically.
Having many years of experience in the music industry, Yo Yo Honey Singh understands that nowadays, the film industry is heavily reliant on remakes. However, he doesn’t feel that this trend will disfigure the charm of the original music. Talking about the this, Yo Yo Honey Singh said, “I think remakes are a good thing and there is nothing wrong about them. I just feel that they should be done in such manner that they don’t harm the flavour of the original song.”
The singer himself has composed remakes of many iconic songs. In 2018 Honey Singh himself created covers of Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety, Dil Chori and Chhote Chhote Peg. Sharing the reason behind them turning into hits, he says, “My aim while creating them was that if I am touching a great artist’s work then the artist should also praise the new version.”
Yo Yo Honey Singh also wishes this trend would never stop and expressed, “I feel remakes are a very good thing, and I think more of them should be made. Having said that, remakes should be good, and should always respect the original tune.”