One cannot ignore the enormous importance of music in Hindi cinema. And with filmmakers exploring various genres of content, experimentation in music is also at an all time high. Especially with the crop of young music composers coming in. While these new age composers have their distinct individual styles and are constantly innovating, there is another trend which have been experimenting with – giving old classic songs a new leash of life by recreating them in line with the current beats and music.

While some of these classic remakes have received criticism, there are quite a few recent tracks that have secured a place on the playlists of the masses. Here are some of the famous remakes of iconic tracks.

Tamma Tamma Again – Tanishk Bagchi

‘Tamma Tamma Again’ is one of the most talked about songs from the upcoming film ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’.  Originally part of the movie ‘Thanedaar’, this famous dance number was sung by Bappi Lahiri and Anuradha Paudwal. Composer Tanishk Bagchi has reprised this iconic number with rapper Badshah and the result is a track that is taking the nation by storm.

Laila Main Laila – Ram Sampath

‘Laila Main Laila’ from Raees became quite a sensation with the masses. The original song ‘Laila O Laila’ was featured in the Feroz Khan – Vinod Khanna starrer Qurbani and was composed by veteran musicians Kalyanji-Anandji. With the new version, composer Ram Sampath has recreated the groovy beats with a peppy touch. The song has been sung by Pawni Pandey.

Ae Zindagi – Amit Trivedi

The Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Dear Zindagi’ has a reincarnation of ‘Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le’ from the 1983 classic ‘Sadma’. Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja had composed the original track with Suresh Wadkar’s soothing voice. Going with the theme of the film, Amit Trivedi, known for his beautiful creations, has recreated this melodious song while Arijit Singh has given the vocals.

Humma Humma – Tanishk Bagchi and Badshah

Another recent remake which was much talked about was Humma Humma from ‘Ok Jaanu’. The track which received more than 100 million views, was originally heard in the 1995 Indian-Tamil film, ‘Bombay’.  The song was composed and sung by none other than A.R. Rahman. The reprised foot tapping number has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi and Badshah.

Dheere Dheere – Yo Yo Honey Singh

This song composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh is a partial adaptation of the song ‘Dheere Dheere’ from the 1990 blockbuster album ‘Aashiqui’ which was sung by Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal. Composed as a single, the story behind the making is that the track was made by Honey Singh while he was struggling with Bipolar Disorder.

Pyaar Manga Hai Tumhe Se – Abhijit Vaghani

The original song was sung by one of the most renowned artists of our music industry, Kishor Kumar who was known for his melodious voice. It was a song from the movie, ‘College Girl’ , which is now heard on a different frequency as a pop single sung by Armaan Malik and Neeti Mohan and composed by Abhijit Vaghani. The song has clocked in over 47 million views.

Dum Maaro Dum – Pritam

Pritam recreated the iconic ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ for the 2011 film with the same name. While the original track was sung by Asha Bhosle for the film ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, the new version had vocals by Anushka Manchanda and went on to became an instant hit.

Disco Deewane – Vishal-Shekhar

‘Disco Deewane’ was one of the chartbusters of Asian pop in the 80s. Music composer Biddu known his eclectic compositions discovered Nazia Hassan whose sensuous voice took this track to another level.Composer Vishal – Shekhar remade this peppy song for ‘Student of the Year’ and did complete justice to it. Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Benny Dayal, this song went on to become a party anthem.

Bachna Ae Haseeno – Vishal – Shekhar

Another hit remake by Vishal-Shekhar was the title track of the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Bachna Ae Haseeno. Kishore Kumar’s ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ from ‘Hum Kisise Kum Nahi’ was re-composed by the duo and sung by Sumit Kumar and Vishal Dadlani. The new version of the song had English and Hindi lyrics and become a chartbuster, like the original track, with its upbeat music.

Hawa Hawai – Mikey McCleary

Composer Mikey McCleary is known for given Bollywood classics a wonderful spin. ‘Hawa Hawai’ originally composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal for ‘Mr.India’ was one such song reinvented by McCleary for Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Shaitaan’. The quirky voice behind the remake is that of Suman Sridhar. It is definitely one of the interesting remakes worth mentioning.