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Amitabh Bachchan effortlessly sang the title song of Paa in a child’s voice

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 29, 2009)


Amitabh Bachchan and Aadesh Shrivastava

We bet you’ve never heard anything like this before. Literally. On Tuesday, Amitabh Bachchan recorded the title song for Balki’s Paa in the voice of a 12-year-old and that too without the help of technology.

Music director Aadesh Shrivastava says, “I thought I would initially record the song in Amitji’s normal voice and later use technological enhancement and modify it to make it sound like a child’s. However, Amitji was firm that I wouldn’t have to do anything of that sort and that he will sing in a child’s voice without any help. He went on to do just that.”

Aadesh, who handled the daunting task of recording music maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s tune in Amitabh’s voice, adds, “It is originally a tune created by Raja sir (Ilaiyaraaja). Normally, I’d never even dream of touching his tunes but I have worked as a drummer for him on Sadma (1983) and he sent this song from Chennai for Amitji to sing it in Mumbai.”

Aadesh predicts that the song will be an instant hit with children. “Amitabh does not sound like a grown-up man imitating a child. Don’t ask me how he has managed to do it. I just sat there stunned.”

The Hindi film industry is infamous for lifting Hollywood movies, but it has often been inspired by cinema content from southern India as well. With forthcoming movies like ‘Kambakkht Ishq’, ‘Short Kut – The Con Is On’ and ‘Wanted’, Bollywood seems to be on a spree of remaking films made down south.

Bollywood borrows southern spice for 'Kambakkht Ishq', 'Short Kut'

Releasing Friday, Akshay Kumar- Kareena Kapoor’s romantic comedy ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ is the remake of Kamal Haassan’s 2002 Tamil hit ‘Pammal K. Sambandam’.

The film was earlier to be remade in Hindi by writer-turned-director Anees Bazmee for south-based production house G.V. Films, which had acquired the remaking rights for Rs.500,000.

But it was producer Sajid Nadiadwala who finally made it after buying remaking rights of the same film by reportedly shelling out Rs.7.5 million.

‘Short Kut’, another forthcoming comedy, is a remake of Roshan Andrews’ Malayalam movie ‘Udayananu Tharam’. Similarly, southern dancing star Prabhu Deva’s directorial venture ‘Wanted’, which has Salman Khan in the lead, is a remake of Tamil film ‘Pokiri’.

“Bollywood has always survived on the pillars of inspiration and remakes… whether it is the west or the south, it has always copied content. While half of it has been successful, others have been blunders,” said a trade analyst from Mumbai on condition of anonymity.

But Anil Kapoor, who is producing ‘Short Kut’, described the trend as a consumer-driven call.

“Actually it was not my idea to adapt a south Indian film… as a consumer I had seen this film in Malayalam and loved it. I thought it will be great to make the film in Hindi. I spoke to Anees Bazmee (who has written the script) about it and he too liked the idea of adapting it for a Hindi film,” the actor-turned-producer said.

While ‘Udayananu Tharam’ starred Mohanlal, Sreenivasan and Meena, its Hindi version, directed by Neeraj Vora, features Arshad Warsi, Akshaye Khanna and Amrita Rao.

“We made some changes in the script to suit Bollywood sensibilities and made it more appealing for north Indians or say core Bollywood audiences. After the script was ready, we thought Neeraj Vora would be the best person to direct the film. I called him up and he was on board,” Anil added.

A recent example of a successful Bollywood remake of a south Indian film becoming a huge hit is A.R. Murugadoss’ ‘Ghajini’ (2008) that was a remake of the 2005 Tamil film of the same name.

Starring Aamir Khan in the lead, the film went on to rake in more than Rs.290 crore (Rs.2.9 billion) worldwide, making it one of the biggest grossers in Bollywood.

Remaking southern hits is not a new trend in Hindi cinema. There have been hit films earlier like ‘Nayak’, ‘Saathiya’, ‘Viraasat’ and ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ that were remakes respectively of Tamil films ‘Mudhalvan’, ‘Alaipayuthey’, ‘Thevar Magan’ and ‘Minnale’.

Multilingual filmmaker Priyadarshan, known for remaking his own films in Hindi, had said: “My Hindi films are mostly inspired from Malayalam comedies.”

His popular films like ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Kyon Ki…’ and ‘Garam Masala’ are remakes respectively of Malayalam films ‘Manichitrathazhu’, ‘Thalavattom’ and ‘Boeing Boeing’. His other Hindi remakes include ‘Virasaat’, ‘Billu’ and ‘Ye Teraa Ghar Ye Meraa Ghar’.

Tamil and Telugu filmmaker L.V. Prasad’s Hindi films ‘Sharada’, ‘Miss Mary’, ‘Chhoti Bahen’ and ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’ were also adaptations of Tamil films. A. Bhimsingh’s ‘Bhai Bahen’ was a remake of Tamil hit ‘Pasamalar’.

Bollywood saw a series of remakes in the late 1970s and 80s with Jeetendra in the lead in movies like T. Rama Rao’s ‘Lok Parlok’, ‘Judaai’, ‘Maang Bharo Sajan’, ‘Himmatvala’, ‘Swarg Narak’, ‘Jyoti Bane Jwala’ and ‘Pyaasa Sawan’.

Films like ‘Solva Sawan’, ‘Sargam’, ‘Sadma’, ‘Wo Saat Din’, ‘Aakhri Raasta’, ‘Andha Kanoon’ and ‘Eeshwar’ were also inspired by southern hits.

Bollywood saw its first anti-woman slant in the 1980s Rajesh Khanna-starrer ‘Red Rose’ adapted from Tamil film ‘Sigappu Rojakal’. And in 1992, Indra Kumar remade ‘Enga Chinna Rasa’ as ‘Beta’ as part of the continuing ‘south inspires north’ trend.

Source: IANS