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27 Aug

Atif Aslam covers Meena Kumari’s classic ‘Chalte Chalte’ and here’s how we feel about it

Chalte Chalte

If you thought the Pakeezah classic, ‘Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Tha’ is safe from Bollywood remixers, think again.

Reworked for upcoming film Mitron starring Jacky Bhagnani and Kritika Kamra, the cult-classic song features vocals by Atif Aslam – and for once, we’re not happy.

Using the soulful lyrics featured on Meena Kumari, the once-serene track that revolved around a courtesan’s dance now explores a rather amusing road journey, where the film’s main leads traverse across locations as Atif croons in the milieu.

While the additional lyrics have butchered the Lata Mangeshkar masterpiece, Atif’s vocals still manage to make ‘Chalte Chalte’ audible albeit without the magic that the original weaved.

Will the song ever make it to our playlists? We really don’t think so!

 

Check out the new version here:

 

And, check out the original one here:

 

We’re not amused!

Shahjehan Saleem

The author is Contributing Editor at Something Haute as well as a professor in the Media Sciences department at SZABIST, Karachi. Socio-cultural theories and geography fill up the rest of his time.