How would it be to travel 24 years back and do the exact same thing again? Would one actually want to do that or be in position of doing it? It’s not for nothing that artistes are timeless —singer Chandana Dixit recreated the song Husn Hain Suhana, which was a hit 24 years ago, and it has become a bigger hit now!
While the 90s version by its maker, Tips official, shows 40M views, its reprised version stands at 121M views and counting! Chandana, who gave popular numbers Shahar Ki Ladki (Rakshak), Chumma Chumma (Daanveer), Tujhe Khaas Fursat (Auzaar) and Khul Gaya Naseeb (Bhai), back in time, is thrilled. Husn Hain Suhana from Coolie No. 1 is one special song in her long innings, as she recalls, “Abhijeet and I were recording the song, and Govinda and Karisma were doing rehearsals. Just about two weeks on, as I stopped for tea while on travel, I heard my voice wafting through. The song was out and people around were enjoying it.”
The song has been picturised on Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan now. She went to record the ‘mukhda’, but the rest remained as such. “With technology, everything is shrinking. Singing it for the first time was an elaborate affair – I recall it was in Sunny studio, I was on one floor and Abhijeet on another. When I went for it this time around, there was this small space and it was a quick affair.” The newer version has already amassed million of views, so how much do numbers matter for the singer? “One cannot deny that numbers solely are the parameter for a song’s success. Sometimes a good song doesn’t get this big a platform and goes unnoticed.”
And what does she think about remakes? “I believe remakes give another life to a song. Each generation is used to its own kind of sound,” says Chandana, who is fond of younger singers, with Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal being her favourites.