Golden Yesterdays


Jubin nautiyalJubin Nautiyal, whose Keh du tumhe from Baadssaho is the rage, tells Suranjana Biswas Hindi music is losing it’s originality and soul. 

What was it like to sing one of the most popular songs of yesteryears, Keh du tumhe, for your latest, Baadshaho? Were you nervous or excited to recreate the magic?

More than being nervous, I was very excited. Keh du tumhe is one of my favourite songs and Kishore da is a hot favourite with me. To get to sing such an iconic song was a great opportunity for me. With recreations, whether Humma, Kissi se pyaar ho jaye or Gumnam, it’s amazing to sing these songs in my own style. We are blessed to be able to relive these songs.

Before the song starts, it claims to be ‘rap-free’. Do you feel that remixing an old song with a rap section ruins the charm of the original track?

Sometimes, the song is so strong that it does not need any rap, although it can sometimes add to it. Keh du tumhe didn’t really require a rap section but we got a little quirky with it and called it ‘rap-free’.
I don’t think it kills the charm.

In recent times, we have had more and more remixes of old songs. Do you think that this speaks of a lack of originality?

Since old songs already have a place in the hearts of the audience, it’s always easier to recreate them. I agree that there is lack of originality in the industry. I have seen a lot of people working on references and I don’t understand how one can make original music based on references. But, again, there are brilliant composers who are creating original music. Remixing old songs is just fun. The audience already knows the lyrics, which lets them have even more fun.

Tell us a little about the best collaborations you have had with music composers over the years. Also, as a singer, what inspires you to take up a certain project?

I have collaborated with almost all the composers I had ever thought of working with, like Amit Trivedi, Jeet, Pritam da, Sachin-Jigar. One of the best collaborations was with Tanishk Bagchi for Humma and it was quite fruitful. My collaboration with Baadshah for a folk music was great too.

What is your take on reality shows? Are they able to give the industry sustainable talents?

Shows are completely based on TRPs. I can’t comment on it being good or bad. It’s just a platform to showcase your talent. It’s not the end of the world if things don’t work out for the contestants.

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