Bappi Lahiri–Karan Johar Kiss &  Make Up

The  feud between Bappi Lahiri and  Karan Johar  is over. Baippi’s son Bappa had reacted strongly against some digs taken at Bappi’s music in Johar’aAe Dil Hai Mushkil. Bappi  too had responded in acerbic tones to what was at  best a good natured sporting jibe by Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma during their bantering binges in the narrative.

However now with  Bappi’s songs being re-mixed  for two of Karan Johar’s production, Bappida is in a Kjo mood.

Unlike Anu Malik who is apparently miffed  about his song Neend churayi meri being used in Golmaal Again without his permission, Bappi Lahiri who is  currently stationed in Los Angeles  is  very happy about one of his 1970s’ hits  Raat baqi baat baqi being used by Karan  Johar in Ittefaq.

Speaking  from LA Bappi says, “Raat baqi is one of  my favourite compositions.And this is the second time Karan Johar has used my song this year. Earlier he used my Tamma tamma number in Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. And  I was just as  happy,” says Bappi.

Raat baqi , he says, is a special song in  his repertoire.  “It’s not only one of my most favourite songs composed by me, it is I believe a milestone in Bollywood music. And Ashaji(Bhosle) sang it with me like  a dream.”

Do the remixed vocals compare with the original?

Bappi wriggles  out of that one. “Asha is Asha. You can’t replace Ashaji or Lataji by anyone. I consider  myself greatly  privileged  to have worked with both the sisters. I consider Lataji to be  Mata  Saraswati, the Goddess of learning and enlightenment. Where do we have such vocals now? But the songs they sang are there. Ideally the original vocals  should be  retained.But  that’s entirely the producers’ call.”

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