Laila Main Laila – Old Vs New


Movie: The older version of the song appeared in 1980 hit action flick Qurbani (Sacrifice) produced and directed by Feroz Khan under the banner of F K International. The new song appears in 2017 action crime thriller Raees (Wealthy) produced by Gauri Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and directed by Rahul Dholakia under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment.

The original movie starred late Feroz Khan, Zeenat Aman, Vinod Khanna, late Amjad Khan, Aruna Irani, Shakti Kapoor, late Amrish Puri and Kader Khan. The new movie stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, etc.

The older movie involved a thief Rajesh (Feroz Khan) being an expert in breaking lockers. He loves Sheela (Zeenat Aman) and she reciprocates the feelings. The plot of the movie is a normal action drama and quite tame compared to the new one, which according to some sources is the story of a ruthless and clever bootlegger. We cannot much blame the makers because even the times have changed. The story continues with the criminal’s business being challenged by a tough cop. It is also about an assessment of the ban on prostitution, illegal drugs and alcohol in Gujarat.

Song: The lyrics of the original song were penned by Indeewar and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. The music of the new song was composed by Ram Sampath and the lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar.

The lyrics have definitely been changed. But, they mean the same thing as the original one. Amit Kumar singing in between is very good and enjoyable. But in the new version, they have focused too much on the female voice and the male voice has been eliminated. The lyrics of the old song are comparatively good and poetic, while the newer is too glamorous and zany.

Video: The older version was picturized by Kamal Bose and the new one by K U Mohanan. Dances of the older version were choreographed by Vijay-Oscar-Naidu-P L Raj. The dance of the new song has been choreographed by Brinda-Caesar Gonsalves-Bosco Martis-Rajeev Surti-Arsh Tanna-Sameer Tanna.

In the original song, the heroine herself performs the item song. She has been exposed comparatively less. The dance performance, movements, jerks and the body language are more decent, though this is an item song. Here they have shown a sophisticated romance between the hero and the heroine. On the other hand, there is a lot of lust in the new video. The chemistry between the drummer and the dancer is very good in the older version. Sunny Leone has tried to imitate Zeenat Aman, but unsuccessfully. Zeenat Aman’s dance is sophisticated while Sunny Leone’s is vulgar (some people will definitely say that). On the whole, Zeenat Aman’s movements are graceful. However, Sunny Leone’s moves are very jerky.

Artists: The playback of the older song has been sung by late Kanchan and Amit Kumar. The onscreen performances are by Zeenat Aman, Amjad Khan, Feroz Khan and others.

The playback of the new song was sung by Pawni Pandey and the onscreen performances are by Sunny Leone, Shah Rukh Khan and others.

Cultural Influence: Both are item songs. But, comparatively, the older version is more dignified and sophisticated. Secondly, the new video has a lot of exposure of the woman’s body and a lot of vulgar jerks. The filmmakers have changed the attitude of the audience by exposing them to these kinds of songs. The audience does not have other alternatives for entertainment and has to enjoy it. The audience is getting conditioned to these item songs.


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