Atif Aslam's remake of 'Chalte Chalte' fails to give goosebumps

Published: August 28, 2018


KARACHI: Remakes of iconic old Bollywood songs seem to be the ‘it’ trend these days. But from Madhuri Dixit’s Ek Do Teen to Habib Wali Muhammad’s Aaj Janay Ki Zidd Na Karo, most of these renditions have failed to impress.

Likewise, Atif Aslam’s version of Chalte Chalte for the upcoming film Mitron, was also a disappointment.

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Originally featured in the 1972 Bollywood classic Pakeezah, Chalte Chalte was picturised on the tragedy queen Meena Kumari. Crooned by ace-singer Lata Mangeshkar, the original Chalte Chalte is a tune that people still hum to this day.

While Atif has given hit after hit ballads such as Tere Bin, Dil Diyaan Gallan, Pehli Nazar Mein and many others, would would assume his remake of Chalte Chalte would be up to the mark. Alas, it was certainly not.

The 35-year-old singer strips Chalte Chalte of its true essence and fails to give any goosebumps, as opposed to the 1972 version. The song kicks off with new lyrics with a strong start. However, as soon as Atif starts singing, the graph declines.

While Chalte Chalte is not a complete disaster, it still does not do full justice to Lata’s original. Maybe if this was a live performance or the song was performed in an acoustic setting, it would sound better. Or even as an original song, it would have performed well.

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While most of Atif’s songs usually become instant hits, it’s his live performances that a true fan must listen to. Maybe if he had performed Lata and Nusrat’s songs as covers at a live concert, they would have been better, like his cover of Kishore Kumar’s Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai.

Listen to Chalte Chalte here:

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Yousuf Ibnul Hasan
    Aug 28, 2018 - 9:05PM

    Pakistan showbiz is perhaps the best as compare to Indian performers in music and drama. The fresh faces full of energy, charm and God gifted telent had made Pakistani artists superior and that is the reason Indian market look towards Pakistani artists. On the otherside Pakistani artists without any reason remain influence under the Indian myths and it looks they are effected a complex of inferiority complex. Why the try to experements on Indian items? Do they dont have appreciation to their perfomance within and outside Pakistan? Their dramas, songs, music, art, literature and all other field of performing art and entertainment are recognised by the world but not by Pakistani artist him or herself. Shame on us who partnoize such perfomances that is cornering our talent.Recommend

  • Sana Rasheed
    Aug 30, 2018 - 3:01PM

    I am big fan of Atif Aslam. Atif is best singer in the world. Atif is very Handsome.Recommend

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