Raj Khosla’s 1964 scare-fest Who Kaun Thi celebrated to this day for its remarkable songs composed by Madan Mohan, is all set to be remade by KriArj films the production company owned by Prernaa Arora and Arjun N Kapoor. The new version will feature two of the most iconic songs from the original film Naina barse rhimjhim and Lag ja gale se both sung to immortality by Lata Mangeshkar.
Says Prernaa Arora, “The minute we acquired the remake rights, we thought of the songs. Naina barse and Lag jaa gale se are the backbones of Who Kaun Thi. The film cannot be imagined without those songs”.
In the original film the ethereal Sadhana played a double role, one of them being a ghost. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan or Deepika Padukone are likely to play the lead in the remake. The Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar who sang the Madan Mohan melodies on Who Kaun Thi to everlasting fame says she is glad the film is being remade with the original songs. “The melodies of Who Kaun Thi were the soul of the theme. Take the songs away and you take away the film’s heartbeat. Did we think the songs would become such big hits? We never created the music thinking of posterity. I never knew Lag jaa gale se would become so popular. But I do remember the film’s leading man Manoj Kumar was at the recordings and he predicted that the songs would be legendary.”
Lataji who considered composer Madan Mohan to be her brother says she was very disappointed when he did not get any awards for his music in WohKaun Thi. “Look at destiny. Madan Bhaiyya got no awards. But the songs are remembered to this day. Whom would I like to see singing my songs in the remake? Aishwarya Bachchan or Deepika Padukone,” says Lataji with a gentle smile.