Hated Sonakshi Sinha’s ‘Mungda’ Song in ‘Total Dhamaal’? Do Does its Original Composer!

Original composer of ‘Mungda’ Rajesh Roshan had some pretty harsh words to say about the remix being used in ‘Total Dhamaal’
Hated Sonakshi Sinha’s ‘Mungda’ Song in ‘Total Dhamaal’? Do Does its Original Composer!
Sonakshi Sinha and Ajay Devgn in a still from the song, 'Mungda'

The well-known music composer Rajesh Roshan ’s most popular song Mungda from the 1978  film Inkaar has found a new avatar in  Indra Kumar’s  Total Dhamaal. And Rajesh Roshan is not amused.

But wait. Didn’t  Rajesh Roshan give his blessings to the new version of Mungda? At least, that’s what the Total Dhamaal team claims.

Here's the new version of the song - 

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Sighs Roshan,  “What can one do if they reach out to me asking for blessings? These are youngsters who have worked with me in the past. Should I’ve told them they don’t have my blessings? The proper thing  to do would have been to first ask my  consent  before  remixing Mundga.”

Here's the original song - 

The composer who shone brilliantly in the  1970s and 80s with unforgettable songs in  Julie, Doosra Aadmi, Man Pasand, Swami and Mr Natwarlal, says there is little he can do to stop such vandalism. “The law is against us music composers. We have no legal control over our compositions.  Music companies are selling our songs to producers at throwaway prices. We are helpless. Indra  Kumar(director, Total Dhamaal) has gone on-record to say his version of  Mungda in  Total Dhamaal cannot compare with the original. Then why do it? Why repeatedly resort to this kind of inappropriate conduct? Earlier my Yaaraana chartbuster Sara zamana hasenon ka deewana was also re-mixed without asking me. What can I  do? Except  quietly smile  about it.”

Roshan says he is completely out of tune with the music required in today ’s films. “Nowadays producers bring in  4-5  composers, one for each track. How can we have a multitude of composers to do one soundtrack? Where is the homogeneity? I remember when the great composer  Madan Mohan had suddenly passed away, the producer-director H S Rawail has approached me to complete three of the pending songs in the Rishi Kapoor-Ranjeeta starrer Laila Majnu. I refused to say I am not worthy  of sharing  a soundtrack with a genius like Madan Mohan Saab.”

Roshan says the Mungda re-mix has caused a certain amount of embarrassment with the Mangeshkar family. “I am very close to the whole family including Ushaji who has sung  Mungda. Lataji has sung some of my finest songs. We used to have huge arguments while recording.  I remember she objected to the lyrics in the song Wada na tod from the film Dil Tujhko Diya. I argued back, pointing out the lyrics of her song Ae ri jaane na doongi composed by my father Roshan in  Chitralekha. She understood my point of view and sang chartbuster. Evergreen songs are not made overnight. They are cultivated and nurtured and born out of creative conflicts. You can’t pluck a song out of its context and use it anyhow. How can I be happy when my  songs are converted into a circus?”

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