Indian actress Koena Mitra who performed for the song “Saki Saki” in the Sanjay Dutt starrer Musafir in 2004, which became a chartbuster after its release, expressed her disappointment on the recreated version of the aforementioned song and said, “It’s too early to kill the original with an average remake,” reported a foreign media outlet. It is pertinent to note that “Saki Saki” turned Koena Mitra into an overnight star. The new version sung by Neha Kakkar and Tulsi Kumar was performed by Nora Fatehi in the upcoming Batla House but has been termed as a “mess” by Koena Mitra.
“Saki was a cult. I remember we had travelled to Dubai to promote Musafir, and I was thrilled to get that kind of response. People called it a winning horse. It was not just my work. Sanjay Dutt’s presence in it… director Sanjay Gupta shot it well, Bosco-Caesar choreographed it well. A lot of blood and sweat went in to shoot it. Vishal-Shekhar wonderfully composed the song with Sunidhi and Sukhwinder singing it. Nora has got good skills, she’s a lovely dancer. What I didn’t understand is what they (makers) have done to our song,” she said.
Koena had also taken to Twitter to make her thoughts on the remix clear:
My song from Musafir #Saaki Saaki" has been recreated.— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) July 13, 2019
Sunidhi, Suhwinder, Vishal, Shekhar combination was outstanding. Didn't like the new version, it's a mess! This song had crashed many blockbusters! Why batlahouse, why?
P. S: Nora is a stunner. Hope she saves our pride.
Bhushan Kumar, the owner of the music label responsible for recreating the song was also reached out for his comment. “The song came years back and Koena performed brilliantly in it. But it’s the era of recreations... Vishal-Shekhar are still involved, we credited them as composers, and the lyricist too has been credited. Everybody has their point of view, and everything has been done according to the law,” he stated.
Concluding her thoughts over the song, Koena Mitra said, “I honestly didn’t like the soundtrack, not even the visuals. They could have shot it in a better way, the way Sanjay had shot the video. It’s still fresh in our memory, it’s not yet an old song. It was too early to kill this song with an average song (recreation). I know my statement is going to be criticised by their team. I am not trying to attack them just because it’s my first film and hit. I feel that nowadays people should just stick to originals, and stop recreating cults. A lot of good songs are dying because of this… They should have approached Vishal-Shekhar and the original singers only.”