Why Dev Anand Was Livid with an Abhishek Bachchan Film - Blast from the Past
An Abhishek Bachchan film with a song picturised on Deepika Padukone angered the veteran filmmaker. Find out more
In his film about drug dealers in Goa Dum Maro Dum in 2011 Rohan Sippy had desecrated the Asha Bhosle-R D Burman classic Dum maro dum from Dev Anand’s 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna by changing the voice,beats and even the lyrics. The new version contained gems like, “Aaj mere liye chair kheech raha hai kal meri skirt kheechenga...Unchese uncha banda potty pe baitha nanga.”
As Deepika Padukone (in a guest appearance) slithered to the song immortalized by Zeenat Aman , the word she sang Aaj deel chod raha hai, kal khudi rokega Aaj mere liye chair kheech raha hai, kal meri skirt kheechega made Dev Anand see red.This was the only time I saw him angry.
“The least they could’ve done was to ask my permission before using my song,” Dev Saab fumed at director Rohan Sippy and music composer Pritam who was responsible for the atrocity. No one had bothered to ask Asha Bhosle who sang the original Dum maro dum or Dev Anand from whose film Hare Rama Hare Krishna the song was taken, what they felt about the new-rage version of their anthem song from the 1970s. Anand Bakshi who wrote the original Dum maro dum and R D Burman whose composed the tune must have been happy to be dead.
The original song
And the remix
It made Dev Anand (God bless his innocent soul) very upset. For the first time in his 70-year career Dev Saab threatened to sue. I knew he wouldn’t he.He was too soft-hearted to get into an ugly squabble with anyone. But even today I feel angry when I remember how insulted Dev Saab felt at being bypassed by a filmmaker who knew nothing about respecting cinematic history.