Why Dev Anand Was Livid with an Abhishek Bachchan Film - Blast from the Past
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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.

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