‘The murder of an iconic song’: Ayushmann Khurrana and Malaika Arora’s ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ remix receives flak online
If you’re still not over Bollywood’s take on Abrar-ul-Haq’s ‘Nach Punjaban’, we hate to break it to you, but they’ve done it yet again. This time, Nazia Hassan’s iconic song ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ has been recreated for Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming film An Action Hero and the internet once again has some strong opinions about it.
The video, featuring Khurrana and Malaika Arora, dropped on Saturday, and saw the two Bollywood stars grooving to the disco beats of the 1980s hit by Hassan that was originally sung for Zeenat Aman’s film Qurbani.
A Twitter user shared a clip from Hassan’s ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ video and wrote that this was a case of another masterpiece “being copied by Bollywood”. The original will “always remain unmatched”.
One user wanted lyricist Tanishk Bagchi and music producer Bhushan Kumar to be jailed for “destroying” a nostalgic song.
Someone even wondered at the audacity of the producers to remix the song.
“Zeenat Aman and Nazia Hassan, we failed you,” wrote another fan.
Some saw it as another “murder of an iconic song” and compared it to eating expensive biryani topped with Nutella — a food combination that would make anyone’s skin crawl.
One fan shared that Hassan’s songs are very personal for them, especially ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ and said people need to stop “digging claws into every iconic song and ruin it for the public”. For them, the new version does not have “the charm or the vibe” of the original.
This user wants Bollywood to be done with remixes.
Another designated a special place in hell for the production label for ruining ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’.
For this user, it’s another song “spoiled”.
Some people were left questioning their existence after listening to the remix.
Hassan’s ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ isn’t the only song to be used for the film An Action Hero. In fact, they also used Amar Jalal Group and Faridkot’s ‘Jehda Nasha’, with a video featuring Khurrana and Nora Fatehi. The original song gained internet fame after blowing up on TikTok and Instagram three years ago and is still being used by many on the two apps.
The film stars Khurrana, Jaideep Ahlawat, Mirabel Stuart, Alexander Garcia and Rachit Jadoun. It will be releasing this year on December 2 in theatres across India.