Vastavam web: Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar said he is completely against the trend of remixing old songs which according to him are “cultural heritage”.Akhtar, who launched his book “Talking Films: Conversations on Hindi Cinema” on Friday evening, was asked about the current trend of remixing songs and whether it leads to old ones losing their essence.We need to preserve them. There are certain things that they should be respected the way they are. It’s rubbish (remixing old songs). It’s not acceptable,” he added.
The 72-year-old lyricist was speaking at the eighth edition of ‘Tata Literature Live!’ here.At the event, Akhtar also opened up about his iconic movies like “Deewar” and “Trishul”, co-written by Salim Khan, and how they were “blissfully unaware” while writing any “socio-political and socio-economical relevance” that people claim the movies have.The character of angry young man named Vijay in “Deewar” essayed by megastar Amitabh Bachchan is still remembered by the audience.
The ‘angry young man’ persona created in the mid 70s is largely hailed as a character mirroring what the nation was going through during that time. But Akhtar insists, they didn’t write it to “manipulate”.”It means he/she is keeping him/herself on a pedestal, being holier than thou and creating things for the ordinary mortals. We were living in the same society, breathing the same air and we were lucky that our sensibilities and likes-dislikes were in sync with that of the society’s. Good that we were innocent. If you are already aware, then that’s craft, that’s manipulation,” he added.