Its official now, the Chikni Chameli of Agneepath, is an adaptation of Marathi hit Kombdi Padali.
The composers Ajay – Atul are obviously delighted to recreate the song. The song Kombdi Padali is from movie ‘Jatra’. The composers have really worked hard on the original and are extremely elated about the Hindi adaptation.
Atul says, “It shows that Bollywood notices our work. Usually, music composers don’t like re-working their tracks or adapting them from one language into another because that’s considered to be a form of rehashing. But in a situation like Agneepath’s, we were more than happy to do it. And Shreya Ghoshal just took it to another level with her voice.”
Atul adds that the director Karan Malhotra and the producer Karan Johar were extremely keen to have the particular number incorporated in the soundtrack. He further adds, “The situation and the film have an earthy feel. And eventually, once we started working with the team, we realized that this song works best. We have nothing to lose now because our work will get more recognition.”
However, Chikni Chameli is compared with Mungda (Inkaar) and Madhuri Dixit’s fisherwoman outfit from Humko Aaj Kal Hai (Sailab).
What Katrina has to say on this? “I don’t want to be compared with dancing icons like Madhuri and Helen. Their songs are still being played on reality shows and for stage performances. They’ve done a fabulous job. I think they looked stunning in those songs,” Katrina says.
She adds, “Mungda and the Madhuri song are classics. My song is relatively new. As for the look comparison, I don’t think any of them wore a ghagra-choli in the songs you mention. But I’d take it as a compliment if I came anywhere close to what Helen and Madhuri did.”