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Nora Fatehi on Koena Mitra’s post on 'Saki Saki' remake: Don’t think it’s really criticism, everyone is entitled to an opinion

By Bombay Talkies 07 27, 2019 | 05:40 PM
Nora Fatehi reacts to Koena Mitra’s post that the new version of her 'Musafir'chartbuster, ‘Saki Saki’ in an upcoming film is a mess.
The song was originallyfilmed on Koena Mitra in the 2004 action-thriller 'Musafir', and Nora admitsit has always been on her hit-list. “I love the chorus which we haveretained,” she said.She’s quickly added that the song is apt for her character but is unwilling todivulge more except to say, “It’s not a cameo but a fullfledged, Hindi -speaking role, not glamorous or westernised but definitely a surprise.”On the subject of the song, she is more forthcoming, revealing thatphysically it was a very tough shoot because of certain moves that left herwith a list of injuries. “I’d scraped the skin of both knees and it was a bloodbath. My lower back hurt so bad that we had to call a physiotherapist on theset. I was attempting to play with fire for the first t ime and almost burntmyself on a few occasions. It was scary, but our energies were on a high andwe have given it our best,” she beamed.The original 'Saki Saki' girl, Koena, isn’t too impressed with the recreationdescribing it as a mess, wailing, “This song had crashed many blockbusters!Why 'Balta House', why? P. S: Nora is a stunner. Hope she saves our pride.”Point this out to her and she responded, “I don’t think it’s really criticism,everyone’s entitled to an opinion and you have to respect that. At the endof the day we are discussing music, which is very subjective. Everyone willnot like the same genre or style of music, right? Personally, I set abenchmark with 'Dilbar' and I have to work towards surpassing it. After that,it’s for the audience to decide if they like you or not.”Does she prefer an original song or recreation? “As long as I am working, Iam happy,” laughed Nora, pointing out that when she was watchingreactions on YouTube to 'Saki Saki', someone remarked that remakes aren’ta bad thing because they help youngsters connect with songs from adifferent era. “I couldn’t agree more,” she said.Musafir’s leading man, Sanjay Dutt, agrees with her, “It’s great that thesesongs are being recreated, it means that they are still popular. It’s a goodthing.”