Anuradha Paudwal slams trend of remixing old songs

One of the most popular voices of the '90s, Anuradha Paudwal has been away from Bollywood's playback scene for 17 years, her last film song was Kismat Se Tum in Pukar (2000). With several chartbusters in Tezaab, Aashiqui, Dil and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin to her credit, the Padma Shri awardee doesn't intend to return to movies. "I stopped singing for Bollywood when I was at the peak of my career. I gave it my best, but then decided to pursue my passion of devotional music. Moreover, I don't identify with today's film music. That's why I stay away from it," says the singer, who is fond of composer duo, Ajay-Atul's work, "Given a chance, I would like to sing for them." Her 1990 hit, Tamma Tamma, from Thanedaar, has been recreated in Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt-starter Badrinath Ki Dulhania and is now topping music charts. However, Paudwal is not in favor of the current trend of revisiting/ remixing old numbers. "Earlier, I used to get upset with the way these remixes were done. They took away the essence and soul of the original songs. Gaane vidhwansak ho gaye hain (songs have a destructive tone nowadays). But now, I realize that this is how the newer generation expresses love. I wonder how they still appreciate Sufi music, which is so soulful," says Paudwal, and adds, "People make and sell trash in the name of trends these days." Anuradha Paudwal is an Indian playback singer in Bollywood. Anuradha Paudwal honored with the honorary degree of D.Lit., the second singer who receives this degree after the legendary Lata Mangeshkar. In 2017, the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honor, in recognition of her achievements. She is a four-time winner from 15 nominations of the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, a recipient of the National Film Award. She has sung 8996 songs in Hindi only and some songs of other languages including her Marathi songs. She is also very popular in devotional songs.