Don’t worry, I’m not including the remix with the sleazy English-language hip-hop lyrics that I posted here a few years ago. And I’m not going to post any soft drink or toothpaste commercials, either. These are five versions that I discovered pretty recently. Actually, I had three in mind, then I searched around for two more so that it would add up to five.
I added this first one in the comments to a post of contemporary covers that I put together not too long ago, but I’ve wanted to bring it to the front of a post for a while. This is a video by my favorite contemporary Indian pop singer, Vasuda Sharma, doing a version that is “acapella,” with a lot of help from her “live looping” machine. Vasuda is brilliant!
This one is a DJ/rave version. But don’t worry, it’s not that bad. I kind of like it, actually. The singer isn’t bad at all; her name is Anamika Singh. The talking “DJ” parts seem a bit pointless to me, but I guess someone felt that they were required for this sort of thing.
This is kind of the soft-rock version (with some electronic beats thrown in, like much soft rock these days). In the middle, it segues into “Hawa Mein Udta Jaye Mora Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka,” then goes back to “Jawan Hai Mohabbat.” It’s not very exciting, but it’s a nice effort, and she has a nice voice. I understand that Shuchita Vyas is a contemporary playback singer, though I’ve never seen a film that she sang for (have you?)…
This is pretty funny – it’s the throwaway Caribbean remix. I found it randomly (of course).
And this is a more earnest version that I found on YouTube randomly. I’m not sure where this performance is. I see the word “Diagnostic” on the sign in the background… Maybe it’s at a doctor’s convention. I do like this version. (I actually saw a few versions of this song performed at functions, karaokes, etc., and I liked this one more than the others.) And it’s also the most traditional rendition here, by far.