Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, post Marjaavaan, teamed up for a music video titled Masakali 2.0. As the title itself suggested that it is the recreated version of Sonam Kapoor Ahuja's and Abhishek Bachchan's iconic song Masakali from Delhi-6. Soon after the ultra-sensuous music video released on April 8, it received immense hatred and trolling. So much so, the original composer of the song, A R Rahman, who rarely puts forth his negative feedback, took a sharp dig at the recreated version. As Masakali 2.0 continues to attract slam, Mohit Chauhan, the singer of the original, went on to criticise it too. The singer, during an interview with media, told that the new edition doesn't even sound like Masakali. He further added that recreates ruin the experience of the first one.
"I heard the song. But it doesn’t sound like Masakali. So they could’ve called it something else. But to say it’s Masakali and then ride on the name of the song to make something else... If you make a new Sholay and then add anything to it, it ruins the experience of the original. It got instant recognition. So it feels bad. Rahman sir is a quiet person, he doesn’t say much but he’s been also showing his disapproval, even Prasoon has been talking about it. And from what I came across on social media, even people aren’t really liking it," Mohit told.
Mohit further told that recreations are too much now and they have become a herd mentality. "Recreations has been happening for too long and it’s too much now. Initially, it wasn’t as much, then some worked and you felt, ok, good, these clicked but now it has become a herd mentality. There are remixes of remixes now. I don’t know if there’s a dearth of creativity which why people are piggybacking on songs, or if there’s a business angle for the labels. But I feel ultimately the creator should have control over where the song is going. Because it’s in public and everyone can hear it. If you want to do something with it, contact the original people and see if you can get it," Mohit added.
Masakali, the original, was sung by Mohit and the lyrics were by Prasoon Joshi. The recreated version with Sidharth-Tara is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, sung by Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon. Diametrically opposite of the original, Masakali 2.0 revolves around a couple who sneak into a luxurious hotel room on a rainy day. They spend some time alone and dance while enjoying the lavish amenities until they get caught.