These songs are heritage, preserve them: Javed Akhtar

Mumbai, Nov 18: Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar said he is completely against the trend of remixing old songs which according to him are "cultural heritage".

Akhtar, who launched his book "Talking Films: Conversations on Hindi Cinema" last evening, was asked about the current trend of remixing songs and whether it leads to old ones losing their essence. 

"I quite agree. I don't know why people remix old songs. They should have enough confidence that they will give super- hit songs. Why should they borrow? What's the need? Besides that, these songs by Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar... these are our cultural heritage," he said.

"We need to preserve them. There are certain things that they should be respected the way they are. It's rubbish (remixing old songs). It's not acceptable," he added.

The 72-year-old lyricist was speaking at the eighth edition of 'Tata Literature Live!' here.

At the event, Akhtar also opened up about his iconic movies like "Deewar" and "Trishul", co-written by Salim Khan, and how they were "blissfully unaware" while writing any "socio-political and socio-economical relevance" that people claim the movies have.

"I get asked about 'Deewar', 'Trishul', particularly 'Deewar', that angry-young man character, it's socio-political and socio-economical relevance. But honestly we were blissfully unaware. A lot has been written about it, not only in India but also internationally. But we didn't know anything. We just thought it is an interesting character and an interesting story."

The character of angry young man named Vijay in "Deewar" essayed by megastar Amitabh Bachchan is still remembered by the audience.

The 'angry young man' persona created in the mid 70s is largely hailed as a character mirroring what the nation was going through during that time. But Akhtar insists, they didn't write it to "manipulate".

PTI