Sonakshi Sinha is no Helen, but ‘Mungda’ remake works the retro vibe

Sonakshi Sinha has some big shoes to fill as she steps in to perform in the upgraded version of the iconic ‘Mungda’ from Inkaar (1977) for Total Dhamaal.

Composed by Gourov-Roshin, the song is a faster paced, EDM beat heavy version of the Rajesh Roshan track that defined Helen in the 1970s. Considering Total Dhamaal is itself the third film in the Dhamaal series, recreating an original song is understandable. 

Sung by Jyotica Tangri, the song features Sonakshi Sinha as the central lead, dancing in a flashy pub. In her gold shimmering dress, Sonakshi Sinha captures some element of the glamour that defined Helen, but misses out on the simple mischievousness. Where Helen was irresistible due to her easy charm, Sonakshi betrays the effort that goes into appearing glamorous. 

The song’s composition strays away from the original style of Rajesh Roshan’s earthy, basic rhythms. Roshan stuck to the use of the glassware and tabla-dholak combination to provide the feel of a desi bar, but Gourov-Roshin have gone in heavy with EDM beats and percussion to build the rhythm.

In that, they give it a faster pace and style that suits the contemporary setting of the song. Despite the additional lyrics by Kunwar Juneja, it is the original lavani portion that still retains its magic. 

The new ‘Mungda’ does have a groove to it. Perhaps it is the nostalgia factor, but the original rhythm combined with the new beats make for an interesting combination. 

Jyotica Tangri puts in a good attempt to replicate Usha Mangeshkar’s magic. Shaan is wasted trying a fast-paced English rap in the middle portion, while Shubhro Ganguly hardly has a verse to his name towards the end, as Ajay Devgn makes in a special entry in the song. 

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The choreography is pretty ordinary, with little to add in terms of style or synchronisation. Understandably, the music remains the hero of the song. 

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The original song, sung by Usha Mangeshkar, was composed by Rajesh Roshan and written by lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri for the film Inkaar (1977). While the film did not work at the box office, the song went on to become one of the biggest hits of the decade. It also remains one of Helen’s most iconic numbers on the screen. 

Total Dhamaal is directed by Indra Kumar and is set to release in theatres on 22 February 2019. 

Watch the new and original versions below:

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