India, Oct. 18 -- 'Remixes are forgettable versions of stellar songs'

(Hindustan Times) -- By Salim Merchant

(Hindustan Times) -- I am happy when someone does a cover of one of my songs - it's a way of appreciating my work. It also means that the song has worked for them - exactly what I hope to do with my music! My favourite has to be Jonita Gandhi's cover of Yeh Hausla (Dor, 2006) years ago. I repost stories of singers who cover our songs. I can see that they are appreciating and not just using my music.

But a record label or a film or an established composer trying to redo an old song is a different ball game. Creative people like composers rehashing songs just does not make sense. We are a country of three billion people with so ma...