When the creators of Baaghi 2 announced the remake of Bollywood’s classic dance number Ek Do Teen, expectation and dread filled those who love and cherish it. Today as the film released its first teaser of the song with Jacqueline Fernandez playing Mohini, only dread remains. The teaser of the song reminds us once again why certain classics should never be handed over for new gen Bollywood to spoil it.
In this song recreated for the Tiger Shroff starrer film, the innocence is gone. Over-sexuality is the first thing that strikes when you see the teaser. Gone is Mohini’s peppy neon pink one shouldered sequenced top instead, Fernandez flaunts a sequenced multi-colourd bra. But costume is just the tip of the iceberg.
While it may be wrong to compare the two songs yet the very purpose of a remake is to deconstruct and make it better, if there is room for it. For the Jacqueline Fernandez Ek Do Teen, there seems to be little deconstruction except for an overdose of sexuality and background bass. The innocence of a girl counting days to meet her crush from Tezaab is long gone in this remake.
Filling in Madhuri Dixit’s dancing shoes is a task heroines in Bollywood have shuddered to do and they have every reason to. Jacqueline proves just why it was wise of others to have kept away from playing the perky yet sexy Mohini. In Jacqueline’s version, the dramatic eye blinks and theatrical acting is a foreign element. The song instead has been filled with pelvic thrusts and seductive winks. It after all requires real talent to be charmingly sexy than just costume enhanced sexuality.
It can be safe to say that for anyone born before 2000, this remake of Ek Do Teen will only be seen as a classic spoiler. While the rest of the song remains to be unveiled, Bollywood could have done well to preserve this classic than splash it with an unimaginative remake.