Recreating Jagjit Singh’s #KoiFariyaad was a challenge, says Ankit Tiwari

Remember late Jagjit Singh’s soulful ghazal ‘Koi Fariyaad’ from 2001 release ‘Tum Bin’? Well, it has been one of the most emotional and eloquent tracks by the legendary singer.

And now after 15 years, young age singer-composer Ankit Tiwari has recreated the song for the sequel of ‘Tum Bin’.

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The original ghazal was penned by Faaiz Anwar and composed by Nikhil Vinay. However, the new version, titled as ‘Teri fariyad’is written by eminent Urdu poet Shakeel Azmi, features triplets instead of couplets.

While the new version of the song is receiving rave reviews from the audience, Ankit has confessed recreating the song was not a cake walk for him.

In fact, he was even hesitant to take up the song initially as it was a huge challenge since he had to maintaining the originality of the song and blend it with new tunes.

“When Anubhav sir asked me to recreate it, I was hesitant because it’s such a classic and the challenge was to maintain the originality of the piece and blend in newer melodies that would seamlessly bridge the gap between the two worlds,” said Ankit Tiwari.

But director Anubhav Sinha was pertinacious about taking up the song in ‘Tum Bin 2’ and infused new life to the popular ghazal while retaining some parts of the original track. Besides keeping Jagjit Singh’s vocals, ‘Teri Fariyaad’ is crooned by singer Rekha Bhardwaj.

Talking about the idea behind the song, Sinha said: “We had to dig up the archives to find Jagjitji’s recording and we took over six months to transfer that recording from a two inch magnetic tape to the digital form that is used today with global technology with the help of our sound engineer Kaamod Kharade.”

‘Tum Bin 2’ which is written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, is co-produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-series.

Interestingly, Sinha will be collaborating with T-series after a gap of 15 years. Their last project was ‘Tum Bin’, starring Sandali Sinha, Raqesh Vashisth, Himashu Malik and Priyanshu Chatterjee.


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