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Shilpa Rao and Yasser Desai recreate ’90s classic songs in Mixtape Rewind

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The somber and soulful Shilpa Rao teams up with new-age sensation Yasser Desai for the 3rd season of Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series’ Mixtape Rewind, presented by Amazon Prime Music. The artists step into the legendary singers Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal’s shoes for their rendition of “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin” and “Nazar Ke Samne”, written originally by Sameer.

Abhijit Vaghani entwines the classic love songs together that pay tribute to the romantic era of the ’90s and early 2000’s, while director Ahmed Khan sets the ambiance on sets for the nostalgic mood. Shilpa Rao and Yasser Desai’s rendition of “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin” and “Nazar Ke Samne” retains the original melodies of guitars, tabla and dholak, however, the magical touch of sarod provides those additional tugs at the heartstrings.

T-Series’ head Bhushan Kumar says, “ “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin” and “Nazar Ke Samne” are among the all-time classics when it comes to romance and nostalgia, which is this season’s theme. It was perfect to have Shilpa Rao and Yasser Desai sing them and add new soul to these timeless songs. Abhijit Vaghani has a distinct ear and understands blends, tunes and beats like no other. Audiences are sure to enjoy this episode of T-Series Mixtape Rewind.”

Talking about this, music composer Abhijit Vaghani says, “I was looking at two major hits that made a lot of sense together with their lyrics, scales, etc. After a long time we found “Nazar Ke Samne” for “Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin”, I really wanted this song because it was one of my favourites too! I chose the sarod and the piano because its always nice to have a fusion of Western and Indian instrument. We have always done that in Mixtape, their frequencies are very different and it matched with the context of the songs like “Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin” has a special line which is like a musical signature so those demanded either a Sitar or a Sarod, so I chose the Sarod and it sounded good with that fusion of the piano. We have wanted Shilpa on Mixtape for a long time and with her basey and hollow voice, Yasser’s voice was just perfect. I am happy that he was on board. He is a great singer too. He just made the track bloom out with the way Shilpa sang it as well”.

Shilpa Rao says, “This is my first appearance on T-Series Mixtape and I’m quite excited about it. It was great to reminisce songs from ‘Aashiqui’ (1990) movie, whose album has been the biggest landmark album of the ’90s music. It is my first collaboration with singer Yasser Desai and loved singing and shooting with him. The whole team, Ahmed Khan Sir, Bhushan Ji and T-Series team to everyone involved, it was a blast and I really hope that the song make it to the heart of our listeners as much it did in our hearts.”

Yasser Desai says, “This is my first time on T-Series Mixtape and it feels great to be a part of it. I will be singing two of my favorite songs from ’90s which remains to be my favorite era – I’ve grown up listening to the ’90s music. I’ve remained a fan of Shilpa Rao’s texture since her song “Ik Lau” from Aamir so it was legit a dream come true on sharing stage with her. I am really grateful to the whole team at T-Series for making me a part of this. Abhijit bhai is ofcourse like an elder brother, he is immensely talented and it was a pleasure working with him”.

The new season of T-Series’ Mixtape Rewind will be available exclusively #Firston Amazon Prime Music.



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