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Friday, October 29, 2021

AR Rahman’s ‘Ae ajnabi’ recreated by French DJ Feder

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French producer-DJ Feder has launched his new single titled Meghna, which is his version of nineties Bollywood hit, Ae ajnabi, originally composed by AR Rahman for the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dil Se.

For Mani Rathnam’s 1998 film “Dil Se”, the song was recorded by Udit Narayan and Mahalaxmi Iyer. Feder discovered the song through a remix and instantly liked the original composition. He thought of creating a new version.

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Paying an ode to the original Ae ajnabi, Feder’s track also borrows its title from the film’s female protagonist Meghna, played by Manisha Koirala.

“I first heard this track while I was watching the American TV show ‘Entourage’, where ‘Ae ajnabi’ was sampled in. The remix had a more hip-hop vibe. Upon listening I decided to seek out the original and create my own interpretation of it,” said Feder.

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Having heard Ae ajnabi, Feder even watched the film it was produced for, Dil Se, to discover more of A R Rahman’s musical genius.

“I also watched the film ‘Dil Se’ and was truly impressed with the music and performances. Even after 20 years of its release, I think Rahman’s music in the movie is very modern. In fact, when I heard ‘Chaiyya chaiyya’ I was blown away. I just wanted to say thank you to him and his music,” he added.

Feder, whose real name is Hadrien Federiconi, is known for songs like “Goodbye” and ‘Blind”.

Also a keen remixer, Feder has reworked tracks for the likes of David Guetta and Rudimental.

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