I fell in love with Penn Masala when I heard their renditions of "Mere Sapno Ki Rani" and "Aap Jaise Koi" on the American Desi soundtrack, and got one of their CDs just for those songs. A month or so ago I decided to expand my horizons a bit and listened to the rest of the album. I'm in love with the whole thing, naturally, and was especially thrilled to find their take on "Om Shanti Om," which I had only heard in Farah Khan's "Om Shanti Om." (By the way, how did I not realize, in a film full of homages, that even the choreography of that song was a perfectly done copy of the same song from "Karz?") But the song that really stood out to me was "Ek Pal Ka Jeena," from Hrithik Roshan's (and Amisha Patel's!) debut film "Kaho Na Pyar Hai." I listened to it over and over and over, to the point of obsession (ask my sister). The original, though, was crap. Maybe not crap but...it was slow, and looked like something out of the early 90s (not uncommon for a Bollywood film made in 2000, but still). I was unimpressed.
So what do you think? I'm giving you the original (complete with Hrithik's delicious..well...everything) and the new version. Enjoy!
And Penn Masala's version: