Kannada cinema has been practicing the habit of recreating famous old songs. Now, the latest addition is the Kannada movie Gubbi, which has been released in the theaters today. The movie has used the yesteryear song Neerinalli Aleya Ungura, which is a beautiful romantic number. It was first written by RN Jayagopal for the 1968 movie Bedi Bandhavalu and was sung by Dr PB Srinivas and P Susheela.
But in Gubbi, it has been picturized in a raunchy dance number. Debutant director Vijay is making the film for producer Anaji Nagaraj. This wrong treatment of the romantic song has been criticized by many senior journalists and film critics following its screening at Renukamba theatre in Malleswaram. PG Srinivasamurthy, a veteran journalist and historian on Kannada cinema, walked out in the middle of the song to protest the bad thought of the director.
However, the renewed songs keeping the lyrics intact, have failed in most of the cases. Many film critics had expressed their anger against the pressing of certain words when singer Hariharan sang the yesteryear song 'Ravi Vermana Kunchada Bale Bhale Saakaravo". This song was originally sung by Dr. PB Srinivos. However, it was unavoidable as it was used for Upendra"s film Buddhivantha.