Amitabh Bachchan on Singing ‘Waqt Ne Kiya’ for ‘102 Not Out’

Amitabh Bachchan presents a blues version of the SD Burman’s classic. 

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Amitabh Bachchan in a still from <i>102 Not Out</i>.&nbsp;

The audience is raving about Amitabh Bachchan’s incredible rendering of the Geeta Dutt classic, Waqt ne kiya kya haseen situm, in the new release 102 Not Out, originally from the 1957 Guru Dutt classic Kaagaz Ke Phool. Big B provides a jazzy, bluesy interpretation to this timeless S D Burman composition. Speaking to me on the genesis of the song Mr Bachchan has a lot to say.

“The music company Saregama said that they needed at least four songs for the album to be complete, and there were only three. So they asked if I could sing ‘Waqt ne kiya’ for them to put in the album to make the list of four songs for the album. Since this song has a reference in the film too I agreed and did it. We are now using this as a promotional song for the film.”
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor

Mr. Bachchan admits that he is a huge fan of the original film and the song.

“Guru Dutt was a genius. I loved his work and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ has been an eternal favourite of mine. The story, the music, the moments, the presentation was so incredibly unique and aesthetic and moving. This song in particular of unrelenting love, unsaid and silent . . . its picturisation was iconic . . . the lighting, the mood the feel, simply ethereal.”
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
Amitabh Bachchan sings for ‘102 Not Out’.
Amitabh Bachchan sings for ‘102 Not Out’.
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Moreover, Big B admits that there are other USPs associated with this song.

“It was filmed on Waheedaji, my idol, and the one that I admired even before joining the industry, it was just perfect.”
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor

Ask him how he carries those intricate undulating notes of Waqt ne kiya kya haseen situm so soulfully at his age, Mr B quips, “The notes I carry are manufactured by the very efficient Auto-Tuner machines!!”.

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