The American sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S won millions of hearts when it aired and has remained a staunch favourite among the youth till date. The 6 characters: Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Ross Geller, Rachel Greene, Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani have created a special place in the hearts of millions of people the world over. Lines from the series are still recited and the theme song, I’ll Be There For You’ played regularly. The series was witty, touching and at the same time also practical. It showed the life of the youngsters perfectly and with the well etched characters and perfect situations, the 10 Seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S still top charts and are preferred over every other show. Really, the show seems eternal when you think of it – something that will probably be loved by generations!
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But then, while you do completely adore F.R.I.E.N.D.S, do you know that we Indians had tried adapting a show along similar lines in the 2000s! But then, try as they might they obviously could not recreate the classic F.R.I.E.N.D.S magic and the show went off air pretty quickly. The theme song tune that we still hum though crazy popular among Indians has luckily, not yet “inspired” any music directors and has stayed unsullied. The catchy tune is so beautiful and never ceases to bring a smile on our faces. But then, what if F.R.I.E.N.D.S as an Indian TV series had actually worked? Or rather, after their initial disastrous attempts, what if the makers had tried once more and a la true saas-bahu style given us a desi F.R.I.E.N.D.S version too?
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Well, luckily for us, no one has decided to go ahead and mess with F.R.I.E.N.D.S but then, Indian musician Mahesh Raghvan, who in the past has amazed us with classical Indian versions of some of the most popular tracks has decided to desify the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song. He created a video of how the song was made and it is mind-blowingly amazing! The song goes from a peppy, catchy number to a completely soulful classical Indian song that will soothe you and give you goosebumps at the same time! He has used multiple musical instruments for creating this classical masterpiece and the results are outstanding. The tune is a perfect blend and despite the difference, we’re sure you will find yourself lip-syncing the words to the song and thoroughly enjoying it!
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Before the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song, Mahesh Raghvan who has his own YouTube channel, has also created Indian classical themes for the famed Sherlock series and the most recent obsession with youth all over the world – Game of Thrones. His GoT classical video has already crossed over 5.5 lakh views since the time it was created and uploaded – just 3 months back! Looks like Mahesh is planning on giving us one classicial gem a month and we simply cannot wait to see which theme song he chooses next! Well, we Indians are crazy talented and when it comes to blending India with the West, we simply ace at it! How, listen to the song and you will find yourself getting lost in it’s beauty – at the same time being amazed at how a number can be so crazily altered!