The original song which opened with the lines sung by Pt Bhimsen Joshi was premièred on Doordarshan on August 15, 1988.
The re-created version has megastar Amitabh Bachchan lending his deep baritone in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India in Mumbai and Oscar winner A R Rahman playing the fingerboard in Chennai.
The song Phir Mile Sur...will be aired on Zoom TV tomorrow to mark the Republic day celebrations. Zoom has given airing rights to all major television and radio networks in the country. Doordarshan is also expected to air the programme soon, Kailash Surendranath who has produced the show said.
If the original song featured icons like Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Kamal Hassan, Balamurlikrishanan, Prakash Padukone, the new version has Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, Deepika Padukone, southern superstars Suriya and Vikram, Malyalam movie great Mamoothy, Bengali stars Rituparna Sen gupta, Prosenjit, footballer Bhaichang Bhutia, Olympians Abhinav Bindra, Vijendra Singh and Sushil Kumar.
Kailash said even though the original song remains a 'golden oldie', the present generation needed another song.
"The need was to assert that the young nation with bright and enviable future can prove that nobody could manipulate them on the basis of their diversity. The message needed to be conveyed with sound, credible and recognised faces of today," he said.
Kailash said the song was completed in eight months and it was a chance for young Indians to re-connect with their ethos.
Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said the song has a plethora of film stars because the fraternity has a valuable hand in keeping the unity of the country. "There are a few institutions left that can bring such unique integration like the Indian film industry," he said.
"People from film industry along with so many other individuals have given their voices to make this wonderful song of India. I am the only person in the song who has a repeat value," Bachchan told reporters at the Hotel Taj Lands End.
"I am very, very thankful that they have considered me to have the opportunity to stand along with my son and daughter-in-law to make it a very historic piece of music," he added.When asked why cricketers do not feature in the song, Kailash's wife Arti Surendranath said it was due to lack of availability. "The cricketers have been busy playing," she said.