From The Rhythmic To The Raunchy


Bollywood Songs of The Present

Recently, I came across a song on the radio with extremely ridiculous, wacky and silly lyrics. I was confused whether to laugh or bawl about the quality of songs in our films these days. Here are some new songs that come to my mind when I think about witless lyrics:

1) “Tooh”- Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

There was a time when poets and lyricists wrote songs about a woman’s eyes, her lips, her walk, her hair and now? See for yourself!

The lyrics of this supremely irritating song are depressing as well as disturbing. “Gore gore naughty naughty round round tooh” croons the lady; any song with lyrics like this is bound to derange your brain. And if this one’s not enough the next song in this movie is called “Chingam Chabake”. *Sigh*

2) “God Allah Aur Bhagwan”- Krrish 3

Okay first of all “God Allah Aur Bhagwan” does not even begin to cover all the religions so it’s a really bad attempt at secularism. And secondly, what’s with the 90’s vibe of the lyrics, music, choreography and video?

Even three versions of the dashing Hrithik Roshan can’t salvage this song.

Another song from the movie “Raghupati Raghav” has lyrics like “Ola Amigo sabko salaam”. I mean this is supposed to be our finest super hero film?  This? *Shudders*

Which dignified superhero would agree to feature in songs like these?

3) “Gandi Baat”- R…Raajkumar

Prabhu Deva’s films have never been known for sense and plot—Wanted and Rowdy Rathore. But what’s even sadder is that the songs in his movies are no better. Check out an extremely wacky, double meaning song from his latest offering:

Okay so there’s a difference between a catch phrase and an idiotic phrase, the song goes something like :

Achchi Baatein Kar Li Bahut
Ab Karunga Tere Saath
Gandi Baat
Gandi Gandi
Gandi Gandi
Gandi Baat

Need I say more? Nevertheless, one good thing about this song is that Prabhudeva and Shahid Kapoor dance like a dream.

4) “Agal Bagal”- Phata Poster Nikla Hero

Agreed the music is catchy and Shahid Kapoor dances well but that’s the end of it. Personally speaking I’ve never been a big fan of “Hinglish” songs i.e. Hindi songs with English words thrown in here and there. It sounds really lame. Just me?

Hai tujhpe right mera,
Tu hai delight mera
Tera rasta jo roku,
Chaukne ka nahin
Tere doggy ko mujhpe bhaukne ka nai,
Tera peecha karun toh rokne ka nai
Tu mere agal bagal hai, main tere agal bagal hu

Maybe the lyricist of the film wasn’t paid enough or at all, because what other explanation do we have for this song or “Dhating Naach”—what does that even mean?  Inflicting such torture on the audience is just cruel.

Nonetheless, while compiling this list I realised, songs with atrocious lyrics is not a new hit song formula, it’s being passed on to us from the 90’s under the reign of Govinda. Remember “Main toh bhel puri kha raha tha”, “Sarkai liyo khatia”, “Meri Pant bhi Sexy” et al. Also, remember how Amitabh Bachchan mouthed some utterly senseless lines in English for the song “My Name Is Anthony Gonsalvis” in the film Amar Akbar Anthony?  Fortunately or unfortunately, these songs became quite a rage.

“You see the whole country of the system,
Is juxtaposition by the haemoglobin in the atmosphere,
Because you are sophisticated rhetorician,
Intoxicated by the exuberance of your own publicity.”

Now can anyone beat that?

Most songs like these, no doubt become a rage at the time, but what about shelf life? How many of us still listen to Govinda’s songs? It’s the melodious songs with beautiful lyrics that are evergreen. Don’t we all listen to the poetic songs penned by Javed Akhtar and Gulzar in the 60s and 70s?

And frankly speaking I have my doubts if we’d ever listen to these raunchy songs after a few years. At least I will not, would you?

Sukriti Mathur

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