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Bollywood songs that refute Sharad Yadav's sexist tune

Facing a storm of disapproval for his “saanvli” (dark complexioned) remarks on Indian women, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav stood his ground and turned to classic Hindi film song in defiance on Monday.

bollywood Updated: Mar 16, 2015 19:01 IST
Rohit Vats
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Facing a storm of disapproval for his “saanvli” (dark complexioned) remarks on Indian women, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav stood his ground and turned to classic Hindi film song in defiance on Monday.



He brought up Gulzar’s ‘Mera gora rang lai le, mohe shyaam rang dei de’ for Bandini to insist he had said nothing wrong during a debate in the Rajya Sabha last week.



During the debate on the insurance bill, the veteran politician had held forth on Indians’ obsession with fair skin and said, “Your God is dark like Ravi Shankar Prasad, but your matrimonial ads insist on white-skinned brides.” Telecom minister Prasad has dissociated himself from Yadav’s comments.



The JD(U) leader had also referred to the complexion of south Indian women, saying, "The women of the south are dark but they are as beautiful as their bodies... We don't see it here. They know (how to) dance."



A defiant Yadav is ready for a debate on his remarks, which have been deemed sexist, but turning to Hindi songs will not be of much help because he cannot hope to get the poetic licence accorded to Gulzar or other lyricists.



There are many popular songs with the gora-kala reference and some of them pitch the meaningless of the complexion obsession. Be that as it may, artistic freedom is different from political grandstanding.



If the seasoned JD(U) leader wants to take the song route to stand firm, here are a few for him to ponder over.



Song:

Goron ki na kaalon ki, duniya hai dilwalon ki


Film:

Disco Dancer




Song:

Gore rang pe na itna gumaan kar, gora rang do din me dhal jaega


Film:

Roti




Song:

Gore nahi hum kaale sahi


Film:

Desh Premee




Song:

Hum kaale hain toh kya hua dilwale hain


Film:

Gumnaam




Song:

Kaala re, saiyaan kala re


Film:

Gangs Of Wasseypur




Song:

Saanwla rang hai mera


Film:

Rampur Ka Laksham




Song:

Yashomati maiya se… Radha kyon gori, main kyon kala


Film:

Satyam Shivam Sundaram