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Dum and dumber?

Considering the flak the new Dum maaro dum... has been drawing for its crude lyrics, the original song featuring Zeenat Aman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi emerges a clear winner. But Deepika Padukone defends her new item number.

bollywood Updated: Mar 27, 2011 16:29 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Dev Anand was once the only one to express his displeasure towards the makers of the forthcoming film, Dum Maaro Dum, for remixing the cult song from his blockbuster, Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971). But since the item song, remixed by Pritam, went on air, many more have thrashed the track featuring Deepika Padukone for its crude lyrics, penned by Jaideep Sahni.

When quizzed on this, Deepika says that the song sung by Anushka Manchanda is different from what people had expected. “Dum maaro dum... is an iconic song and they have Zeenat Aman’s image in their minds,” she says.

“From the beginning, Rohan (director Rohan Sippy) was clear that the song’s look and feel should be different. It comes in the middle of the film and is shot in a particular way, keeping the story in mind.”

When told that many listeners have been complaining about the lyrics, the actor argues that it’s the director’s vision. “Actors have no control over the lyrics,” she shrugs. “We’re not meant to be ourselves. It’s rare that you get to be yourself in a film. That happened with me only in Love Aaj Kal.”

She is surprised that some consider the Dum Maaro Dum team, which launched the item song during the India-South Africa match, jinxed for the Men In Blue, who lost the match. “Two teams were playing to win, nothing could have influenced them.”

Deepika asserts that she’s overwhelmed by the feedback she has received for her performance in the song. “The last time I was on a high was when Om Shanti Om and Love Aaj Kal released.”

She was in for a surprise when she returned from Bhopal, after a marathon spell of her next film, Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, to find a parcel of short skirts sent to her by some fans. “I think it was a really sweet gesture, though I don’t know what to do with them,” she laughs.

The new Dum maaro dum... song
Hey… Kya phir dekh raha hai?
Aaj aankh sek raha hai, kal haath sekega,
Aaj dheel chhod raha hai, kal khud hi tokega,
Aaj mere liye chair kheench raha hai, kal meri skirt kheenchega.
Kheenchega ki nahin?…
… Oonche se ooncha banda, potty pe baithe nanga,
Phir kaaheki society saali, kaahe ka paakhanda…
Chorus: Dum maaro dum, mit jaaye gham,
Bolo subah shaam, Hare Krishna Hare Raam…

ZeitReisen7: What the hell are the lyrics of the Dum Maaro Dum item song? So cheap.
Sourabhwgs: The new Dum Maaro Dum song is a big disgrace. Such idiotic lyrics…
Neha_d_tomboy: Just saw the so-called-so-hyped Dum Maaro Dum video… Cheapest items song with C-grade lyrics. Original was million times better…!!!
namit93:Dum Maaro Dum sounds god awful. They even have the word ‘potty’ in the lyrics…
RamanDwivedi: The most pathetic lyrics ever rewritten. No wonder Dev saab felt offended.
nabilazaidi: Eeeeks!! This new Dum Maaro Dum song is trash!! :PPP
Sameera22: New Dum Maaro Dum SUCKS!