Lalla lalla lori, daru ki katori: Childhood memories ruined!

  • HT Correspondent,, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2015 14:46 IST

Just when you thought calling Bollywood creative isn't as blasphemous as it used to be, here's a gem. Director Ashish R Mohan's forthcoming film Welcome To Karachi has just mutilated one of your childhood's most enduring memories: The 2015 rendition of that famous lullaby, Lalla Lalla Lori.

Listen to these lines:
O kendi mummy shaam ko jaldi aaja na
Roti-shoti khaa ke so jaana
Neend nahi aaye toh sun le
Lalla lalla Lori
Ab main chhota baccha nahi
Bournvita peeta nahi
Ghadi mein saat baje
I'm on daaru ki katori
Daaru ko behne de
Thodi thodi thodi chadhne de…

Not that this is the first time. In a playlist populated by the likes of singers Honey Singh and Neha Kakkar's 'new-age' take on what they call being creative, Vishal Dadlani's idea of a 'lullaby' has just stooped to an all-time low.

Watch: Lalla lalla lori song from Welcome To Karachi

Whatever side of the divide you may have perched yourself, here's how Jackky Bhagnani, who plays the lead role in the film, defends the 'idea' behind the song. “It’s become an expression. Often, we ask our friends, ‘What’s your poison for tonight or what’s your drink for tonight?’ Now people are asking, ‘What’s your daru ki katori for tonight?”

He maintains that just because the song has the mention of the word daru (alcohol) in it, doesn’t mean that teetotallers can’t enjoy it. “It’s basically about that particular drink, which makes you happy. So, if you like Virgin Mojito, then that’s your ‘daru ki katori’ for the night. In fact, you can even have coconut water,” says Jackky.

The song, sung by Vishal Dadlani and composed by Rochak Kohli, has been choreographed by Bosco Martin. “It had a range of words from ‘lori’ to ‘daru’. So, we had to conceptualise it accordingly, and also plan a different set-up for each of the actors. So, Arshad and Jackky were asked to be on a swing, where Arshad had to just act cool, and show some attitude. Jackky was more like the performer. We gave Lauren some hip-hop moves, and also added a crumping section,” says Bosco.

The actor is also all praise for the choreographer, and says, “With Bosco, you can be rest assured that your song will definitely look different.”

Does that convince you? We aren't, to be honest.

(With inputs from HT City)

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