Think Bollywood is mature enough now to handle what it’s fiercest critics say is the Hindi film industry’s biggest flaw, objectifying the female body? If you answered in the affirmative, here’s why you need an urgent rethink: Take a look at Pakistani actor Ali Zafar’s ‘item song’, Six Pack Abs, in the sequel to the 2010 hit comedy, Tere Bin Laden .
First things first: This song is the worst example of objectification of men on screen. It has Ali singing and dancing to the lyrics he wrote himself.
The opening reminds you of the Pakistani actor-singer’s drunk scene from the flop Kill Dil. Needless to say, it keeps getting worse from here. Here’s how the song starts: “Mummy bole jo bhi karna tu karle haule haule.” Ali flaunts an oiled-chiselled body in the song and at times when he ain’t showing off the bod, he dons a sad rip-off of Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish dress!
The choreography of the song and Ali’s looks ensure that you cannot escape the tyranny: Red and blue disco lights focussing on Ali’s body.
Written by Ali himself, the song’s lyrics add to the injury. Sample some of the lines:
Daddy bole kya kar lega tu ye bana ke dole, mai ye bola jigre me aag ho badan me shola
Duniya bole waah aur mai bolu aaah! Aaa chakh le mere 1,2,3,4 5,6...6 pack abs
In the first film, Ali plays a journalist desperate to go America. In the sequel, the main character, Manish, is an aspiring filmmaker from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk who wants to make a big film and not fry jalebis with his father. Ali has an ‘awkward’ cameo in the sequel which is scheduled to release on February 19.
“I had a strict schedule of three months to get into shape. I was off carbs and sugar and worked out twice a day before shooting kicked off. After we wrapped up, I binged on ice cream and ‘parathas’ for a month,” Ali Zafar earlier said, elaborating on his preparation for the song.
Talking about his small role in the sequel, the actor told Pinkville, “In the west, you would often see even big actors like Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp feature in a surprisingly awkward yet interesting part. That’s the whole idea. Abhishek got excited and gave a really interesting angle to my role which obviously I can’t disclose right now but when you’ll watch the film you would understand why, when, how, what?”
Watch Ali in the item song
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