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Pussy Cat to Satakli, why is everyone competing for the most outlandish lyrics?

From tracks like Nakkaddwaley Disco (Delhi Belly; 2011) to Aata Majhi Satakli (Singham Returns; 2014), and the latest in the line, Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat from upcoming Saif Ali Khan-starrer Happy Ending, there is no dearth of songs with outlandish lyrics. We explore why.

bollywood Updated: Nov 11, 2014 13:41 IST
Jigar Shah
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There was a time when lyrics seeped in poetry added substance to a song. Today, that seems like a far cry because of the songs that follow the pattern of, ‘the wackier, the better’.

From tracks like Nakkaddwaley Disco (Delhi Belly; 2011) to Aata Majhi Satakli (Singham Returns; 2014), and the latest in the line, Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat from upcoming Saif Ali Khan-starrer Happy Ending, there is no dearth of songs with outlandish lyrics.



Farah Khan’s latest release, had two songs with wacky lyrics — Satakli and Nonsense Ki Night. "Wacky songs are in vogue, and my kids like them. One should remember that you are dealing with a huge youth audience through your films, who like such songs. With Satakli, we were talking about Abhishek’s character, who is uneducated and Nonsense Ki Night was a last-minute entry," says Farah.



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Deepika Padukone in Nonsense Ki Night from Happy New Year



Himesh Reshammiya, who has composed music for an upcoming Ajay Devgn-starrer that has a song called Keeda agrees with Farah on the fact that such songs connect with the youth. He says, "The target audience for songs like these is the youth. Hence, the song is doing very well on digital platforms, which are mainly used by youngsters."







While a few lyricists don’t wish to be associated with songs that have wacky lyrics, others have no qualms about writing such songs as long as they suit the films they are being written for.



Mayur Puri, who has penned lyrics for songs like Sari Ka Fall (R… Rajkumar; 2013) and Psycho Re (ABCD; 2013), says, "What is wacky? If you talk about Sari Ke Fall, you have to understand that Shahid Kapoor’s character in the film is not a Hindi or Urdu poet. He’s a tapori, so he is going to sing like that. As a lyricist, I have to stay true to the character."







The lyricist also explains that people like such songs; that’s the reason they become chartbusters. "When I wrote songs for a romantic film like Issaq (2013), no one called me with more work, but people still talk to me about all my other songs. I feel it’s all about connecting with the listeners," he says.



Echoing a similar stance, director Raj Nidimoru, who has helmed the Saif Ali Khan-starrer that features the song, Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat, says that wackiness stems from the script. "Our song comes from the fact that one character is heartbroken and another guy comes and tells him, Stop crying. So, it’s all about taking something in vogue and giving it relevance," says Raj.