Yearender: Controversies involving Punjabi songs and singers in 2014
Punjabi songs and singers have been courting controversies over the years. If Yo Yo Honey Singh, with his controversial lyrics, has been the undisputed king in this field; other singers including Sippy Gill, Jazzy B and Aarsh Benipal aren’t far behind. The year 2014, too, witnessed some of the songs which bore the brunt of the people – whether it was through a court case or backlash on the social media.chandigarh Updated: Dec 25, 2014 23:47 IST
Punjabi songs and singers have been courting controversies over the years. If Yo Yo Honey Singh, with his controversial lyrics, has been the undisputed king in this field; other singers including Sippy Gill, Jazzy B and Aarsh Benipal aren’t far behind. The year 2014, too, witnessed some of the songs which bore the brunt of the people – whether it was through a court case or backlash on the social media.
Here is the list of some of the controversial songs that made headlines this year:
“Jinne vich baliye tu saari sajdi onhe che ta Mitra de boot aandeya”
Though the song soon became a hit among the youths and was often played in the parties, a section of society found it demeaning to the women. The lyrics of this song compare the cost of girls’ attire with the cost of singer’s shoes. Some have also termed it as projection to male hypocrisy.
“Kudi Labni Hai Sawle Je Rang de, kyhaal rakhu jo malang da”
Sang by Aarsh Benipal, this song become the topic of debate for its portrayal of someone’s character according to its skin colour. The song somewhere will give you the idea that girls with the brown skin are good at heart and will be there for you in a longer run whereas there is a big chance that a girl with fairer complexion can betray you.
However, there were people who took it as respect to the women with brown skin by showing their ‘brighter side’.
The singer later tendered an apology from the viewers for such a controversial song.
Famous as Manali Trance, a song from Bollywood movie THE SHAUKEENS made headlines due to its controversial lyrics. An NGO named Mahatar Saathi Jagriti Manch sought immediate ban of the song, alleging that it had vulgar lyrics and video, which was shot in an obscene manner. After complaining about the song in the court, the NGO also filed a formal complaint against director Abhishek Singh, Singer Honey Singh, actor Akshay Kumar and others. They alleged that it is promoting drug abuse among the youth.
“Badla mizaaj mera phooktey hi grass”
Another song due to which Honey Singh landed into controversy was Fugly song starring Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan. Though the song sound harmless, but one verse from the song created uproar.
“Yeh Fugly Fugly Kya Hai”
The gay community across the nation found it offensive. The verse mentions Article 377 and it’s also mention ‘Launde Ke Munch Ounch’. An editor of LGBT magazine wrote, "It is hardly surprising though given that Honey Singh’s songs have been sexist and misogynist and now he has turned homophobic too.
“Patiala Peg” sung by Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh is a heart throb of many parties. Though it has been widely applauded by the youngsters, it was mired in controversy as the song tends to glorify alcoholism and drug abuse.
Since it is the one of the issue that has gripped Punjab and has been a topic of debate both in the assembly and social circle, various social media platform raised concern about artists celebrating alcoholism. Sikh voice, a social media platform said, “Punjabi society is already in the evil grip of drugs and liquor abuse, but singers are ‘misguiding’ the Punjabi youth through their songs. |