Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi may well be remembered for the racy video of his Indipop song, Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gujarat di (1998), but 16 years on, the man is keen to clean up crass lyrics in Hindi songs.
I like Honey Singh's beats, not his gaalis: singer Jasbir Jassi
“I am still ashamed of that video. Hum ne bhi ganda kiya, but some of the songs today are unbearable,” he said during a recent visit to the HT City office.
And as a way to combat this growing trend, he plans to go the legal way. “I have drafted a letter that I want to send to the Supreme Court of India, against the use of cheap and vulgar lyrics,” said the 44-year-old.
Elaborating on the content of the letter, he shared, “I have said in the letter that if you are allowing such lyrics, why even put a beep on that word, let it be as it is! It’s shameful that we are promoting such demeaning lyrics.”
Jassi, like many other singers, feels that the quality of songs are taking a beating in the face of demands made by music companies.
“Today, music companies are demanding lyrics with gaalis. Main ek music company ke paas gaya tha, toh unhone mujhe ek gaana sunaya, Party All Night, usmein ek line tha jo gaali hai. Toh mujhse bola gaya aise gaane aap banaiye. Main jahan se aata hun, main yeh sab nahi kar sakta. So I get stuck.”