The protest against the incessant raids being carried out at city nightclubs now has an anthem of sorts. Within days of the Facebook group Mumbai Unite launching its website (mumbaiunite.com) and creating a petition addressed to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan highlighting their grievances, music composers Shibani Kashyap and the Meet Brothers have created a song titled ‘Jeeney do’. According to Shibani, the song has already attracted a lot of attention from radio channels in
“Music is the most non-violent, yet effective and simple means of spreading a message,” says Shibani, who sang the entire track at a city radio station on Friday. She adds, “It is essential for establishments to have their licenses in place, and it is important that issues like drunken driving are dealt with, but it is also true that the essence of Mumbai is its nightlife and its celebratory mood.”
The roughly two-minute-long track says, “Jeeney do… it’s time to unite, Mumbai unite. Meri jaan Mumbai, Mumbai let’s unite… jeeney do…” The next step for the composers is to shoot a music video for the song. “It will be a simple shoot, which we are working on with Nisha Harale Bedi (Mumbai Unite initiator).
The video will probably be shot at a studio, with me playing the guitar. The Meet Brothers and I, along with a few chorus singers, will record the track. Nisha has also sung a few lines,” adds Shibani, who has been inundated with offers from radio channels for the song. “They have loved it,” she claims.
Ask her how they plan to promote the song further, and she says, “We should not limit it only to the Internet. Once the video is out, we plan on getting in touch with TV channels too.”