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Let’s sing about sex

Sex — the word as we hear it in Bollywood — is bursting the seams of lyrical experimentation. Songwriters know it’s catchy and can fetch them ears in bulk. Maybe that’s why the word has been making it to many a song of late.

music Updated: Mar 05, 2010 01:59 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Bollywood

Sex — the word as we hear it in Bollywood — is bursting the seams of lyrical experimentation. Songwriters know it’s catchy and can fetch them ears in bulk. Maybe that’s why the word has been making it to many a song of late.

The latest example is Love, Sex aur Dhokha, the title track of Dibakar Banerjee’s new film by the same name, that has the youth excited. “It has an instant connect,” says 24-year-old Abhimanyu Davar, an MA student. Payal Guha, 25, a software engineer, concurs. “Sex is no longer considered a dirty word. Calling someone ‘sexy’ is like calling them beautiful,” she says.

The new crop of listeners is all for it. But this buoyant number, sung by Sneha Khanwalkar, isn’t the only one exuding ‘sexual’ energy. The recent past has seen Oh Sexy Mama (13 B) and Sexy Lady (Race) do well. Even Say Meow (Golmaal Returns) and Crazy Kiya Re (Dhoom 2) had the term ‘sexy’ thrown in.

While we celebrate the new entrants in this sexy line-up, let’s not forget the songs that started the trend — Meri Pant Bhi Sexy (Dulaara, 1994) and Sexy Sexy Sexy (Khuddar, 1994), both of which went under the Censor Board’s axe for being ‘obscenely’ worded. That’s quite a distance we’ve covered since then!