Shabana Azmi infuriated a song, blames producer for the lyrics

A song, Ishq Ki Maa Ki, from the upcoming film I Don't Luv U has infuriated actor Shabana Azmi. Azmi sparked a Twitter war over the song. Amit Kasaria and Pallavi Mishra, director and producer of the film speak on the issue.

bollywood Updated: May 16, 2013 16:09 IST
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The song, Ishq Ki Maa Ki, from the upcoming film I Don't Luv U has infuriated actor Shabana Azmi.

Apparently, she called up a radio jockey playing the song and asked why was such a song being played. The social activist vented her anger on Twitter.

She wrote, "I cannot believe that the song Ishq ki Ma ki.. has been written by a woman Pallavi Mishra.Revolting, shameful, disgusting. Condemnable."

What followed was a long trail of hate-tweets. Incidently, the song that has hurt Shabana was not written by Pallavi Mishra. Pallavi is the producer of the film. The director, Amit Kasaria has written the lyrics for the song.

A source said, "Ishq Ki Maa Ki was playing on a FM channel. When Shabanaji heard the number she immediately called up the radio jockey and demanded to know why such a song was being played. She also tweeted angrily against the song and the lyricist."

Amit Kasaria says, "I have the highest regard for Shabanaji. She doesn't seem to know that I wrote the song that has offended her. And I wonder why it has offended her! I am a young and new filmmaker, so I am an easy target. Vulnerable sections of people are easy scapegoats to justify moral attitudes. My song is not the least offensive. I'd say Bhaag DK Bose and Teri Keh Ke Lunga are the songs she should be targeting."

Further clarifying his stand, Amit says, "I repeat, my song doesn't insult women in any way. It only expresses the frustration of the young in love. My film is not anti-women at all. I invite Shabana to see my film. I am sure she will have a different opinion after seeing what I have to say."

Taking no explanations to douse the fire of her anger, Shabana, "There're no absolutes in freedom. We must exercise self-regulation, we find children dancing to such songs! Compared to today's songs the 'Sarkai Lo Khatiya Jaada Lage Era' seems innocent."

Shabana is especially concerned about the effect such songs have on children. "The 'sexualisation' of children can't be condoned. I am shocked at how actors agree to mouth these vulgar lyrics."

First Published: May 16, 2013 10:02 IST