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Badshah roots for women’s empowerment through his music

The rapper insists that he has never disrespected women through his music or videos, and says he supports the right causes.

music Updated: May 31, 2018 18:24 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Badshah’s latest song, Tareefan from the film Veere Di Wedding, has crossed over 50 million hits so far.
Badshah’s latest song, Tareefan from the film Veere Di Wedding, has crossed over 50 million hits so far.

Singer-composer Badshah is one of the many popular singers who have often been accused of objectifying women in their songs — either through the lyrics or the music videos. However, the rapper feels that he has never done that and has always respected women. Referring to his last single, Tareefan, from the film Veere Di Wedding, which is picturised on actors Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Kareena Kapoor Khan, Badshah insists that it echoes this sentiment.

“I [have] never hurt anyone’s sentiments, and I have always respected women. I’ve always encouraged women’s empowerment and supported all the right causes that I need to support,” he adds.

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Badshah, who is known for hit tracks such as Saturday Saturday (2012), Wakhra Swag (2016), and DJ Waley Babu (2015), understands that the lyrics of a song can be “subjective” and interpreted in many different ways, but he insists that does not mean that they are vulgar or lewd.

“I have repeatedly said that the way you perceive lyrics is a very a subjective matter. Something might sound like something to someone, and it might sound entirely different to someone else. Yes, some might not like the lyrics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are vulgar or disrespect anyone,” he says.

Meanwhile, the rapper admits that he is “thrilled” to see the response for his latest single, but he is humble enough to not get carried away by the success. “I have just been fortunate that my songs go viral [instantly]. I never compose or create music with this motive. My motive [to create music] is for people to enjoy it. I don’t celebrate the success of my songs. Once it is out of my system, I keep a track of it for a month.... how it is faring. Then, I start working on the next one,” he says.

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First Published: May 31, 2018 18:24 IST

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