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December 1, 2007 / lazybug

Offending Lyrics

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Maharani Mayawati, has banned the movie Aaja Nachle as the lyrics of its title track ‘offend’ the sentiments of the Dalits. But really, what could be more offending than calling yourself a dalit if it’s equality that you are fighting for? Any way, here are the offending words from the lyrics:

Mein ne galti kari thi
Meri nathni padi thi–2
Ki sone mein usko ranga gai
Mein ranga ke atariya pe aa gai
Mohalle mein kaise mara mar hai
Bole mochi bhi khud ko sonar hai

Here’s what the CM’s secretary, Shailesh Krishna, had to say about it:

…the film had been banned because there was an objectionable reference to a caste in its title song. “The reference to the caste is not only objectionable and humiliating but also unconstitutional and therefore the screening of the film has been banned in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

What this essentially means is that calling a mochi (cobbler) a mochi and a sonar (goldsmith) a sonar is objectionable and hurts the respective mochi’s and sonar’s sentiments. So, be careful the next time you go to your near by cobbler or goldsmith. You have been warned.



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  1. Chittaranjan / Dec 1 2007 11:34 am

    Yeh toh hadha hae yaar! There are so many jokes on Sardars in movies….do those get banned in Punjab?

    And those lyrics that people of all walks of life com together while dancing….what more equality does one need??

  2. xntricpundits / Dec 2 2007 7:56 am

    Why don’t they concentrate on politics .Don’t we have a censor board to look after these matters?

    Jab koi mudda nahi miltha cheekne chillane ko-ajeebo gareeb harkath karthe hi..

  3. lazybug / Dec 2 2007 1:21 pm

    What’s funny is that even the Punjab govt. has banned it. I don’t know how the caste system affects the Punjabis…

    Anyway, Rani Mayawati is now OK to its release since the offending lyrics have been removed. Long live the caste system!

  4. Ottayan / Dec 2 2007 4:03 pm

    It is an excercise in scoring points with their vote bank.

  5. vinay / Dec 3 2007 8:29 am

    No point in banning a movie which will anyway not run for more than a week.

    Moreover, the audio has already been out and what is the point in banning the movie now?

  6. lazybug / Dec 3 2007 9:31 am

    That’s a very valid point Vinay and I tend to agree with Ottayan…she only wants to score points!

  7. oxygenchameleon / Apr 21 2008 2:57 pm

    I havn’t seen this Madhuri starrer yet, but isn’t that just more than ridiculous…

    I really don’t understand what’s so offensive… as someone said earlier.. all the Sardar jokes are perfectly acceptable!

  8. ash / Aug 27 2008 7:20 am

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