Who knew that song was so universally reviled in India among industry types? Because on the mildly engaging show Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar (Star Plus), Himani - possessor of a smoky voice which I dig a lot - chose to sing it again. She even tendered an advance apology before she began. And while Himani's voice tends to lose some of her wonderful tonal quality on the high notes, the rest of the song turned out quite well.
And what happened? First co-contestant Ishmeet - underwhelming winner of Voice of India - took a swing at Himani with a mention about how the show was for kids as well as adults. Then before praising Himani, Shekhar - one of the judges on the show along with Farah Khan and Vishal Dadlani - called the song very very vahiyaat. By this time I was expecting the woman to be the harshest here and sure enough Farah Khan bluntly told Himani that if she had sung this in a voting round she would have been eliminated for her choice.
The same episode also saw someone else singing Dum Maro Dum which is a song about lighting up a joint, ignoring your troubles, finding God as a result and (if you've seen the movie) getting laid. But not a whimper about that from anyone. I'm not complaining about dual standards here: we all live with duality and spend most of our lives compromising with it. Why I've turned in thick rolls of dollar bills I've found at Starbucks' but throw a penny in my path and watch it disappear in my pocket.
But sweet mother of God! What is it about this song that pisses people off so much? (There is also a male version - which would have provided a fascinating data point were it have been chosen in competition - but we'll ignore that for now)
I decided to have another listen. I want to make love is composed by Himesh, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and plays to one continuous shot with Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra alternately making out and doing kushti.
I'm not sure exactly what makes the song such a powder keg: woman being horny? woman wanting sex? woman inviting man? woman actively seeking an extra-marital affair? woman not expressing regret at any of the previous?
Hmmm. Where is Javed Akhtar when you really need him?
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- Its such a mediocre song says Pitu and notes the 'sensual' rounds on dance shows
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- Priyanka and the rest of the song cracks leera up
- Mind Rush analyzes Dum Maro Dum
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