The title song for the Arshad Warsi 'I see dead people' comedy Hum Tum Aur Ghost - is the first Bollywood song that has the word 'vagina' in it. But more on that in a bit.
The album, composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, is full of - you know - those masti type songs.
This particular song is engineered to be a club hit and because its a title song, its supposed to tell us something about the movie. It tells us this: ghosts aren't what you think they are. In fact, they are stylish, awesome and can teach you valuable lessons in life.
The considerable task of conveying all of this falls on the able shoulders of Javed Akhtar. Javedji strives manfully and delivers gems like: 'dikhaaya mar ke humne / hum mar ke dilwaale hain.' Yes, there's not much a lyricist can do in this situation except work hard for their money.
Once you swallow the conceit of this song, the skipping beat really gets to you. SEL break the song down with dhols for the chorus. They do this quite a lot these days - but it does sound good.
There's a bit of a chorus that starts off the song. Vishal Dadlani sings the first two lines. Then Shankar Mahadevan shows up and sings 'mere vagina hai'! Javedji, what happened? That's just bad Hindi unless the character really has multiple privacies.
But its a step in the right direction. Female body parts need to be discussed in Hindi songs in ways that do not demean or trivilize them. And if you have one, why not declare it with pride. In the video, this distinction falls on Arshad Warsi - looking sexy with his gruff good looks packaged in snappy threads.
Ok, well maybe it just sounds like vagina in the song.
By the way director Kabeer Kaushik, watched Ghost Town have we?
You can listen to all the songs of Hum Tum Aur Ghost on dhingana