July 20, 2005

Mera Song Bhi Sexy

Bollywood's Hall of Shame should have a room reserved for all the veteran Urdu poets who have attempted songs in Hinglish. Your average Bollywood hack can write songs like 'Meri pant bhi sexy' and get away with it, but mixing English with literary Urdu is like pouring Coke on caviar (not to mention that it's downright embarrassing when a Javed Akhtar or a Gulzar tries to get jiggy). You can't but cringe when someone like Majrooh Sultanpuri writes songs for 'youngsters' with lyrics like this:
Main ek disco
Tu ek disco
Duniya hai ek disco
Disco 82! Disco 82!

(I am a disco
You are a disco
The world is a disco
Disco 82! Disco 82!)
Have Hinglish lyrics evolved since 1982, when Majrooh wrote these immortal words? This article in the Indian Express claims they have, and lists some contemporary examples to prove that Hinglish songs these days are 'less corny and more direct'. I'm not convinced: Javed Akhtar's 'It's the time to disco/ Kaun milega kisko' might pass, but 'Burn the dancefloor, O baliye' is the most awkward mix of languages I've heard in a long time.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, you should hear this song by this ancient, little-known English band called the Beatles where they sing "Jai Guru Dev, OM!". And they also try singing in French (and mock-Latin.)

Gulzar got jiggy? When?

Krishna

R Devraj said...

"Burn the dance floor, O baliye" is by Gulzar, so is 'Mausam mausam, lovely mausam'

Priya said...

ingleesh-speaking audience of india is the group whose intelligence is most underestimated. what say?

vAgue said...

that is gulzar? oh my word.....
it cannot be...