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Aaja Nachle – So Bad, It’s BANNED!

01 Dec

Madhuri “*kissy*Last Great Queen of Bollywood*kissy*” Dixit’s eagerly awaited, YashRaj powered, comeback vehicle, Aaja Nachle is so terrible that at least two Indian states have taken preemptive action and banned the film for the good of their people.

Noooooo! That’s not what happened. Shame on you for believing that! Could the Queen of Bollywood possibly do that to us when the Czars of Bollywood are backing her up? Um. Okay, don’t answer that.

The action went down yesterday thus, as reported by The Hindu:

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday banned Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit’s comeback film ‘Aaja Nachle’ alleging the lyrics of a song in the movie were derogatory to Dalits. Highly placed government sources said here that Chief Minister Mayawati had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that the film be banned all over the country.

Reuters later reported that Yash Chopra then ate tremendous amounts of crow and Chief Minister Mayawati graciously accepted his apology and lifted the ban. But not before the Censor Board, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the governments of Punjab and Haryana all got into the act. Questions were raised in Parliament!

That’s right, folks. There’s Godhra, Nandigram and Madhuri Dixit. They don’t call her Queen for nothin’! Last heard, Piyush Mishra, the lyricist of the movie was getting ready to throw himself on his pen:

“If my lyrics have hurt the sentiments of anyone, then I offer my apology. However, I did not have any intention to hurt anybody,” Mishra told PTI. The script writer of films like `The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, `Yahan’ and `1971′, Mishra said he could not even imagine hurting anyone’s sentiments.

Dude, you wrote three movies but “can’t imagine” hurting somebody’s feelings? And they wonder about Bollywood’s falling standards. Okay, cheap shot, moving on…

This is all very interesting, of course, but there’s just one thing I’d like to know – just what are these horribly insulting lyrics that has got everyone’s panties in a twist?

Nobody will write them down. It’s driving me crazy! I’ve heard the soundtrack. It was mostly alright with the YashRaj mandated two-three songs that were really good (bring back Yash Chopra! Grandpa knows his music unlike Rani’s intended who keeps confusing ‘music’ with ‘muzak’) but I don’t remember any caste-derogatory lines.

I’m either part of the great, uncaring, brainwashed public or else somebody slipped me a bogus CD. Fraud! I want a refund! Consumer court! I know my rights!

Obviously, I couldn’t let it lie at that and after great and wearisome research (thing to note about people who protest: they like to talk. A lot.), narrowed the site of the offending song to the title track itself. In this, the two main stanzas both refer to certain sets of people who’re only named, in the tradition of a hundred million other songs of this type, by their profession. Like so:

maine galti kari thi meri nathni padi thi
ke sone me usko rangaa gayi
main rangaa ke atariyaa pe aa gayi
mauhalle me kaisi maar-a-maar hai
bole mochi bhi khud ko sonaar hai
sabko nacha ke nachle
aaja nachle nachle mere yaar tu nach le

and

mai toh kamsin kali thi zara tanke chali thi
aage jaake gali pe balkha gaayi
mui jaane jawaani kab aa gayi
mere sadke zamaane ki kamayi re
mujhe deta udhari halwai re
sabko nacha ke nachle
aaja nachle nachle mere yaar tu nach le

For those of you who don’t understand Hindi, these people would be: mochi (cobbler), sonar (goldsmith) and halwai (sweetmeat seller). Now all these people make stuff that we would all want but the shoemaker is the one who makes the stuff that we all need. And this thing we all need is often made of leather. Leather is made from hide. Hide comes from cows. Person who profits by death of cow is traditionally… not popular, shall we say?

To add things up, we have here a person who: makes an important product from an unpopular resource and further, in the context of the song, tries to pass himself off as a goldsmith in order to score some booty.

Horny cobbler? Is that a new kind of pie? No, it’s our winning entry.

So there you have it, folks. Your tax rupees at work. Maybe the electricity cuts out every other hour, garbage doesn’t get picked up, the roads are falling apart… but the government will somehow find the time to watch a Madhuri Dixit film first day, first show and raise a voice in protest if it feels La Dixit has cast a shadow on your honor. Congratulations.

Also, I’d now like my school to apologize for teaching me “mochi” was an acceptable word for “cobbler” in Hindi. I’m a poor Madrasi, what do I know? But them! With their teachers and textbooks and things – they should have known better! I’ve been turned into an unwitting casteist. Sob! My entire life has been a lie! My feelings are very hurt. I shall sue. Starting with the Central government whose Education department approved those discriminatory books.

To show the extreme strength of my hurt sentiments, I shall set a bus on fire tomorrow. You can’t stop me! My sentiments are hurt. I can do whatever I want.

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35 Comments

Posted by on December 1, 2007 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Movies, Music, News, Politics, Video

 

35 responses to “Aaja Nachle – So Bad, It’s BANNED!

  1. JYOTIKAR PATTNI

    December 1, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Madhuri Dixit Nene: A UNIQUE LADY: You must focus your skills in U.S.A. and CANADA on the dance-musicals. Take your skills a little further and explore the possibilities of musicals like Andrew Lloyd Webber style. Make dance show in the U.S.A./Canada. Your luck is there. Your luck in India has run out because of your MANGAL/ SHANNI confluence under your Venus maha dasha. You are therefore advised to remain well away from the corrupted and bogus BOLLYWOOD that only knows how to demean other talented human beings. “MUKH MEIN RAMA BAGAL MEIN CHHURI”……..I would never entrust the systems and bureaucracy of systems in INDIA. My heart bleeds for Madhuri Dixit Nene. She must take her loss and walk out with her husband NENE upholding her integrity!!!!!!!! MADHURI DIXIT NENE YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN TRASH BOLLYWOOD! SEE SHILPA SHETTY IS NOW A MILLIONNAIRE.
    IN BOLLYWOOD THEY KICKED HER BUTT OFF.

     
  2. ruhi

    December 1, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Amrita, Our Govt. just needs a reason to create a propaganda out of nothing! This is one of those cases. I seriously don’t think that there is anything derogatory about this! Having said that, I feel that this movie will be a big flop. So, when I saw your title, I kind of jumped with joy 😛

     
  3. Broom

    December 1, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    don’t forget to burn an effigy of Piyush Mishra, Madhuri Dixit & Yash Chopra too.
    Jai Hind.

     
  4. shivmani

    December 1, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    honestly , someone must have had a lot of free time on hands to nitpick like this! I would like to know how do the find …. the time I mean. I never have the time to find gems like these 😦 (I heard the track thrice, just to find the offensive bit, and failed!)

     
  5. Charumani

    December 2, 2007 at 3:04 am

    It seems we have achieved too much to focus on these petty issues of what are a movies lyrics rather than other practical problems! But it would be meticulous of the “people” to react on it so vehemently! But the FLOP response is certainly what Madhuri Dixit dindt deserve after a long awaited come back. Anyways..Bolywood and Politics..rock together!!

     
  6. desigirl

    December 2, 2007 at 4:30 am

    ha ha ha!! I am going to see this movie later on in the evening. Shall bear these words in mind. Thanks for the translation, babes!

     
  7. नितिन बागला

    December 2, 2007 at 5:15 am

    “….Last heard, Piyush Mehra, the lyricist of the movie was getting ready to throw himself on his pen:…”,,
    Its Piyush Mishra, not Mehra.

     
  8. aniche

    December 2, 2007 at 11:18 am

    spot on desi brotha 🙂

     
  9. The Rational Fool

    December 2, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    “Madrasi”? That too, “poor Madrasi”? What were you smoking when you wrote those words? Apologize and withdraw them immediately. They deeply hurt the sentiments of countless Tamilians around the world. Or else, your blog will be blocked on Monday morning, when our tireless Tamil soldier, Dr. Thiru Kaligner Aiyya, writes a complaint to the sleepless in New Delhi.

     
  10. Best Desi

    December 2, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    The Rational Fool i agree with you even though i am not a tamilian saying things which are culturally sensitive does seem wrong.

    on another note..cant wait to watch the movie 😀

     
  11. Just Mohit

    December 3, 2007 at 3:27 am

    You’ve insulted all people of Tamil origin by calling yourself a “poor madrasi”. I’ll burn a bus in support of the hurt feelings of my Tamil brethren (even though i’m a bhaiyya from UP).
    My sentiments are also hurt that people are watching Aaja Nachle instead of OSO. I think i’ll burn a dozen buses. 😉

     
  12. harini calamur

    December 3, 2007 at 5:42 am

    Hey
    been reading this site for quite some time… first time on the comments….

    The lyrics are about as derogatory as having an English song about coons & ni**ers…. or pakis and browies…….

    Very often, those of us who have left the claustrophobic small town with its innate casteism ( i have been told while going for shoots…. yeh daliton ka mohalla hai – this is where Dalits stay ) and seek anonymity in the big city … don’t realise the impact of words ..especially in popular songs…While goldsmith and cobbler are not intrinsically words that should cause objection… in the context of a caste system that labelled people, and kept them there for millenia…. it is understandable…….

    Parliament is a representation of people.- and if the people of a certain community believed that something was demeaning them or their self worth…. they have every right to protest peacefully….

    Media people in India – and i am a part of the fraternity – have to be slightly more sensitive…. we are when it comes to issues of racism in the US or the UK, but not so aware when it comes to our own people and the unthinking ways in which we discriminate….. both on gender and on caste….

     
  13. myindiareport

    December 3, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Liked your post. Have used it for the blog http://www.myindiareport.in as a guest post by you.
    thanks!!

     
  14. Amrita

    December 3, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Jyotikar – I dont think Madhuri reads my blog but I’m sure she appreciates your vote

    Ruhi – LOL! It actually surprised me a little to see this movie. I thought it was going to suck big time but it was actually not bad. The trick is to aim low and be pleasantly surprised 😀

    Broom – thank you for the excellent suggestion. I shall also trash a couple of internet cafes to show my anger against communication in general.

    Shivmani – are you asking how I found the time or they found the time? Because the answer to both is the same: we’re extremely jobless people 😀 The only difference is they’re going to convert their joblessness into a political vote.

    Charumani – I don’t think the movie’s a flop yet. Is it? I need to check now.

    DG – tell me how it went for you 🙂

    Natini – so it is, apologies and the correction has been made. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Aniche – that’s desi sista to you! 🙂

    TRF, BD and JM – I see there will be blood spilled! Havoc and war! There is no sorry, no thank you in effigy burning, you know! 😛

    MIR – thank you 🙂

     
  15. Amrita

    December 3, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Harini – Hi and thank you for that comment 🙂 While you certainly have a point and caste based epithets are frequently tossed around like confetti in Delhi and its surrounding states, I guess my problem with this (and I daresay a lot of other people’s as well) is that the word in question here is mochi.
    To the majority of us, mochi doesn’t actually refer to a caste but to a person who can repair our shoes. There are shops called Mochi where you go to buy shoes. I suppose to a person who’s been at the recieving end of insults, that line can come across as being offensive but look at the literal meaning of the line here:
    The guy doesn’t pass try to pass himself off as a goldsmith because it’s a better caste to belong to – he does it because he stands a better chance to score with the (mercenary) girl by promising her access to jewelry than chappals.
    In a world where there are plenty of legitimate reasons to feel discriminated against, where people have no hesitation in openly stating their biases, this sort of nitpicking is clearly political.
    It’s also to be noted that the soundtrack with the offending lyrics has been out for ages without any problems but the moment the movie released everything turned into high drama.
    But I absolutely agree with you that we all need to keep a better eye out for the meanings of what we say.

     
  16. Kiran

    December 3, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    How abt a raasta roko and a demonstration in front of Yash Raj films 🙂 That way atleast, we can create disruption in the city and bring loads of attention on ourselves – a way to get famous instantly 😉 !!

     
  17. ggop

    December 3, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    I’m not surprised about the touchiness of people in U.P. A friend who would take trains to Kanpur between semesters said he encountered questions like “Kaun jaat ke ho? Woh dalit/schdool cast waale to nahi ho?” from other passengers when they couldn’t figure what a “Naidu” was.

     
  18. Just Mohit

    December 4, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Amrita: there shall certainly be blood on the streets…we don’t need any sorry/thank you..we do it for the sheer pleasure of it all 🙂
    ggop: people across the world could do with a bit more forebearance & less touchiness…we have umpteen examples of touchiness across the country & in other countries as well (remember the cartoon controversy?) Of course in some parts of the country it wears the guise of casteism, in others it’s to do with the language, ethnicity, religion or some other source of “identity”.

     
  19. Saritha

    December 4, 2007 at 10:17 am

    hey Amrita,

    The whole article makes even more sense to another ‘poor madarasi’ like me,who unfortunately never heard the said words.sigh.Now,can I protest against my Secondary Education Sysytem for this injustice to Southies?:P

     
  20. Eliza

    December 5, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Dear Amrita,
    Thanks a lot. I couldn’t find an article better than yours.

    I stay really far from India, but even here in Moscow I’ve been collecting every small piece of video of Aaja Nachle. People, pls, tell me that someday I’d be able to see the whole dance, whoudn’t I?!??! I’ve been waiting for it for ages!!! Is it going to be removed from the movie?

     
  21. Amrita

    December 6, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Krian – ah, a rasta roko… particularly beneficial because who knows who we might roko? we might even get a chance to get some autographs or get a pic taken.

    Ggop – not surprised by your friend’s experience unfortunately. But it’s to be noted that all the outrage has come out of the mouths of politicians. I dont think I’ve heard an actual cobbler say he found anything wrong with the lyrics.

    Mohit – I absolutely agree with you – on both fronts 😀

    Saritha – you start, I’ll join in, lol!

    Eliza – you;re welcome! They’re not releasing the movie in Moscow? How rude! I shouldn’t think the DVD will contain the cut though – especially the ones that release overseas. Don’t worry 🙂

     
  22. Pk

    December 9, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! & a thousand Ha ! Ha !
    Well friends Ha ! Ha ! on you, on our NOBLE media & infinite times Ha ! Ha ! on our wise rulers i.e., politicians.

    Just see how easily attention is diverted from core issues ailing our society like poverty, unemployment, CORRUPTION, immoral standards getting moralized, abscence or poor state of infrastructure, goondaism. What a song will do good or bad has become more important. Don’t blame only well known politicians, but blame yourself or us each individual for as when we get the opportunity we try to imitate our great politicians.

    At this pace are we really going to make future India a place worth living. Well, we live & life goes on, huh !

    “Jahan Dal Dal pe padon kay chiriya kartin hain basera, woh bharat desh hai mera, woh bharat desh hai mera” Sorry I was not born at that time.

     
  23. Chauhan

    December 9, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Well, I would agree with you guys on freaking bollywood issues, is thats all we have left to talk about guys. I would say FUCK ALL THE FREAKING OLD ASS POLITICIANS, WHO ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY IN TO A MESS. Would we more likely to care about, what FREAKING shahrukh will wear today, or he sold he OM SHANTI OM rights for 75 crores, do we freaking care what an actor does to gain publicity, or do we care mukesh ambani is making one billion dollar home for freaking 5 or 6 people.
    OK GUYS, THIS IS NOT ABOUT JEALOUSY, THIS IS ABOUT POVERTY, THIS IS ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. We need people who devote themselves to make it good. We dont WANT FREAKING FUCKING politicians who HAVE TIME TO WATCH FREAKING BOLLYWOOD MOVIES, AND PAY CLOSE FREAKING ATTENTION TO THE LYRICS OF THE MOVIES AND FIND OUT IF THIS SONG HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH PUBLIC, MY MESSAGE TO THESE BITCHES, MOTHERFUKERS GO GET A LIFE, GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ELECTRICITY CUT, GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT HOMELESS, GO DO SOMETHING TO MAKE ENOUGH JOBS FOR THOSE EDUCATIONAL PEOPLE WHO HAD GOTTEN THEIR DEGREES IN MBA RATHER THAN WASTING YOUR TIME FOR WATCHING FREAKIN MOVIES.

    I agree, they do this to obtain the peace, but is it really going to solve the problem. I mean “mochi” and taking “udhar from halwaie” O MY GOD…THIS HAD HURTED MY FEELINGS, U FREAKING POLITICIANS WHY DO YOU LOOK AT A PROFESSIRON WITH SO NARROW MINDED. I CAN TELL, OUR COUNTRY IS FULL OF ILLTERATE POLITICIANS, ALL FULL OF SHYT POLITICIANS, ALL FULL OF WORTHLESS, MAKING MONEY POLITICIANS, IF WE LOOK IN THEIR HISTORY, I CAN TELL, MOST OF THEM WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW THE LAWS. PEOPLE WHO MAKE LAWS DONT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THIS IS TOTALLY INSANE…………….GUYS, OUR COUNTRY NEED YOUNGESTERS, US, TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. WE DONT WANT POLITICIANS WHO WOULD PAY CLOSE TO PROBLEMS LIKE LYRICS AND FORGET WHAT THEY ARE DOING FOR OUR PEOPLE.
    I MEAN WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR “MOCHI”, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SLEEPING ON THE STREETS,,,,,O MY GOD…POLITICIANS THINK IT WILL HURT THEIR FEELINGS,,,BUT MOTHERFUKERS POLITICIANS…TELL ME AREnot YOU ARE THE ONES WHO ARE HURTING THEIR FEELINGS? ARE NOT YOU ARE THE ONES WHO GAIN THE VOTES OF THOSE POOR PEOPLE AND MOST LIKELY TO FULFILL YOUR WAHT SO CALLED PROMISES.

    THIS IS SHAME…..BUT ONE DAY, OUR COUNTRY NEED YOUNGSTERS, WHO ARE MORE EDUCATED, OPEN MINDED, AND WILL MAKE ANY PROFESSION OF ANY KIND TO BE LOOKED WITH RESPECT.
    I AM GOING TO STAND UP FOR MY COUNTRY, WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING THE YOUTH IN THE POLITICIANS, BUT I KNOW THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH ONE PERSON, I HOPE YOU GUYS WILL STAND UP AS WELL………ONE DAY…………………….GREATS SALUTES TO INDIA,,,,AND FUCK THOSE POLITICIANS WHO ARE EATING MY MOTHERLAND……

     
  24. Mads 4ever

    December 10, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!!
    honestly you people have way too much time on your hands. the year is 2007 and you STILL make a fuss over the TINIEST things…SUCK IT UP!! its an amazing song…if you guys have a problem..dont listen to it….leave your uneducated comments to yourselves.
    i dont even believe this went so far as to a letter to the prime minister..thats just sad and honestly a waste of his time as well. its a movie…its FICTION…(all you offended ones..need to learn the meaning of this word – grab a dictionary) its not REAL…its a story…songs that are for fun.

    KEY POINT IN ALL OF THIS: A HINDI MOVIE IS FICTION!!!!! everything in it is fiction…GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK HEADS!!!!!!!

    get over it

    peace out

     
  25. CHAUHAN

    December 10, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    YOU GUYS ARE full oF SHYTS…YOU GUYS KNOW THAT…SO OUR FREAKIN BITCH ASS MOTHERFUKERS POLITICIANS…FUCK YOU ALL…AND LET MADHURI ALONE…U BITCHES..ARE CRAZIE….MAKING A BIG DEAL FOR NO DAMMNNN REASONN…MOTHERFUKERS……POLITICIANS WE GOT …TELLING U THAT ..THEY GANNA RUIN OUR COUNTRY….LET ONE ENTERTAIN UR ASS…DUMB HEADS.

     
  26. birdseyeview

    December 12, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Yeah, farmer suicides in Karnataka…ho hum…but lyrics in a movie – let’s have a parliamentary debate!

     
  27. Skan

    January 13, 2008 at 10:15 am

    LOL, I must say I was just searching for translations to the title song when I came across your article and it cracked me up. Very well written (and point made without, er … excessive uppercase [sic] emotions) and humorous. After reading your article, I went back and scrutinised the words. Just so I can find out which words to sling at my Indian mates if they piss me off. LOL … j/k … mebbe …

    I think the movie is quite a success actually as I have seen at least 5 performances to the song during the period of Diwali to Chirstmas. I can now say I am quite sick of it but I would not want to look like I am throwing my caste-cluelessness in with the politicians. So, off I go to watch it for the nth time.

     
  28. Amrita

    January 14, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    birdseyeview – esp if it can get you a photo op with la dixie

    Skan – ha! Your indian mates will probably laugh it off. I applaud your commitment to gaining caste knowledge 😉 I thought the movie delivered what it promised and as such I felt far less ripped off than some other people who saw it.

     
  29. 123

    February 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    what does the first line mean of this stanza:

    maine galti kari thi meri nathni padi thi
    ke sone me usko rangaa gayi
    main rangaa ke atariyaa pe aa gayi
    mauhalle me kaisi maar-a-maar hai

     
  30. Amrita

    February 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    maine galti kari thi meri nathni padi thi – I made a mistake, my nosering was lying there

     
  31. 123

    March 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    thanks Amrita:)

     
  32. Anonymous

    June 29, 2008 at 12:30 am

    This is probably mentioned somewhere in your blogs: ‘Aaja Nachle’ is a plagiarised song of the Bengali song ‘Baba Pani Pori Re’.

     
  33. Amrita

    July 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Anon – I had no idea. thanks for letting me know 🙂

     
 
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