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B-Town's new philosophy of life

The uninhibited, carefree, free-spirited and living in the moment generation who lives by the rule of enjoying the moment might have reason to rejoice. Their philosophy seems to be reflected in Bollywood songs now
 
BY:Sarika Mehta


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The uninhibited, carefree, free-spirited and living in the moment generation who lives by the rule of enjoying the moment might have reason to rejoice. Their philosophy seems to be reflected in Bollywood songs now! Be it a 'Chikni Chameli' having a pauvah to entice a man, or young hearts getting talli or a young lover comparing his beloved to a hookah bar or a relationship to be as intoxicating as desi daru, the contemporary mood is surely setting in.

Often films have shown the lead pair celebrating life, friendship or even love over a crazy drinking binge. Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan went for a mad ride in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri bonded over desi daru in Rockstar and Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. The inhibited and over-cautious portrayal of alcohol has gone under the carpet. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya says, "It all depends on the situation and the characters. Words like shaarab, maikhana, nasha etc have been used in songs before, but now more contemporary words like daru, dope shope etc are being used. As far as non-film music is concerned, it's the choice of the artist and what he/she feels is his kind of music. If cinema reflects society then this is a good phase where closer to real life, contemporary films are being made."

In earlier B-Town flicks, a protagonist who'd lost in love would drink like there was no tomorrow, and a dreaded baddie would smoke a cheroot. In contemporary Bollywood films, youngsters sharing some close moments over a couple of drinks in a pub is uber cool and acceptable. Singer Sukhwinder Singh says, "It all depends on the requirement of the scene. As long as songs using such words like daru, nasha etc are not volatile, the song remains entertaining. The lyrics should never be abusive language or explicit. That's harmful." Singer Suraj Jagan agrees, "Songs using words related to alchohol/smoking hardly have a shock value anymore and youngsters are fine with them!"

One's not sure that songs with such lyrics hold a mirror to urban India or not, but they are getting a thumbs-up from the audiences anyway!

Alcohol Song: Hard KaurPeene do humein peene do Dope Shope: Honey SinghEnna vi na dope shope maareya karo Chikni Chameli: ‚Äč( Agneepath)Pauva chadha ke aayi Daru Desi: (Cocktail)Chadhi mujhe yaari teri aisi, jaise daru desi Hookah Bar (Khiladi 786)Tera pyaar, tera pyaar, hookah bar Talli (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu)Talli hai ye zameen, talli hai aasman Fan Ho gayi (Tere Naal Love Ho gaya)Arre desi daaru champagne bann gayi
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