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There are some superhit songs up to now the place the identify of the Almighty is talked about in a romantic/emotional context. No extra of those. The point out of God in any exclamatory kind, emotional or non secular, is unofficially banned in Bollywood movie songs.

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Ae khuda har phaisla tera mujhe manzoor hai/Saame tera tera banda bahot majboor hai (Kishore Kumar in Sanjay Khan’s Abdullah), Dard se mera daaman bharde ya Allah/Phir chahe deewana karde ya Allah (Lata Mangeshkar in her album with Jagjit Singh Sajda), Khuda bhi aasman se jab zameen par dekhta hoga/Mere mehboob ko kissne banaya sochta hoga (Mohammed Rafi within the movie Dharti), Hum intezaar karenge tera qayamat tak/Khuda kare  ke qayamat ho aur tu aaye (Asha Bhosle in Bahu Begum)…

These are some superhit songs up to now the place the identify of the Almighty is talked about in a romantic/emotional context. No extra of those. The point out of God in any exclamatory kind, emotional or non secular, is unofficially banned in Bollywood movie songs.

“One by no means is aware of how reference to God in a tune will likely be taken. For all you already know, you might find yourself preventing 100 litigations and FIRs for blasphemy for mentioning God while you imply no disrespect all. Take a tune like  KK’s Khuda jaane within the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno. It appeared  completely okay ten years in the past. At the moment, the identical lyrics—Khuda Jaane Ke Mein Fida Hoon/Khuda Jaane Mein Mitt Gaya/Khuda Jaane Yeh Kyun Hua Hai/Ke Ban Gaye Ho Tum Mere Khuda—could be perceived by the general public, a number one senior poet-lyricist sounds pessimistic of the  future.

 So are we to eschew songs that don’t examine like to God?

“It really works each methods. Even  an immortal divine songs like Tumhi mere mandir tumhi mere pooja tumhi devta ho (written by Rajender Krishan for the movie Khandaan within the Nineteen Sixties) could be seen to deify a human being, so not permissible,” says the lyricist.

Shabana Azmi, who has a really sturdy empowered feminist picture, recollects, “Within the movie Fakira (1976), I sang one among my largest hit songs Dil mein tujhe bithake kar loongi predominant bandd aankhen pooja karungi teri… If I had been to sing this tune as we speak, I’d be lynched. Occasions have modified. Non secular sensitivity has grown drastically. One must be very cautious in utilizing spiritual references in artwork.”

Even the songs that sang of a secularism would as we speak be seen as pandering to the minorities by anti-liberals. Tu hindu banega na mussalmann banega insaan ki aulad hai insaal banega from the 1959 movie Dharamputra could be contextualized cynically in up to date instances.

“These are troubled tough instances,” admits filmmaker Javed Akhtar. “One must be very cautious in expressing oneself in cinema, be it a tune or the onscreen narrative. Agar koi political social gathering thodi bhi sachhi secularism dikhati hai  toh usski izzat karni chahiye. I used to be approached to put in writing a tune for the Congress for the elections. I agreed and wrote the tune Predominant hello to Hindustan hoon.”

The immortal Lata Mangeshkar sang India’s most secular tune, Allah tero naam Ishwar tero naam for the  movie Hum Dono. She was rightly happy with its unfaltering enchantment over caste and creed. However I’m wondering if Sahir Ludhianvi had been alive as we speak, would be capable of write a tune mentioning ‘Allah’and ‘Ishwar’ in the identical breath?

Subhash Okay Jha is a Patna-based movie critic who has been writing about Bollywood for lengthy sufficient to know the business inside out. He tweets at @SubhashK_Jha.

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