Item numbers have re-defined the depths of bad lyrics in Bollywood. At one time, songs with lyrics like ‘Ruk, ruk, ruk‘ and ‘Main toh raste se jaa raha tha‘ were considered lacking in creativity and inspiration. But recent developments in Bollywood music make these yesteryear chartbusters seem positively poetic. And 2015 has been a particularly bad year, if you pay any attention to lyrics of Hindi film songs- which honestly you would be wise not to. The year not only featured some extremely forgettable soundtracks, it also had songs with lyrics that make you hope that the songwriter was not paid.
Aaj Raat Ka Scene
In a film about an abducted girl – Jazbaa – this song was so out of place that we wonder if it wasn’t written for some other film and bought by director Sanjay Gupta in a last-ditch attempt to make his film more producer-friendly.
If the Censor Board had heard these lyrics, they would realise that the kissing scenes in Spectre are not the real threat to the moral and cultural fabric of this country.
DJ Waley Babu
Imagine a girl who would call a DJ ‘DJ Waley Babu’. Try not to judge her. Now imagine that she was high. Really high. And could not hear the music. This is what she would sing.
Main Toh Superman
Somewhere, Superman was cringing in his suit every time this song played. It made pretty much everyone associated with the song look bad- Clark Kent, Salman Khan and especially, the Censor Board for letting such lyrics through.
Selfie le le
Just because selfies were really popular and no one had done a song about them, was no reason to force-fit the word in a song that was supposed be about Bajrangbali. The phrase just appears and disappears between lyrics praising Lord Hanuman. Why? WHY?
Colors have long made their presence felt in song lyrics. Neeli aankhen, gulaabi hont, and kaaley baal have featured in so many songs, we’ve lost count. Maybe that’s why Amitabh Bhattacharya went with the ugliest sounding color in the HDR palette. And of course, it rhymed with ‘dua‘. It’s red-ochre, in case you were wondering.
To help you recover from the annoyance and more inspired by some of these lyrics, we’ve put together a list of some of the best music of 2015 as well. And who knows, maybe 2016 will bring us more to cheer and less to crib about. Here’s hoping!