The controversial song ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi’ has sparked global outrage for racially insensitive lyrics. The upcoming movie ‘Khaali Peeli’ featuring Bollywood newcomers, Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Pandey joins a list of other recent series of incidents that promote toxic masculinity, racism, colourism, sexism among other societal ills. The song ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi’ released on streaming platform YouTube on Sunday, the 7th of September taunts a remark against American singer Beyoncé. The YouTube video has garnered more than 2 million views, also has more than 300,000 dislikes.
The lyrics of the ‘Khaali Peeli’ song go like this: “Bhadkili nakhrili Chamkili Lachkili. Tu jo kamar ye hilayegi, Oh tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyonce sharma jayegi.” This loosely translates to- Gaudy woman with a lot of tantrums when you move your waist, after looking at you fair woman, Beyonce will feel shy.
Khaali Peeli is directed by Maqbool Khan and produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Ali Abbas Zafar and Zee Studios. The movie stars Jaideep Ahlawat in a pivotal role and it marks the first pairing of Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday. Ali is also making his debut as a producer with the film.
We’re sorry Beyonce, say Bollywood fans
Bollywood fans have taken to apologising to Beyonce, while also slamming the song makers for remaining insensitive to the colourism debate that rages on. Many fans have also highlighted that the American songstress featured Indian women in her song ‘Brown Skin Girl’ and this recent stunt by the Khaali Peeli song is a slap in the face of dark-skinned women globally.
Quite recently a number of Bollywood celebs advocate movements like #BlackLivesMatter and openly speak of the obsession with fair skin, how is it possible that songs with insensitive lyrics are still allowed to be created? Khaali Peeli is scheduled for a digital release and will be streamed on Zee Plex from October 2, 2020.
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