After conquering the Bollywood with his acting skills, Shah Rukh Khan turned to playback singing.
Josh’s Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila is Shah Rukh Khan‘s first and only song as a playback singer. He refused to enter the music studio to record a song after this.
I can go out on a limb and say that we are not losing out on anything because of that decision.
In fact, SRK’s only song completed 20 years in June. Unfortunately, Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila has aged poorly.
Nitin Raikwar’s “Bambaiya” lyrics for Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila
Before Rajkumar Hirani popularised the “Bambaiya” slang with his Munnabhai series, there was Nitin Raikwar.
Raikwar became an overnight success thanks to his contribution to the Aamir Khan song, Aati Kya Khandala.
To replicate the success of Aati Kya Khandala, Anu Malik got Raikwar on board for the 2000’s Josh.
Raikwar delivered yet another success by penning Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila, but the lyrics, unfortunately, turned out to be regressive.
Consent is an abstract concept in Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila
Max (Shah Rukh Khan) is in love with Rosanne (Priya Gill). With the help of his sister, Shirley (Aishwarya Rai), he decides to win over her.
Alas, Shirley has some horrible advice for her brother.
Rosanne doesn’t appreciate Max’s advances. This is how Shirley responds.
Yeh Uska Style Hoyenga
Hothon Pe Na Dil Mein Haan Hoyenga
Aaj Nahin Toh Kal Bolegi
Aye Tu Tension Kaayko Leta Re
Shirley is a woman, you’d expect her to understand “No” means “No”.
Again, this is a song written by a man.
After this, Shirley tries to raise (or lower) the bar of “horrible advice” by saying this.
Ghar Se Bhaga Ke Le Ja
Samjhegi Teri Baat Ko
Your love isn’t being reciprocated? Have you tried kidnapping?
How tone-deaf were the filmmakers when they were recording and filming Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila?
When Josh had released, I used to swear by it. Yes, I was a naive kid.
I used to sing Apun Bola Tu Meri Laila and then reenact the scenes with my cousins.
Thankfully, I outgrew that phase and set my moral compass straight. Bollywood had done quite the damage on it.
Regrettably, there are quite a few naive souls navigating this world with their damaged moral compasses.
Can Bollywood ever be held accountable for that?