If you are a huge name in the music industry, whether it be in India or in the west, one thing you cannot escape is people chasing you to grab themselves headlines! Honey Singh is not new to this and accusations laid against him that he is using vulgar lyrics will not phase him or his fans one bit.
The controversy relates to the content of his previous release ‘Makhna’. Chairperson of the Punjab State Women Commission Manisha Gulati, has written to the Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Punjab DGP, and IG, Crime, Punjab, recommending action against the singer, for using lyrics like ‘Mein hoon womaniser’ and ‘Silicon wali ladkiyon ko mein pakadta nahi’.
The commission chairperson has sought a status report from senior police officials by July 12 on the matter. In a communique that she has sent to the officials yesterday, she has written,
“A legal action and an inquiry is required to be initiated by the police on the matter as the song readied by T-series chairman Bhushan Kumar and singers Honey Singh and Neha Kakkar uses vulgar words against women.”
Gulati added, “This song is getting viral on social media and its video is also objectionable. Hence, we have taken a serious note of it and asked the police to register an FIR against the singer and company owner. We want that this song be banned and hence we have also raised our objection with the censor board. We cannot allow songs with such obscene words to be allowed to propagate further. We will also meet the state government officials to get the song banned at least from Punjab.”
She said, “I have been told that a senior police official has been assigned the task and will meet me on Thursday.”
The question has to be asked why this song and why Honey Singh, the answer is simple ‘headlines’. Honey Singh has a new song coming out, he is still one of the most talked-about Punjabi musicians so accusing him is too easy.
Makhana is not in the same league when it comes to vulgar lyrics as some other Punjabi songs, or Bollywood songs and videos. Punjab State Women Commission Manisha Gulati does raise a good point about song content, but with 80% of India’s music market still preferring Bollywood songs, should that not be the first point of call?