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Stop barking up the wrong tree: Wajid on row over Diljit-Sonakshi's 'Pant Mein Gun'

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published Feb 22, 2018, 11:59 pm IST
Updated Feb 23, 2018, 1:50 pm IST
Pant Mein Gun from Welcome to New York, featuring the Punjabi star, seems to have offended some members of the Sikh community.
Diljit Dosanjh in a still from the song, Sajid-Wajid
 Diljit Dosanjh in a still from the song, Sajid-Wajid

It seems Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh’s latest song Pant Mein Gun has rubbed some people the wrong way. Mumbai resident Harjeet Singh, who claims to be offended by the song from Welcome to New York, has filed a complaint against Diljit, lyricist Danish Sabri and music composer Sajid-Wajid for obscenity. 

Vibhav Krishna, the lawyer representing the film's producer, says, “Our client, Pooja Films, has been receiving numerous telephone calls. Many police complaints and pleas have been filed in objection to the lyrics. All these allegations are false and baseless.”

 

Wajid is genuinely stunned by the allegations. Mera Tashan…Pant Mein Gun…is my brother Sajid’s catchphrase and we used it to create a climactic song sequence for Diljit, who plays a guy with a do-or-die chance to perform on stage. Vulgarity ka toh koi sawaal hi nahin hai. In all the years that my brother and I have been composing songs for films, we’ve never resorted to double meanings or suggestive lyrics.”

As for a section of the Sikh community being offended, Wajid says, “We would never ever dream of causing offence to any community. Diljit is a fine and responsible member of the Sikh community. He heard the song and he loved it. He is actually on the stage in the film with a gun in his hand. So where is the question of a double meaning?”

He feels people who protest should take up causes that are more meaningful. “I seriously think protesters should stop barking up the wrong tree. They should look at the songs and music videos that deliberately objectify women and portray them in a crude and offensive manner,” he concludes. 

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