There is no doubt about the fact that Shah Rukh Khan’s mere presence is adorable enough. But that doesn’t take away the fact that his Chennai Express song Lungi Dance which is a tribute to Superstar Rajnikanth fosters the existent cliches about South India.

As popular as Anna Ka Chashma is, the reference itself breeds typical stereotypes about the ‘Yenna Rascala’ man. Rajnikanth would find this amusing gesture flattering enough, but in general the Ready Steady Po people of this Rohit Shetty film are tickling the funny bones at the cost of harboring cliches about ‘South India’. The general Indian public often give the geographical ideas a miss when the club all 4 South Indian states together and blabber about their ‘Ille Ille Po’ which they translate as a funny way of saying NO NO GO! .

I am quite assured that not every Rajni fan has Lungi as their favorite attire and neither will they appreciate Lassi in their coconut! Not that I was expecting meaning in the lyrics of the song, but the song’s words are as meaningless as the aimless Deepika Padukone shaking her leg in this too-desperate-to-be-funny song.

Deepika Padukone And Shah Rukh Khan in Chennai Express Movie Stills
Deepika Padukone And Shah Rukh Khan in Chennai Express Movie Stills

Not to mention, that Honey Singh was an inappropriate cast as the singer. The man who surprisingly impresses the masses with his gibberish lyrics that derogates women in general, his stylish Jatt-rap voice is a misfit. When you are talking of ‘South-Indians’, it would have been better if the singer was more in sync with the culture of the man to whom the song is giving tribute.

Thalaiva which means leader, I assume has been used deliberately to emphasize on the colossal stature of the superstar. However, the diction that the singer fakes up in the song is offensive and reflects his signature style of rude humor quite unsurprisingly. Poking fun on the twang of a community is anything but Funny! If I were Tamil, I surely wouldn’t appreciate being cast into a cliched mould that generalizes the way Tamilians or ‘South Indians’ talk.

Perhaps, the only good thing about the song is the motive with which it was made. Paying respect to the man whose grandeur and style has smitten all and sundry, beyond language variations – the soul of the song salutes Rajnikanth, which is its stellar bit.

It is not alright poking fun on a community, and imitating or rather mimicking their way of talking. I wonder who is to be blamed here? Surely not Shah Rukh Khan. Simply because I am ,personally, too big a fan of his to blame him for anything!

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24 COMMENTS

  1. come on yar i mean it is just a promotional song it is not in the moive main concern is about movie not about songs and all songs from movie are getting good response everywhere whether it is titli or tera rasta or 1234 or kashmir kanyakumari and offcourse title song…people know honey sing ke gane kese hote he isiliye iska koi farak nahi padega movie pe

  2. Good Review. Beautifully written.
    South is not about Lungi and Coconut water.
    Dance has the Enthu and Energy but music and lyrics should have been better.
    There should have been better way to call it tribute to the gr8 Superstar Rajini Sir

  3. It is a tribute to Rajni Sir, Not the Tamillians, Do you think Rajni Sir is a star of the tamillians ? Large no. of Tamillians reside all over the world and may of whom generally don’t wear lungi also. Just Enjoy it. At least All the crowd will remember Rajani Sir when they will go to see the movie and That is a tribute. Rest of the movie they will find SRK and Dipika.

  4. Insult of South Indians n srkian r praising this shit song… srk u r not tributing u making fun of Rajni sir #shame on u srk

  5. this mohar basu,,,,,,,,is sick,,,,,,pls post ur photo ,,,,,,i want to c ur face,,,,,,,,wt do u think urself,,,,,,,and koimoi is publishing this article,,,,,,,this is fun song,,,remeber rajni,,,,,thy hv done it with so much respect,,,,srk dont need any one to promote him,,,,u can c d crowd coming to c him ,,,,just enjoy music and sing the song with fun,,,,,get well soon mohar sahb,,,,and chk out ur poll,,,and apolagise,,,,,,,,otherwise go to hell

  6. why the whole india is to oppose a single man on his attempt. why dont they appreciate someone”s hardwork. so u guys made before? if u would hav made, he wouldnt make it. someone here trying his best to make people happy nd the whole country making fun of him. so sick people. jine nahi denge tum ghatiya log. srk ne jo bhi karo burahi lagta hai, jo film khelo bura hi lagta hai. bachcha janmao problem, film khelo problem mat khelo problem dance karo problen na karo problem 100 cr kamao problem nakamao problem. sab ka sab sick people na khud karte hai na aur kisiko karne dete hai.

  7. What a downer. This song suggests how meaningless and senseless this movie is going to be…Entertainment does not have to brainless, senseless, meaningless.

  8. aa gae srk haters bas ek bahana chahiye inko ek bar poll result to dekho salo nikammo fir bhi akkal nahi ai tum logo ko dub maro salo

  9. Come on …its a just a song..its for entertainment..its not at all hurting anybodys sentiment..dude u have some serious issues..get it sorted

  10. what is the problem u people about SRK, u people r luky that u have a star like SRK who have the unbeateble fanfollowing across the globe, who is rajni u don,t even know him, but SRK try to give a tribute for him, but the bulshit writer like u, how dare u to pass a comment about SRK like that. U people (like writer) never be a good human being because u can,t give respect to anybody. By writing this u and only u try to insult the south indian people and their comunity because we didn,t fined anything wrong in this song. We love the culture of south indian people @ Mohar Basu

  11. after reading your name on top mr basu i already know that how much negative this article was..u r hater of srk why u didn’t ever give your review for any other recent songs…. o yesss u also required the name of king for grabbing attentions

  12. If any one knows what entertainment should be he should like the song
    Already got 2.94 lakh view on u tube. No other appreciation required. good job done HS and SRK

    • your entertainment cannot be at other’s cost.
      The song seems sarcastic which no tamilian or fans do.

      Its more like mocking tamilians

  13. Forget the video, forget the stars, forget all.
    The song is suppa entertaining, by a suppa musician “yo yo” (he’s a trinity grad). Charhdi Kala!

    Long live Rajni! aaiioo I mean Thalaiva!

  14. Mr writer…why u make such stupid article……..it is a good entertaining song….ppl like u tempted the ppl to fight against each other by delivering such stupid comment,,,,,,,,,,

  15. i have never seen such a foolish article like this , i think the writer even don’t know the meaning of entertainment plus unaware of honey singh and srk and jelous too… jispe art nhi hota vo duro se jalta hi hai … i think this post must be spammed….and to be sent to DMCA for removing this article and down this domain for misguiding other people

  16. Looks like one eyed peoples are taking over India through Bollywood. Unfortunately it might take 100 years for them to figure this out This song is not meaningless it has meaning a very dirty meaning, mixing “lassi in coconut” is not only about South, it has a double meaning this song is from desperately Emnem wanna be who is just a little tool for the job.

    It may not make sense in written lyrics but it does in hearing because most songs are heard not read. Subliminal messages are poked in conscious in a way they are heard, its being done for at least last 50 years.
    Don’t ask me to explain what the # I am talking about, because if you can’t heed? me explaining it would not make any sense either.

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