Aye hip hopper!

I admit with great shame that I hadn’t heard this song any sooner. On the phone, my sister insisted I search for it on Youtube. I don’t know quite know what to make of it. I find it offensive and hilarious all at the same time. Not to mention the translation-defying lyrics:

Tere ghar mein bartan-shartan maanjhti hoon mein barabar,
Tu kabhi toh, mere dil ke ghar mein pocha karde aakar.

There’s something about the video that annoys me. The whole deal with a woman doing everything for the man who doesn’t seem to give a rat’s ass about her. Not to mention her scrubbing his feet and begging him to love her. Class angle, gender angle – this covers it all! And yet, I have to wonder if I am losing my sense of humour. Either way, for some reason – I’ve decided to like this song. Btw, isn’t Sunidhi Chauhan simply wonderful?

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13 Responses to Aye hip hopper!

  1. Amazing!! This is the best thing Indian music industry has produced in quite a while. The last best thing, I suppose was ‘Aye Bhai, tune pappi kyon li’ by Mika.

  2. this is indian music industry :D

    http://www.youtube.com/v/CJJgZAwR9f0

    watch this video. u’ll never forget in ur life !!!!

  3. Hip Hopper is one of the most popular videos amongst the college crowds these days I suppose. Closely follwed by BENNY LAVA featuring our very own Prabhudeva, do check that out as well

  4. sandhya

    NEHA
    Hi, Iam sandhya from india, neha LINES OF THIS SONG SHOWS MENTAL DEPENDECE. I’TS A PSYCHOLOGICAL FACT. ON THE CONTRARY U MAKE A COMMENT BCZ U R ALSO A FEMALE. WHY ALWAYS TRY TO CREAT A ISSUE FOR MAN VERSUS WOMEN. IT’S NOT ATIME TO CRY, BE LOUD, RT’S TIME TO PROOVE. SO DON’T SHOW UR WEEKNEES. BCZ ISSRE MAKING TENDENCY RS ASYMBOLE OF…….
    BIE……

  5. dude this is priceless! esp love the annoying accent at the ayye heeephoppper parts!

  6. km

    Saw your name in one of the local magazines (Little India) here, on a feature on “blogging stars”! Gotta say, pretty cool.

  7. Shiv

    there there, think it├žs tongue in cheek enough to be enjoyed guilt-free. damn, can`t stop watching it now! for the moves, the justin timberlake moves!

  8. Uma

    Yep agree the moves are cool. But at places esp where is he is wearing purple nightwear, he looks so gay.

    Am so glad that I don’t understand the lyrics though, sure it will wind me up

  9. GG

    The French maid costume bugs me. But I think this video is designed to get knee jerk reactions. Why is she slogging for a guy who is probably gay and does not care!

  10. Funny… in fact everytime i am depressed i listen to tis song at work.. it is hilarious.. In fact i do not even give it so much importance to consider it offensive..

  11. preeta

    aha. is that a nose ring i spot on that guy? indeed indian hip hoppers have arrived! :P

  12. I heard about this song from Bombayaddict. Yes, it’s outrageous, but I can never decide if it perpetuates every stereotype or mocks them. The latter, I suspect, because the hip-hopper comes across quite badly :)

  13. Hilarious! The only thing I find more curious than Hindi hip-hop is German rap. :-)

    I am with Lekhni on this though. I think this actively mocks the stereotypes, through the stylised depictions of the maid dressed in Victorian garb as well as kajal etc, and of the man as a dependent, emotionally stunted leper.