From Munni to Sheila, the item songs of Bollywood have been subjected to heated conversation in the country over the years.
These songs were criticised through write-ups , satires or parodies, and are generally derided as using the allure of the names mentioned to make up for what they lack in artistic quality.
But is the music industry of our country free from lyrics which are extremely demeaning towards certain groups, especially women ?
There is a very popular song on the Bengali New Year which contains the line ‘Bokhate cheleder bhire lolona der rehai nai' (literally meaning the beautiful women will not be spared by the crowd of eve teasers or probably even worse, who can tell?).
The writer of that song has contended the intent was to highlight the reality of what happens at the Bengali New Year celebrations in public fairs.