Why this Kolaveri di?: Petitioner seeks ban on 'epic' song

Published: April 4, 2012
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Dhanush, singer and writer of the song, is also Indian superstar RajniKanth's son-in-law. PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA

Dhanush, singer and writer of the song, is also Indian superstar RajniKanth's son-in-law. PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA

KERALA: Why this Kolaveri di?“, one of the most popular songs out of South India in recent times and a worldwide sensation, has had a public interest litigation petition filed against it in the Kerala High Court, seeking a ban on the song, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The song, written and sung in a mix of Tamil and English by the Tamil Nadu based actor and play back singer Dhanush, went viral on the internet shortly after its release on November 16, 2011 and has so far garnered over 50 million views on Youtube, so far. The title loosely translated means “Why do you have this murderous rage against me?”

The petitioner stated that the song was having a negative influence on children, inciting violence and aggression.

The song has practically been heard all over the world, despite it being in Tanglish, with people coming up with their own renditions of the song. The song has been reproduced in English, Hindi and Punjabi, amongst others. Some have also remastered it in different genres, such as hip hop, R&B and also a popular children version, sung by famous Indian play back singer Sonu Nigam’s son.

Bans on Bollywood songs are unheard of in this part of the world, but considering that Dhanush is also India’s Tamil film industry’s superstar Rajnikanth’s son-in-law, it is not a surprise that the song garnered such popularity, becoming a part of today’s pop culture.

Rajnikanth, too, has attained a cult figure status in India and amongst the  south asian diaspora for his on screen histrionics.

Recently another popular item number from the film Housefull 2 has been getting flak  for its seemingly ‘immoral’ lyrics. The song titled ‘Anarkali disco chali‘, from the Sajid Khan flick, is said to have upset the sentiments of a certain segment of society in India, who opine that the song’s frivolous take on the famous Salim-Anarkali love story might distort its history for the youth.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misreported the song as being banned, instead a petition has been filed seeking a ban. The error has been rectified. 

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Apr 4, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Like… Seriously?? Indian media is so unpredictable. I wish they would ban songs like Chhanno and Chikni chameli that are far more ‘non-children friendly’ than these songs.

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  • Arcane
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Most irritating song, i listened once and after 30 seconds of play i shut it. Below my music taste. well done endian court :)

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 12:20AM

    Banning kolaverdi while trash like “channu” “jalebi bai” “chikni chambaili” “munni” and “sheila” top music charts….O_o

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  • Ali
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:27AM

    I love the song!!! I don’t see any reason why it should be banned.

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  • Kevin Fernandes
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:33AM

    It is not banned…it is just a public interest litigation petition filed by a private person in the court urging for a ban on the song.Hope ET corrects its factual mistakes in the report

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  • ss
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:39AM

    i don’t know how ppl listen this crap, after first few sec i couldn’t bear it :S

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  • Faisal
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:50AM

    “Why this Kolaveri Di?” was having a negative influence on children, inciting violence and aggression.”Anarkali Disco Chali” might distort the history of Salim Anarkali love story for the youth. OMG !! I’m ROFL!!!.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:26AM

    I would rather have the judge take note of encroaching Islamic Fundamentalism in Kerala.

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:46AM

    They allowed Dum Maro Dum song (oochi se oonchi banda). A song so obscene with low level vulgarity.

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  • Indian Agnostic
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:53AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Exactly!

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 7:20AM

    Indian media is also affecting Pakistani society and despite the hate among the people of both country Pakistanis are now addicted to the Indian channels and media, which is spoiling our culture as well.

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  • Ameer
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:29AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    I’m a muslim whose origin is from Kerala (though I grew up in TamilNadu and m working in Bangalore,Karnataka)..And I completely agree with you.

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  • m.
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:39AM

    I thought the singer was kamal hassan’s son in law and not rajnikanth’s

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 5, 2012 - 8:20AM

    The allegation utter rubbish. The song is nice, music has no borders.

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  • BlackJack
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:17AM

    First- being Rajnikanth’s son-in-law has nothing to do with success. If so then Abhishek Bachchan would be the biggest star in the Indian film industry. Second, the song is not banned, anyone in India is free to file a PIL which is likely to be summarily dismissed. I remember when I was a kid in Hyderabad (India), the ‘Oye Oye’ song in Tridev was banned from being sung in public places because it had become a popular catcall for eve-teasers. However, the current proposal will not work in present-day India.

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  • Multiplier
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:31AM

    @Indian Agnostic
    @Arijit Sharma
    And what about the Hindu Fundamentalism, killing innocent Muslims without any reason?

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  • zehra
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:31AM

    oh god, thanks for making a good start to my morning! hilarious! if you dnt like the song dnt listen, why expect everyone to comply with your sensibilites, it happens here too, the weirdest of pettions being brought in court, as if the jugdes of both countireshave nothing better to do than the frilvious petitions.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:29AM

    @Syed Owais Mukhtar: ” … Pakistanis are now addicted to the Indian channels and media, which is spoiling our culture as well. …. “

    Educate me – tell me one rasm/riwaz that is unique to Pakistan.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 1:17PM

    I love tht song vry much

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  • AD
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:46PM

    So many comments on a non comment issue…Why this kolavari di?

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  • Pak Tester
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Well the PIL against Kolaveri Di is completely noncence, the person should file a PIL against smoking Cigrates and using curse words in Public and procesute them who do it. For Anarkali Disco Chali, they say that it distorts history. Really? Does our history really teaches us about the famous Salim – Anarkali love story? Common Get life. Its just propaganda to promote the song and the movie. Promotion by Controversy. Well thought plan.Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2012 - 4:06PM

    How come people are so obsessed with this crap song!

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  • Joshua
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:43PM

    This song has no meaning, a song with stupid meaning is nonsense.

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  • divya
    Apr 13, 2012 - 11:08AM

    there is no use of banning this song. it is such a wonderful song.

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