Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff’s 1993 released film Khal Nayak co is one of the most iconic films of Hindi cinema. The film became massively popular among fans upon its release and went on to attain cult status. It was a trademark Ghai movie consisting of entertainment, elaborate musical pieces, and a star-studded cast. On 6 August, the film clocked 30 years of its release. On the occasion, filmmaker Subhash Ghai recalled how he was shocked when people tagged Madhuri Dixit and Neena Gupta’s song Choli Ke Peeche song as vulgar.
Subhash Ghai recalls Choli Ke Peeche being tagged as vulgar
In an interview, the filmmaker shared a memory associated with the film. He remembered how protests were held because of the song. He said, “My closest memory of ‘Khalnayak’ is when people labelled ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ as vulgar. It was a tragedy for me… a major shock. We treated it as a folk song and presented it in an artistic way. But when the film was released, there were protests”.
“I remember, a leading newspaper wrote… ‘The song is a classical piece of Indian cinema’ and that was a relief. It was a folk song and now people understand that,” the 78-year-old director added.
The cult song Choli ke Peeche, penned by celebrated lyricist Anand Bakshi, was composed by veteran music director duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Singer Alka Yagnik did the playback for Madhuri Dixit, while Ila Arun sang the folk version filmed on Neena Gupta.
This is not the first time the filmmaker has opened up about song facing backlash. In an earlier interview, the filmmaker shared that despite facing the backlash from 32 organisations, how the song went on to become a crowd favourite. He also revealed that the song lost national award because of such response.