Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday’s Liger is all set to hit the cinema halls. While the filmmakers have been open about #BoycottBollywood, #BoycottLiger and how they are not too nervous about it there is another reason why netizens are calling out the film. Earlier this month, the makers released a music video from the film for a song titled Aafat and fans were quick to realise the casualising rape culture lyrics in it.
Bollywood is known for sexualising the female body in songs and using it as a subject in the lyrics but Liger’s Aafat took it to next level. The lyric uses a dialogue often said by female leads in the 80s/90s while in distress dramatically pleading with the bad guy to leave them alone. The song uses “Bhagwaan ke liye muje chod do”, in a comic style trying to make fun of it, however, it only makes the song harder to watch.
— Sneha Chandra (@sneha_chandra) August 10, 2022
— Neha Khullar (@Npunjabibyheart) August 18, 2022
The song has caricatured the idea of abuse, power imbalance, and violence against women, in addition to another part of the song which says, ‘Jawani teri aafat’ often used by bad guys in the old women to claim its the women’s fault for tantalising the men, by only existing.
Reaction to the song include comments like “Who in their right mind thought that it would be cool to put a dialogue from a rape scene into a modern song? Pathetic.” Another added, “Recently came across this song called ‘aafat’ from liger. Excuse me what were the composers and singer thinking while creating this.. it’s disturbing.. #Liger #AAFAT.”
— Nishita Mehta (@ItsNM_92) August 11, 2022
Jisne jisne aafat song suna hoga i can understand their mental status 😢😢😢😢😢😢
— Ayush🤘🏻 (@AyushKu46970356) August 16, 2022
First there was “oo antava” and now there is literal “aafat” . I appreciate their work in demolishing current Bollywood/”expanding it”. But some are also pushing degenerate songs which used to only be in adult grade movies. Hope they remove this song or it gets censored.
— khertzgeneration (@khertzgenerati1) August 18, 2022
This Aafat is such a slappable song!
— Dev kinda Ved (@suhansidh) August 14, 2022
Rightfully, the song is also being criticised for being highly misogynistic. Some have recalled Puri Jagannath’s previous film for questionable storytelling, including a sexual harassment scene from iSmart Shankar from 2019 Telugu film written and directed by the filmmaker.
TW: sexual harassment.
Wanted to get an idea of Puri Jagannadh’s “school of film-making” before watching #Liger & wow. WWWWow. Oh and the girl gets fridged 8-minutes after all this.
(BTW the scene has been edited to fit Twitter’s video upload limitations) pic.twitter.com/62a0ZVZpWy
— Pramit (@pramitheus) August 20, 2022
Even though #ismartshankar was hit the vulgarity made me to skip the movie! It’s kind of too much cringe scenes between the pair on trailer itself! My personal opinion and i can express it lol 🙂 #liger
— anil karnam (AK) (@AnilKarnam03) August 20, 2022
After years of the audience calling out filmmakers for regressive storytelling and women working behind the scenes, how do we still have such misogynistic stories, dialogues, and lyrics getting to the final cut?
Unfortunately, the use of such words for commercial purposes or comic relief goes to show that Bollywood is yet to learn its lesson about respecting women and understanding important social concerns.
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