Why Is Madhuri Dixit’s CHOLI Controversial & Kareena Kapoor’s CHOLI Isn’t?

Critics who made controversial comments about Madhuri Dixit's Choli Ke Peeche song from Khalnayak movie, now kept mum over Kareena Kapoor's Choli Ke Peeche song from the movie Crew.

Recreating old music tracks by giving them an extra modern touch has become a trend nowadays. There are many songs that have been re-created and used in the movies, like Tamma Tamma Again, Mirchi Lagi Toh, Aankh Maare, Mungda, Saaki Saaki and many more. One more song has been added to this remake list: Choli Ke Peeche. The original song from the movie “Khalnayak” which created a controversy then, has been used in Tabu, Kareena Kapoor and Kriti Sanon starrer “Crew”. But so-called critics and social organizations who criticized the song terming it, “Vulgar and Obscene” 30 years back, seem to be mature and liberal enough, because none of them utter a single word when Kareena Kapoor shows her grace in the remake of Choli Ke Peeche. 

Choli Ke Peeche song featuring Madhuri Dixit, Neena Gupta and Sanjay Dutt faced a lot of disapproval from a specific group of people. The song is written by Anand Bakshi; the music is by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and sung by Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun. Talking about the controversy built around this song, director Subhash Ghai said that nearly 32 socio-political organizations were against him because of the Choli Ke Peeche song; even many newspapers ran a lot of controversy regarding the same. He picturized this song, and he watched it multiple times, but neither he nor Madhuri or choreographer Saroj Khan ever thought that it was a vulgar song. Apart from the controversy and critics’ comments, the song garnered tremendous popularity. Over 1 crore cassettes were sold within a week. It is considered to be one of their hit songs. 

But now that Rajesh Krishnan has brought back the song “Choli Ke Peeche” 30 years later, featuring Kareena Kapoor, no single comment, criticism, or trolling has been noted against it. The same lyrics, same song; the meaning is still the same, but socio-political organizations seem to be avoiding talking over it. What do you think, what could be the reason? Are critics really accepting the liberal mentality and going forward with the generation, or is it the celebrity pressure and aura Kareena Kapoor has in the industry that made critics not talk about it? 

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