Chin Chin Chu From Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Marks A Revival Of The Racist Yesteryear Song

A new version adds Punjabi lyrics to the classic

Chin Chin Chu From Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Marks A Revival Of The Racist Yesteryear Song
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O. P. Nayyar’s classic Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu from the 1958 film Howrah Bridge is no doubt a stroke of musical genius, but there’s no denying that its lyrics are pretty racist in nature owing to their generalization of the names of people from Asian nations. Adhering to the trend of reviving old Hindi music, the makers of Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi have decided to recreate their own version of the same song.

The original song Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu was released back in 1958, and one can argue that awareness about racial stereotyping wasn’t much common back then. But in this age of information, the makers of this track should’ve known better than to keep the controversial words unchanged.

This song has been composed by Sohail Sen of Tune Maari Entriyaan fame. It does not rely heavily on the original for its lyrics, but it does pick up the main chorus. The new Chin Chin Chu features mostly Punjabi lyrics, and even has bhangra beats inserted into it. It’s hence no surprise that the line, “Hello mister, how do you do?” has been changed to “Hello mundeya, how do you do?”

Jassie Gill and Sonakshi Sinha have lent their voices to this one, while the lyrics have been penned by Mudassar Aziz. The full song also includes a rap piece by Mudassar, but you won’t find that in the video posted above. On its own, the song isn’t at all impressive. Sonakshi Sinha has a heavy voice which suits the song well, but the overuse of autotune takes the excitement out from her voice.

The music video for Chin Chin Chu sees the cast land in an Asian restaurant while trying to escape from someone. They inadvertently spoil a gangster’s party there, and are about to be killed when the cast breaks out into the song. The rest of the song is just the cast playing along with their alibi.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is being directed by Mudassar Aziz, and stars Diana Penty, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Jassi Gill and Piyush Mishra. It is obviously a sequel to 2016’s Happy Bhag Jayegi. Its entire soundtrack has been composed by Sohail Sen.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi has been slated for an August 24 release in theatres all across India.