When Diljit and Yo Yo Honey Singh released their song “Lakh 28″, they probably weren’t expecting the backlash they would receive from women and family groups. These groups made it clear that this song took the objectification of women in Punjabi songs to a new low.
Women in India and around the world were upset that they were constantly measured and objectified. The feminist group, Istri Jagriti Manch, organized a protest outside of Diljit’s home urging the singer to think about the lyrics he sings before releasing them for people to consume. The protest was largely publicized and sparked more protests against other singers like Gippy Grewal and Geeta Zaildar. Most recently, a concert event in May held in Brampton saw religious groups protesting the lyrics in some singer’s music.
It seems the negative publicity effected Diljit and recently, he has been working hard to clean up his image. After making a public apology regarding the hit single “Lakh 28″, his next album released was a religious based record. “Gobind De Lal” and “Nanki Da Veer” saw quick popularity among the younger generation and proved that singing songs with integrity does not mean a singer has to compromise hit singles.
Diljit can be next seen in the highly anticipated film “Jatt & Juliet” opposite Neeru Bajwa, releasing later this week on June 29th.
Written by: Harjot Ghuman-Matharu