“Udta Punjab,” one of the most anticipated films of the year, impressed the Indian audience with its quirky lyrics to the youthful song, “Chitta Ve.” The film features celebrities Shahid and Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh. Set in drug fuelled Punjab, the film is part social commentary, part character journey, part action drama that crosses across various storylines.
“Chitta Ve,” translated “White Powder,” is sung by Babu Habbi,Shahid Mallya and Bhanu Pratap. The lyrics embody the drug addiction and abuse of the movie by openly endorses weed as a lifestyle in an otherwise stressed out culture. The drug fueled rock song as a whole, exemplifies Bollywood’s new and recently popular drug themes
The song opens with rap lyrics and modern digitized beats of punjabi drums. The music in the middle of the song is folksy in nature while the lyrics are full of anger brimming with potential threat and violence .
Tommy Singh, played by Shahid Kapoor in “Udta Punjab,” sings lead vocals in the music video. His whacky, drug addict style represents the aggressive youth and nails the rockstar-at-concert-act. Like Tommy, the only things controlling the next generation are-the drugs they consume.
The laws of nature dictate he who goes high, “Udta,” must also go low. The song ‘Chitta ve’ survives on the borders of humanity and it points to a value beyond entertainment. It is the song of many young souls from Punjab who don’t give a damn about society and are instead carving out their niche by challenging society aggressively