In A Rap Twist, Lilly Singh Aka Superwoman Tells Us That ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ Lies A Woman Who Fights Back

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Over the years, Bollywood has become an inseparable aspect of Indian culture, just the way song and dance sequences have been an integral part of Bollywood ever since its inception. However, with rising consciousness about gender equality, many of the classic Bollywood numbers fail the litmus test in presenting a respectful narrative for women. No matter how catchy the tunes or groovy the lyrics be, many of these songs promote misogyny, objectification, sexism and insensitivity at their worst.

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In her latest video, Canada-based Indian-origin comedienne Lilly Singh, who is more popular by her screen name Superwoman has given a much welcome twist to a few Bollywood songs. Venturing into the world of rap, she has coated the blunt hypocrisy in these songs with strong messages of women empowerment, gender sensitisation and mental health.

‘Choli Ke Peeche’ lies a woman who fights back

Singh’s take on the 1993 Madhuri Dixit-starring hit ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ has been widely applauded for its powerful rendition with hard-hitting lyrics. The original song which is filled with objectionable sexual innuendo has undergone a feminist makeover. Viewers are raving about lyrics like –

“Call me smart, before you call me hottie”

Or

“I hustle hard, fight back, reject any labels

I am able to do what I please, I reject fables.

Ain’t no need to save me, keep your horse in the stable.

What position I like? Head of the table.”

She also touched upon diverse topics ranging from consent to skin colour, attire to body shaming, and rapped about common instances of casual sexism women have to endure every day.

All is finally well

In her next rap on Bollywood’s quirky anthem ‘All Izz Well’, Lilly Singh attempted to set up awareness about mental health and how endless societal demands can wreak havoc inside a person’s mind.

Singh, who recently opened up about her bisexuality, took the latest Bollywood hit ‘Aankh Maarey’ to normalise alternative sexualities and non-binary gender identities. The original song has been dubbed by many to be encouraging eve-teasing and catcalling. Lilly Singh’s interpretation is definitely a fresh breath which makes the listeners groove to it guilt-free.

The rap which broke many stereotypes, however, got embroiled in a copyright controversy with TipsMusic and had to take down her video for a while, which she later reposted replacing some of the tunes that infringed copyright norms.

Efforts For Good take

Of late, activists and conscious citizens have called out Bollywood time and again for promoting misogyny and sexism. Be it through the cringe-worthy item songs with their unabashed objectification of a woman and her body parts, or storylines which hail criminal behaviours like harassment or stalking, Bollywood has countless problems under its glamour and glitz. Lilly Singh’s rap venture is definitely a welcome relief in such a context. The immense popularity of the video among Indian viewers point out what exactly the audience seeks from Bollywood in 2019. It is high time the Indian film industry takes note and sail their ship in the right direction.

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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Making memories, sprouting awareness

“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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