Marathi folk song Sonu Tujha Majhyavar Bharosa Nay Kay has gone viral, with many making their own versions of it to throw light on civic and social issues
There’s a new fad on the Internet and netizens are going all out to participate. A few weeks ago, a Marathi folk song was uploaded by Sumeet Music on YouTube titled Sonu Tujha Majhyavar Bharosa Nay Kay. Someone in a funny mood wanted to get creative and made a spoof of it by changing the lyrics. One funny video led to another and soon there were Bhojpuri, Marwadi, Hindi and other versions of the song.
One can also involve their friends to echo the last word in each line for a folksy effect. And the most fun part of this exercise is that it is not mandatory for the lyrics to make sense. You don’t have to stick to one language, and you can even miss a beat. There are only a few things to remember. There is a girl called Sonu, to whom you have to sing your verses, and the aim of the song is to make Sonu talk sweetly with you. You also have to keep reassuring Sonu about trusting you hence the title Sonu Tujha Majhyavar Bharosa Nay Kay.
But all the tomfoolery aside, people are using this viral sensation to bring attention to issues that matter to the public. RJ Malishka from Red FM took on the Bombay Municipal Corporation and sang about the woes of Mumbaikars during the monsoons. From the pothole problem to the overflowing water on railway tracks, delayed trains to how the sultry weather takes a toll on everyone, she smartly replaces ‘Sonu’ with ‘Mumbai’ and hits the nail on the head with the line, ‘Mumbai Tujha BMCvar Bharosa Nay Kay.’
Taking inspiration from her video, a group of students from the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) also released a minute-long satirical video expressing their feelings about the delay in publishing the results by Mumbai University. The students talk about how they have to run around in circles for the admission as the process is complicated now that their results have not been announced, but the admission season has commenced. They also reveal the excuses given to them by the university and express their exasperation.
While most people are making their own version of this video for fun, a few are using this to make a statement they want to be heard. Have you made yours?