It’s been more than a week since the duo of Amit Trivedi and Irshad Kamil dropped the song Mere Achhe Din Kab Aayenge from Atul Manjrekar’s Fanney Khan and it has already garnered over 2.5 million hits. Many thought the musician, who has also lent his voice to the song, was taking an unsubtle dig at the BJP-led government at the Centre, that coasted to its 2014 electoral win with the slogan Achhe Din Aane Waale Hai (The good times are coming).
After the song caught on and picked up a bit of ‘political mileage’ among those criticising the government, the makers have now put out a ‘corrected version’ of the song. Here the lyrics Mere Achhe Din Kab Aayenge? (When will my good times come?) have now become Mere Achhe Din Hai Aaye Re (My good times have come), turning the meaning of the line on its head.
When asked about the song by Mid Day, director Atul Manjrekar said,
“We cut a new video and released it now because our song was unnecessarily taking a political colour. It didn’t strike us that this is also the slogan of the government. We didn’t expect such a reaction. Fanney Khan is a simple film about a cab driver and his dreams. I hope people see the song in the right context and not misconstrue it.”
Many even considered the earlier version as ‘anti-government propaganda’ ahead of the 2019 elections. According to the Mid Day report, the makers are even considering pulling down the former version of the song.
There has been several instances earlier where such direct references to the current administration have been asked to be deleted. One of the more famous ones being Mann Ki Baat – which appeared as a line in a film based on the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts.
However, even though that phrase in the dialogue seemed merely incidental, the inclusion of the phrase in the Fanney Khan song seems more than just coincidence.