Telugu cinema’s most promising new star Vijay Deverakonda finds himself in a controversy regarding the song ‘What The F’ from his on-release film Geetha Govindam, a rugged raunchy mix of rap and raga, that was released earlier this week.
After eyebrows and hackles were raised over the song’s suggestive lyrics Vijay decided to withdraw the song from youtube.
Vijay feels there is no need for the song to be airplay if it’s offending anyone. “I don’t think we meant to hurt anyone’s sentiments. I mean, it was just meant to be a fun song. Not meant to make any statement. The song is not vital to the film. We could change the lyrics. When for Arjun Reddy I was targeted for swearing and when people said the kisses were obscene I fought back. But I thought the kisses and swearing were vital to Arjun Reddy. But now since a few women’s organizations and some religious factions have objected I’d be glad to remove it.”
Vijay says Geetha Govindam is entirely different from Arjun Reddy. “It’s a fun film, meant to be watched by the entire family. After my adult film Arjun Redy, Geetha Govindam is my full-on Disney-Barjatya wholesome entertainer. As for the song, I didn’t think we were hurting any sentiments. If people haven’t digested it we had no qualms about taking it down. We will replace it with another song.”
Having said this and done the needful Vijay feels curbing the song writer ’s exuberance is not an ideal creative situation. “It is a bit convenient. But right now that’s how things are. And both my producers and I felt it is better not to hurt anyone’s sentiments right now. Sadly this was my first attempt at singing on screen and undertaken because my production house and my director were insistent. I just decided to do it for kicks, If I am at all a singer this is the best I could do. I know I’ve a limited range. And unless I take singing lessons I doubt I can do better than this.”
Sadly Vijay ’s debut into the world of singing has proved inauspicious.
“I am a little put-off and may not sing again. But as I said we’re only too glad to pull down the song if that I what would make the protesters happy,” he ends tersely.