'Halla Bol', Palash Sen's lyrical satire, grips the nation

From Arnab Goswami to Salman Khan, Vijay Mallya to Arvind Kejriwal, Euphoria frontman spares none.

Mayur Lookhar

Palash Sen is at war. The Euphoria frontman has orchestrated a lyrical satire, 'Halla Bol'. At the receiving end are the usual suspects, politicians, but the singer has also taken digs at media figures, businessmen and entertainers.

The primary aim of the of track is to seek freedom, and Euphoria has cleverly described 'Halla Bol' as the free'dhoom' song. The chief target of the satire seems to be Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of the television news channel Times Now. Well, the nation doesn't need to know why Sen has chosen to lampoon him.

Other public figures who are spoofed in the track are Delhi's oft-complaining chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, loan-defaulting businessman Vijay Mallya, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi, and the 'Khans of Bollywood’, chiefly the Dabangg one Salman. Godmen, stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley, and the Kashmir issue also get fleeting mentions. We wonder, though, if the cool rapper in the video is related in any way to a certain Yo Yo Honey Singh.

While the theme is freedom from all of the above, 'Halla Bol' comes as a breath of fresh air, giving a much-needed fillip to the dying Indipop music scene. The video was released on YouTube on 21 June and has received over 700,000 views already. With so many hooked to the lyrical satire, #PalashSen is trending on Twitter.

Watch the video here. You will certainly gain a sense of free'dhoom’.