Yogaraj Bhat, director of such hits as Mungaaru Male and Drama, has written a satirical song on the elections.
Set to music by V Harikrishna, Deshakentu party, partygobba leaderu, has gone viral on social media. Yogaraj Bhat, famous for such irreverent songs as Hale patre hale kabuna, is linking it with his film Vaastu Prakara (According to Vaastu), and calls it an attempt to create awareness among voters.“Mata haaki kaanoon prakaara, desha nadeeli vaastu prakaara” (Vote according to law, let the nation run according to vaastu!) is a refrain in the song.
“I have not taken any sides. I don’t promote anybody. I have just taken the side of the voter,” he told City Express. He says he has taken a hard look at elections over the past 20 years. “I don’t know whom to vote and that is my problem. I have expressed this through this song,” he says.
Satire is difficult, says Yogaraj Bhat, because only 10 out of 100 people understand it. “But it can open some minds. Good satire is a wonderful thing,” he says.
He says he reads politics as parody and “that is an expression I want the public to understand.”
Yogaraj Bhat says he draws inspiration from people around him. “During elections, people laugh when they hear one campaigner commenting on another. I would want to bring that humour to the people in the form of a song,” he says.