When the trailer for Anushka Sharma’s production Phillauri released, apart from a strong buzz about the supernatural elements in the film, it also showcased Punjab in all its glory. Diljit Dosanjh plays Sharma’s long lost lover, and a singer who vows to prove himself before marrying Anushka’s character.
The first song from the film has now released, called ‘Dum Dum’ and it has a strong Punjab influence, replete with local stringed instruments, a vernacular flavour and thick vocals.
It shows us how Dosanjh’s character uses his mellifluous voice to gain Anushka and the villagers’ attention, and we are also shown how the two fall in love.
The song is filled with slo-mo shots of the Punjab landscape, of both Anushka and Diljit’s characters and of the world they inhabit as the song slowly plays out.
However, while watching the video song, there was this nagging issue we had that refused to die down. Everybody knows Diljit Dosanjh is a singer, and popular one at that. He specialises in Punjabi music, and even started his career with it.
Why, then, was he not chosen to sing this song?
It is possible that as the male lead in the film, he may not have had time to record music as well, but this makes a larger case about authenticity in Hindi films. For a lot of us who have heard Dosanjh’s music, adding his voice to this number would have lent a far more personal touch.