Tooh (song)

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On the foreground a man and a woman wearing black kurta and blue—orange lehnga respectively leaning towards each other, probably while dancing; both of them seemingly in a joyous mood. On the background there is the blurry appearance of a group of people onlooking the pair. The title of song in the middle displayed in neon-lights with the letters "o" in between designed to represent the shape of a human's buttocks.
"Tooh" cover
Soundtrack single by Mika Singh, Mamta Sharma, Shruti Pathak, Vishal Dadlani from the album Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Released 12 October 2013 (2013-10-12) (Single)
9 October 2013 (2013-10-09) (Music video)
Format CD single, Legal digital download
Recorded 2012–2013
Vishal & Shekhar's Studio, Bandra, Mumbai
Language Hindi
Length 4:20 (Single)
2:22 (Music Video)
Label Sony Music India
Writer Anvita Dutt
Composer Vishal-Shekhar
Producer Abhijit Nalani
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein track listing
"Chingam Chabake"
Music video
"Tooh" on YouTube
Music sample
Tooh 25 second sample. Voices of Mamta Sharma, followed by that of Mika Singh. Note the repetetion of the word Tooh.

"Tooh", a song composed by Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan, is performed by playback singers Mika Singh and Mamta Sharma with backing vocals by Vishal Dadlani and Shruti Pathak. The song was the first single to be released digitally from the soundtrack of the 2013 film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. The digital release was on 12 October 2013 in India. The music video was released on 9 October and launched on radio on 16 October.

A typical filmi song and item number, the song's video depicts the fun and humour that prevail at traditional Punjabi weddings.[2][3] Upon releasing it received widespread audience acceptance even though it was criticised for its lyrics, which some commentators found offensive. Tooh translates to "Buttocks" in English.

Background and composition[edit]

In an interview with radio jockey, Anuraag Pandey, Vishal–Shekhar revealed that the soundtrack being the second collaboration between Malhotra and them—after 2010s I Hate Luv Storys, they were involved right composing tunes with the completion of each draft of the script from the beginning in their studio (located in Bandra, Mumbai) in presence of Malhotra. During one such session four tunes were composed, the first being the final one based on the opinion of several people; who were asked to present their verdict on the best one.[4]

"Tooh" was written by Anvita Dutt Guptan[5] and produced by Abhijit Nalani.[6] It was recorded at Vishal–Shekhar's personal studio in Bandra, Mumbai by recording engineers, Satchith Harve, Abhishek Ghatak and, Gauvrav Gupta—with the tune being mixed by Shekhar Ravjiani himself—and mastering by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, New York. The cover was released alongside the single on 9 October 2013 in ITunes and features the film's lead actors; Khan and Kapoor wearing a black kurta and blue lehnga respectively dancing in a joyous mood.[7]

An item number,[1] and wedding song aside from being a filmi number "Tooh" features an array of wedding song "paraphernalia" including brass synthesizer and dhol.[8]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by the director of the film, Punit Malhotra.[9] The costumes and choreography were done by Manish Malhotra and Remo D'Souza, respectively. It features Kareena Kapoor wearing the most elaborate of her six costumes for the film.[10][11]

The video— begins with a group of Indian outfit (mostly sarees) wearing females dancing, a man wearing a turban standing between them. Kapoor appears in a huge hall prepared for hosting a Punjabi wedding; a sangeet (a type of bridal shower in north Indian wedding rituals). She along with women of different ages wearing sarees or lehngas dance on a stage. In front of the stage are several middle-aged men (wearing white Kurtas) dancing. Imran Khan appears, wearing a black kurta watching the girls on stage. The baraat then arrives at a well-lit and decorated bungalow; the bridegroom rides a horse (a custom of traditional north-western Indian weddings) and dancers in front of the procession in an alley leading to the bungalow with Khan, wearing a tuxedo, joining them. After the dancing, the video concludes as the duo embrace.[12]

Release and reception[edit]

The single was released on digital music platform ITunes on 12 October 2013,[7] followed by a radio-release on 16 October 2013.[9] It is the second item number featuring Kareena Kapoor; the first being "Fevicol Se" from the 2012 film Dabangg 2.[9]


"It's a very cute way of saying shake your bum. It's a family song and there is nothing wrong about it. When you go on the dance floor, you tend to shake it, that's how you dance. It's just a fun song and has nothing to do with anything controversial. Those who criticise are the ones who will later dance on the same song, so is it ok then? 'Tooh' is a song that is even picturised as a family affair on the backdrop of a wedding."

Shekhar Ravjiani, composer.[13]

Upon release, "Tooh" received mixed reviews. Its lyrics were criticised for being objectionable; mediocre and unoriginal, along with the frequent use of the word "Tooh"—[14][15][16] but was noted for its ecstatic and groovy nature.[14][15][16] The dance steps from the song's music video caught on with revellers adding to the popularity of the single.[17][18]

The song's lyrics include multiple instances of the word "Tooh"—Punjabi for "buttocks",[19] which became controversial in India.[13][20][21][22] The Central Board of Film Certification faced criticism for passing the song without objection, even though it included profanity.[13][20][21] Shekhar Ravjiani, one of the song's composers, defended the song, refuting claims that the song is obscene.[13][20][21]

The lyrics have also been criticised for their lack of poetry, which was the mainstay of songs in Bollywood classics like Pyaasa and Sujata.[20][21] Lyricist Kausar Munir blames the attention span of the listeners and the commercial aspect of the films for the rude and offensive lyrics of modern songs; including those of "Tooh".[13][20][21]

Despite criticism, the song received audiences appreciation; secured high positions in music charts.[23][24][25] It reached second position in The Times of India Radio Mirchi Top 20 chart[a][26] and ninth position[27] in the BBC Asian Network chart, with a run of 11 weeks in the former and eight weeks in the latter.[28]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital Download[7]
  1. "Tooh" – 4:20


  1. ^ The chart is the collaborative effort of The Times of India and Radio Mirchi.


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  2. ^ Mail Today Bureau (14 November 2013). "Bebo had Tooh much fun: Star says 'controversial' song from Gori Tere Pyar Mein is just a funny number | Mail Online". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Tooh' song from 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein': Absurd lyrics kill the fun of this wedding number!". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ [[Anuraag Pandey |Pandey, Anuraag]] (3 November 2013). "Picture Pandey with Vishal, Shekhar and Punit" (in English, Hindi). T.V. ka Pehla Radio Show. Episode 17. minutes in. Sony. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
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  6. ^ Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (Media notes) (in English). Vishal-Shekhar. Mumbai, India. 2013. pp. Back cover, Inlay. ASIN B00GKP5KWC. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tooh (From "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein") – Single". Vishal-Shekhar. ITunes. 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "GORI TERE PYAAR MEIN – MUSIC REVIEW (BOLLYWOOD SOUNDTRACK)". Vipin. MusicAloud. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
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  10. ^ "Watch: Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan shake their 'Tooh' in new song of 'Gori Tere Pyar Mein'". Financial Express. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kareena Kapoor dons just six costumes for Gori Tere Pyaar Mein : Bollywood, News – India Today". 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tooh – Official Song – Gori Tere Pyaar Mein ft. Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor". YouTube. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Do 'Tooh' and 'Kiss My A**' make Censors questionable? | Latest Movie Features". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Music Review". 8 November 2013. Archived from the original on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Review: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein album is pretty good – Movies". 17 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein – Times of India". 8 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "PARTY THE TOP FIVE TAPORI DANCE STEPS OF THE YEAR". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 22 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. (subscription required)
  18. ^ "Freshers jive to 'Dhol Baaje' and 'Tooh' at SVT College of Home Science in Mumbai". Seema Sinha, TNN. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Popular desi catchphrases in 2013". TNN. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "'Tooh, Party all night' – the falling standards of Bollywood lyrics". Indian Express. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c d e "Poetry goes for a toss as lyrics of songs get vulgar and tasteless : Bollywood, News – India Today". 27 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Simply outrageous lyrics in Bollywood!". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Watch: Kareena, Imran's 'Dil Duffer' in 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein'". Financial Express. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "CHEESY KIYA RE!". Jaya Biswas. The Times of India. 30 December 2013. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Badtameez Dil, Lungi Dance, Gandi Baat, Party All Night: Which Is 2013′s Best Party Track?". Nayandeep. Koimoi. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Music Chart – The Times of India". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Asian Download Top 40 - 7th December 2013". Official Charts. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  28. ^ Other sources: