Let’s state facts, I know you have caught yourself tapping your feet to or singing along with ‘Selfie Maine Leli Aaj’ no matter how much you disagree.

I’m just one of those people who got tagged in one of Dhinchak Pooja’s videos. All my friends laughed at how off-key her songs were. People around me mocked one another by saying, ‘I bet Dhinchak Pooja is your favorite singer.’ I saw people agreeing to go for Dhinchak Pooja’s Live Concert as a joke. But somehow, none of this amused me!

Hear me out before telling me I have no sense of humor.

I won’t lie, I did watch all her songs and I did cringe at them. I heard how off-key her tunes were, how un-synced the music and her singing was and how utterly screechy her voice sounded. But for me, that’s all right. She’s just an amateur whose friends told her (probably as a joke) how good her singing was and how great her singing career would be. Or she’s probably just another girl who used her shampoo bottle as a mic and sang in the shower and thought she could be the next Indian Nightingale and I’m fine with it.

Everybody is now making money through her!

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But you know what bothers me, how her Youtube Video ‘Selfie Maine Leli Aaj’ has over 19 million views just overnight. And not just that, people have made covers of it, they are making roasts about her, they are taking interviews of other people asking how much they hate her songs…there’s no end to it. Basically, people like you and me have made someone this amateurish so famous that everybody is now making money through her!

Doesn’t it bother you like it does me, how such a talentless voice is earning in lacs if not billions and so many other beautiful, innately talented voices are not even recognized? They are the people who have probably given up on their singing careers because they could never make it big.

Shouldn’t we, social media users, be absolutely ashamed about this?

I think we need to rethink our choices even if they are made as a joke.

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It’s 2017 and the world certainly must be going backwards. But even in olden times, talent was appreciated, not…to be honest, I don’t even know why Pooja Jain aka Dhinchak Pooja has reached this point in fame.

In this time and age, where teenagers are committing suicide or are in a pit of depression over not being ‘famous’ on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube, I think we need to rethink our choices even if they are made as a joke.

In conclusion, I want to ask you just one thing, what did you get by listening to her songs except a headache that we made her so famous?

 

Sincerely,

A Confused Social Media User!




Author: Zainab Haji

2 comments

  1. Dear Confused Social Media User,

    Hope you are doing good.

    I am one of those people who have never cared enough about what goes in social media and these open letter which are a craze these days, but, of course, I couldn’t resist on this one. Let me start with a few basics:
    One of the many definitions of Talent “a special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitude” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talent). While not taking sides, how can you and who are you to judge someone’s talent while that someone is still earning from whatever antics (in your tone)? Again, who am I (or your readers are) to say that you lack sense of humor just because you didn’t like her songs and singing. We respect your opinions but then who are you and those people to tell others what to do? In a broader perspective, who were all those people who told Qandeel Baloch to what to wear and not to wear.

    Dhinchak Pooja, no matter how bad or good a singer is, exuberates the confidence to stand in front of people and sing and just be her, maybe, because it is still a free nation. While we are on that, her fans also have their own decisions to make and choices to pursue. I for one follow her because she shares motivational Facebook statuses, she has confidence, and she lives life on her own terms. Let’s focus on living life on one’s own terms, the people you say committed suicide, did you ask why? Maybe they couldn’t face the criticism by people or they wanted something and couldn’t get and there are infinite such reasons, however, my point is that those who commit suicide, the dearly departed, and their untimely terminated lives, and careers or the ones you say quitting their career because of lack of success should impact us or the choices we make? It is like saying that people in other countries are being killed for raising their voices against injustice and so we should just not do the same. If we have the necessary resources and willpower, why not? What is the worse that can happen our voices would be crushed or we would be stripped off our rights, but at least we tried, hence, no regrets.
    Dhinchak Pooja came, she proved herself as different, and sustained. Call it destiny or call it madness of people, she left a mark.

    Towards the conclusion, you asked “just one thing”, that is: what did you get by listening to her songs except a headache that we made her so famous. Please don’t assume we get headache by listening to her talent (for me) antics (for you) and definitely know how to live for yourself no matter how good or bad you are at it. Imagine she has such followership, she shares that toilets are necessary for hygiene and sanitation purposes and at least one follower who made the choice of popularizing her follows it, it would be good choice.

    Sincerely,
    Letting harmless people be!

    1. Dear person who is letting harmless people be,
      I agree that I am (or anyone reading this is) nobody to judge someone’s talent (or antics), but who are reality singing show judges to deem someone better than certain others? Who are critics of movies to deduce summaries of movies and give them a ‘rating’? Aren’t they judging somebody based on certain definitions of talent?
      The point being, she has showed immense confidence, but so have so many other beautiful voices, too. How is it that they never received the recognition they deserve?
      So, when you say, “call it destiny or madness of people..” I think I’ll go for the latter because I, for one, believe that someone really commendable deserves to be up there and not someone who was famed as a joke.

      Sincerely,
      A (worse still) Confused Social Media User

      PS. You do know her social media is handled by a team and not Pooja herself, right?

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