“Thank God, Bappa is just not like us…
What would he say, had he been like us? Seeing our offerings, “Only 21 modaks? What big deal sir?” Would He have said that?”
This is how actor-turned-rapper Riteish Deshmukh begins a fun yet poignant rap on Ganpati Bappa, just ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi. A bit reminiscent of Joan Osborne’s 1995 hit number ‘One of Us’, ‘Thank God Bappa’ places the elephant-headed God in various real-life situations.
The lyrics in Marathi by Kapil Sawant are hilarious, and mostly comprise rhetorical questions around how would Ganesh react. Sample these: “To a devotee with unfulfilled wishes, ‘Oh ma’am, you failed to stand in the queue of wishes.’ Would He have said that? To a devotee from Andheri, visiting the Lord from Lalbaug. ‘This falls under Andheri jurisdiction, please contact the Bappa from Andheri.’ Would He have said that?”
“His blessings are equal for one and all. Thank God, Bappa is not just like us”, a decidedly serious Deskhmukh sings.
Directed by Sawant himself and produced by wife Genelia Deshmukh, not only does the satirical video provide much food for thought, but the music by Amar Mangrulkar and lyrics are both catchy, and instantly connect with listeners. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming the song all through the day and even after. Deskhmukh has done a fabulous job of singing it out, voice modulations et al, and an even better job of acting it out in his own inimitable style.
The video was uploaded on Youtube by STAR Pravah on August 30, and became an instant hit with hundreds of thousands of views already. Even members of the film fraternity have appreciated the effort. Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted out the video with a line from the song just the next day.