Baba Sehgal has to be one of the greatest modern poets India and the world has been currently blessed with.
If you were around for the Indian pop-culture boom in the good ol’ 90’s, chances are you must have heard of a legend called Baba Sehgal. The guy who ripped off Vanilla Ice’s smash hit “Ice Ice Baby” and turned it into “Thanda Thanda Paani”. Yep, that guy.
After being underground for a fair part of almost 12 years, Sehgal resurfaced on social media (he just figured out Facebook and Twitter) and posted some pearls of wisdom.
Sehgal said “One day, I was watching an IPL match, and Chris Gayle was batting. I think I must’ve tweeted something like ‘Gayle is a whale and nobody can fail’, and I got 150 retweets.” Classic Baba!
Since then, he’s seen a skyrocketing increase in his fans and followers which ultimately led him to releasing songs. Cringe. Baba Sehgal has always amazed us with his thoughtful, deep and multi-layered lyrics. Where does he get his creativity from? We don’t know. But cheers to him for thinking of such material.
Then two years back, he suddenly created a YouTube channel of his own and started uploading tracks that he had written. The videos, how do we put this; he just basically lifts stock videos and puts them in the background.
Baba’s first song was “Going To The Gym”. We don’t think we need to explain any further as to what the song is about. It’s a miracle in itself! Check it out for yourself-
Baba then released his second song, which was ENTIRELY dedicated to the glory of..wait for it..Chicken Fried Rice. Yep. The brilliant song which had random stock footage of videos lifted from the internet instantly struck a chord with the millions of Indians who have a special place for Indian-ised chinese in their hearts. Although ridiculous, we have to admit, it’s impossible to get it out of your head!
Once Baba realised people were lapping up his song for better or for worse, he just started an endless production line of some top-notch production, deep lyrics and meaningful verses and needless to say, they weren’t songs; they were gems from God himself.
Here are some of the tracks the genius unveiled over the past one year.
Caution: Play videos at your own discretion. You’ve been warned.
Baba giving some tips about how to enter the super competitive modelling and fashion world-
Baba addressing the most common problem every Mumbaikar has to face at least once in their Mumbai life-
Turns out Baba also happens to be a huge fan of Rihanna! Who would have thought. So he, ahem, made a special song for her. Hope she never listens to it.
But YouTube wasn’t the only place Baba Sehgal took his talents to. He made a twitter account and keeps regularly posting pearls of wisdom for everyone to feast their eyes on. They’re wacky, outright weird yet they ALWAYS rhyme. It would take ages to showcase all of his works, but we’ve chosen some of the best for you!
kabhi tum gaur se dekho aaina, khud hee has kar kahogey made in china ? pic.twitter.com/Bhe2ycMDTT
— Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) September 26, 2016
nobody knows ki jack n jill kab gaye thhey hill,
with great power comes great electricity bill..
— Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) August 25, 2016
pulao mat pakao khayali, note mat chalao jaali, hoton pe lagakar laali, book karle advance mein rajnikanth ki kabali..
— Baba Sehgal (@OnlyBabaSehgal) July 21, 2016
All this aside, Baba made a roaring return to the forefront. He found lovers and critics alike. His unusual lyrics, gawdy videos and infectious energy and nature got him a spot on the biggest stage in the indie-festival circuit, The Bacardi NH7 Weekender! In December 2015, Baba Sehgal took to the stage to belt out his hits and the best part being, the crowd friggin’ loved him. They sang along with him, danced with him and laughed with him. All in all it was in insanely energetic performance from the fan who had come to make his fans happy!
Baba Sehgal is outright wacky but his USP is his confidence. He has never backed down, no matter what the haters say.
In closing, we’d like to say that Baba Sehgal is a unique man. He doesn’t care about his critics, he only cares about his art and the people who love his art. That’s what it’s all about in the end. We hope he never changes and that he continues to make his laugh.
Mad respect for the one and only Baba Sehgal!