A streak of creativity always stays in us even as we grow old. Chandigarh cop Bhupinder Singh was always fond of penning down what he liked and what he saw around him, he carried this hobby forward as he grew older and has been using this talent to educate Chandigarh denizens on traffic rules.
And now he has a bigger audience than just Chandigarh residents. In service for more than 30 years now, he recently made an appearance on the sets of Indian Idol.
Singh, on the request of anchor Aditya Narayan, sang his popular version of Daler Mehndi’s ‘Bolo tara ra ra’ song with his unusual “Gaddi nu crane lai gayi…” lyrics.
With his first video getting viral in 2019, he left the judges, contestants and the audience mesmerised with his talent of tweaking popular songs to spread the message of different traffic rules.
He gave Himesh Reshamiya’s song ‘Ashiq banaya aapne’ a new twist, he sang it as ‘Chalan karwaya…apne…Tere layi bike si lai ke aaya…tere layi helmet nahi si paya…tere layi police ka danda khaya…tere layi”.
Singer and one of the Indian Idol judges Neha Kakkar, went crazy when he sang “Chandigarh dhooma pai gayi aa…kehnde Neha Kakkar aayi ae”.
He also made guest Ayushmann Khurrana dance to his ‘Morni banke’ song by replacing the lyrics with “Aj fer kithon aayi ae chalan karake chalan karake.”
Singh had come on the show in support of Amritsar contestant Rupam Bharnarhiya. He even presented her with a traditional Punjabi suit sent by his wife.
What makes his tweaked songs click? In Bhupinder Singh’s own words, Singh believes that people already know these songs and lyrics and when he makes the traffic songs, people catch the message easily.
“I have seen families getting devastated by road accidents and I believe if my songs can even bring a small change in society, I am ready to give my contribution as a traffic policeman and be a responsible citizen of India,” he says.