The writer of the song, Jaideep Sahni, who has written lyrics for blockbuster films like Company, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Chak De India, Salaam Namaste, Bluffmaster, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and many more, defends his lyrics for Dum Maaro Dum.
Sahani says, "These lines are actually taken from a longer piece of rap, written specifically for a situation of drug pushers and users in a drug induced delirium. The rap form was chosen because it's very effective in reflecting anti-establishment thought and behaviour, and usage of strong words to make a larger meaning is inherent to the very form.
They were selected and placed together with the famous hippie song of the 70s in a directorial decision and vision to bring out the contrast between earlier hippie culture and today's drug mafia which is vicious and brutal. It's basically related to the subject of the film and hopefully will be seen in better clarity once the film releases.
Otherwise, I'm busy with my own scripts and have no interest in making changes in classics, especially by the writer to whom I had dedicated my best lyricist award just last year.
I can only conclude that there is a case for a better sharing with the listeners how and why lyrics are written, so they have an opportunity to view works from that perspective.
I hope this contributes in that direction." Listen to the song Dum Maaro Dum