Badshah, Jacqueline Fernandez and Payal Dev’s recently released track Genda Phool has been trending ever since it was dropped online a few days ago, on March 26. The sizzling number, however, seems to have landed in some trouble, as the track has now been alleged of plagiarism. A particular line in the song, “Borlok er Bitilo, lomba lomba chul.....lal genda phool,” is from a Bengali folk song Borloker Bitilo. Over the last few days, many people of social media also pointed out that the makers haven’t given credit to the original Bengali folk song’s writer Ratan Kahar.
The makers have not credited Ratan Kahar anywhere in the music video, thereby violating the Indian Copyright Amendment Act 2012. According to India Blooms, Arghya Bose, a Doctoral researcher in France, wrote to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, “In the capacity of a common but responsible citizen of your state, Madam Chief Minister, I feel obliged and responsible to bring to your notice an exploitation of the poor artists of the state of West Bengal at this level by apparently world-renowned artists. It is, indeed, the moral responsibility of the entire population of the state, and more so, the government of the state to protect the interests of the artistic communities of our country."
She further added, “Your government has always shown sensitivity, empathy and appreciativeness to the rich intellectual and cultural diversity of Bengal, which has been one of the many foundations of the popularity of your government. I write this mail to you hoping that you will be able to act in favour of Mr. Kahar in this regard, and obtain for him the intellectual and material remuneration that is due to him."
Musician Rohan Dasgupta took to Twitter to bring forth this issue, and claimed that Mr Ratan Kahar sadly does not have the money to sue Badshah.
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