Dr Zeus claims makers of Ayushmann Khurrana's Bala have plagiarised his songs 'Don't Be Shy' and 'Kangna Tera Ni'
Bala, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, is directed by Amar Kaushik.
British born Punjabi musician Dr Zeus recently took to Twitter and said that the makers of Ayushmann Khurrana's Bala have plagiarised his songs 'Don't Be Shy' and 'Kangna Tera Ni'. Rapper Badshah and Shalmali Kholgade have lent their vocals in the recreated version of 'Don't Be Shy', composed by duo Sachin-Jigar. However, Zeus stated that he was unaware that his song was being reused.
Here is Zeus' tweet
Are u guys taking the piss @sonymusicindia @MaddockFilms @Its_Badshah @SonyMusicUK @SachinJigarLive wen did u compose don’t b shy & kangna.. more to the point how dare u guys b riding off ma old hits & fuckin them up??? Ya need to get original🖕🏽My lawyers will b in touch🖕🏽
— Dr Zeus (@drzeusworld) October 18, 2019
Badshah soon shared his response and wrote that he held Zeus in great regard and saw him as a mentor. He explained that he had only gone forward with the song as he was sure the makers had followed the adequate legal procedures.
Here is Badshah's response
— BADSHAH (@Its_Badshah) October 18, 2019
This is not the first time the makers of Bala have landed in a plagiarism controversy. In June, Kamal Kant Chandra filed a complaint against Ayushmann and the makers under IPC Section 420 (cheating) and 406 (breach of trust). Kamal had earlier filed a complaint in Bombay High Court alleging that Ayushmann, director Amar Kaushik and producer Dinesh Vijan had plagiarised the crux of the story — a prematurely balding man — from Chandra's project, titled Wig.
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