"This is my 6th song being copied."
The makers of Jugjugg Jeeyo released the first song from the film on May 28, 2022.
The dance number, titled ‘The Punjaabban Song’, features Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, and Neetu Kapoor doing the Bhangra on the dhol beats.
The song is a remix of the Pakistani song ‘Nach Punjaban’.
The music video of the song begins with Varun Dhawan and Maniesh Paul dancing with Neetu Kapoor, and Kiara Advani and Prajakta Koli dancing with Anil Kapoor.
Anil and Neetu also dance together, before the entire group performs the hook step together.
Varun and Kiara are also seen giving solo performances in the song.
The song is sung by Gippy Grewal, Zahrah S Khan, Tanishk Bagchi and Romy, with music and lyrics by Tanishk Bagchi and Abrar Ul Haq.
The makers gave credit to the original ‘Nach Punjaban’ song by Pakistani singer Abrar-ul-Haq from his album of the same name.
The song generated controversy after it was featured in the trailer of Jugjugg Jeeyo released last week.
Almost two minutes into the clip, with an altered bridge and somewhat the same chorus, ‘Nach Punjaban’ begins to play.
The original, released in 2002, is from Abrar’s album of the same name.
Abrar-ul-Haq had accused the makers of the film of copying his song without due permission.
He had tweeted: “I have not sold my song ‘Nach Punjaban’ to any Indian movie and reserve the rights to go to court to claim damages.
“Producers like @karanjohar should not use copy songs. This is my 6th song being copied which will not be allowed at all. @DharmaMovies @karanjohar.”
While written and performed by Abrar, it is pertinent to mention here that ‘Nach Punjaban’ is sourced to Moviebox Birmingham Limited on Spotify.
Following Abrar’s tweet, the UK record label’s Twitter handle stated its own, making Abrar’s case weaker.
It noted: “Nach Punjaban has been officially licensed for it to be included in the film Jugjugg Jeeyo T-Series.
“Karan Johar and Dharma Movies have the legal rights to use this song in their film and the tweet by Abrar-ul-Haq earlier today is defamatory and completely unacceptable.”
Music label T-Series later dismissed the claims and wrote in a tweet: “We have legally acquired the rights to adapt the song #NachPunjaban released on iTunes on 1st January 2002 & available on Lollywood Classics’ YouTube channel, owned by @1Moviebox, for #JugJuggJeeyo produced by @DharmaMovies.”
They added that all due credits will be provided across all platforms when the song is released.
Jugjugg Jeeyo is directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Karan Johar‘s Dharma Productions.
The family entertainer is scheduled to release in cinemas on June 24, 2022.