Genda Phool Controversy: Badshah's song feat. Jacqueline Fernandez lands in trouble for copyright violation.
Badshah, Jacqueline Fernandez and Payal Dev's new track Genda Phool face an allegation of plagiarism for not giving credit to the original Bengali folk song's writer.
A few days back T-series released a video song Genda Phool sung by Badshah and Payal Dev feat. the Badshah and Jacqueline Fernandes. The song became an instant trending no. 1 on Youtube.
While the song has already got a lot of views it has also been alleged about plagiarism. The song, which features Jacqueline as a Bengali woman, has a line "Borlok er Bitilo, lomba lomba chul.....lal genda phool", is taken from the original folk song Borloker Bitilo.
The Bengali folk song which was originally written by Ratan Kahar was not credited in the music video which has violated the Indian Copyright Amendment Act 2012. 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 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 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 favor of Mr. Kahar in this regard, and obtain for him the intellectual and material remuneration that is due to him."
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