India’s branded music company T-Series on Monday refuted claims of plagiarism by Pakistani musician Abrar-ul-Haq. Who accused Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions of copying his song ‘Nach Punjaban’ in his upcoming comedy film ‘Jugjug Jio’ without any permission.
It is alleged that the trailer of the Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, and Kiara Advani starrer featured a recreated version of Haq’s popular 2002 track. Soon after the film’s trailer was launched on Sunday, the Pakistani musician wrote on his Twitter that he has not sold his song to any Indian filmmaker for use.
POV the #JugJuggJeeyo family entering your heart like… pic.twitter.com/4aib8kovRO— Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) May 22, 2022
He did this tweet by tagging everyone, Dharma Production Karan Johar. Here, the official Twitter account of T-Series also posted a note dismissing Haque’s claims, which is going viral on the social media platform. T-Series said the song was “legally acquired”, with the UK-based Moviebox Records label holding the rights to the track.
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— Abrar Ul Haq (@AbrarUlHaqPK) May 22, 2022
While these tweets were trending, T-Series made it clear that the rights to the song have been taken. The official account of T-Series said, “We have legally acquired the rights to sing Nach Punjaban from the album Nach Punjaban, which was released on iTunes on January 1, 2002, and also on the YouTube channel of Lollywood Classics. Available, owned, and operated by Moviebox Records Label, Produced by Dharma Movies for the movie Jug Jug Jio. All credits will be included across all platforms when the song is released.”
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. The song is available here: https://t.co/2oLFzsLAFI pic.twitter.com/t6u3p3RA6z— T-Series (@TSeries) May 23, 2022
T-Series says that they will officially release this song legally.” All credits will be included across all platforms when the song is released. As indicated by the Moviebox Records label, that this song copyright is vested only with Moviebox with all valid documents”.
Well, the Moviebox Records label also denied Abrar Haq’s claims and said that his allegation was “outrageous”. He added that the song “Nach Punjaban” has been officially licensed by TSeries for inclusion in the movie “Jugjag Jio”. karanjohar and DharmaMovies have the legal rights to use this song in their film and the tweet by AbrarUlHaqPK earlier today is defamatory and completely unacceptable”.
After which this talented Pakistani musician may have understood that it is not the fault of the musicians of India. However, Haque posted that his song “has not been licensed to anyone” after the Moviebox Records label tweeted. He wrote, “If someone is claiming it, then offer a settlement. I will take legal action.” By the way, this movie is releasing on June 24. People are very fond of its trailer.