Hadiqa Kiani, another Pakistani musician, is saying that his song was used without his permission. This time, it’s an old favorite from Pakistan by the musician and politician Abrar Ul Haq.
The whole mess started when entertainment journalist Sadiq Saleem went on Twitter and started pointing fingers. He said that the Pakistani hit Nach Punjaban was in the teaser for Karan Johar’s Jug Jug Jeeyo.
Nach Punjaban is a song that has been played at weddings and on the streets for a very long time. The journalist went on to say that Kanika Kapoor was “borrowing” Hadiqa Kiani’s music without paying royalties.
The musician used social media to make it clear that his song had not been bought by any Indian movie. and that he could “go to court and ask for money” if he didn’t like it.
moviebox, which owns many labels, said in a tweet that the charges might not be real. People were confused about why Abrar Ul Haq wasn’t told about it. From what the tweet says:
“T-Series has officially bought the rights to use Nach Panjaban in their movie “Jug Jugg Jeeyo.” @karanjohar and @DharmaMovies are allowed by law to use this song in their movie, and @AbrarUlHaqPK’s tweet from earlier today is defamatory and totally unacceptable.”
Also, Somen Mishra, who works for Dharma, tweeted the following:
“I don’t know how people can do film journalism without knowing the basics.” These are like the basics of business. If you want to know how these things work, look at the music label. Ata na pata, daal do tweet, script ho ya music. “The problem is that every idiot has a Twitter account.“
Haq recently used social media to say that “the song has not been licensed to [anyone]. If someone says it, they should show you the agreement. I am going to go to court.“
It’s interesting to watch this strange back-and-forth go on. The majority of us don’t know what’s going on. Ali Sethi’s music in the Indian movie Modern Love is another recent example of how Pakistani music has been used in Indian movies. Weren’t the right legal steps taken? What happens will have to be seen.