Abrar Ul Haq, a Pakistani politician and singer, has accused producer-filmmaker Karan Johar of stealing his song “Nach Punjaban” for the upcoming film Jugjugg Jeeyo. Abrar took to Twitter to declare that he had not sold “Nach Punjaban” and that “producers like Karan Johar” should not duplicate tunes. He also threatened to sue for monetary damages.
Abrar further stated that this is the sixth time his song has been plagiarized, though he did not specify whether he is referring specifically to Karan Johar or Bollywood in general.
His tweet read, ”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.”
T-Series, a music label and production firm, issued a comment on Twitter in response to Abrar Ul Haq’s accusation. It stated that the label “lawfully obtained” the song’s rights and that it is also available on Lollywood Classics’ YouTube channel.
The official handle of Tseries released the statement with the caption, “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://youtube.com/watch?v=86e61b-khtE”
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
The film, directed by Raj Mehta, is a joint production between Dharma Productions and Viacom18 Studios. The film stars Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Manish Paul and Prajakta Koli.