Badshah: Do you want to make a new song with Ratan Kahar?
Rapper Badshah He was caught off guard with accusations of plagiarism against him for his new single 'Genda phool', regarding Ratan Kahars Bengali folk song 'Boroloker biti lo'. The rapper wants to fix things by making a song with the veteran folk artist to do him justice.
He also plans to register it with copyright agencies and register all of his work so that he can earn royalties.
Living far away from spotlight in poverty-stricken condition in Birbhum district's Siuri town with his family, Kahar found himself in the limelight because of his all-time Bengali folk pop hit 'Boroloker biti lo', which he created in 1972 all thanks to Badshah and the virtual world.
Badshah used portions of the song in his new single, 'Genda phool'. Soon after the song was released, netizens pointed out portions of the song have been lifted from the popular Bangla folk hit of the seventies. Acting swiftly, the rapper reached out to Kahar and deposited Rs 5 lakh to the veteran folk artiste's bank account.
Asked if the controversy caught him off guard, Badshah told media agency: Yes, of course, it did. But my team and I had done our complete research on the sample before using the sound, done our due diligence and everywhere it was mentioned as a traditional folk song.
There was no record of any of Shri Kahar's previous releases as lyricist and that's why we went ahead and used the sound in the first place. However, in a couple of days, we started getting tagged in many articles and posts that suggested otherwise according to popular belief and still no documented evidence, but when I saw and heard her story, regardless of the credits, I think it's one of the gems that should have been preserved and cared for. My team reached out to him through some of the people who had posted his story, as he definitely wanted to get the recognition he deserved, he added.
Badshah continued: A lot of work has obviously been difficult because of the current lockdown, but as soon as things are back on track, I intend to visit him and request him to do a song with us that will release and do whatever I can do being from the same fraternity, financially or otherwise.But I really wish and hope that he had been taken care of, being the traditional legacy that he is.I come from Punjab and we really nurture and celebrate our legends here and it was sad to see shri Kahar in a situation that he is right now. Hopefully, this will change things.
Due to the lockdown, Badshah spoke to him on a video call.
He is like any of our elders, kind and extremely loving. He sang some of his songs for me, he blessed me and promised him that I will see him and do everything in my power to celebrate and care for him. of his legacy
Make a new song with him and do him justice. If necessary, register it with the copyright agencies and register your works and everything that is necessary for you to receive your royalties. It was sad to see that an artist of his stature has been in such a situation.
As a basic gesture, Badshah deposited Rs 5 lakh in his account, and wants to do more.
Once I visit you after the closure, I will try to understand exactly where your difficulties are, in the health or education of your children, and I will take the necessary steps to help you more. That's the bare minimum and a matter of honor and pride, I can do, from the new generation of musicians to one of our traditional music legends, said the rap star.
Although he started his career in 2006 with Yo Yo Honey Singh with band Mafia Mundeer, Badshah has paved a way for himself in the industry by giving chart toppers and party numbers.
When it comes to Bollywood, there are 'Saturday Saturday', 'Kala chashma', 'The humma song', 'Kar gayi chull', 'Tareefan' and 'Abhi toh party shuru hui hai'. In the non-movie blockbuster section, there are 'Right Patola', 'DJ Waley Babu', 'Mercy' and 'She Moves It Like'.
As Badshah 2.0, I released 'Genda phool', the video of which features actress Jacqueline Fernandez . The song, which comes with a Bengali twist, is inspired by Durga Pujo and is directed by Sneha Shetty Kohli . It has more than 150 million visits.