Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter starrer Khaali Peeli has landed into controversy after a song from the film released on YouTube. The song titled “Beyonce Sharma Jayegi” has now received over 6.7 lakh dislikes on YouTube and it has been slammed for its racist undertone.
After the song was released online, internet users were outraged and posted tweets and comments apologising to the American singer for racist lyrics used in the song “Beyonce Sharma Jayegi“. Netizens were quick to point out that the line, “Tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyoncé sharma jayegi” which translates to After looking at you fair woman, Beyonce will feel shy,” has a racist undertone.
Furthermore, Beyonce has trademarked her name which doesn’t allow anyone to use her name commercially. She even fought a legal battle to trademark her daughter Blue Ivy’s name too. And since the makers had not sought permission to use the name for commercial purposes, they will have to rewrite the song to avoid legal repercussions, reports Mid-Day.
An insider had reported to the publication, saying “In a pre-emptive move, the makers are now planning to rewrite the song to avoid legal repercussions. A final call will be taken this week. With the dance number being called out for racism, it will be an unwise move to take on an international star like Beyoncé, especially at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has set the stage for equality.”
At the time of writing, the track composed by Vishal-Shekhar has been “disliked” over 150K times. The “likes” on the video are merely 32K. Moreover, Khaali Peeli’s trailer hasn’t been spared either. The teaser has received over 1.7 million downvotes on YouTube since its release.