Bollywood trade is abuzz about Housefull 2’s release this Friday. But even before Sajid Khan’s multi-starrer opens, it’s making news for a different reason – plagiarism. Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has filed a case against film’s makers alleging a music piece from a song of his 2005 album, Tere Bina has been lifted for a Housefull 2 song titled, Do You Know.
"I have no problems with the number but they have blatantly lifted the main punch line of the music piece from my song, Baje Jo Bansi. Whoever listens to the song can make out the plagiarism since my album is T-Series’ highest-selling album. It took me a year to compose that particular punch line," says Abhijeet.
Music directed Sajid of Sajid-Wajid fame – who have composed the film’s music – is angry with the allegation. "We are in a shocked state. Ye to hamare upar daag lagana hua (it’s akin to tainting us). We belong to the same fraternity and if he had any issues, we could have resolved it peacefully. What’s the need to go to the court? If we had to copy, wouldn’t we have copied an international tune?" he says.
Housefull 2 producer Sajid Nadiadwala says he is "very surprised with Abhijeet’s move" considering he has worked for my company in films like Judwaa (1997). "If he had any issues with the song, he should have informed me. I would have made him sit with Sajid-Wajid to resolve the issue amicably," he says.
Abhijeet, on his part, insists that he used it (the punch line) 20 times in his song while Sajid-Wajid have put it 30 times. "I am blessed with name, fame and wealth, so my intentions are not directed towards fame or money," he says. The case comes up for hearing in the court today.