Saif Ali Khan’s troubles just don’t seem to end. The actor, 41, who is already embroiled in a legal tussle with businessman Iqbal Sharma for allegedly punching him last month, has now landed in more legal soup. Iranian pop band Barobax has slapped a case on the actor alleging that the first portion of the song Pyaar Ki Pungi from Khan’s upcoming production, Agent Vinod, is lifted from the title track of their January 2010 album, Soosan Khanoom, and is registered under the Copyright Act in Canada.
The band, comprising three members —Khashayar Haghgoo, Keivan Haghgoo and Hamid Farouzmand — saw the video of the song on March 12, and say that they were surprised to see “someone like Pritam do such a thing.” Khashayar says: “We have always loved Bollywood movies and are fond of Indian actors, but when something like this happens, we don’t appreciate it.”
In the legal notice served to music director Pritam Chakraborty, producers Eros International Media, Illuminati Films and music company Super Cassettes Ltd, the members have demanded that the song should not be released or used to promote the movie. “Our legal team has replied to the notice. There is a 6-7 second grove piece that is similar and there can’t be a copyright issue on a groove,” says Bhushan Kumar of Super Cassettes. Saif’s antics in the video also bear resemblance to the singers’ moves in the original.
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