It seems that whenever Sunny Leone appears in a song, there is controversy around the corner. Last year, Sanjay Gupta’s film, Shootout At Wadala (SAW), got into trouble with the Censor Board for the lyrics of its item number, Laila Teri.
Ekta Kapoor, who, incidentally, co-produced SAW, is playing it safe this time. In Ekta’s upcoming film, Ragini MMS 2, a sultry number called Barbie Doll was picturised on Sunny.
It was only post-recording that it struck the makers that the use of the word Barbie (one of the most iconic dolls, and therefore a trademarked term) could get them into trouble.
A source says, “On being advised by their legal team, the makers decided to exercise precaution and changed the lyrics of Barbie Doll to Baby Doll. Using Barbie could have invited copyright complications. Besides, it might also have caused some outrage over a kids’ brand being used in a sexy song sequence, pictured on Sunny Leone in a horrex (sic; horror and sex) film.”
Portions of the track have now been re-recorded in London by British-Asian pop singer Kanika Kapoor, who shot to fame with her remixed rendition of Arif Lohar’s chartbuster, Jugni.
When asked about it, Tanuj Garg, the CEO of Ekta’s film production company, confirmed the news: “We went with the word ‘baby’ to avoid unnecessary complications,” says Garg.