Ever since Badshah released Genda Phool, featuring Jacqueline Fernandez, on March 26, some listeners have accused him of plagiarism. Netizens claimed the rapper borrowed lyrics from an old Bengali song, Boroloker biti lo, written by veteran artiste Ratan Kahar. The chorus of Genda Phool is in Bengali, and goes like, “Boroloker bitilo, lomba lomba chul, Emon mathay bnedhe debo lal genda phool (The rich man’s daughter has long hair, I want to tie a marigold on it).”
Ratan Kahar, the writer is believed to be in dire straits, told a Bengali website, “I wrote the song Boroloker Bitilo. The music, the words, everything is mine. Now, if people are dishonest, what can I do? I am extremely poor. Many people have taken my songs, but have not given me credit. They can’t write their own songs. They used my songs as their own. I live in a hut, write songs of the soil and I don’t have the financial strength to drag them to court.”
Soon after, this and receiving flak from the netizens, Badshah took to his social media and put across his side of the story. Read here:
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Meanwhile, co-singer Payal Dev reacted to the allegation, by stating, “The thing is that they don’t have proof. Talks are going on between the company and them. But as far as I know from the sources, they do not have proof. If you go on YouTube, you can see that the same song has been used six to seven times.” Genda Phool is produced by Sony Music India Pvt Ltd.