Ever since the trailer of Bala hit the internet, it has been embroiled in one hair-raising controversy after another. After facing copyright accusations levelled by Ujda Chaman director Abhishek Pathak, Dr. Zeus accused the Bala makers of ripping off his old hit song Don't Be Shy. Now, Bala makers have released an official statement saying that they have all the required rights to the song.
In an official statement released by the makers of Bala, they said, "Karman Entertainment owns the worldwide rights to the song Don't Be Shy by Rouge, the early 2000s classic dance hit, produced by Dr Zeus. Karman Entertainment gave an official license to Maddock Films for the re-creation rights of Don't Be Shy, which is featuring in Bala starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam and directed by Amar Kaushik."
The statement further read, "The song video went live on 18 of October and has received an overwhelming response globally. The video and the single itself was teased on social media a day prior and the fun banter between the composers, Badshah and the lead actor, Ayushmann had even/one in splits. Featuring music re-created by Sachin-Jigar and lyrics by Badshah and Mellow D, the video of this mane-ficent track has to be seen to be believed."
Dr Zeus had tweeted, ''Are you guys taking the p*ss @sonymusicindia @MaddockFilms @Its_Badshah @SonyMusicUK @SachinJigarLive? When did you compose Don’t Be Shy & Kangna? More to the point how dare you guys be riding off my old hits & f**kin them up??? Ya need to get original My lawyers will be in touch.''
Badshah also took to Twitter to respond to Dr Zeus' accusations. He wrote, "I am aware of the situation around Dont be shy’. I want to start by saying that I love And respect @drzeusworld paaji immensely and he knows it. He has the right to get angry with me because he’s my senior and ive learnt a lot from him. And he is the last person id want to go through something like this. I got on the song, which has been recreated by my dear friends Sachin Jigar, only after making sure we had the necessary rights. But still if there’s any misunderstanding, ill make sure it gets cleared asap. I support Zeus Paaji."
Meanwhile, Bala stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, and Yami Gautam, and tackles the issue of premature balding. The film is slated for a November 7 release.