The bone of contention between the makers of Baadshaho and the makers of the 1975 hit-film Deewar, is the song “Keh Doon Tumhe”. The original playback singers for this song were Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar.
According to The Hindu:
- Trimurti films (the makers of Deewar) owns the copyright to both the lyrics and the music of the song in contention
- They had granted permission to Universal Music Ltd to only produce and market gramophone records of the song
- The rights to use the lyrics and the music itself was retained by Trimurti
According to The Times of India:
- A rehashed version of the song “Keh Doon Tumhe” has been used in this movie
- This is a copyright infringement on Trimurti and the Bombay High Court has come out in support of Trimurti, thus putting the Baadshaho makers on their back foot
Justice K R Shriram heard the original and the rehashed version of this song on 22nd August and passed the judgement that Trimurti’s copyright has indeed been infringed. The Baadshaho makers resorted to approaching a different bench challenging this order, on 28th August, in vain. The new two-bench judge, to the Baadshaho maker’s dismay, stood by Justice K R Shriram’s judgement. This puts the movie’s release on hold until the copyright infringement is sorted.
Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Vidyut Jammwal, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta star in this movie.