The internet has been buzzing with people speaking up against a new song from the movie Khaali Peeli called Beyonce Sharma Jayegi. The makers have been called out for the racist lyrics and some on the internet have apologized to Beyonce herself for the ‘regressiveness’ of the song and for comparing Ananya Panday to Beyonce. The internet was up in arms for the use of the word goriya before the hook of the song that croons Beyonce Sharma Jayegi. Many couldn’t understand how the makers didn’t think this through.

Finally, breaking his silence on the issue, Khaali Peeli director Maqbool Khan came forward and spoke about the actual reference of the word ‘Goriya‘ in the song.

He said:

First, without any hesitation or excuses we want to apologise to anyone offended. We assure you that the lyric in question was never intended racially. In fact, the term “goriya” has been so often and traditionally used in Indian songs to address a girl, that it didn’t occur to any of us to interpret it in the literal manner. Also the comparison with Beyonce is simply meant to be a street-smart guy flattering a girl who is trying to impress that her dancing/performance is worth comparing to even Beyonce who we all see as the final word, the epitome of talent, beauty, performance, style and attitude. We are all huge fans, and there was never any question of disrespect

Further lyricist Kumaar added:

Goriya as a word has been used in many Hindi songs earlier. Our idea was to simply use a synonym to “girl”. There is no derogation intended – we revere beauty of global celebrity Beyoncé and don’t mean to hurt any of her fans.

The song features Ishaan Khatter and Ananya and is composed by musical duo Vishal and Shekhar, penned by Kumaar and Raj Shekhar, choreographed by Bosco Caesar and crooned by Nakash Aziz and Neeti Mohan, the dance number was shot within a span of three days.

Directed by Maqbool Khan, Khaali Peeli is produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Ali Abbas Zafar, and Zee Studios. It’s going to be the first-ever Bollywood film to have a simultaneous multi-format release. The same would include the newly launched ‘Premium Video On Demand’ (PVOD) service called Zee Plex.