Khaali Peeli‘s song ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi‘ has been on the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The song faced severe backlash by the audience for its racist undertones. Now, according to a report by MidDay, the team of Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday-starrer may have a bigger legal battle in their hands unless they take measures to correct it. It turns out that the production house had not sought approval from the pop queen. For the unversed, Beyonce had trademarked her name over a decade ago, thus barring the name from being used for commercial purposes.
Beyoncé has not only trademarked her name but also won a long legal battle to copyright daughter Blue Ivy’s name. In a pre-emptive move, the makers are now planning to rewrite the song to avoid legal repercussions. A final call will be taken this week. With the dance number being called out for racism, it will be an unwise move to take on an international star like Beyoncé, especially at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has set the stage for equality.
Helmed by Maqbool Khan, Khaali Peeli will premiere on Zee Plex on October 2.