Renowned music composer Dr Zeus has accused the makers of Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala of stealing his hit number Don’t Be Shy. The new version of the song in the upcoming film has been composed by Sachin-Jigar and sung by Badshah and Shalmali Kholgade, with lyrics penned by Badshah and Mellow D. Dr Zeus took to Twitter to express his anger and threaten the makers with legal action, “Are u guys taking the p*** @sonymusicindia @MaddockFilms @Its_Badshah @SonyMusicUK @SachinJigarLive wen did u compose don’t b shy & kangna.. more to the point how dare u guys b riding off ma old hits & f***** them up??? Ya need to get original. My lawyers will b in touch.”
Are u guys taking the piss @sonymusicindia @MaddockFilms @Its_Badshah @SonyMusicUK @SachinJigarLive wen did u compose don’t b shy & kangna.. more to the point how dare u guys b riding off ma old hits & fuckin them up??? Ya need to get originalMy lawyers will b in touch— Dr Zeus (@drzeusworld) October 18, 2019
This accusation follows the recent controversy surrounding Bala as the film appears to be quite similar to another upcoming film Udja Chaman, starring Sunny Singh (of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety fame). Both films focus on the story of a balding protagonist.
Bala, directed by Amar Kaushik, was slated to release on 22nd November but the makers have changed this to 7th November, which means that the film will hit the screens before Udja Chaman. Director of Udja Chaman, Abhishek Pathak has spoken against this change and said he is considering legal action against the producers. However, Maddock films issued a statement defending Bala and said their film had been “in the works for several months.” It said that there can be multiple films on the same theme as they offer more variety to the audience, “which can never be a bad thing.” It further read, “It’s unfortunate if a fellow filmmaker sees this as anything but a positive for audiences. Maddock stands firmly by the originality of its film, and will back its project all the way, including through legal recourse if need be.”