Jug Jugg Jeeyo: T-Series denies Pakistani singer Abrar Ul Haq's claim of copying his song Nach Punjaban, says 'legally acquired its rights'
After the trailer of Jug Jugg Jeeyo premiered on Sunday, Pakistani singer Abrar Ul Haq claimed that the producers, Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, copied his song Nach Punjaban without permission. However, a day later, T-Series dismissed the claim. In a statement, the music label clarified that the rights to adapt Nach Punjaban were acquired in advance.
In the statement, T-Series said, "We have legally acquired the rights to adapt the song Nach Punjaban from the album Nach Punjaban released on iTunes on 1st January, 2002 and is also available on Lollywood Classics' YouTube channel, owned and operated by Moviebox Records Label, for the film JugJugg Jeeyo produced by Dharma Productions. All due credits shall be included across all platforms when song releases. As represented by Moviebox Records Label the said song copyrights exclusively vest with Moviebox only with all valid documents."
Abrar, post the trailer's release, tweeted, "I have not sold my song Nach Punjaban to any Indian movie and reserve the rights to go to court to claim damages. Producers like @karanjohar should not use copy songs. This is my 6th song being copied which will not be allowed at all. @DharmaMovies @karanjohar." He further added, "Song Nach Punjaban has not been licensed to any one. If someone is claiming it, then produce the agreement. I will be taking legal action.#NachPunjaban."
Refusing Abrar's claim, Moviebox Records Label also clarified on Twitter, "Nach Panjaban has been officially licensed for it to be included in the Film JugJugg Jeeyo by @TSeries. @karanjohar & @DharmaMovies have the legal rights to use this song in their film and the tweet by @AbrarUlHaqPK earlier today is defamatory and completely unacceptable."
Jug Jugg Jeeyo, starring Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan, Maniesh Paul and Prajakta Koli, is directed by Raj Mehta. The family entertainer will release on June 24.