Iranian Music Band sues producers of Bollywood movie ‘AGENT VINOD’
MUMBAI, March 21 — An Iranian music band has slapped a legal notice against the makers of ‘Agent Vinod’, one of the much awaited Bollywood movies having Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles, claiming that they have copied a popular tune by them and used in the film.
The foreign band alleged that there are striking similarities between a track ‘Pungi Baja Kar’ from the film and the song ‘Soosan Khanoom’, made by them. Barobax Corp, a music company was founded by three Iranian nationals, said the film makers infringed their copyright over the prelude used in the catchy ‘Pungi Baja Kar’ track from the film, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
The initial portion of the song ‘Pungi’ from ‘Agent Vinod’, which has become a rage now, has been “lifted without any change” from the title song -’Soosan Khanoom’ of their album, they alleged.
While, producer of ‘Agent Vinod’ Dinesh Vijan denied this claim. “There is no similarity between the two tracks. It’s just that for the first, three-four seconds of the groove cannot be patented anywhere else. For once, Pritam’s melody is original,” Vijan told PTI in an interview.
The music band, in a notice, had demanded the music director, producers and directors to refrain from releasing the song in the movie. The band had said they would be compelled to initiate proceedings to seek a restraining order and necessary compensation.
‘Agent Vinod’, an action-spy thriller, is sheduled to be released on March 23.