IPL 2020 Anthem ‘Aayenge Hum Wapas’ composer Pranav Ajayrao Malpe has quashed claims of the song hurled with plagiarism charges. A Delhi-based rapper Krishna Kaul aka KRSNA has claimed that the song is a copy of his original song “Dekh Kaun Aaya Waapas”.
However, composer Malpe said it is his original work and he even has a certificate from the Music Composers Association of India (MCAI) to show for his efforts.
IPL 2020 anthem faces plagiarism charges
“MCAI is an institution of repute and the experts on the panel have a lot of experience. I feel we should respect the experts’ views and put this debate to rest,” Malpe told PTI.
My song “Dekh Kaun Aaya Wapas” has been plagiarised by @DisneyPlusHS @Hotstarusa to make this years @IPL anthem “Aayenge Hum Wapas” without my consent or credit. #iplanthemcopied For context, here is a comparison video: https://t.co/FUDf2Xse4Q pic.twitter.com/tHZveSGOec
— KR$NA (@realkrsna) September 9, 2020
In a tweet, the Delhi based rapper Krishna has alleged that Malpe has used his track and named it ‘Aayenge Hum Wapas’ while also alleging Disney Plus Hotstar of airing the song on their platform.
My song “Dekh Kaun Aaya Wapas” has been plagiarised by @DisneyPlusHS @Hotstarusa to make this years @IPL anthem “Aayenge Hum Wapas” without my consent or credit. #iplanthemcopied For context, here is a comparison video: the rapper wrote in his tweet.
Krishna has also said that he and his music label Kalamkaar will take legal action against Disney + Hotstar for having commissioned the song. “Disney+Hotstar have left no option for us but to seek legal recourse and our label is going to fight this unfair and scandalous plagiarisation,” KRSNA said.
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MCAI Does Not Find Any Similarity Between Two Songs
Meanwhile, the MCAI has said that nothing between the two songs is same apart from the fact that both of them belong to the genre of hip-hop.
“A genre or rap style however is not copyrightable and doesn’t constitute plagiarisation. Hence the panel is of the opinion that there exists a substantial difference between the compositions of both the tracks,” the statement from MCAI read.
Krishna Attacks MCAI Over’Lack of Understanding’ Towards Hip-Hop
A company that sues anyone at the drop of a hat for anything that resembles MickeyMouse ears @DisneyPlusHS has no qualms producing a plagiarised version of my song for the @IPL. Double standards? Disrespect to Indian artists? #IplAnthemCopied #DisneyDisrespectsIndianArtists https://t.co/DbYrrPqkYI pic.twitter.com/Kd3ANMjN7t
— KR$NA (@realkrsna) September 10, 2020
Krishna, on his part has attacked the MCAI saying that the body has no legal standing in the matter and has shown ‘lack of understanding’ towards this particular genre.
“The MCAI statement is a serious attack on musicians and composers everywhere because their claim that a genre like hip hop cannot be differentiated means everyone is free to copy everybody else – hook, line and sinker,” he claimed.
The IPL 2020 is scheduled to begin from September 19 with Chennai Super Kings facing defending champions Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi.