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Iranian popstar Khashayar Moradi Haghoo, talks to BT about his plagiarism charges against Pritam
Priyanka Dasgupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 21, 2012)
Pritam’s Pungi song from Saif Ali Khan’s starrer Agent Vinod is courting controversy. Iranian pop band Barobax Corp has sent a legal notice to Pritam, Eros, T-Series and Illuminati Films for allegedly copying from its 2010 number — Soosan Khanoom. The band has three Iranian nationals Khashayar Moradi Haghoo, Kevian Haghgoo and Hamid Farouzmand. Excerpts from an interview with Khashayar:
How did you come to know about the Pungi Baaja number from Agent Vinod? I came to know about it from satellite television. I have seen the song on YouTube. Our fans also told us about the song.
Where exactly do you find a similarity between Pungi Baaja (PB) and your song? The first 10 seconds of the music of PB are completely a copy of our number. The first vocal melody is the same. The background vocal is similar. What’s more shocking is that the visual expression and dancing steps of Saif Ali Khan and my expressions in our video are also a copy. There is a girl singing a little portion in PB. The melody of that portion is also a rip-off.
The first 10 seconds of your song has a rhythm loop, very common in terms of Middle Eastern melodies. Tune-wise (or genre-wise) both songs are said to owe their origin to the 70s Iranian song Havar Havar by Kourosh Yaghmai. Are you influenced by Havar Havar? Every second of our song, including the More >
Published: Sunday, Mar 18, 2012, 17:09 IST Agency: PTI
Just as the song “Pungi bajaa de” from Saif Ali Khan’s spy thriller Agent Vinod is gaining popularity, an Iranian music band has slapped a legal notice on music director Pritam Chakraborty and distributors for alleged copyright violation.
The music band Barobax Corp was founded in 2003 by three Iranian nationals Kashayar Haghgoo, Kevian Haghgoo and Hamid Farouzmand.
According to the legal notice issued by law firm Vidhii Partners, Barobax had on January 16, 2010 produced and released an album titled ‘Soosan Khanoom’ which became a rage.
“On March 12 this year, the band came across the promotions of the movie ‘Agent Vinod’ on satellite television in Iran. The song ‘Pungi Baja De..’ was being aired. On listening to the song, the band realised that the initial portion of the song is lifted without any change from the title song of their album,” the notice claims.
According to the notice, the band is the owner of the copyright of the song ‘Soosan Khanoom’ which is registered under the Copyright Act in Canada on June 30 last year and hence the music of the song cannot be used without the band’s permission. Soon after learning about the copyright infringement the band sent their representative Nargis Kazerooni to India to initiate legal action.
Apart from music director Pritam, the notice has also been served to Eros International Media, Illuminati Films Private Ltd and Super Cassettes Ltd.
“We demand the music director, More >