For an ‘anti-Pakistan’ film, Bollywood recreates ‘Zaalima Coca Cola’ a Pakistani singer Noor Jehan’s song
A new Bollywood version of an old Pakistani song is being chastised for being ironically featured in an “anti-Pakistan” film. The dance video, which stars Nora Fatehi, is a remake of Noor Jehan’s Zaalima Coca Cola and is part of Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride of India. In India, the song has been dubbed the “party song of the year.”
As per YouTube description, the song has been licensed to YouTube on behalf of T-Series, EMI Pakistan, and 1 Music Rights Societies.
However, Twitter is outraged that Bollywood insists on portraying Pakistan in a negative way while using Pakistani songs in its films. “one-sided narrative.”
One user wrote on Twitter that, “This song is in #BhujThePrideOfIndia, an anti-Pakistan film, and yet, they’ve stolen #ZaalimaCocaCola , which is a PAKISTANI SONG. The hypocrisy level is high. I don’t play these India vs. Pakistan games but there’s something very much unethical here.”
This song is in #BhujThePrideOfIndia , an anti-Pakistan film and yet, they’ve stolen #ZaalimaCocaCola , which is a PAKISTANI SONG. The hypocrisy level is high. I don’t play these India vs. Pakistan games but there’s something very much unethical here. 🙄🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/reJNbG6lVH
— SophiaQ (@SophiaAQ) July 28, 2021
In the film, Nora Fatehi plays an Indian spy who is sent to Pakistan to gather important information.
According to the sources, “There is a possibility that the dance number is performed as some sort of a ruse against the ‘enemy country’.”
Another Indian user wrote in response, “The lyrics are different and Bollywood is making this song popular which was almost unknown before (they’re giving credits to the original singer also), I can’t find any unethical work here.” On pointing him one says, “The original artist’s family is still alive and thriving, the music label is still in existence and therefore it is only ethical if the parties have been given payment.” She added, “That’s why pretty woman WAS ethical – Karan Johar paid for it.”
Another user re-tweeted the post and added, “Hatred has no ethics or morals, hence this.”
This recreation of Zaalima Coca Cola has been composed by Tanishk Bagchi with lyrics by Vayu and has been sung by Shreya Ghoshal.
Watch the song here:
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