BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Bollywood’s most popular rapper Badshah has kept his promise. After the controversy surrounding the song Genda Phool, Badshah had released an official statement where he mentioned that he came to know that Bengali folk artist Ratan Kahar has created the the famous likes Boro Loker Biti Lo lines in 1972. He also said that he would like to meet the folk artiste who resides in Bengal but given the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, it is not possible for him to go down. The rapper also wanted to help out Kahar on whatever possible humanitarian grounds.”
“I urge and request any of the representatives who have been speaking on his behalf, to help me connect with him so I can do whatever possible on my part on humanitarian grounds to put this right,” Badshah posted.
And now, Badshah has reportedly transferred Rs 5 lakh to the bank account of Kahar amid lockdown on Monday. He also had a video conference with Kahar, who is really happy to have received the money and after talking to the rapper. Kahar also thanked the DJ Waley Babu rapper and invited him to come to his home in Siuri after the lockdown is lifted. Badshah has promised to visit his place and has also expressed the desire to sing with Kahar. So, may be in the future both of them can come together in a song.
Ever since Genda Phool, which also features Jacqueline Fernandes has been out on March 26, Badshah found himself in the middle of plagiarism storm. Soon after the song was released the listeners especially from Bengal couldn’t help but pointed out that the original song, Boro Loker Biti Lo, was written by Bengali folk artiste Kahar.
Kahar had first penned the song in 1971 and it was recreated by Swapna Chakraborty in 1976. However, the singer, too, did not give credit to the folk artiste. For years now, the song has been recreated, remixed and remade several times, but none have given him credit. Also, given Kahar lack of financial strength, he has never been able to fight back on legal terms.
Meanwhile, the name of Bengali singer Silajit also got dragged into this controversy. Of course, in a video on YouTube he mentioned that he went to Kahar for the song but he never used it. However, he paid a fee to Kahar, which the folk singer also clarifies in another video. Silajit also mentioned how Genda Phool has made Kahar popular across the nation and people are fighting for Kahar’s copyright over Boro Loker Biti Lo, which is a positive sign for the music fraternity.