Anubhav Sinha directed Bhojpuri rap song “Bambai Main Ka Ba”, featuring Manoj Bajpayee, highlighted the struggles of migrant workers.
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has alleged that Bhartiya Janta Party has “blatantly” copied his rap song “Bambai Main Ka Ba” for its campaign for the upcoming Bihar election.
“Bambai Main Ka Ba” is crooned by Manoj Bajpayee, who also stars in the music video. Composed by Anurag Saikia and written by Dr Sagar, the Bhojpuri single, released last month, spoke about the struggles of migrant workers in big cities.
A similar-sounding song “Bihar Mein Ee Ba” was shared two days ago on the official Twitter handle of BJP Bihar. The song, which has the same tune as “Bambai Main Ka Ba”, however, has different lyrics highlighting the “progress” of the state under NDA government.
— BJP Bihar (@BJP4Bihar) October 13, 2020
Anubhav Sinha took to Twitter to post a note criticising the party. He wrote that many of his friends asked him to “keep quiet” about the matter.
“I can’t not say this. If I don’t say it I will have a problem with myself. My friends tell me to keep quiet and I love them too. But… BJP has put out a campaign song for the Bihar elections. The song is a blatant and unabashed copy of a song ‘Bambai Mein Ka Ba’, that I released six weeks back. A song that I own 100% copyright of,” Sinha wrote.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) October 14, 2020
The Thappad director further wrote that BJP being the ruling party in the country is setting a “terrible” example by not respecting others’ intellectual property rights. “No one ever reached out to me for my permission. In an ideal world, this would cost money that they can easily afford. I am sure there was a reason why they didn’t.”
Lastly, the director mentioned that it’s not in his might to take the party to court, so he said it through social media, and only hoped that BJP supporters wouldn’t “troll him”.
“I am happy to believe this is an oversight of the senior members, and I am happy to let it go. Also, it is beyond my means and powers to take this to court. Yes. I had to say this. I only expect the courtesy that the supporters do not troll me for saying this. Thank you,” he concluded.