The 2020 edition of the much-hyped Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Like every year, the organisers recently unveiled the brand new IPL anthem titled ‘Aayenge Hum Waapas’ for the upcoming season.
Rohit Kumar Chaudhary aka RCR Rapper has voiced the theme song composed by Pranav Ajayrao Malpe.
The anthem, featuring numerous fans from across the nation, talks about the resumption of cricket after months of inactivity in the wake of the coronavirus.
However, the song has been marred in controversies after a Delhi-based rapper, Krishna Kaul aka Kr$na, accused the composer of plagiarising his original track: “Dekh Kaun Aaya Waapas.”
“Hey guys, @IPL has plagiarised my song “Dekh Kaun Aaya Waapas” and created “Aayenge Hum Wapas” as this years anthem without credit or consent. I request my fellow artists and friends on twitter to RT this tweet for awareness, they can not get away with this. @DisneyPlusHS,” Kr$na tweeted.
Hey guys, @IPL has plagiarised my song “Dekh Kaun Aaya Waapas” and created “Aayenge Hum Wapas” as this years anthem without credit or consent. I request my fellow artists and friends on twitter to RT this tweet for awareness, they can not get away with this. @DisneyPlusHS https://t.co/GDNFeyhXR5
— KR$NA (@realkrsna) September 7, 2020
Composer Pranav Malpe rubbishes Kr$na’s claim
While speaking to the news agency ANI, Malve has denied the plagiarism charges levelled on him.
“I was shocked. My composition is original and has not been inspired by any other artist’s work. It has been created by me and my team through our hard work and efforts,” he said.
“I would like to share with you a certificate from the Music Composers Association of India (MCAI) which is based on the findings of four well-known music composers who compared the two songs. The certificate clearly clarifies there is no similarity between the songs,” added Malpe.
Even though Malpe has denied the charge, #IplAnthemCopied continued to trend on Twitter.
Here are some of the best reactions:
Public are tending that IPL have copied the song
— Mr. Stark (@Mr_Stark_) September 10, 2020
— Kohli's 71st 💯 (@captainmaymay) September 10, 2020
Plagiarism in India is sick. They simply steal art and make it their own. No credits, no consent, nothing. And Irony, is they're all big names like Hotstar, IPL, T Series etc.#IplAnthemCopied #plagiarism #saynotoplagiarism @bhogleharsha @ReheSamay @realkrsna @StarSportsIndia https://t.co/eVstHqFcOj
— Suvam Poddar (@yours_suvam) September 9, 2020
— HH12 (@Hip_hop_india12) September 8, 2020