The (Un)cool K-Pop Connection In The Latest Bollywood Offering ‘Veere Di Wedding’ OST!

Bollywood movie “Veere Di Wedding” featuring top Bollywood stars, Kareena Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor caught the attention of many K-Pop fans in India for a reason that is not entirely pleasant.

The interest towards this movie is not particularly, the movie itself, but the concerns of K-Pop fans regarding the movie’s soundtrack ‘Laaj Sharam’. It has been pointed out that the said song bears very close resemblance to a K-Pop boyband GOT7‘s songs – “Girls Girls Girls” (debut single) & “Follow Me” which was released in 2014, in their first EP Album ‘Got It’, composed and arranged by J.Y. Park, known as “The Asian Soul”. He is also, the founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment, one of the top and pioneering Kpop Music entertainment companies based in Seoul.

GOT7 (갓세븐) is a 7 member K-Pop Idol band- JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung (Junior), Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom, under JYP Entertainment. They debuted on 16th January 2014 with their debut single ‘Girls Girls Girls’.Meanwhile, ‘Laaj Sharam’ is a soundtrack from the Bollywood movie “Veere Di Wedding’ which was released on May 18, 2018. The song is performed by Divya Kumar, Jasleen Royal & Rapper Enbee, produced and arranged by White Noise Productions.

Upon the song’s release, GOT7 fans have been commenting on the Zee Music Company YouTube channel that the soundtrack of the movie is a rip-off of GOT7’s songs and has expressed their concerns over potential infringement of Intellectual property and copyright laws. Although most of the comments are currently not available, many fans assured that they have commented their concerns on the channel. 

When one listens to it, the similarities of the beats and style  has been spot on, with few changes on the melody (Male/Female vocal versions). The fans have taken up this issue with intense discussion on their SNS platforms, to raise awareness with the hope that it reaches JYP Entertainment and their official response to it.

On a cautious note, this is not the first time that Bollywood have been tagged for inappropriate creative acts towards K-Pop industry, like this one. For further information, you can check the archives of 5 Indian Songs “Inspired” by Korean Songs and More!!! and 8 Bollywood Tracks You Probably Didn’t Know Were Blatant Copies etc

Although, Intellectual property and copyright laws do exist in India, it has not been extensively discussed or debated as elsewhere in the world, this is problematic to India’s fast growing global economy as well as its identity as an ethical consumer and producer of culture. Perhaps, the time to act is now.

Check out the videos below and see if you can spot the similarities between the two songs.

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