Agent Vinod distributors, Pritam served with copyright notice

Published: Sunday, Mar 18, 2012, 17:09 IST
Agency: PTI

Just as the song “Pungi bajaa de” from Saif Ali Khan’s spy thriller Agent Vinod is gaining popularity, an Iranian music band has slapped a legal notice on music director Pritam Chakraborty and distributors for alleged copyright violation.
The music band Barobax Corp was founded in 2003 by three Iranian   nationals Kashayar Haghgoo, Kevian Haghgoo and Hamid Farouzmand.

According to the legal notice issued by law firm Vidhii Partners, Barobax had on January 16, 2010 produced and released an album titled ‘Soosan Khanoom’ which became a rage.

“On March 12 this year, the band came across the promotions of the movie ‘Agent Vinod’ on satellite television in Iran. The song ‘Pungi Baja De..’ was being aired. On listening to the song, the band realised that the initial portion of the song is lifted without any change from the title song of their album,” the notice claims.

According to the notice, the band is the owner of the copyright of the song ‘Soosan Khanoom’ which is registered under the Copyright Act in Canada on June 30 last year and hence the music of the song cannot be used without the band’s permission. Soon after learning about the copyright infringement the band sent their representative Nargis Kazerooni to India to initiate legal action.

Apart from music director Pritam, the notice has also been served to Eros International Media, Illuminati Films Private Ltd and Super Cassettes Ltd.

“We demand the music director, producers and directors to refrain from releasing the song in the movie or use it to promote the movie. Failing to do so, the band shall be compelled to initiate proceedings to seek a restraining order and necessary compensation,” the notice states.

The movie starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor is slated for release on March 23.



  1. alligatorblood
    March 19, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    I hope Hassan Jehangir ends up suing both Pritam and Iranian band for lifting his song which came out in the 80s, now that would be fun,

  2. Talaash
    March 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Is it necessary for each film to hav a controversy b4 it’s release ,,,

    March 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Nothing new. Song from film Wanted – Le le maza was lifted from Iranian album “Khorshid” by Omid and “Munni badnaam hui” was direct lift from “Ladka Badnaam hua” – Pakistani song !

    1. rks
      March 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      ““Ladka Badnaam hua” – Pakistani song ”
      That was 1992 song..Original was sung by Razia Begum in 1971! I have heard this song in many marriages by nautanki girls in 1985-1990 period in villages. Arbaaz Kahan gave some money to kin of singer.

  4. Jasp the Wasp
    Jasp the Wasp
    March 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Arre Pritam, another copy?

  5. RJ
    March 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Its a great copy, nevertheless. Otherwise we would ve never come across such a fun song. I consider Pritam’s music more enjoyable and hummable than Rahman. Necessarily not better.

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