Mumbai: The multi-starrer film ‘Housefull’ may have released with fanfare and received good reviews, but it has run into trouble for borrowing the lyrics and music of ‘Laawaris’, which was released in 1981. Latest report has it that the Calcutta High Court has ruled that four lines (in the song) used by ‘Housefull’ director Sajid Khan have to be edited out.
Famous music director Anandji and the heirs of music director Kalyanji had filed a suit before the High Court claiming that the producers of ‘Housefull’ had used the song, ‘Apni Toh Jaise Taise’ without their permission.
Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Laawaris’ was one of the biggest hits of 1980s and legendary Kishore Kumar had sung the song in question in the yesteryear super-hit. Heirs of late Prakash Mehra, producer of ‘Laawaris’, strengthened their case by filing a separate suit before the court claiming that the song was written by Mehra and the right to the lyrics was still with them.
After hearing the older version and the new version of the song, Justice Nadira Patherya ordered the injunction restraining the defendants from using the number till June 2.
However, director Sajid Khan has said that the song is a tribute to the era and is a remix.
The song features Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Riteish Deshmukh, Deepika Padukone and Lara Dutta, along with Jacqueline Fernandez.