The makers of the upcoming film ‘Khaali Peeli’ have been forced to change the title of the controversial item song Beyonce Sharma Jayegi after it received flak for being racist.
Amid backlash and potential legal threats, the references to the American singer, Beyonce have been dropped. Instead, the song will now be known as Duniya Sharma Jayegi.
When the song released a few days ago, it was trolled heavily for the word “goriya” referring to a fair woman, when Beyonce is dark-skinned.
Reports say that Jay Z trademarked the family’s names, including wife Beyonce and their children, so they cannot be used without permission.
Director Maqbool Khan apologised for the controversy the song has caused. He said, “We assure you that the lyric in question was never intended racially. In fact, the term ‘goriya’ has been so often and traditionally used in Indian songs to address a girl, that it didn’t occur to any of us to interpret it in the literal manner.”