Makers of Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter-starrer “Khaali Peeli” have tweaked their latest track “Beyonce sharma jayegi” after it was criticised for having racist undertones. The track, which was released last week, came under scanner for its lyrics “tujhe dekh ke goriya Beyonce sharma jayegi” with netizens calling it out for furthering the glorification of white skin and a bizzare comparison to the African-American pop star. The makers first tweaked the Vishal-Shekhar composed track by changing the spelling of Beyonce, replacing ‘c’ with a ‘s’ and have now completely changed the line to “tera dekh ke nakhra duniya sharma jayegi.” Khaali Peeli: Makers Explain Why They Used ‘Goriya’ in ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi’ Song, Insist It Wasn’t Racist
Debutant director Maqbool Khan said the decision to make changes to the track, penned by Kumaar and Raj Shekhar, was taken as the team wants to “entertain” and not offend anyone. “Since our lyrical arrangement did not go well with few people, we thought why not keeping the essence same, change the song a little bit,” Khan said in a statement. Khaali Peeli: Makers to Shoot the Remaining Portions with Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday in mid-August?
The beat and musical arrangement of the song principally remains the same.
“Khaali Peeli” is backed by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar and is set to release on the pay-per-view service Zee Plex on October 2.