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Beyonce – Beyonse – Duniya, it still doesn’t click!

The song Beyonce sharma jayegi from Khaali Peeli is not making magic with the audiences. In fact, it’s getting slammed everywhere. The dance number stars Ishaan Khattar and Ananya Panday and has courted controversy since it was released. First there was the matter of colour-consciousness. Then it became a copyright issue with the use of ‘Beyonce’ and now, to avoid any other problem that could crop up, the song has been changed to Duniya sharma jayegi.

And people are still not happy. Director Maqbool Khan tried to explain, "First, without any hesitation or excuses we want to apologise to anyone offended. 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. Also the comparison with Beyonce is simply meant to be a street-smart guy flattering a girl who is trying to impress that her dancing and performance is worth comparing to Beyonce, who we all see as the final word, the epitome of talent, beauty, performance, style and attitude. We are all huge fans, and there was never any question of disrespect."

Will the audiences accept this and move on to actually seeing the film? We wonder…

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