Vivek Agnihotri gets angry at Imran Khan, accuses him of misusing the song of 'The Kashmir Files'

Vivek Agnihotri On Imran Khan: Vivek Agnihotri has given a very strong reaction on his social media for using the song Hum Dekhenge from Pakistan's former PM Imran Khan's The Kashmir Files in his video.

May 12, 2023 - 18:12
Vivek Agnihotri gets angry at Imran Khan, accuses him of misusing the song of 'The Kashmir Files'

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was arrested on Thursday afternoon in a high-profile case. Imran Khan had shared a video on Instagram before his arrest, in which he was seen coming in a convoy. Interestingly, the audio in the post was "Hum Dekhenge", Faiz Ahmed Faiz's version of the famous poem used in last year's Bollywood blockbuster The Kashmir Files. The film's director Vivek Agnihotri has now objected to it.
Imran Khan on Wednesday shared the video clearly labeled as "Hum Dekhenge" with the audio giving credits to Swapnil Bandodkar, Pallavi Joshi, Shazad Ali, Salman Ali, Meghna Mishra, and Ananya Wadkar. The song is a famous poem by Pakistani poet and writer Faiz, which has been used in protests for years.
On Friday, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri shared the video on his Twitter account and wrote, 'See the power of Indic cinema. The official account of ImranKhanPTI is illegally using the official song of TheKashmirFiles in his official video on Instagram. The filmmaker called it the 'irony of Pakistan'.
When some Twitter users pointed out that the poem was originally written by Faiz. So in response, Vivek Agnihotri said, "For information, it is written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. We bought the rights from Faiz House. There are many versions. This is our legal copyright version."
There are several versions of the song Hum Dekhenge and the song used in The Kashmir Files was actually composed after Faiz bought the rights to it from his collection. However, several other Twitter users pointed out that Instagram allows parts of songs to be used in Reels and videos as fair use. One person tweeted, “Instagram allows songs to be added to videos in Reels and Stories. That is exactly what Imran Khan did. How is this illegal?
Let us tell you that Hum Dekhenge was written by Faiz in 1979 as a protest against the repressive regime of Zia ul Haq, the then President of Pakistan. In the decades that followed, it gained popularity as a slogan and protest song in leftist movements in India as well. Singer Iqbal Bano sang it at a concert in 1986, further increasing its popularity. In India, the song was also used by protesters during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in 2019–20.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer