Khaali Peeli director clarifies use of ‘Goriya’ in Beyonce Sharma Jayegi song: It was never intended racially

A song featuring Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter, Beyonce Sharma Jayegi from Khaali Peeli recently received massive backlash as it was termed racist for the use of the word 'Goriya.' Speaking about it, director Maqbool Khan shared his side and claimed that it was meant to offend anyone.
Khaali Peeli director clarifies use of ‘Goriya’ in Beyonce Sharma Jayegi song_ It was never intended raciallyKhaali Peeli director clarifies use of ‘Goriya’ in Beyonce Sharma Jayegi song: It was never intended racially
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Recently, Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter released the first song Beyonce Sharma Jayegi from their upcoming film, Khaali Peeli. However, as soon as the song was released, it received massive backlash on social media from fans as they termed it racist for use of the word 'Goriya.' Many also took offense on the use of Beyonce's name in the hook line of the song. Amid this, the director Maqbool Khan came out and broke silence on the issue. He claimed that they did not mean to offend anyone. 

As per Times of India, Maqbool Khan made a statement and said, "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 a literal manner." Further, he clarified the use of Beyonce's name in the hook line and said that it was only to show how a street smart guy was trying to compare the dance moves of a girl to her so that he could impress her.

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
Maqbool Khan

Speaking about the use of Beyonce's name, the Khaali Peeli director said, "The comparison with Beyonce is simply meant to be a street-smart guy flattering a girl who he is trying to impress, that her dancing/performance is worth comparing to even 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." The lyricist Kumaar also shared his take on the issue and mentioned that the use of the word 'Goriya' in the song was only as a synonym for 'girl.' He said, "Our idea was to simply use a synonym to “girl”. There is no derogation intended - we revere the beauty of global celebrity Beyoncé and don’t mean to hurt any of her fans." 

While the song received massive backlash from Beyonce fans and some even called it out for being racist, the director tried to clarify his side with his statement. The song was composed by Vishal and Shekhar, and the dance moves were choreographed by Bosco Caesar. Ananya was recently even praised by Kareena Kapoor Khan for her look in the song and many other celebs also liked it. However, it did not go down too well with netizens. Recently, a report came in Mid-Day that the makers may rework on the use of the International singer's name in the song to avoid getting into any legal tussle. The film has been under the scanner of netizens amid the ongoing nepotism debate. The trailer also received massive dislikes on YouTube. Directed by Maqbool Khan and produced by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film is all set to release on ZeePlex on October 2, 2020. 

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Anonymous 2 weeks ago

In a song production there are 100s working together. And not even raised the concern that goriye meaning can be literally. And its asking for hate when they tried to compare with beyonce.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

bollywood is rubbish and then they cry they are not respected in world cinema. Beyonce will not even care if you existed nepos, pv post this

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

And Goriya is synonymous to girl. Are they even proof reading before commenting? Here comes the offenders’ apology with an offence. Bravo!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

It just means no matter how talented and beautiful (like Beyonce) you are all u need to b in a BW movie is just be fair. So u don't need to b beautiful or talented. I think they made their point with this song and let us know their fraternity is an exclusive club we can't get into.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Inko deugs nahi diya kya rhea ne ??

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

It is totally offensive and shows how dump this nepo bollywood is. Bollywood projects fair actors as beautiful which is why there are foreign actresses here, not because of talent but due to their skin colour. These hypocrites support George Floyd, but dance on a song which says Beyoncé will be envious of seeing you, white girl. Shame on Bollywood. Stupid Nepokids

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

The source of the word for pretty girl, goriya, means fair girl. So, no, that is exactly what you meant. Intention doesn't matter in racism. Racism is done unaware because you have internalized racial ideas about fairness versus blackness. Using a copyrighted celeb name to put them done? Dumb move. Wait for the legal papers from Beyonce's team. I already alerted them because this song was too below their radar. PV post this.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

seriously dumb song.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Bring this to the attention of western media. They will get the song removed. #BeyonceForever

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Boycott movies if btown filmakers who only hire industry kids.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

if its been used for so long doesnt mean its right!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

This whole issue is stupid. Everyone of you knows that goriya is not meant to be racially offensive. It's a commonly-used term. You'll now find an isssue with anything and everything. Please - focus on the real issues!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Real issues? Racism isn’t? Objectifying women isn’t? Sexism isn’t? The positioning of certain words being linked with a woman isn’t? I wonder what serious issues are you talking about here!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

These is such a nonsensical response. These people are Hindi-speakers; they know the literal meaning of “goriya,” colloquial interpretation or not. And Bollywood is an industry which perpetuates racism and colorism over and over. It was a racist lyric, and that’s that.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Totally disagree. I don't find it offensive at all!

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