Last night, the Dubai International Stadium was adorned in the glitz and glamour of PSL’s extravagant opening ceremony. And among many notable artists like Fawad Khan and Ali Azmat, Aima Baig also performed with Shuja Haider, in front of thousands of cricket fans who were eagerly waiting for the prestigious series to start. However, Baig’s rendition of the legendary Disco Deewanay was met with mixed reviews all around.
Disco dewanay ka remix sun kar nazia hasan ki rooh tarap rahi hogi #PSLOpeningCeremony
— Sumaya (@sumaya47558340) February 14, 2019
— Khattti_meethi_baatein😛 (@Khatimethibat) February 14, 2019
— Sayeem Siddiqui (@SiddiquiSayeem) February 14, 2019
The song was originally sung by Pakistan’s renowned late singer, Nazia Hassan, and remains a cult favourite to this day. But apparently, the use of this iconic song in PSL’s opening ceremony has not gone down well with Zoheb Hassan, who called out the PSL management for copyright infringement.
Expressing his dismay in a Facebook post, Zoheb stated how he was certainly going to take a legal stand against PCB officials for using the song without his permission.
"I was shocked to see that a reputable platform like PSL used our track Disco Dewane without our prior permission….
Further talking about it to The Express Tribune, Hassan pressed upon how important it is to respect copyrights, and how his sister wouldn’t have appreciated the act, had she been alive. “This is not only for me or my song. Copyrights need to be respected across the board. Nazia was a very kind soul and she is not here with us today but even she would have been unhappy about it,” he declared.
Things have clearly heated up on this side of the coin. However, PSL management or PCB authorities are yet to respond to the issue at hand.