REVEALED: The merry-go-round story of how Phir Mulaqaat became Phir Mulaaqat

By Bryan Durham - January 30, 2019

Here’s something you probably didn’t know. That Kunaal-Rangon song from Why Cheat India, Phir Mulaaqat was originally never made for the film. It was originally an independent single fronted by Rii (aka Rina Charaniya), a singer with a 27,000-strong following on YouTube.

Yes, the same Rii who sings the female version of the song in the film, was the originator of the track.

What we can tell you is that Kunaal-Rangon came on board later with Kunaal Vermaa pitching in for the lyrics. Popular Punjabi singer Parmish Verma (what you don’t know is that he has also directed the video) was brought in as a featuring artist solely to sell the track, but if one thing is evident through the video released today, it’s this. He was never meant to be a featuring vocalist.

The song was originally going to release via Desi Music Factory (who she calls “the best team”) and the paperwork was nearly complete with a release date scheduled for September 14, when Kunaal jumped ship and sold the concept of the song to one of the country’s biggest music labels, T-Series for their upcoming film with a minor change in spelling. Even the creatives remain the same.

As late as December 2018, Rii posted this, announcing the postponement of the track.

Also, if you want to know how invested Parmish Verma is in this video, just head to his Instagram page and keep scrolling hoping to find any reference to the video or the song. Good luck with finding any.

We’ve also told you that this song is a derivative of Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga (Half Girlfriend), something Kunaal Vermaa went on to decry.

It’s one thing to make cosmetic changes to mask that fact, and totally another to call this an “original composition” when we are aware that this song was on Phir Mulaqaat “originator” Rii’s mind as early as February 14 last year. To say she or Kunaal were not inspired in the least is eyebrow-raising…

Check it out for yourself.


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