Khaali Peeli

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Khaali Peeli
Release poster
Directed byMaqbool Khan
Written byYash Keswani
Sima Agarwal
Produced byAli Abbas Zafar
Himanshu Kishan Mehra
StarringIshaan Khatter
Ananya Panday
Jaideep Ahlawat
CinematographyAdil Afsar
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Music bySongs:
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
Zee Studios
Offside Entertainment
Distributed byZee Plex
Release date
  • 2 October 2020 (2020-10-02)
Running time
120 minutes[1]

Khaali Peeli is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language masala film starring Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday and Jaideep Ahlawat.[2] Khaali Peeli is directed by Maqbool Khan and produced by Ali Abbas Zafar, Zee Studios and Offside Entertainment.[3] The story was written by Yash Keswani and Sima Agarwal.[4]

Principal photography begun on 11 September 2019 and shoot wrapped up in March 2020.[5] The film's initial release on 12 June 2020 was deferred due to COVID-19 pandemic. Khaali Peeli is released digitally on Zee Plex with pay-per-view model on 2 October 2020.[6]



Khaali Peeli
Soundtrack album by
Released15 September 2020[8]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Baaghi 3
Khaali Peeli
Official audio
Khaali Peeli - Full Album on YouTube

The film's music was composed by Vishal–Shekhar, while lyrics were written by Kumaar and Raj Shekhar.

The song "Beyonce Sharma Jaayegi" was criticised online for lyrics that some found racist.[9][10][11] The song has been contrasted with Beyoncé's "Brown Skin Girl", as Rolling Stone India pointed out how on one hand, Beyoncé is working towards the racial empowerment through her song, but the Bollywood song, names her, and says she will be "embarrassed of fairskined Ananya Panday's dancing skills".[12] HuffPost India wrote "What's a bit of racism sprinkled over the regular dose of sexism".[13] News18 India said "It seems despite the Black Lives Matter movement, the hashtags and the social media outrage, Bollywood hasn't learned much about racism".[14] After receiving heavy backlash online, the director Maqbool Khan apologised. On 13 September, the producers changed the spelling of the title, from "Beyoncé" to "Beyonse".[15] News18 India reported that Jay-Z trademarked and protected the name "Beyoncé" and it therefore cannot be used without their permission.[16] The title was subsequently changed again, to "Duniya Sharma Jayegi".[17] However, despite the name change, the video received 1 million dislikes within its first week on YouTube.[18]

All music is composed by Vishal–Shekhar

Track listing
1."Duniya Sharma Jaayegi" (previously "Beyonce Sharma Jaayegi" and "Beyonse Sharma Jaayegi")Kumaar, Raj ShekharNakash Aziz, Neeti Mohan3:32
2."Tehas Nehas"KumaarShekhar Ravjiani, Prakriti Kakar3:55
3."Shana Dil"Raj ShekharDivya Kumar2:58
Total length:10:25


Khaali Peeli was originally scheduled to be released worldwide on 11 June 2020 in cinemas, before the COVID-19 pandemic led to its postponement owing to cinemas shutdown.[19] In August 2020, the makers sold its rights to new PVOD platform Zee Plex.[20] Khaali Peeli was released there on 2 October 2020, coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti.[21] It was simultaneously released in drive-in theatres of Gurugram and Bengaluru.[22]


The film released on the Zee Plex platform alongside Ka Pae Ranasingam. Devansh Sharma from Firstpost wrote, "After Beyond The Clouds and Dhadak, Khatter puts on display yet another side of his multifaceted personality. Khaali Peeli is his most 'commercial' film yet, a la Ranveer Singh in Rohit Shetty's Simmba. But rather than mimicking his idols, Khatter invents his style in conformity with a Mumbai taxi driver on a steady diet of Bollywood films for years — and makes a meal of it.[23] Soumya Srivastava from Hindustan Times stated "Khaali Peeli is a concoction that can only be brewed in the belly of Bollywood. With one chase sequence following on the tails of another, director Maqbool Khan ensures not a single moment is without its adrenaline dialled up to an 11. But it’s quite shocking how easily one can grow bored of craziness as well" [24]

Shubra Gupta from The Indian Express said, " Khaali Peeli knows that it needs to refresh the tropes it is up against, and manages to do so only some of the time in its two-hour duration" [25] Uma Ramasubramanian from Mid-Day wrote "Khaali Peeli is the perfect package for Khatter, who gets to showcase his dancing skills, action, drama, romance, comedy and biceps. Known for his love for offbeat films — Majid Majidi's Beyond the Clouds (2017) and forthcoming A Suitable Boy (2020) — the wonder boy is equally crackling in a typical Bollywood entertainer. Panday, though she carries the role efficiently, doesn't deliver authenticity to the character" [26]


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  4. ^ "Taxiwaala Bollywood remake: Vijay Deverakonda's film titled as Khaali Peeli - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
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  9. ^ "Khaali Peeli song Beyonce Sharma Jayegi: Twitter says sorry to Beyonce for the 'racist' Ananya Panday-Ishaan Khatter song". Hindustan Times. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  10. ^ Krishna Priya Pallavi (7 September 2020). "Beyonce Sharma Jayegi trends online, Internet apologises to singer for Ananya-Ishaan's new song". India Today. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  11. ^ "'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi' Song from 'Khaali Peeli' Gets 1.5 Lakh 'Dislikes' on YouTube for Racist Lyrics". News18. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  12. ^ "'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi' Is Bollywood's Latest Racist Offering -". 8 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Indian Fans Are Apologising To Beyonce For This Racist 'Khali Peeli' Song". HuffPost India. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Khaali Peeli's New Song 'Beyonce Sharma Jaayegi' is Making Indians Apologise to American Singer". News18. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Beyonse Sharma Jayegi: Khaali Peeli makers change Beyonce's spelling after receiving flak for 'racist' song". Hindustan Times. 13 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Beyonce, Beyonse or Duniya Sharma Jayegi? Multiple Song Name Changes Bring 'Khaali Peeli' Confusion". News18. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Racist Beyoncé Lyrics Changed in 'Khaali Peeli' Song". Indian Spice. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  18. ^ "'Khaali Peeli' Song 'Beyonce Sharma Jayegi' Gets 1 Million Dislikes on Youtube Despite Name Change". News18. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Ananya Panday: Khaali Peeli is an intense romantic film". India Today. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday's Khaali Peeli to premiere on ZEE5". 18 August 2020.
  21. ^ "Ishaan Khatter-Ananya Panday's 'Khaali Peeli' gets a digital release; streaming date out". DNA. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  22. ^ Basu, Mohar (23 September 2020). "Khaali Peeli makers to have drive-in premieres in Gurugram, Bengaluru". Mid-Day. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  23. ^ "Khaali Peeli movie review: Ananya Panday, Ishaan Khatter film celebrates the aimless grandiose of all things Bollywood". Firstpost. 3 October 2020.
  24. ^ "Khaali Peeli movie review: Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday take you back to Bollywood's mindless masala years". Hindustan Times. 2 October 2020.
  25. ^ "Khaali Peeli review: A timepass movie". The Indian Express. 3 October 2020.
  26. ^ "Khaali Peeli Movie Review: Off for a bumpy ride". mid-day. 3 October 2020.

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