Indian musicians have a long history of stealing Pakistani music. They do it everyday and most of their hit songs are stolen from Pakistan. Pakistani art has never been properly protected by copyright laws and Indians have used these vulnerabilities to steal their hard work. The latest victim is Hadika Kiyani whose song Boohe Barian has been stolen by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor.
Hadika Kiyani is deeply disturbed by this development. She shared that she has not sold the rights to her song and that no one can copy it. He has also threatened to take legal action.
Kanika Kapoor has now come out with an “explanation” in an interview with The Times of India, where she revealed that she didn’t know such a song existed and was not trying to copy anyone’s work. .
This was Kanika’s statement to The Times of India:
First of all, I can say that on behalf of everyone I know, we have always been huge fans of music that comes from Pakistan, Afghanistan, North of India, Punjab. It’s sad that there is so much hate on a topic that we don’t even know what is right and what is wrong. I mean, for me, we have made an original song. Juneja ji has written the lyrics, Shruti composed this song with Gaurav Dasgupta, and used a line from an old Punjabi folk song that is being heard. .
So it’s not really a cover version, it’s a whole new song. In case someone listens to it and it’s just a short hook line, we used an old Punjabi folk song which I have seen over 60 versions of on YouTube. I really don’t know whether it comes from Pakistan or Afghanistan or Punjab. All I know is that it’s a beautiful song that was written maybe a century ago, maybe I don’t know. And even Saregama’s label is so respectable, none of us have any intention of stealing anyone’s work or giving credit to anyone. And if they feel that way, it makes us very sad and we feel very sorry. But to be honest, we even know it because none of us know the truth behind copyright.
And not just this song, a lot of people we all love have the same plan, there’s nothing we know about it. So if someone is claiming authority over them, there is nothing I can do about it. But I had no intention of bothering anyone. I have a lot of love and respect for all the fellow singers in Pakistan, and I will continue to follow and love their music. Also, I think people should not bring religion and country and craft in the middle of a song. They shouldn’t create so much hate, you know, maybe sometimes you can deal with things with more love than hate and that’s what the world needs today.
So as usual, Kanika has denied that she plagiarized the song. Let us wait and see how Hadeika Kiyani takes the matter forward.