Plagiarism across the border isn’t something new. For ages India has copied music, videos, songs and ideas from the Pakistani entertainment industry and so, this latest act of a plagiarized song doesn’t come as a surprise. However, what is shocking is the fact, that the artist did not even do as much to change the narrative a bit and copied the video from the song frame by frame.
Shani Arshad’s ‘Ki Jana‘ Copied By Brham Darya
Now that’s the fun part. Singer Brham Darya, went on to copy Shani Arshad’s track ‘Ki Jana’, frame to frame for his latest single’s music video. A pity indeed because not one scene of the video differs from the actual track by Shani Arshad.
‘Ki Jana’ was written and composed by Shani Arshad and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza. It happened to be a Nabeel Qureshi direction and starred Sonya Hussyn as the lead alongside Mohsin Abbas Haider in a cameo appearance. The subject of the song revolved around honour killing and Sonya Hussyn’s performance was highly appreciated in the music video.
Here’s the Indian song
Here’s the original song by Shani Arshad
Now the fun part of the entire scenario is the fact that this isn’t the first time that the work of Shani Arshad, Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi has been copied across the border. Earlier it was their film Load Wedding’s song ‘Kooch Na Karin’ that was copied frame to frame by a Bangla singer named Shahid.
‘Kooch Na Karin’ was sung by Azhar Abbas and composed by Shani Arshad and sung by Shahid. Although his vocals were different, the visuals of the song remained the same throughout.
And not only this but earlier Nabeel Qureshi’s film ‘Actor in Law’ was also copied frame-by-frame as a regional film in the ‘Oriya’ language. Also, the director Nabeel Qureshi has on record shared that the Indian film ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor was also a copy of ‘Actor in Law’, with its central idea ripped off from his film.
Perhaps while we rely on India for its exports, it seems Bollywood relies on Pakistan for its film music. Although a gigantic industry with hundreds of talented artists of their own, over the years, Bollywood has mercilessly ripped Pakistani music, copying it frame to frame and beat to beat at times.
Abrar ul Haq’s ‘Bheega Bheega Sa Yeh December Hai’ was copied for the Imran Hashmi starrer ‘Chocolate’ while Ali Zafar’s ‘Channo’ was copied for the film ‘Fight Club’. Another time, Imran Hashmi starrer film ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ copied Fakhir Mehmood’s song ‘Marjawan’ and these only happen to a handful of the major number of songs that have been blatantly copied across the border.