Teri Mitti of Kesari has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the previous few days. Some people complained on social media that the song was plagiarised from a Pakistani song released in 2005. Manoj Muntashir, songwriter and writer, has some thoughts on the subject.
Apart from Kesari’s chart-topper Teri Mitti, Manoj’s other work has been the subject of complaints. His work, which includes poems and songs, is claimed to have been plagiarised. Manoj has responded to all of the claims and explained why he has been singled out.
While speaking to ETimes, Manoj Muntashir said, “Those making these allegations should kindly check the video which has been uploaded many months after the release of our film, ‘Kesari’. And for your kind information the singer is not Pakistani but our very own Indian folk singer Geeta Rabari. You can call and check with her, too.”
Telling about his views on plagiarism claims over his other work, Manoj Muntashir said, “People are attacking me because of the video I made on the Mughals where I have used strong words against them, referring to them as glorified dacoits.”
“If it is proved that Teri Mitti is a copy of any song whatsoever, I will quit writing for ever,” he added. Concluding his interview, Manoj said, “If my YouTube videos and retelling of correct history upsets someone, they are most welcome to reason with me. But don’t disrespect a song that has become an anthem for the armed forces. It’s not acceptable.”