Lyricist Manoj Muntashir Reacts On Plagiarism Allegations On Teri Mitti Song; ‘If It’s Copied I Will Quit Writing’

Bollywood Lyricist and writer Manoj Muntashir reacts on Teri Mitti song being plagiarised. Veteran lyricist says he will quit writing if the song is copied


September 23, 2021


2 min


Akshay Kumar’s film Kesari was a super hit in the year 2019 which gave us a soothing and country love song ‘Teri Mitti’ which was written by Bollywood writer and lyricist Manoj Muntashir who was recently accused of copying this song from a Pakistani song which was released in 2005. Before this, he was also accused of copying an English poem and making a song out of it. However, he denied all the allegations which were against him. Replying to all the trolls he said, ”if any of these allegations are proven that I have copied the song then, I will stop writing forever”.

He added ”I am proud of my talent that I made such a beautiful song like ‘Teri Mitti’, where this song was personally conveyed in numerous reality shows where I have appeared on.

Muntashir further said that those who are making allegations against me or my talent kindly cross-check once the video. It was uploaded several months after the movie Kesari was released and also the singer was not Pakistani. She is a well-known Indian folk singer ‘Geeta Rabari’. He added that he knows the singer very well and that she’s always maintained respect and praise towards his creations.

Apart from that, many have also accused him of copying other poems and songs too. Manoj’s perspective on all these trolls was that because of the video that he made on the Mughals. He shared a video in which he compared ‘Mughal emperors’ to ‘dacoits’ – in his web series, The Empire which is based on Mughals. Moreover, in his defence, Manoj said, “If my YouTube videos and songs are copied then do blame me because I know none of these allegations will ever be proved, but at least don’t disrespect a song that has become an anthem for the Indian armed forces. It’s not acceptable.”

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