Another Bollywood song has come under fire for taking the tune from a Pakistani song. Upcoming Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s film Brahmastra recently dropped its first song called ‘Kesariya’. Many listeners found the song oddly similar to the 2007 Pakistani banger ‘Laaree Chootee’ by Call the band. Fans have been as disappointed as they were excited for the release of this film’s songs. They criticized the music director Pritam and advised him to put more effort into his work rather than copying other people. Besides the familiar tune, many had problems with the song’s lyrics, especially the part with “Love Storiyan”. It quickly became laughable for the listeners on social media.
Kesariya and Laaree Chootee Sound Similar
Pakistani band Call first released the song ‘Laaree Chootee’ for the Bollywood movie ‘Ek Chalis ki Last Local’. Later, given the song’s international success, they added it to their 2011 Album titled ‘Dhoom’. Social media users pointed out how Kesariya copied the tune by sharing both songs side by side.
Bollywood Banning Pakistani Artists but not This Cheap Practice
Bollywood is infamous for ripping off songs and movie stories from other countries’ media. Recently, famous director Karan Johar came under fire for copying Abrar-Ul-Haq’s song ‘Nach Punjaban’ for his film Juggjugg Jiyo. Moreover, his film ‘Rakhsha Bandhan’ also faced criticism for having the same topic as the Pakistani movie ‘Load Wedding’. Fans can’t help but shame the Indian industry for blatantly stealing Paksitani content while banning Pakistani artists from working in India. After the Pulwama attack in 2019, the All India Cine Workers Association, led by politician Suresh Shyamlal Gupta, completely banned Pakistani artists from Bollywood.
Storm of Memes
The Kesariya song failed to gather as much appraisal as the number of memes it spawned on the internet. The criticized song is voiced by Arijit Singh, who is regarded as one of the top singers in India. Many fans felt that only the part copied from the Pakistani song was listenable, while the rest of the lyrics were like an “elaichi” (cardamom) in the biryani.