Bollywood lyricist Manoj Muntashir was recently accused of copying the song 'Teri Mitti' (from Akshay Kumar's Kesari) from a 2005 Pakistani song. He was also accused of plagiarising an English poem, and remaking it into his. He has however denied all the allegations against him. The lyricist gave a reply to the trolls, saying if it's proven that he copied the song, he will stop writing forever. Manoj, notably, is immensely proud of his song 'Teri Mitti', as he has conveyed in the several reality shows he has appeared on.
Speaking to ETimes, Muntashir said, "Those making 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." He added that he knows the singer personally and she's always maintained a reverence around his creations.
Apart from Teri Mitti, many have accused him of plagiarising other songs and poems too. However, he said that the people are attacking him because of the video he made on the Mughals. Manoj had shared a video in which he compared 'Mughal emperors' to 'dacoits' - in the backdrop of release of the web series, The Empire, based on Mughals.
Manoj captioned the video as, "Choose Your Legacy And Your Heros". Actress Richa Chadha, Neeraj Ghaywan and others slammed him for spreading hate. ALSO READ:Manoj Muntashir's Video Comparing Mughal Emperors To Dacoits Goes Viral; Richa Chadha, Neeraj Ghaywan And Others Slam Him For 'Spreading Hate'
Furthermore, in his defence, Muntashir 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." He added that if it is proven that Teri Mitti has been copied, he will quit writing forever.