Salim Merchant accused of copying Pakistani singer Farhan Saeed’s song
New Delhi: Singer Farhan Saeed, a member of Pakistani band Jal, has claimed that Indian music composer Salim Merchant has copied his original song Roiyaan for his new song Haareya. The singer even talked about the issue on his Twitter handle.
Highlighting the fact that the said song sounds exactly like his 2014 song, Farhan wrote, “Someone just sent me @salim_merchant song HAREYA, which is a total copy of my song ROIYAAN. I wonder they have the audacity to call themselves artists when they steal someone’s work. Karna hi hai to pooch ke kuro aur ager poochna nahin hai to at least acha to kuro! (Ask someone if you want to copy their work and if you don’t want to ask then at least copy it well) #stopstealing.”
Acknowledging his concern over the plagiarism, Salim replied to Farhan’s tweet saying that he had never heard his song Roiyaan before. “Farhan I just heard your song. It’s a mere coincidence that the chorus of Haareya is like your song. To be honest I’ve never heard it before. It happens many a times when notes have a natural progression from each other. @Sulaiman & I have a track record of never plagiarising,” he wrote in his tweet.
Someone just sent me @salim_merchant song HAREYA, which is a total copy of my song ROIYAAN. I wonder they have the audacity to call themselves artists when they steal someone's work. Karna hi hai to pooch ke kuro aur ager poochna nahin hai to at least acha to kuro!#stopstealing
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) September 14, 2019
Eventually, it turned into a heated argument on Twitter and a series of tweets followed. Farhan said, “@salim_merchant if you say so! Another co incidence is we have the same lyricist! Anyway good luck!” To this, Salim tweeted, “Why don’t you check with him! If i had to copy, I would have done that way long back in my career. I really wish I had heard your song before I made mine. Would have surely made changes to our composition to make it sound different from yours. Anyway, Hope you understand.”
You can judge it yourself, by listening to Salim’s Haareya and Farhan’s Roiyaan here: