The Bihar Post

Singer Arijit Singh caught in copyright controversy

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PATNA: Prominent Indian playback singer Arijit Singh of ‘Samjhawan’ fame has landed in trouble with a local villager filing a case of plagiarism against him in a local district court.

The case was filed in the Biharsharif court in Nalanada district on Monday by a local villager Mundrika Sao, a resident of Gilani village from this district.

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In his complaint petition, Sao alleged that most of the popular songs, such as Mohabbat barsa dena tu… and ‘Muskurane ki vajah tum ho…’ were, as such, written by his father Saudi Sao who was associated with the Gayatri family.

“My father who was a local singer had sent his written collection of songs to Shanti Kunj, Haridwar for publication in Akhand Jyoyi magazine published by the Gayatri family in 2000 but now we are surprised to see that quite many of his songs have found place in Hindi cinema and music albums. We don’t know how his collection of songs reached the Bollywood people,” Sao was quoted as saying a local Hindi daily Dainik Jagran today, claiming that some of the songs sung by Arijit Singh were, in fact, written by his late father.

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According to him, initially he registered a written protest with the Shanti Kunj but when he failed to get any response from there, he was finally compelled to bring the matter to the court.

The 65-year-old has further charged the singer with earning millions by singing his father’s song without getting his consent.

Arijit who hails from Murshidabad in West Bengal has given many hits songs to the Bollywood and won many music awards.

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