Indian music director Rashid Khan denies Shuja Haider's plagiarism claims, threatens lawsuit

Indian music director Rashid Khan denies Shuja Haider's plagiarism claims, threatens lawsuit

The singer claims that the Indian composer copied his song 'Baaghi'; says rebuttal is "negative publicity".
Updated 22 Feb, 2022

Indian music director Rashid Khan has denied Pakistani musician Shuja Haider's claims that he plagiarised his song and has threatened legal action if he doesn't apologise.

Last week, Haider accused Yasser Desai and Rashid Khan of copying his original song 'Baaghi' in their song 'Piya Re Piya'. In response, the Indian composer said the melody and verses are different than Haider's song and denied the allegations made by 'Saiyaan' singer.

"The music and lyrics of my song are starkly different. Yasser Desai, the singer of 'Piya Re Piya', also matched the notations for both the songs. Much like him, my friend Imran Abbas from Pakistan and my guru also feel that dono gaanon mein zameen aasmaan ka farq hai [There's a major difference between both songs],” Khan told the Hindustan Times.

The composer claims that he "didn't even know" who Haider was nor had he listened to his music. Khan also told the publication that "if even four notations" from his composition match Haider's then he will leave the profession.

In the interview, he also claimed that Haider tried to "gain publicity" by taking a dig at his composition. "I will be taking legal steps on grounds of defamation if Haider doesn’t apologise. He’s trying to tarnish my image. No one has ever accused me of plagiarism and these claims are an insult to my years of training and experience," said Khan.

In response, Haider told Images, "I just found out and it looks like a small campaign from their end. I think this is negative publicity. My intentions weren't like this, the way they have portrayed. I'm not taking interest any longer because it's an Urdu 1 product [the song 'Baaghi'] and I composed it. They haven't taken any action so I thought I shouldn't either. So now when I stopped talking, they [Rashid Khan and Yasser Desai] have started speaking."

He also said that Khan and Desai both know the song has been copied and "their interview could be for negative publicity".

"Everyone knows that they have copied the entire verse. This guy [Yasser Desai] once did a cover of that song ['Baaghi'] and we had a conversation on Instagram and I appreciated him for that a year ago," said Haider.


Shahbaz Ahmed Feb 22, 2022 11:56am
1 to chori oper se seena zori
Sabondani Feb 22, 2022 12:30pm
which one of these guys is a pakistani and which one is indian, just by looking at the photo please!
Taimur Feb 22, 2022 01:13pm
How can there be any plagiarism when both the original & its alleged copy stink in their own different way ?
SecondPilot Feb 22, 2022 01:49pm
Looks like it is a standard practice of Pakistani artists to latch on to the Indian music industry in any form or fashion because that's the only way they can sell their music.
M. Saeed Feb 22, 2022 05:05pm
The comparison of two songs give a striking similarity, without even listening to the lyrics. It is the music and the tune, that has been copied. Lyrics can be in any language.
Sabah Shahid Feb 22, 2022 05:07pm
I didn't even know which song shuja Haider was talking about. I just saw piya re piya trending on YouTube and decided to check it out. When I first heard it the melody sounded exactly like that of Shuja's Baaghi. I checked the news again for Shuja's statement and it confirmed my suspicions. So no there's too much resemblance between the two songs for it to be a coincidence. Shame on these Indian losers who can't compose a song without copying ours!
Abrish Feb 22, 2022 05:36pm
Indian musician composer or singers ki aadat bn chuki hy pakistani music chura ka apna naam bnany ki or jhoot b seena taan krboltyhyn yasser desai rashid khan or jitny singer pakistani song ki copykrk apnam bnaty hyn sharam ani chaye inko or pory bolly wood ko pakistan ka music ka level top ka hy or india waly srf copykrskty hyn bas
Constantine Feb 22, 2022 06:41pm
The brilliant and talented Indian composer Rashid khan has to face minor irritants like these from across the border now and then.
M. Saeed Feb 23, 2022 02:36pm
@Constantine, there are super-brilliant around that create the brilliant, by copying them.