Singer and songwriter Bilal Maqsood has accused an Indian kid’s show of blatantly copying his original nursery rhyme, “Ek Dou Teen Haathi Nikle,” without his knowledge or permission.
Indian producers once again demonstrated their laziness to create original content and their penchant for “borrowing” content from Pakistani artists.
While it is understandable that Bollywood needs our songs to promote their films, this time around they’ve stooped to an all-new low, stealing nursey rhymes.
In a tweet, Bilal Maqsood shared a video comparing parts of his original nursery rhyme with the Indian version, expressing his frustration over the obvious plagiarism.
The original nursery rhyme was created by Bilal Maqsood for an advertising campaign by Peek Freans brand called ‘Gluco Kahani’, aimed at promoting Urdu learning for children. Maqsood took to Twitter to highlight the similarities between his original version and the one used in the Indian kids’ show.
However, instead of anger, he calmly called out the Indian producers, urging them to seek proper copyrights for such content in the future. The former Strings singer’s tweet read,
Someone in India copied my Haathi rhyme😳It’s very frustrating, but it’s ok. Next time please ask for copyrights. Originality matters!! but spreading joy knows no borders
Here is the original version.
This incident has added to a list of past allegations and controversies where Indian artists or producers have been accused of copying or imitating the work of Pakistani artists without seeking permission or giving proper credit.
From Hadiqa Kiani, and Abrar-ul-Haq’s “Nach Punjabaan” to the Coke Studio hit “Pasoori”, India continue to prove, when it comes to music, they have zero originality.
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