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'Teri Mitti' plagiarism allegations: Lyricist Manoj Muntashir says he will 'quit writing' if claims are proved

Of late, social media is abuzz with allegations of plagiarism against writer and Bollywood lyricist Manoj Muntashir. One allegation is also that Muntashir's popular, patriotic song 'Teri Mitti' from the Akshay Kumar starter 'Kesari' was copied from a Pakistani song released in 2005. Now, in an exclusive interview with ETimes, Muntashir has refuted all allegations and even went on to challenge those who are throwing mud at him. He said and I quote, 'Those making these 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. You can call and check with her, too.' He also said that he knows Rabari personally, and that she looks up to his work and creations. He added, 'Geetaji has always appreciated my work and you can even ask her.' When asked to react on why he thinks so many allegations have cropped up against him so suddenly, he said, 'People are attacking me because of the video I made on the Mughals where I have used strong words against them, referring to them as glorified dacoits.' He continued, '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.' Finally, he declared that if people can prove his song 'Teri Mitti' is plagiarised, he will quit writing forever. He said, 'If it is proved that Teri Mitti is a copy of any song whatsoever, I will quit writing for ever.' Coming to the song, 'Teri Mitti' is an emotional tribute to soldiers who put their country before everything else. Music composed by Arko and lyrics written by Manoj Muntashir, the song was sung by B Praak.

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