Allegations abound on social media that lyricist Manoj Muntashir plagiarized the song 'Teri Mitti' from Akshay Kumar's film Kesari from a Pakistani folk song. Previously this year, a video of a folk singer singing a melodious rendition of the song went viral on the internet. According to reports, the singer is Baloch from Pakistan. There are now allegations that Manoj plagiarized the song from a Pakistani song released in 2005.
Manoj Muntashir said, those who are making these allegations, first watch the video. This video was uploaded several months after the release of Kesari.
Manoj says, "For your information, let me tell you that the singer is also not Pakistani but from our country. Her name is Geeta Rabari. You can ask them too. I know Geeta personally. He has always praised my work. Manoj said that if it is proved that the song Teri Mitti is a copy of any song, then I will stop writing it forever."
He continued, "If my YouTube videos or retelling of correct history offends anyone, they are welcome to argue with me. But don't belittle a song that has become an anthem for the military. This is not acceptable."
Teri Mitti, the song, was written by Manoj Muntashir and composed by Arko.
Sung by B Praak the song featured Akshay Kumar in it. B Praak was received National Award for Best Playback Singer for this song.