Lyricist Manoj Muntashir has been accused of extortion. Manoj On Thursday, he went to his YouTube channel and uploaded a 17-minute video of himself reciting the poem ‘Mujhe Kal Karna’ from his 2007 book ‘Mary Fitrat Hai Mastana’, which is similar to the work of author Robert Laurie.
Mumtazir also said that all the artists were inspired by each other and that “none of my creations are 100% original”. He said that not only this poem, but also his other works were inspired by other writers. “Momin’s lines inspired a paragraph from the Teri Gallian song, Tere Song Yara was inspired by the Firakh Gorakhpuri couplets, and my own song Teri Mitti has been translated into many languages but I don’t think my name is credited anywhere,” he said.
It’s not clear, understand my answer! Https://t.co/glzcva7LKh pic.twitter.com/UTvd1HXceG
– Manoj Muntashir (Manojmuntashir) September 23, 2021
In the video, Manoj says that the poem ‘Muje Kal Karna’ will not play a big role in his success, so it seems very absurd that he would exploit it when all his other famous creations are original. He compares it to the accusation that a millionaire stole 200 bucks, not just a millionaire needs to steal, he doesn’t even need to be robbed.
Referring to the question of whether his poem was really inspired, Manoj explained that the works in the public domain are available to everyone so that anyone can understand it in their own way and that it is not wrong or immoral. He explained that ‘Vandemataram’ written by Bakeem Chandra Chatterjee has inspired many people, including AR Rahman, for ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’, so there is no need to give credit to Rahman Chatterjee for Vande Mataram in the public domain. Mumtazir said the same happened in the case of Laverie’s poem which inspired him for ‘Muje Kal Karna’. “Robert Lowry’s poem is in the public domain and I understand it in my own way,” he said. However, he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Laurie’s name in the forthcoming edition of his book.
When he won the award for ‘Mere Rashke Kamar’, Manoj shared that the first credit went to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Buland Shehri and co-writers. His song from Badshaho is a reboot version of the original Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan song. He mentioned this to make it clear that he was not ashamed to give credit to the original creators when he was inspired.
Mumtazir explained that his song ‘Teri Mitti’ was also inspired by Hakikhat ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida’ written by Kaifi Azmi. Speaking about the allegations of extortion on the Kesari song, Manoj said that he would not honor them by resolving the allegations. He claimed that the old video alleged by Geeta Robri was available to everyone, and that his creation was uploaded a few months after its release. He shared the Rabbi version on social media several times.
“There are only two original literary works in India – the Valmiki Ramayana and the Vedic essay Mahabharata, all of which are inspired by these writings,” he said.