Since its release, Besharam Rang from Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming movie Pathaan has drawn criticism. Following the singer’s posting of a video to his Instagram, Indian netizens and the media are now comparing it to a Sajjad Ali song.
Taking to his Instagram on December 26, Ali had shared a clip writing, “After listening to a new movie’s song, it reminded me of my song I released 26 years ago, Ab Ke Hum Bichare. Enjoy!” In the video, Ali goes on to say, “Main YouTube pe kuch nayi filmon ka music sun raha toh mujhe apna 25-26 saal purana ek ganna yaad aaya. Aap logon ko sunate hai (I was listening to some songs from new films on YouTube, and was reminded of a 26-year-old track on my own).” He then begins crooning the track.
After his video made the rounds, social media users started drawing comparisons between Sajjad’s rendition of the Mehdi Hasan ghazal and Besharam Rang.
— Anuschka (@AnuschkaaPreeti) December 30, 2022
A user said, “This sounds like Besharam Rang from Pathaan,” after concluding that it is comparable to the Pathaan tune. “Besharam song based on Sajjad Ali music composition,” another person added. Indians constantly steal our musical compositions without giving us credit.
So one of the song from SRK's pathan "Besharam rang 's tune is a copy of sajjad Ali's "ab k ham bichary to shyd".
Waqie behsharam rang aur kahan ja k daikhain ap k is chori mai hi daikh laity hain. Shame on Bollywood, at least give credit where its due. #PathanMovie #SajjadAli
— Maria Anjum (@MariaAnjum11) December 28, 2022
Did Shahrukh Khan, Vishal Dadlani – Shekhar copy Besharam Rang song from song – "Ab ke hum Bichare" composed by Pakistani Musician Sajjad Ali?? #BesharmRang#Pathaan #sajjadali #BoycottPathaanhttps://t.co/O5f5tMrHjr
— Rosy (@rose_k01) January 2, 2023
Meanwhile, after the song’s release, many listeners also claimed Besharam Rang was plagiarised from Makeba by Jain.
Jain – Makeba beats + Sajjad Ali old song 'Ab ke hum bichare' + Jagjeet's Singh 'Koi Fariyad' = #Pathan's Besharam Rang.
Is gaane me Deepika ki bikini ke ilawa kuch original nahi hai 😐#BesharmRang #besharambollywood #pathancontroversy
— Brown Girl (@browngirlvin) January 2, 2023
It is important to note that Sajjad Ali did not specifically name any song or assert that one of his songs had been plagiarised.