Pakistani musician Hadiqa Kiani, who originally sang the popular song ‘Boohey Barian’, was upset after Kapoor’s rendition was unveiled.
The irked singer took to Instagram to threaten legal action against the production company and the singer.
In her Story, she said that ‘Boohey Barian’, released in 2018, was originally written by her mother, Khawar Kiani, for her album ‘Roshni’. She said that she held the rights to ‘Boohey Barian’ and all the songs from her second platinum-selling album.
“Anyone claiming they own my masters or rights is saying so illegally, and my team is taking action, she wrote.
The 49-year-old Pakistani songwriter further shared that she has the copyright documents that give her the complete rights and ownership dated from before her album ‘Roshni’ was released. “No company or entity was ever given those masters and no company has any document with my signature on it giving rights,” she added.
“I have stayed quiet for long enough,” she concluded her Instagram Story.
‘Boohey Barian’ is Kiani’s first song in the Punjabi language. The note on the singer’s official YouTube channel says, “‘Boohey Barian’ remains as one of the most iconic songs from the subcontinent, it has led to thousands of renditions across the world and has cemented Kiani as a living legend.”
See Kiani’s songs here:
On Friday, Kiani expressed her annoyance on Instagram and claimed that her music was “stolen” without asking, crediting, and providing her royalty.
The Pakistani actress-singer’s response came in after Kapoor released her song, which took her by surprise and left her unsettled.
“I’d be flattered by the tribute if they’d only do it respectfully, instead of just trying to profit off someone else’s hit song,” she pointed out in her IG Story.
Calling it ‘another shameless rendition’, she accused Kapoor of lifting the song written by her mother and using it as an “easy money-making scheme.”
Kiani also said that this wasn’t the first time, and many Bollywood films have ‘stolen’ her songs.
“My songs have been stolen multiple times in Bollywood films that have starred the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta and countless times by singers who both perform on stage and those who produce music videos based on the covers. Some of those cover videos have received almost 200 million views on YouTube. The latter gives me credit by saying original song ‘Boohey Barian’ by Hadiqa Kiani”, she added.
Producer Saregama Music’s official YouTube channel says, in the bio, that Kapoor’s rendition is from a Punjabi folk song, composed by Gourov Dasgupta featuring Shruti Rane, and written by Kunwar Juneja.
“Kanika Kapoor’s rendition of ‘Buhe Bariyan’ is all about breaking barriers and uniting with one’s beloved. Its spectacular visuals explore a plethora of emotions in one’s heart as it takes us through a surreal musical romantic journey,” the bio read.
But the details don’t mention Kiani anywhere.
Check out Kapoor’s rendition here:
Kiani, in her post, said that an ethical way that she would opt if she sings a cover of a song is by buying rights of the song, asking for permission, or paying royalties to the artist.
“I am alive and well, if you want to sing my songs, ask me first. I want to feel good about the covers because it’s flattering but there is a right and wrong way to do something and profiting off of someone else’s hit song is not the way to go about it,” said Kiani putting out her expectations from other artists who may wish to use her music in the future.
However, Kiani highlighted that she holds no grudge against the Indian singer and stressed that she was just upset over the repeated process of music theft that continues to go on.