Is Sonu Nigam’s ‘Sun Zara’ a Copy of a Pakistani Song?

Sonu Nigam’s new track ‘Sun Zara’ has received a lot of attention. But are there similarities between it and a Pakistani song?

Is Sonu Nigam's 'Sun Zara' a Copy of a Pakistani Song f

"this is light years away from the real deal."

Sonu Nigam released his new track ‘Sun Zara’ on December 2, 2023, however, it is facing plagiarism accusations.

Pakistani singer Omer Nadeem claimed the song shared similarities with his 2009 track ‘Aey Khuda’.

Omer expressed annoyance that Sonu had not credited him.

He said: “I’ve reached a point in my life where I couldn’t care less about these things.

“But hey, if you’re going to do it, at least toss a little credit to the original track.

“If you’re going to pull this off, you could have at least done it with some finesse.

“I am a huge fan of Sonu Nigam, but let’s be real, this is light years away from the real deal.

“Once a song is released there is no turning back. But a little credit wouldn’t hurt. It is about showing love and respect for where it started.”

Listen to ‘Sun Zara’

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Armeena Khan agreed with Omer’s sentiments and accused Sonu Nigam of stealing Pakistani music.

Many of Omer’s fans also shared their disappointment.

One said: “Daylight robbery. Unfortunately, your songs keep on getting used without consent.

“This also shows how underrated you have been, your composition/songs have such potential that even the biggest names are inclined to shamelessly copy them without credit.”

Another wrote: “Aey Khuda is such an OG song, it’s a shame that even in this age, someone of Sonu’s stature will blatantly resort to complete plagiarism!”

A third added: “Okay. Legal action. It’s just business.”

This is not the first time that Bollywood music has been accused of copying Pakistani songs.

In May 2022, Abrar-ul-Haq called out Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for using his song ‘Nach Punjaban’ in Jugjugg Jeeyo “without acquiring rights.”

He said he would launch legal action but it was revealed that ‘Nach Punjaban’ had been officially licensed for it to be included in Jugjugg Jeeyo by T-Series.

Abrar later received credit for ‘The Punjaabban Song’.

Another instance involved Nazia Hassan’s 1981 classic ‘Disco Deewane’ being revamped for Student of the Year in 2012.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan released a popular Qawwali in 1990, ‘Sanu Ik Pal Chain Na Aave’, and in 1997 it was turned into a song for Judai.

Apart from these, songs such as ‘Tumhein Apna Banane Ki Kasam’, ‘Hawa Hawa’, ‘Tu Meri Zindagi Hai’, ‘Dekhte Dekhte’ and ‘Zalima Coca-Cola’ have all allegedly been copied from the Pakistani music industry.

Listen to ‘Aey Khuda’

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Sana is from a law background who's pursuing her love of writing. She likes reading, music, cooking and making her own jam. Her motto is: "Taking the second step is always less scarier than taking the first."



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