Kanika denies plagiarising Hadiqa Kiani’s ‘Boohey Barian’

Kanika Kapoor told Indian media that her song is completely original and that she and the label haven’t copy-pasted any ‘folk song’.

Kanika denies plagiarising Hadiqa Kiani's 'Boohey Barian' - f

"I have received a lot of nasty messages."

Days after being accused of copying Hadiqa Kiani’s music, Kanika Kapoor has come forward with her side of the story, claiming that she did not copy any “folk” song.

The Indian singer says it is original.

The ‘Baby Doll’ singer spurred a plagiarism controversy days after Kiani called her out for stealing her song ‘Boohey Barian’.

Hadiqa Kiani had taken to Instagram and said: “Another day and another shameless rendition of the song my mother wrote.

“No one asked for my permission, no one has given me royalties, they just take the song that my mother wrote and I recorded, and use it as an easy money-making scheme.”

In response, Kanika Kapoor told the Hindustan Times, that anyone who pays attention to the song would know that it is an “original”.

Kanika Kapoor said: “From mantras to everything. We have just used the hook line of an old folk song. According to me and the label, it is a folk song.”

Kanika Kapoor even claims that there are many versions of the song available online that she and the label listened to and no one has said anything about them:

“We have not copy-pasted any old folk song. We used two lines as inspiration.

“It is very unfair to the writer Kunwar Juneja and Shruti Rane who composed this new song.

“Also, it is unfair to me if anybody says that I am trying to steal someone’s work.”

The singer told Indian media that she has been getting a lot of hate messages and threats and she’s upset about how things have panned out after her song was released.


Kanika Kapoor said: “It makes me sad that they think we stole their song, or are not giving them the right credit.

“But I think, instead of going negative, we have to come together and help each other to grow.

“I have nothing against anyone who is saying anything negative or nasty. I have received a lot of nasty messages.

“It is sad to see people jump to conclusions without really knowing something.”

She further shared that when it comes to the copyright of the folk number, Kanika Kapoor asserts that it is a blurry zone:

“I am not a legal person. I have no way of finding out who owns the song.”

“I know that many versions of the song have been used for the past 15 years.

“To be honest, nobody knows who has made the song. There is no paperwork.”

Ravinder is a Content Editor with a strong passion for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. When she's not writing, you'll find her scrolling through TikTok.

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