Lalit Pandit says ‘Aashiqui’ songs were Stolen from Pakistan

Indian composer Lalit Pandit has claimed that fellow musicians plagiarised Pakistani songs for songs of Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Aashiqui’.

Lalit Pandit says 'Aashiqui' songs were Stolen from Pakistan f

“Aashiqui songs are actually Pakistani tracks"

Indian composer Lalit Pandit, one-half of the renowned composer duo Jatin-Lalit, confessed that fellow musicians plagiarised Pakistani songs for tracks of Aashiqui.

Lalit spoke about the importance of staying true to the musical roots and authentic beats that define Bollywood music.

During the conversation, he made some striking revelations about the practices of his contemporaries, Nadeem-Shravan.

Lalit Pandit accused Nadeem-Shravan of reproducing several Pakistani songs in their albums, the most popular and loved of which were for Mahesh Bhatt’s musical Aashiqui.

According to Lalit, the duo would frequently travel to Dubai to obtain Pakistani cassettes, which they would then replicate into their compositions.

He told Bollywood Hungama: “Frankly speaking, Nadeem-Shravan used to go and get a lot of cassettes and then he used to reproduce them.”

This practice, Lalit suggested, was an open secret within the industry.

He implied that many were aware of these activities, including the songs that became part of the Aashiqui soundtrack.

He said: “Aashiqui songs are actually Pakistani tracks, with words. Many of the songs!”

“The music of a composer should reflect their style.

“If you listen to ours, you’d instantly know it is Jatin-Lalit music because everything was done by us.”

The allegations by Lalit Pandit bring to light an often-ignored aspect of music production in Bollywood.

Nadeem-Shravan’s Aashiqui soundtrack, though celebrated, is now under scrutiny for its originality.

These claims have suggested that the song’s charm might have stemmed from borrowed creativity.

The cross-cultural influences between India and Pakistan have always been significant, and the music industry is no exception.

Lalit Pandit’s claims suggest a more direct form of inspiration, one that blurs the lines between influence and imitation.

While the validity of these claims might be questionable, they have certainly provoked debate about the nature of creative work in the music industry.

A user wrote: “They should at least consider the importance of acknowledging and respecting the sources of inspiration and ensuring that credit is given where it is due.”

Another added: “I guess Pakistan isn’t the only one who copies its neighbour. This should shut Indians up.”

One said:

“I knew Bollywood was incapable of producing such masterpieces on its own.”

Another commented: “Poor guy is gonna get trolled by his country now.”

Bollywood’s Aashiqui, which premiered to widespread acclaim, has since become a cult classic, primarily due to its enchanting music.

Featuring Rahul Roy and Annu Aggarwal in the lead roles, the film’s music was composed by the illustrious duo Nadeem-Shravan.

Their compositions from the movie continue to resonate throughout South Asia, a testament to the timeless nature of their melodies.


Ayesha is our South Asia correspondent who adores music, arts and fashion. Being highly ambitious, her motto for life is, "Even the Impossible spells I'm Possible".

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