It appears there is no end in sight for the Sadak 2 plagiarism row. The Mahesh Bhatt directorial came under fire after the film’s trailer was released and Pakistani artist Shezan Saleem aka JO-G asserted that a composition of his music was used in the film. The artist, who is the son of veteran musician and singer, Saleem Javaid, took to Twitter to announce the news and shared a video in which he compared a song played in the trailer with a composition of his release in 2011.
He took note of the plagiarised content just hours after the trailer for Sadak 2 was released. “A trailer for a Bollywood movie called Sadak 2 has just been released, and there is a song in it called Ishq Kamaal,” he can be heard saying in the video. “After listening to it, I realised that it sounds like a composition I had produced for a friend around 11 years ago. The friend’s name is Zaid Khan. I think they’ve copied it because not only the melody but the music is also very similar,” he wrote in his tweet.
— Shezan Saleem a.k.a JO-G (@ssaleemofficial) August 12, 2020
After reaching out to Sadak producer Pooja Bhatt, she said, “If you hear the two songs it’s quite clear that our song is not anything like the other song.” Sadak 2 composer, Suniljit also reverted with a terse but unambiguous response. “Hear my song. You will have the answer to your question,” he said.
After the Pakistani artist tweeted about the plagiarism, netizens responded with many agreeing that the music sounded the same. Many of the responses were targeted at the Bhatt family, saying that they had been prolific in copying songs from across the border. Many also said that a case should be filed against the film.