This incident that took place almost half the year back is now back topping the headlines. It is very well known that Alia Bhatt made her music video debut with the Punjabi song Prada. The song was composed by the Lamborghini famed duo, The Doorbeen. The song clocked more than 51 million views on YouTube and was lauded by many including her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.
Meanwhile, the popular Pakistani actress by the name of Mehwish Hayat commented stating Alia Bhatt’s song Prada is similar to a song titled Gore Rang Ka Zamana from the album Vital Signs. “I find this strange. On the one hand, Bollywood vilifies Pakistan at every opportunity they get. On the other, they continue to steal our songs. Copyright violation and royalty payments obviously mean nothing to them,” she wrote on Twitter.
Hayat further tweeted, “Now can we wake up, smell the coffee, and see Bollywood’s agenda for what it is? Shah Rukh Khan, be patriotic, nobody is stopping you – just don’t do it at the expense of vilifying us.”
However, this is not the first time that the actress has come up with such remarks. She has many times criticized Bollywood for its alleged hypocrisy and has accused it of stealing Pakistani music. She even went forward giving her opinion on the Indo-Pak relationship. She maintained her stance in an opinion piece written for CNN earlier. “Indian PM Modi has arguably co-opted and weaponized the country’s film industry. It’s difficult, often impossible, for Pakistani actors to find work in India,” she mentioned.
She concreted her stance by saying, “Pakistan is a Muslim majority nation and Islamophobia is a top-down industry in India: at the top, hyper-nationalist films, songs, and slogans teach the masses to hate. At the grassroots, Muslims have been killed for so-called crimes like eating beef.”