Is Brahmastra’s Kesariya copied from these popular songs? Watch and compare
Brahmastra’s debut song Kesariya, featuring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, has been making waves since its creators released it on Sunday. While many couldn’t get over Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s chemistry in the song, others took to social media to say that the full song failed to live up to the expectations set by its teaser. Meanwhile, some have also started sharing proof that Kesariya was inspired by parts of two popular songs. Read also | Twitter cringes over line “love storiyaan” in Brahmastra’s song Kesariya
Kesariya’s music was composed by Pritam, while the Hindi version is sung by Arijit Singh. The refrain of the song, its lyrics being “kesariya tera ishq hai piya, rang jaaun jo main haath lagau”, appears to be similar to a part of Charkha – a folk song of the Wadalis – Lakhwinder Wadali and Pooran Wadali.
The part before the chorus also seems to be similar to a popular Bollywood song. The chorus of Laree Choote, a song from the 2007 film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, pictured on Abhay Deol and Neha Dhupia, had similar music. The song was composed by Pakistani rock band Call and became an overnight sensation.
Twitter users shared clips of Kesariya with Laree Choote and Charkha as they discussed the similarities. One tweeted about Laree Choote: “Abe itna bhi copy mat karo (don’t copy so much).” Another wrote: “It’s such a popular song. Did they think no one would understand it?” A third commented, “I was listening to ‘Kesariyaan Tera Ishq hai Piya’ by Arijit and out of nowhere I started singing ‘Kya hua jo laree chooti, Jeevan ki gaadi looti’ per call.”
One user compared Kesariya and Charkha, and tweeted, “Is it just a coincidence that Kesariya Tera’s melody seems like a blatant copycat of Punjabi folk song…” Oo Mahiya tere vekhan nu, chuk charkha galli de vich dawan. Another commented on a post about the songs, “They also copied the beat and tune ‘kesariya tera’ from Wadali brothers’ Charkha.”
Meanwhile, some fans also defended Pritam. One tweeted, “This might be a copy, but some raag/tunes are universal. Lots of songs by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, etc. have their own sound, even though they sound the same .”
Kesariya has also been released in its Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada versions as Kumkumala, Theethiriyaai, Kunkumamaake and Kesariya Rangu respectively. All were sung by Sid Sriram. Brahmastra, the first in a three-part sci-fi film franchise, will be released on September 9 in all five languages. Director Ayan Mukerji also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna.