Raghu Ram, who rose to fame with his show Roadies, had once asked singer-composer Anu Malik if he had ever stolen somebody else’s music. The question was asked on an episode of Entertainment Ki Raat in 2017and Anu hit back by establishing how Ram was guilty of the same. Malik listed out his original compositions. As far as Raghu’s question goes, similar claims have been made by many in the past. Be it contestants or users on social media, many have accused Anu Malik of plagiarism. However, no concrete proof has been presented yet.
In the episode, Raghu is seen asking Malik, “Kya aapne apne career mein koi dhun churaayi hai (Have you ever stolen someone else’s tune and presented it as your own)?” Anu responded to the question and said, “Has liye? Ab jawaab diya jayega. Main aapko ek baat batana chahta hoon, mujhe nahi pata tha aap aisa sawaal karne wale hai. Aapki zubaan mujhe lagta hai bohot lambi hai, usko zara theek karte hai. Yeh jo aapne sawaal kiya hai na, yeh pehle 11 journalists aur kar chuke hai, toh aap bhi chor hai. Aapne bhi unka sawaal churaya (Have you finished laughing? Now hear my answer. You have a loose tongue, I need to shut you up. I did not know you would ask this question. This question you asked me has already been asked to me by 11 journalists before, so you are a thief as well. You also stole their question).’
Anu continued that ‘nobody in this world is original’, except God. He pointed to his guests on the show, actors Shakti Kapoor and Ranjeet, and said that their expressions in films also must been inspired by somebody, but that does not make them thieves. He then pointed at Raghu and said that he too must also have been inspired by someone in his life, and asked if that made him a thief. “No, you are inspired. But after having said that, kya aapne Border ka music suna (did you listen to the music of Border)? Original. LOC Kargil? Original. Main Hoon Na? Original. Abhi teen rashtriya puraskaar mile Anu Malik ko, Moh Moh Ke Dhaage (My song Moh Moh Ke Dhaage got three National Awards). Original. Bhaisaab, udhaar ki taangein lekar Anu Malik itna lamba safar nahi kar sakta tha (Brother, Anu Malik could not have had such a long journey on rented legs),” he added.