Salman Ahmed, in a recent interview, opened up and shared his thoughts on the Bollywood version of his hit song Sayonee.

“I composed Sayonee in 1998. It’s been 22 years and it has been such a hit since. The song itself has been re-sung and composed thousands of times,” said Salman.

“This isn’t the first time someone asked me to give them permission to make their own version of the song. Arijit himself had been requesting me for five years to sing Sayonee.”


“I told him that I wouldn’t have a problem as long as two conditions were met – one, that no sentiments were hurt and another that it should be a message of love,” he said.

Salman shared that he gave Singh the permission and assured him that he will not face any issue regarding the copyrights.

Salman said that the essence of the real song is never lost and that the “original song is original”.

“A newer version cannot beat the essence of real song,” stated the musician.

Salman further said that he always sang from his heart.

The rock guitarist mentioned how the past 70 years were proof that Pakistan’s television dramas, urdu poetry and music were legendary. He pleaded to the government to facilitate the upcoming stars and make their journey worthwhile.