7 ‘Copied and Inspired’ Bollywood Tracks You’ve Loved
Posted On 28th March, 2014 @ 11:24 am by MTV EDITOR

Ever wondered where do music directors find their ‘inspiration’ from? How is it that some are able to dish out foot tapping numbers one after another? We know. They simply copy it, alter the lyrics and lo behold.

It’s not easy you know, to listen to songs from countries you’ve never heard of and dig into the background music of a movie and then create a title track for another movie. But then, a whole bunch of your favourite foot-tapping music is actually an effort such dedication and detailing in the art of creating music. Or wait. They are simply inspired you see! After all, what’s in a name as long as you can hum it? Not really. Here’s a list of seven Bollywood chartbusters that music directors have actually ripped-off from someone else’s work! 

Zara Zara Touch Me - Race

Remember the sizzling ‘Zara Zara Touch Me’ from Race starring the sensuous Katrina Kaif? Who wouldn’t! Did you know that this too is a copy of a song ‘Deep in the Bamboo grove’ by Taiwanese singer Lee-Hom Wang. Looks like music director Pritam thought of shopping ‘overseas’. If the movie crew can shoot abroad, why can’t he simply lift a song from another continent? What we do hear is that this ‘touch me’ act did cost Pritam dearly though with him and the music company being sued for damages. 

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Pal Pal - Lage Raho Munna Bhai

Also, looks like music director Shantanu Moitra took the term ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ which was released in 2006 as a sequel to Munnahai MBBS a bit too literally. How else would you explain that romantic and oh-so-cute song titled ‘Pal Pal ’ starring Vidya Balan to be ‘inspired’ from ‘Theme for a dream’ released as a single in 1961 by Cliff Richard which was also later released in his Greatest Hits album. ‘Lage Raho’ eh Shantanu?

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Dil Na Diya - Krrish

You go to see a circus performance. Love is in the air and you break into an elaborate well-rehearsed song and dance sequence to get the audience go wow! Yup, we are talking of the Hrithik Roshan starrer Krrish which has broken all sorts of Bollywood business records. We do have one question though. If Krrish stands for honesty, truth and integrity, what was music director Rajesh Roshan thinking when he decided to lift ‘Ceddin Deden’ by Turkish Military March to give us the hit ‘Dil Na Diya’ in the second of the Krrish trilogy?

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Ya Ali - Pritam

It seems music director Pritam is being all ‘Gangster’ish and taking what he pleases! In 2006, he composed music for the movie and gave us the chartbuster ‘Ya Ali’ – again a direct copy of the song called ‘Ya Ghali’ performed by the Kuwaiti band Guitara lead by Fahad. His other inspired hits also include ‘Shikdum’ from Dhoom a direct copy of ‘Shikdim’ by Tarkan and ‘Pehli Nazar’ from the movie Race – copied from the Korean song ‘Sarang Hae’ by Kim Hyung Su. Oh the pain! A bank of peppy songs we’ve shaken our head, and bowed down to. Can’t say the same for Pritam though!

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Love Ki Ghanti - Besharam

Then there is the gang from ‘Besharam’, the Ranbir Kapoor starrer comedy-masala film directed by Abhinav Kashyap who along with music director Lalit Pandit has been quite true to the name of the film. The song ‘Love Ki Ghanti’ from the film which Ranbir, Sujeet Shetty and Amitosh Nagpal have sung together is actually a copy of an Italian song ‘Bella Ciao’ which in spirit, is based on a folk song. What can we say except that ‘Being Besharam’ seems to be the motto here! Is the mob listening?

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Dhinka Chika - Ready

There are many forms of inspiration. And Bollywood believes in using every form including ‘Recycling’ as part of its efforts to give us great music. Sometimes [or quite often] we simply take a tune that works in one part of the country and plug it into a larger audience belt. Take for example the song ‘Ringa Ringa’ from the movie Arya 2, a 2009 Telegu Romance film starring Allu Arjun with music composed by Devi Sri Prasad. Cut to ‘Dhinka Chika Dhinka Chika’ in the 2011 Anees Bazmee, Salman Khan starrer ‘Ready’. Let’s hear it we say!  

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Yeh Jism - Jism 2

Completing this list at number seven is 'Yeh Jism' from the Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt directed Jism 2. While the credit for the song in the movie was given to composer Arko Pravo Mukherjee [one among the four composers in the movie], the song actually belongs to another Turkish pop singer Kayahan from a 2003 album 'Ne Oldu Can', when loosely translated means ‘What happened, my life’. Looking at the way it has been plucked and remixed in the Bhatt style, looks like Kayahan is now saying ‘What happened, my song?’ 

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Know of more rip-offs and ‘inspired songs? Add to the list. Tell us. Until then, happy listening!  

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