The fact that originality and imagination exists only in sparse fractions in the Bollywood music industry is ideally an open secret. The transition of Indian music from original to copy, though saddening, has been really quick. The probability that every song you hear these days in Bollywood is an unceremonious copy from some song made in a remote corner of the world is drastically high. Let’s find out the top 10 Bollywood songs which were blatantly copied from elsewhere.
10. Teri Meri from Bodyguard:
The popular number “Teri Meri Prem Kahani” from the Bollywood flick ‘Bodyguard’ is a copy of a Christian gospel by Cleopatra Stratan, a Moldovan child artiste, called “La Betlem Colo n Jos”. With Himesh Reshammiya being the music director in question, it really doesn’t come as a surprise, does it?
9. Aate Jaate from Maine Pyar Kiya:
One of the extremely popular songs from the 1989 hit ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, “Aate Jaate” was on the lips of every romantic heart of the time. The music was composed by the duo of Raam-Laxman. However, later on the realization automatically dawned on everyone that it is in fact a copy of the 1984 Stevie Wonder Classic, “I Just Called to Say I Love You”. Well there goes originality for a toss!
8. Pyaar Ki Pungi from Agent Vinod:
Just when people were thinking that the foot-tapping number from ‘Agent Vinod’ is an original one, came the shock that it wasn’t. This is a copy of an Iranian song “Soosan Khanoom”. No one in India ever listens to Iranian songs and the music directors find it easy to copy from foreign lands and sell to the audiences here.
7. Tirchi Topiwaale from Tridev:
‘Tridev’ is a 1989 Hindi blockbuster and the song “Tirchi Topiwaale”, written by Anand Bakshi, was a hit with the audiences. The music of this song was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji, one of the best music director duos in Hindi cinema. But they, too, seem to have were bitten by the plagiarism bug since “Tirchi Topiwaale” is a rip off from “The Rhythm Is Going to Get You” by Miami Sound Machine.
6. Mil Gaya from Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi:
‘Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi’ is a 1977 Hindi action film with an ensemble star cast. The film is remembered to this day for its musical numbers with the song “Bachna Ae Haseeno” being the most popular among all. It also has a medley of four songs which has been loved over generations – “Chand mera dil”, “Äa dil kya”, “Tum kya jaano” and “Mil gaya”. Of the four, the last song “Mil gaya” is a copy of ABBA’s “Mama Mia”. Strange but true that a music director like R.D. Burman would resort to copying.
5. Kya Kehna from Kya Kehna:
‘Kya Kehna’ is a Hindi film which released in the year 2000 and went on to garner rave reviews. Its music was directed by award-winning composer Rajesh Roshan. The soundtrack of the film was extremely popular back then with the title track being a chartbuster. But, it was also very obvious that the song was a rip off from “Oh Carol” by Neil Sedaka. Guess not much credibility can be put on award winning composers as well!
4. Dil Le Lena from Auzaar:
‘Auzaar’ is a 1997 Hindi film starring Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Sanjay Kapoor. The music of the film was given by Anu Malik and hence it is not too surprising to find a song from the film in this infamous list. “Dil Le Lena” is Anu Malik’s horrendous copy of ‘Macarena’ by Los del Río. Of course, the Bollywood version of ‘Macarena’ is a pain to the ears.
3. Akele Hai To Kya Gam Hai from Qyamat Se Qyamat Tak:
If you would have thought that the song “Akele Hai To Kya Gam Hai” from the epic Amir Khan movie ‘Qyamat Se Qyamat Tak’ is an original then think again. The duo of Anand-Milind was the music composer of this hugely popular song from one of the most successful Bollywood movies ever. In fact, they were also awarded the Flimfare Best Music Director award that year. Sadly though, this song is a copy of ‘Return To The Alamo’ by the Shadows.
2. Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye from Jurm:
The soulful song “Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye” from the Hindi movie ‘Jurm’ is perhaps one of the favourites of all music lovers in the country to this date. The music of this song was composed by Rajesh Roshan. You would imagine that at some level originality would exist considering he is such a well-known music artiste but, he disappoints again as this song is a copy of “Five Hundred Miles” by Peter, Paul & Mary.
1. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil from C.I.D:
The 1956 Hindi film C.I.D. is also known for its songs apart from its story, actors and direction. The music director of this movie was the illustrious O.P. Nayyar. Considering that this movie was made in an era which was still relatively fresh and nascent for Bollywood, you would think that every work would be original. Unfortunately the stems of plagiarism ran deep in those years, too. The song “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, hailed as one of the greatest compositions of Hindi film music, was a straight lift from “Oh My Darling Clementine”, a popular American country song.