Chura liya hai…

Composer Pritam’s music has once again come under the scanner for plagiarism with youtube and some other sites.

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After Hours tracks the story of plagiarism in Bollywood music

Composer Pritam’s music has once again come under the scanner for plagiarism with youtube and some other sites. His latest track Pehli nazar (Race) is apparently a lift from the Korean song Sarang Hae Yo by Kim Hyung-sub. His tracks from Jab We Met, which have been the flavour of the season, have also been allegedly ripped off. Yeh Ishq Kya Hai and Aao milo chale are lifts from Être une femme and Di belakangku respectively by the Indonesian band Peterpan, it is said.

And it’s not only Pritam. Composers right from Anu Malik to A R Rahman have been accused of plagiarism. The site reveals the latest lifts in Bollywood and it lists music directors including AR Rahman.

DJ Suketu, who has remixed Pehli nazar in Race says, “There’s a lot being talked about the song. Fifteen days before the release of the song, someone emailed me a youtube link to the track and I realised that it was by someone else. As far as rip offs go, composers should give due credits,” he says, adding that there’s a CD titled Chori that’s being circulated and has tunes, which have been lifted by all composers. “The CD has all the original versions and when you listen to it you know what its Bollywood version is,” he adds. claims RD Burman’s Chura liya hai was inspired by Demis Roussoss’ Say you love me. 

“The stolen tracks very often get nominated and even win awards. We totally discourage this trend,” points composer Shankar Mahadevan.

Composer Vishal Dadlani, accused of using the Pulp Fiction theme in their music for Cash says, “It was a style used through a number of tracks. If people don’t understand that, ignorance is no excuse to make stupid allegations. Even Musu musu haasi (Pyar Mein Kabhie Kabhie) was a Nepali tune and I had acknowledged it (not that we remember ),” he fumes.  He condemns plagiarism saying, “It’s  intellectual property that’s being stolen. Film-makers don’t check these things and that’s shameful.”

The other track that’s being looked at suspiciously is from Rajkumar Santoshi’s film Halla Bol. The teaser of the film bears an uncanny resemblance to Van Halen’s Right now.


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