7 Iconic Bollywood songs that were copied!

Read about the greatest Bollywood songs that were copied!

Bollywood has always played a copy cat and we all come across Hindi tunes that are similar to older Western songs. While the music scene in India during the 90’s was completely influenced by Michael Jackson’s melody, the new millennium opened doors for auto-tune and computed cyber sounds. It is a wrong conception among fans that only ordinary songs are copied and the industry has delivered some magical tunes over the years. It can be agreed that original tunes of Indian origin had magic brimming upon them, but it’s not right to say that all iconic songs have been originally produced in India.

The people who copied these songs were aware of the limited western influence in music. Great Music Directors too, have copied songs blatantly. But they themselves, just like their fans, call it ‘inspiration’ and not a blatant act of copying. Listed below are 7 iconic songs produced by Bollywood but, apparently copied-

7) Gupt Title Theme    

This song was a phenomenal hit, thanks to the electronic sounds that were used in limited quarters before this. Viju Shah’s hit was topping all charts and fans had this song played on every dance floor. But, little did they know about the copying of this song.

This song was originally produced by a band called Deep Forest and named the song title as their band’s name. The main tunes were copied from this song but, also with additions from the title music of the popular horror film, The Exorcist.

6) Laila Main Laila

‘Laila main laila, aisi hoon laila Har koi chaahe mujhse milna akela’

These lines were murmured almost everywhere once the music of the film Qurbani (1980) was released. Discos, parties and even gatherings played this song for sure. It was a super-hit and people start tapping their feet today listening to its tune.

The song was originally produced and recorded by the African music group Black Blood in 1975. Kalyanji-Anandji, the producers of this song had completely copied the tune and it was only known after internet became a resource in India

5) Jab Koi Baat

A song that is probably sung by every lover to his/her companion promising a great future. This song is popular even today among couples. Rakesh Roshan was appreciated for his work as a Music Director just like the film’s Director Mahesh Bhatt. But, both the film and the song were copied.

Mahesh Bhatt copied the story of the Hollywood film ‘Someone watch over me’, while Rakesh Roshan copied the viral tune from an American folk band’s song. Excerpts from their 1962 song, ‘500 miles’ were used to produce this timeless hit.

 4) Mere Rang Me Rangne Wali

Salman Khan and Bhagyashree inserted life on the screen while the audience enjoyed the visual treat with this beautiful song in the background. The orchestra received special recognition and acclaim as the work of Music Director Duo Ram-Laxman became viral.

This song was copied in 1989. Its original tune was produced by the popular Swedish rock band ‘Europe’ and the song was called ‘It’s the Final Countdown’ which was an exemplary hit in 1986.

3) Babuji Dheere Chalna

Geeta Dutts immaculate voice and O.P Nayyar’s splendid music contributed in making Aar Paar (1954) a commercially hit film. O.P Nayyar produced some golden melodies throughout his career in the industry, most of them original. But this song, considered to be one of his finest creations, isn’t his creation after all. The song was copied from the subtle tune “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” by Cuban singer Osvaldo Ferres. Inspiration or copy material, that’s debatable. But, it is clear that western influence is not new to Bollywood and it existed since a long time.

2) Chra Liya hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko

The biggest blockbuster of 1973, Yaadon Ki Baaraat had enjoyed tremendous success courtesy of its splendid music. One of R.D Burman’s greatest compositions, Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko, was a part of this movies excellent soundtrack. Mohd. Rafi Sahab and Asha Bhosale made this song sound like magic.

But, this beautiful song was copied. The tune was copied from a song called ‘If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium’. This song was a phenomenal hit across the western continents. The song was performed by Dutch singer Bojoura. Although having the knowledge that it was copied, contemporary artists really praise the way Burman Sahab inducted Hindi lyrics and befitting orchestra.

1) Mehbooba Mehbooba

Mehbooba Mehbooba is probably one of the greatest hits in Indian cinema and it was a part of one of the best ever films ever made, Sholay. R.D Burman was again culprit here. He copied this hypnotizing tune from a Cypriot folk singer Michalis Violaris’s song ‘Ta Rialia ‘.

But the original song had a soft, jolly and slow tune. R.D Burman’s mastery transformed this song into a energetic item number with pumping Banjo and beats. Though the song gives evidence that it was more or less copied but, in no way mere ‘inspiration’.



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