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We always knew how most Bollywood movies were a copy of South Indian or Hollywood movies – but how many Bollywood songs do you know that were a copy of western music as well? Here are 12 popular songs from different eras of Bollywood that were blatant copies of – or as the music directors prefer to call it – 'inspired from' the West.


1. Song: 'Yun Hi Kat Jayega Safar' from 'Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9l0DszXW1s[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Lovely Lady Of Arcadia' by Demis Roussos

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz3oLnO7uQs[/youtube]


The 90s music director-duo Nadeem-Shravan took 'inspiration' from the Greek singer Demis Roussos for this Aamir Khan-Juhi Chawla starrer.

2. Song: 'Babuji Dheere Chalna' from 'Aar Paar'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A35PbjcKoBA[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps' by Doris Day

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_fcG9GXeRw[/youtube]


'Babuji Dheere Chalna' is one of the most memorable tunes from the golden 50s era, but O.P. Nayyar could not have done it without the 40s American singer Doris Day and her popular song 'Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps'.

3. Song: 'Kambakht Ishq' from 'Pyar Tune Kya Kiya'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCqFVQaWZyo[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Eireann' by 'Afro Celt Sound System'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrJW33JkVlM[/youtube]


In the early 2000s, the success of the music of PTKK was possible through the Ctrl C + Ctrl V genius of Sandeep Chowta – and some major influence from the West. For instance, this number copied from this fusion musical group.

4. Song: Title Song from 'Pyar Tune Kya Kiya'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj5lAmsGcHY[/youtube]


Copied From: End Credits Track of 'Exorcist II' by Ennio Morricone'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlXUcGXPUKM[/youtube]


Another number copied in this movie was the title song – which was lifted straight out of the ending credits of the famous horror movie. Now that's something!

5. Song: 'Akele Hain To Kya Gham Hai' from 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As9DnNT3XZA[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Return to the Alamo' by 'The Shadows'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xR_vfH9wUw[/youtube]


The 80s saw the popularity of music director duo Anand-Milind soar – and it is disheartening to know that one of their most popular numbers from QSQT was actually a direct lift from the British instrumental rock group.

6. Song: 'Laila Main Laila' from 'Qurbani'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_IQ95rQP1Q[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Chicano' by 'Black Blood'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QgleJB0MVc[/youtube]


As the 70s led way into the 80s, 'Qurbani' released with its awesome soundtrack – and Kalyanji-Anandji won the hearts of the music lovers. From an African song to Indian cabaret – 'Laila Main Laila' was quite the jump.

7. Song: 'Koi Mil Gaya' from 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsPqETkpu0U[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Take That Look Off Your Face' by Helen Welsh and the Company

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEoQKgCxXss[/youtube]


One of the most successful soundtracks at the end of the 90s was undoubtedly that of 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' – with the freshness of Jatin-Lalit's music direction. But alas… 'Koi Mil Gaya', one of the movie's popular numbers, was also inspired from the West. Just click and listen.

8. Song: 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' from 'Sholay'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PCxTGZynpo[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Say You Love Me' by Demis Roussos

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UJXgmPqAE4[/youtube]


Even geniuses were not innocent in the game of musical plagiarism that plagues Bollywood. R.D. Burman won our hearts with his work in 'Sholay', but he too lifted right off the music of Demis Roussos.

9. Song: Title Song from 'Gupt'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7xTkquznhc[/youtube]


Copied From: 'Deep Forest' by 'Deep Forest'

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x05BUoXCXjM[/youtube]


French musical group Deep Forest's eponymous number was picked up by Viju Shah to compose the catchy title song of the murder mystery 'Gupt'.

10. Song: 'Hare Krishna Hare Ram' from 'Bhool Bhulaiya'

Music Director: Pritam( No. 1 Thief)

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tb6Q1PH-_0[/youtube]


Copied From: 'My Lecon' by JTL

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mecp01YMr1A[/youtube]


No list of musical plagiarism is complete without mentioning Pritam. The modern-day Anu Malik composed the upbeat number 'Hare Krishna Hare Ram' for 'Bhool Bhulaiya' after borrowing 'inspiration' from Korean hip hop trio JTL's number 'My Lecon'.

11. Song: 'Pal pal' from 'Lage raho munnabhai'
Music Director: Anand Milind

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2JutYGE4MM[/youtube]


Copied From: Theme for a dream (Cliff Richard's)

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMNvJGdWays[/youtube]


12. Hindi Song: Dhoom Machaale (Dhoom)

Music Director: Pritam

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBW3Jo9yoxo[/youtube]


Copied From: Mario takes a walk (Jesse Cook)

[youtube height=”500″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3iTfEF52kw[/youtube]


One thing you have to admit about these music directors, they do scan the length and breadth of world music to select the best music to steal.


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