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'Inspired' Bollywood Sings Song.

'Sitar, Guitar: Inspired' Bollywood Sings Song.Recently, I played a quiz at Funtrivia. The quiz was about Hindi songs copied from English songs. Some of the Q&As were quite obvious. Yet, some were very interesting. I scored just above average in the quiz. Here are some of the things that I would like to share:

*The title song of "Dil Deke Dekho"(1959) was lifted by Usha Khanna from the song 'Sugartime' by The McGuire Sisters.

*The Song ‘'Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Naata Koi' from Movie “Aa Gale Lag Ja”(1973) had two versions. Both copied for the film by dear R.D Burman from the song 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' by Elvis Presley appearing in the 1963 movie "Viva Las Vegas".

*'Aate Jaate' from "Maine Pyaar Kiya" (1989) was lifted from 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' by Stevie Wonder. Music director of this movie,Ram Laxman, also lifted tunes for two other English songs for this film.
‘Tum Ladke Ho’ and ‘Mere Rang Mein’ were copied from Baltimore’s Tarzan Boy’ and Europe’s ‘Final Countdown’+ theme from Love Story (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story. respectively.

*Song 'O Mere Sapno Ke Saudagar' from Movie "Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin" (1992) is a copy of the hit song 'Bachelor Boy' by Cliff Richards. Blame Nadeem-Shravan for that.

*Movie "Akele Hum Akele Tum"(1995) had music by the greatest copycat musician of all, music director Anu Malik. 4 out of the 5 songs from the movie were copy of one English song or the other.The title track of the movie was copied from a 1959 song 'But You Love Me Daddy' by Jim Reeves and with words and music set by Kathryn Twitty.
Beside this, for other songs, ‘Love Theme’ by Nino Rota for “Godfather”, ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham and Deep Purple’s ‘Sweet Child in Time’, were used by Anu Malik.Also, the movie itself was based on “Kramer vs Kramer” (1979) by Robert Benton.

*The track 'Jeena, Pyaar Se Jeena' from the movie "Yeh Tera Ghar, Yeh Mera Ghar"(2002) has been blatantly copied from the popular song 'Nina, Pretty Ballerina' by ABBA.

*'Pal Pal' from one of 2006's biggest hits, "Lage Raho Munnabhai", is lifted from 'Theme For A Dream' by Cliff Richards. Blame music director Shantanu Moitra for that.


  1. There's an awesome collection of Bollywood Songs inspired from all over the globe at

  2. Hey Thanks!
    I have been to that Site a lot of times. Great site.

  3. Hey thanks for the info. Particularly "Tarzan Boy" from Baltimore. I was scratching my head about it for a long time. I had heard it but could not recollect it.

  4. Well, I have a few favorites from my childhood and Baltimora - Tarzan Boy is one of them. Well, besides the cover (putting it lightly for our Bollywood) in Maine Pyar Kiyya there was another random version in Jet Upendra's film - Danga Fasad (1990) by the name "Sham Ko Milna Hai".


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