Monday, July 27, 2009


Hi guys,

I think it is well established now that music director Pritam is the rightful heir of Anu Mallik. And for the guys who don't yet understand what I'm talking about, here are two links which provide full information about his plagiarism.

According to music lovers (which includes me) 90% of his songs are copies ("inspired one's" in a formal tone), which include some of his most popular songs like Ya Ali, Kya Mujhe Pyaar hai and Zara Zara. Taiwanese singer Lee-Hom Wang and his record label Sony BMG Music Entertainment Ltd. are suing Tips Films, the distributors and rights holders of Race (for which Pritam composed the music), for $320,000 in damages, accusing them of plagiarizing his song Deep in the Bamboo Grove (Chu Lin Shen Chu) into Zara Zara touch me from the film.

Apparantly, he did not learn a lesson from that. His recent hit Twist from Love Aaj Kal is accused to be a copy of old Lata Mangeshkar's song Man dola.

According to Oxford dictionary the definition of plagiarism is "taking the idea or work of someone else and pretending to be one's own". As a fact, Plagiarism a widespread and deep-rooted cult in India. Not only Pritam, noted musicians like Vishal Shekhar (I recently found out his song Crazy girl from Dostana was actually picked from the sound track of English film Houseguest), Bappi Lahiri and of course, Anu Mallik are accused of plagiarism. Most of our Bollywood cinemas inherit their stories directly from Hollywood. Naturally questions arise. Why do our musicians go for copying songs? Is it okay to plagiarize? How can we stop this plagiarism?

Every musician has a time limit, after which he becomes boring( remember Himesh). When he is new in the industry his tunes, his style are new to the listeners. But as the number of films in his bag increases, he tends to get boring. His style seems ordinary to the listeners. Suddenly he is in the pressure of supplying new stuff to his producers and directors. And those persons, who can easily bend their honesty, take shelter in plagiarism. The music he copied, becomes a hit with the audience. More and more projects come to him and to keep the same level of music he copies more and more songs from different sources. Of course, he will copy songs which are less known and less famous, in his circle of listeners. One would not copy "We will Rock You" nowadays (though Anu Mallik was fool enough to do so, then). That's what Pritam does. Copying Indonesian, Arabian and what not.

We can't stop public from listening to the songs. They don't care if the song is an original or a copy. It's new and it's good and that's what listeners want. Even I can't stop myself listening to the foot-tapping number's of Pritam. And as long as we listen the plagiarism will continue. It is an endless loop. The only way out of this seems to be that directors and producers should appreciate originality and creativity and should not take copy-cat's as their composers and composers should have some self-respect and create original songs rather than copying music.

1 comment:

  1. i think the only way is out that the music producers themselves be truthful and acknowledge the original composers and even share the profits. Doing this will be difficult for anyone.but i believe this is the way forward.