American rapper lifting Tum Hi Ho is not the first, check out the Hindi songs that 'inspired' the West
As the Internet is abuzz with American rapper T-Pain lifting Indian composer Mithoon's track for Aashiqui 2, we tell you the other times Bollywood served as an inspiration for the world. The rapper recently dropped a song titled That's Yo Money that featured a recurring flute tune that sounds eerily similar to a hit 2013 Indian song, Tum Hi Ho. Following the plagiarism claim, the song, which was released on December 13, was taken down from YouTube, after T-Series, who own the rights to 'Tum Hi Ho' complained of copyright infringement.
The Hindi musicians often face flak for lifting compositions of older Korean or English tracks and packaging them as brand new melodies, however, turns out they are not alone.
Urvasi Urvasi by AR Rahman
The member of former rap group Black Eyed Peas, rapper Will.i.am dropped a track It's My Birthday that was inspired by the Prabhudeva starrer and AR Rahman composed number, Urvasi Urvasi. This 1994 number was a huge rage, originally recorded in Tamil it was later dubbed into Telugu and Hindi.
Ten years later, the Will.i.am version also became a chart-topper. What do you think?
Badtameez Dil by Benny Dayal
Adding to the hit Bollywood onscreen pairing of Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, the track Badtameez Dil just added to the hit movie, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. While the movie and the song was a hit in India, turns out it found a fan in Turkish singer Simge too. So much so, that she ended up making a song just like the number. Badtameez or not?
Dhoom Machale by Sunidhi Chauhan
A classic case of a copy of a copy. The original Dhoom Machale title track was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan for the movie Dhoom, that also featured a version by Thai singer Tata Young. The track was heavily inspired by Turkish singer Tarkan's big hit Sikidim. Then, the 'inspired' track further inspired Serbian singer Goga Sekulic to croon Naocare.
Dum Dum by Benny Dayal & Himani Kapoor
A not-so-popular track from Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh starrer, Band Baaja Baaraat, the song caught the eye of Serbian singer Jelena Karleusa. She came up with Nova Religija. What do you think- Equally forgettable or more?
Mera Man Tera Pyasa by Rafi and Wada Na Tod by Lata Mangeshkar
The Hollywood flick, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey has quite the fan following. And so do the old Bollywood numbers used casually in the background. Can you spot them?
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