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Despite owning a rich History in Music, Indian music composers sort way to ease their work of composing a new one completely for a movie. There was a wave of new kind of music but unfortunately, a major chunk of the “new music” of Hindi-Language Films have been heavily borrowed from outside India. One of the primary sources for Indian musicians of Bollywood has been English songs. Be it a portion or the complete piece, some of the very famous songs of Hindi-Language Films have been copied from English songs.


Bollywood songs copied from Hollywood:

Babuji Dheere Chalna

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Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps



This Hindi song of Geeta Dutt from the movie Aar-Paar released in the year 1954 traces its origin back to a Spanish song Quizas which was further adopted into an English version. The English version “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” was originally recorded by Desi Arnaz, a Cuban born Hollywood actor and musician in 1948.


Dil Deke Dekho

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Sugartime by The McGuire Sisters



The McGuire Sisters version of the song “Sugartime” in 1958 made it a big hit in West. It was originally written by Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols who are English singers and composers respectively. It came out to be so popular that adaption of this song soon found its way in the next year itself in the title track of the movie Dil Deke Dekho.


Tera Mujhse hai Pehle ka Naata Koi 

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The Yellow Rose of Texas



The beautiful melody of the song Tera Mujhse hai Pehle ka Naata Koi of the year 1973 has been adapted from an American song called The Yellow Rose of Texas It dates back to the 1850s when members of the Western Writers of America penned the lyrics. Several singers from Holly have recorded the song since then. Mitch Miller, Elvis Presley are few among them.


Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko 

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If it’s Tuesday, This must be Belgium



Who knew that the romantic melody starring Zeenat Aman and composed by R.D. Burman in 1973 has also been adapted from the very famous title track of English movie If it’s Tuesday, This must be Belgium? It was released way back in 1969 by Walter Scharf. Well, the reality is out there. R.D. Burman loved experimenting with his songs and this piece is one of the perfect examples of the borrowing culture from English songs.


Hari Om Hari

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One Way Ticket by Eruption Band



The peppy number of Usha Uthup in the year 1980 caught the attention of the Indian mass. But the other picture is its originality lying in the famous Eruption band song, One Way Ticket of 1978. Hari Om Hari is the exact copy of this band song which hit the top position in the charts after its release..


Koi Yahan Nache Nache

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Video Killed the Radio Star



The famous dance number from the film Disco Dancer again sung by Usha Uthup is copied from the song Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles for the album English Garden. This song is known to have made a big hit for this band in the year 1979 which was then taken by a Hindi-Language Film in 1982.


Akele Hain Toh Gham Hai Bollywood song

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Return to the Alamo (Instrumental)



The romantic movie of 1988 Qayamat se Qayamat Tak made space amongst the youth for its melodious romantic compositions starring Amir Khan and Juhi Chawla. Interestingly, this song too is an adapted version of Return to the Alamo which is yet another melodic instrumental by The Shadows released in 1977.


Tumse Milke Bollywood song

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When I Need You by Leo Sayer



Yet another romantic piece of the movie Parinda of 1989 has been taken from the popular song When I Need You written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager. Leo Sayer’s version of this song released in 1977 from the album Endless Fight. It has been taken for the song Tumse Millke.


Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye

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Five Hundred Miles



In the 1990s, Kumar Sanu definitely pulled off this song by his soothing voice and till date, it remains a dedicated song to the beloved people but it is yet another copy from a slow and soothing English composition Five Hundred Miles by Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1962. This was the time of Folk Revival in America and this song with repetitive lyrics brought back the essence of American folk music.



Raja ko Rani se Pyar Ho Gaya

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Godfather Theme



The song Raja ko Rani se Pyar Ho Gaya of 1995 traces back its adaption from the instrumental version of the 1972 film The Godfather. The instrumental version of speak softly, love and was copied by Anu Malik.


Neend Churayi Meri

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Sending all my Love



The Freestyle/Pop song group Linear released their debut single Sending All My Love in 1990. It was their biggest hit, peaking at number 5. Anu Malik did not delay in copying this piece in the song Neend Churayi Meri in the year 1997.


Koi Mil Gaya

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Take That Look Off Your Face



The duo Jatin-Lalit managed to copy a portion of the song Take That Look Off Your Face By Marti Webb which hit the third number in the charts. The chorus of the song Koi Mil Gaya is seen taken from the song on 0:41seconds in the video.


Tirchi Topivale Bollywood song

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The Rhythm is Gonna Get You



Famous English singer, actress Gloria Estefan’s The Rhythm is Gonna Get You got copied by Kalyan Ji and Anand Ji for the song Tirchi Topivale. Though the complete song has not been used for the Bollywood piece but there are major portions of the song which are highlighted from the parent song.


Chand Sitare Phool aur Kaliyan

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Voices, Vangelis



Composer Rajesh Roshan was also interested in using outside music in Bollywood songs. He did this experiment in the initial music of the famous beach side romantic number. It is sung by Kumar Sanu of 1999 and is actually copied from the instrumental of the album Voices by composer Vangelis and was given an Indian taste according to the audience.



Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

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Exorcist II- The Heretic



Hollywood movie, Exorcist II: The Heretic which is the sequel of the film The Exorcist of 1973 had an instrumental piece composed by Ennio Morricone. This piece was completely copied and created into new song Pyar Tune Kya Kiya in 2001. The minor notes creating a sense of horror in the original piece were craftly designed to be made into a love song.




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