The Indian film industry has had a long and illustrious history of plagiarism. Our music legends have taken some serious inspirations when it came to producing “original” music.
Here’s a list of songs that were copied from K-pop tracks:
1- Zaalima from Raees – Eyes, Nose, Lips by Taeyang
The famous 2017 song Zaalima from the movie Raees featuring SRK and Mahira Khan was sung by Harshdeep Kaur and Arijit Singh. The song does have Pritam’s name attached to it, so there’s no surprise that it is a blatant copy of the 2014 Korean song Eyes, Nose, Lips by Taeyang.
2- Laaj Sharam from Veere Di Wedding – Girls Girls Girls by GOT7
This 2018 song is a copy of the 2014 song Girls Girls Girls by GOT7. The entire first minute of the song is an exact rip-off. So, if you and your girl gang found yourselves jamming to this song then sorry to break it to you.
3- Pehli Nazar Mein from Race – Sarang Hae Yo by Kim Hyung Sup
Admit it, we all were obsessed with this Atif Aslam song from Race. This perfect love song, released in 2008, by Pritam has an uncanny resemblance to the Korean song Sarang Hae Yo by Kim Hyung Sup, OST of Delightful Girl Choon Hyang in 2005.
4- Bhool Bhulaiyaa title track – My Lecon by JTL
The title track ‘Hare Krishna Hare Rama’ of the movie Bhool Bhulaiya released in 2007 is composed by Pritam and it is similar to JTL’s (a Korean HipHop Trio) ‘My Lecon’, which was released in 2001. There is no doubt about the background score and the beats being very similar from the beginning to the end.
5- Mantoiyat from Manto – Do You by RM
Raftaar’s 2018 song for Manto was a blatant copy of the Korean song, Do You by RM. In Mantoiyat, Raftaar raps about social issues and so does RM in his 2015 song, Do You. Paired with the similarities in the video, people were quick to make the connection between the two songs. Raftaar also issued an official apology for the similarities between the two songs.
6- Baatein Kuch Ankahee from Life In A… Metro – Ahreum Dareum Saram from My Lovely Sam Soon
Surprise, surprise this above-titled song is by Pritam again, from the popular movie ‘Life In A Metro’, released in 2007 and it draws its inspiration from the Korean song ‘Ahreum Dareum Saram’ by Seo Yoo Seok, heard in the famous Korean Drama ‘My Name Is Kim Sam Soon’ which was released in 2005.
The next time someone makes fun of you listening to K-POP, if they are a fan of the above Indian songs, let them know where it originates from!