5 Famous Hindi Film Songs You Didn’t Know Were Inspired and third one even got Filmfare

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Music is food for the soul, they say. It has no language barriers. No matter what language the song is in, its music can be enjoyed by everyone.

We all are enamored of Hindi film music. Be it S.D. Burman, Hemant Kumar, R.D. Burman, Madan Mohan, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Shankar-Jaikishan, we all are fascinated by the songs they have created. Such talented music directors, lyricists, singers and beautiful inspirations!!!

Yes, inspirations from classical raagas, folk music or western music. The music directors have been inspired by all these. Some songs have been altered and changed in a way that it doesn’t seem an obvious lift. But some songs are total lifts of the originals.

We bring here few such songs and their originals for you to compare!!

1. R.D.Burman: He’s given some of most hit songs including Amitabh starrer- ‘Satte Pe Satta’. The romantic “Dilbar mere kab tak mujhe..” has been heavily inspired by the German track…’Zigeunerjunge’ by Alexandra!



2. Hridaynath Mangeshkar: Younger brother of singing icon Lata Mangehkar. Always has been known for his electric songs. Famous song by him…..’Yaara sili sili’ from Lekin has been inspired by Pakistani singer Reshma’s folk number ‘Chori Chori’





3. Laxmikant-Pyarelal: The duo have given so many hit numbers, won filmfare awards. One such film for which they have got the award is ‘Karz’. A well known song “Om Shanti Om…” from this film is very heavily inspired or nearly copied from Lord Shorty’s song with the same title.





4. O.P. Nayyar: ‘The Rhythm King’. He has given music to the films where all the songs have become hit. One such example is ‘CID’ and the song….”Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan…” is inspired from the western number ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’.


5. Shankar-Jaikishan: The duo best known for their music for RK films. The song which is considered as the first dream sequence of hindi cinema….”Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi…” has been inspired by the Egyptian song….’Ala Baladi El Mahboub’ which also means ‘My Beloved Came Home’. The singer is Oum Kalthoum. The pace of the song is changed.



Which inspired songs do you like?

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  2. Manoj

    September 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Up to my knowledge, Arabic song “Ala baladi El Mahboub” is sung by many artists like Lataji’s “lag ja gale” but original was sung Asmahan not by Umm Koulthum.

    • Dr Bilihalli Venkatesh

      November 9, 2016 at 9:43 am

      But the most famous inspiration is Mozart 40, led to the song “it na na mujh se tu pyar badha” sung by Talat Mahmoud and Music Direction by Salil Choudhury from “Chhaya” , a little recent ( if you call 1975 as recent!!) is “Love me ,Love Me” by Demis Rosoussus a Greek singer giving to the famous “Mehbooba Mehbooba” by R D Burman. But as rightly said music is to be shared by all and not owned by any body. Just like knowledge it is to be distributed universally, but as a courtesy like Guru Dakshina, at least credit should be given to original artiste as a mark of respect

  3. something2blog

    December 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    The title music of Murder at the gallops is lifted for Pyaar baant-they chalo sung by Kishore Kumar – here’s the original:

    • Deepa

      December 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      There are many more songs which have been inspired, this is just a small list đŸ™‚

  4. something2blog

    December 2, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Yet another copy – Lehron pe lehar by Hemant Kumar for Snehal Bhatkar – here’s the original.

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