Pakistani Showbiz

10 songs Bollywood ripped off from Pakistan

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KARACHI: Bollywood gets quite a lot of flak for its blatant plagiarism of Hollywood, with some court cases thrown in from time to time as well. The same can be said for their music with composers such as Pritam consistently under the radar for “highly-inspired” music.

Coincidentally, several Indian songs have also been “inspired” by Pakistani musicians. Here’s a list of 10 times Indian music composers ripped off from Pakistan, sometimes not even bothering to change the lyrics. The complete list consists of hundred of songs over the span of at least five decades, but our countdown consists of only some of the most popular ones.

1. Munni Badnaam Hui (Dabangg)

This famous item number bears a strong resemblance to the qawwali Larka Badnam Hua Haseena Tere Liye from the 1992 Pakistani film Mr. Charlie starring comedian Omar Sharif.


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