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Bappi Lahiri [Hindi]

Haske Guzare Zindagi [Film: Brahma] <TC>
One more version of Beethoven's Fue Elise!!!
Oh no, not again!
Dur dur tum rahe [Chalte chalte] <TC>
Inspired by the number 'Raindrops keep falling on my head' by Andy Williams.
Listen to Dur dur tum | Raindrops keep falling on my head
One of Bappida's better inspirations. The second version is by Rajesh Roshan in the movie Khote Sikkey (1998).
Hari om hari [Film: Pyaara Dushman] <TC>
From the song 'One way ticket'. By Neil Sedaka!
Meri jaisi haseena [Film: Armaan] <TC>
From Dr Hook's When you are in love with a beautiful woman!
Listen to Mere jaisi haseena | When you are in love...
Lifted. Also listen to Anu Malik's version of the same original - Anu Malik page, 6th listing.
Tera mera mera tera [Film: Shart (1986)]
From Culture Club's Karma Chameleon!
Listen to Tera mera | Karma Chameleon
Blatant lift. Also listen to Nadeem Shravan's version of the same original - Nadeem Shravan page, No. 47!
Jabse huyi hai [Film: Thaanedaar]
From the song 'April in Portugal'. Other details...still searching!
Looking for the Hindi song!
Tujse milna milkar chalna [Film: Amaanat] <TC>
From Khaled's 'El arbi'!
While the rest of the world was going gaga over Khaled's didi number, Bappida went gaga over the second song from the album, el arbi. So he used it in hindi too!
Tamma Tamma [Film: Thaanedaar] <TC>
From Mory Kante's tama tama!
Ditto! Who doesn't know this?
Koi Yahan Nache Nache [Film: Disco Dancer (1982)]
From the song 'Video killed the radio star'....by Buggles!
Looking for the Hindi track!
Sochna Kya [Film: Ghayal]
From the song Lambada!
Mera dil gaayega zoobie zoobie [Film: Dance Dance] <TC>
From Modern Talking's 'Brother Louis'!
Saawnli saloni [Hum sab chor hain] <TC>
Lifted from the Pakistani pop band Vital Signs' 'Saawnli saloni'!
Listen to Saawnli saloni (Bappida's!) | Saawnli saloni (Vital Signs)
Bappida at it again, as usual!
Jee le le [Tarzan] <TC>
Lifted from the Osibisa number Kelele kelele!
Listen to Jeelele | Kelele
Palkon ke tale [Sailaab (1990)] <TC>
Lifted from the song, 'The heat is on' from the OST of Beverly Hills Cop (1984)!
Listen to Palkon ke tale | The heat is on
I found a Kenny Loggins version of the same song too, not sure if Kenny's was the cover version. 
Trivia: Guess who is credited with the story for Sailaab? I continue to be surprised everytime I see his name in the credits...it is actually credited to the noted Tamil writer/ poet Kannadasan! The story was first made in Tamil with Karthik and Ambika as 'Kan Simittum neram', if I remember right!
Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja [Disco Dancer (1982)] <TC>
Lifted from the song 'T'es OK, T'es Bath' (1980) by the disco band named 'Ottawan'.
Listen to Jimmy Jimmy | T'es OK
Ottawan is better known for their smash hit "D.I.S.C.O" in 1979. In the 90's, it was re-recorded by N-Trance.
Dil tha akela [Suraksha (1979)] <TC>
Lifted from ABBA's 1974 track, 'Hasta Manana' from the album Waterloo.
Listen to Dil tha akela | Hasta Manana
Heavily borrowed!
Mere paas aaoge [Tarzan (1985)] <TC>
Inspired by the 1971 hit 'Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep' by Mac & Katie Kissoon.
Listen to Mere paas aaoge | Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep
Notice how Bappi has modelled the original to fit into a Hindi song idiom - the 'mere paas aaoge' almost does not have a direct influence, with the beginning of the original which goes, 'where's your mama gone'. But the similarities creep up on the 'last night I heard my momma' part which is 'mujhko tumhare jaisa yaar chaahiye' in the hindi version. Looks like Bappi has worked hard here!
Kitne Phool [Teri Baahon Mein (1984)] <TC>
Lifted off Elvis Presley's 'Wooden Heart'
Listen to Kitne phool | Wooden Heart
Bappi Lahiri chose to redo this Elvis Presley track, or perhaps its German original, 'Muss i'den' by Friedrich Silcher, 13 years after Shankar Jaikishen lifted it for 'Tu ru ku' (Main Sundar Hoon, 1971)! (For Muss i'den and Tu ru ku, check out Listing no. 13 in the Shankar Jaikishen page)
Duniya mein tere siva [Aandhiyaan (1990)] <TC>
Significantly inspired by the Pakistani track, 'Bas ek tere siva' composed by Robin Ghosh, for the film, 'Dooriyan' (1984)

Listen to Duniya mein tere siva | Bas ek tere siva

The original was sung by Akhlaq Ahmed and Mehnaz. Also see the same original's other, much more popular Indian version - in the Nadeem Shravan page, listing no. 39.
Chidiyaan chun chun [Jyoti (1981)] <TC>
Lifted off a Calypso track titled, 'Mary Ann' by Roaring Lion, composed first in 1946.

Listen to Chidiya chun chun | Mary Ann

The next listing is yet another Bappi Lahiri track inspired by the same original! And yes, this is indeed the same 'Jyoti' which had the Truth Hurts - 'Thoda resham lagta hai' hungama!
Whole day whole night [Yodha (1991)] <TC>
Like the previous listing, inspired again by 'Mary Ann'.

Listen to Whole day all night | Mary Ann

'Mary Ann' (also referred to as Mary Anne or Marianne) is a 1946 Calypso hit, in which the main refrain goes,
'All day, all night, Miss Mary Ann
Down by the seaside, she sifting sand
All the little children love Mary Ann,
Down by the seaside sifting sand'!

Enough reason to pin Bappida at least for the Yodha number, huh? The Calypso track was originally composed by Rafael de Leon, popularly known as Roaring Lion. He's referred to as one of the greatest Calypso composer/ singers of the 20th century. Trivia: More on Roaring Lion from Calypsoworld and Wikipedia!
Baahon mein leke [Loverboy (1986)] <TC>
Lifted off Barbra Streisand's 1980 chartbuster, 'Woman in Love'.

Listen to Baahon mein leke | Woman in love

Bappida's fairly obscure track 'Baahon mein leke' starts off after a couple of minute's rain soaked pouting by Meenakshi Sheshadri by which time Rajeev Kapoor seems to have lost all hope and interest. But Meenakshi finally gets in the mood and starts singing Barbra Streisand's 1980 chartbuster, 'Woman in Love' in shuddh Hindi! Pretty neat adaptation by Bappida!
Dil mera todo na [Dance Dance (1987)] <TC>
Lifted from UB40's 1985 hit single, 'Don't break my heart'

Listen to Dil mera todo na | Don't break my heart

So, how do you translate 'Dil mera todo na' in English? 'Don't break my heart'? Bingo! UB40's 1985 hit single, 'Don't break my heart' acts as the inspiration for this Hindi number and its a pretty neat adaptation but for obvious giveaways like the key hook's literal translation and tune.
Hum  dono akele hon [Aaj Ke Shahenshah (1990)] <TC>
Lifted from the French track, 'L'Amour Est Bleu'

Listen to Hum dono akele hon | L'Amour Est Bleu

Sometime back, I had added a Telugu oldie, 'Ee reyi teeyanidi' composed by Saluri Rajeswara Rao and its original, the French track, 'L'Amour Est Bleu' also popularly known as 'Love is blue' by Paul Mauriat! If Saluri can do it, Bappi Da can do it better and still sue the goras...and continue to flaunt about his international album that is almost ready for release in the island nation of Timbuktu...I digress. Bappi's 1990 track from Aaj Ke Shahenshah, 'Hum dono akele hon' was sung by the man himself, along with Anuradha Paudwal. This track is nothing but a bloody blatant lift of 'L'Amour Est Bleu' in all its glory - no attempt to hide the lift.
Dekho Din Ye [Bhavna (1984)] <TC>
Lifted from The Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) track, 'It's a small world (after all)'

Listen to Dekho Din Yeh Na Dhalne Paye | It's a small world

The original is a song titled, 'It's a small world (after all)'. This is a 1964 composition by The Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) and it is one of the best known Disney tunes of all time since it is played on a continuous loop at the various Disney theme parks. When you hear the track, I'm sure you'd immediately recognize it as hearing it somewhere - perhaps in a Disney toon or as a filler music in Doordarshan (that's what came to my mind!!). The Indian filmi connection? Oh yes, there is one, courtesy, Bappi Lahiri! Bappi's 1984 track, Dekho Din Yeh Na Dhalne Paye, from the Shabana Azmi starrer, Bhavna, uses It's a small world, as-is! Very minimal improvisations, right up to using the catchy and repetitive part too!
Inteha ho gai [Sharaabi (1984)] <TC>
Lifted from the song, 'The Runner' by The Three Degrees (1979)

Listen to Inteha ho gayi | The Runner

Its no doubt a fascinating lift - before you jump off your seats, relax - the main tune is original; its the faster female portion (Logon ne to...) in the antara that is lifted. Mighty directly, if I may add. The original is the song 'The Runner' by the 60s/ 70s all-women soul band from Philadelphia, The Three Degrees. The Runner was one of their hit singles in 1979, while Sharaabi came out in 1984. Its interesting to see Bappi lifting the opening of a song and fit it so convincingly in the middle of another, completely different tune! It is so well entrenched in our Indian minds that listening to it as the opening of a song seems really odd!


Anu Malik
Anand Milind
Anand Raaj Anand
Bappi Lahiri
Jatin Lalit
Kalyanji Anandji
Laxmikant Pyarelal
Nadeem Shravan
OP Nayyar
Pritam Chakravarty
Rajesh Roshan
RD Burman
Salil Chaudhry
SD Burman
Sandeep Chowta
Sanjeev Darshan
Shankar Jaikishen
Hindi - others

A R Rahman
Yuvan S. Raja
Tamil - others

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