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Pritam gets 'inspired' again!

The opening bar of his song Hai junoon from Yash Raj Films’ next release New York, is said to be copied from the Indonesian band Samsons’ Naluri lelaki, from its 2006 album of the same name, reports Nikhil Taneja.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2009 19:20 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Pritam has done it again! The composer, who has come under fire time and again for allegedly plagiarising songs from composers around the world, is in the centre of a new mess. The opening bar of his song Hai junoon from Yash Raj Films’ next release New York, is said to be copied from the Indonesian band Samsons’ Naluri lelaki, from its 2006 album of the same name.

This alleged tune theft was apparently revealed by another composer, Pankaj Awasthi, who has composed Aye saaye mere, another track for New York. A day before the films’ music release, Awasthi posted a comment on Samsons’ official YouTube link for Naluri lelaki, informing them that the song had been “copied” by “a big film which will make millions”. The comment has now been removed.

In an interview with a Kolkata daily, Awasthi confessed to having written the comment and also admitted that he informed Samsons. When contacted, he admitted giving this interview, but refused any more details.

The two songs have an unmistakable similarity, and when Samsons was contacted, its bassist Aldri Dataviadi also agreed, “We already know about the issue. We will have a meeting with our music label this week.”

Pritam, who has previously admitted to plagiarism, could not be reached. The songs can be compared online on S Karthik’s website, itwoFS.com, which has been pointing out plagiarism in Indian music for 10 years.