Came across this Atif song ‘Pehli Nazar mein’ from Race. Well its not all that a great song anyways… but reading the comments on youtube, what I learn was disturbing.
Thanks to Pritam’s Korea connexion! Wasn’t there another song with Korea connection? I believe it was ‘Kya mujhe pyar hai’ from Woh Lamhe.
At times, he does a good job ripping off, and in fact makes the song better than original. And if the songs of Metro are any proof, I think he should be awarded the greatest arranger for 2007! And its possible that the copy may be better than the original. In the western world, in my opinion, Eric Clapton’s and GnR’s version of Knockin on heaven’s door are better than the original! And so there are many great cover versions such as Turn the page by Metallica, I shot the sheriff by Clapton, Oye Como Va, Black Magic Woman by Santana. Peter Framton’s version of Soundgarden’s Black hole sun is quite awesome.
But all these guys publicly acknowledged it being a cover version, and took the creative freedom to make it their own! Why can’t Mr Chakraborty give the credits to original composer? Will it make him any less of musician? Did it matter to any of those musicians above? In fact they went on to create some world class covers. And in many cases, people recognize the cover versions more than the originals.
My request to Pritam: Its okay to bring in the influence of world music to Bollywood, and make it better by all means. But do not take away the credits of creation! Don’t you feel ashamed being nominated for the best music director, when all over the world people have living proof of songs being ripped! So why don’t you come out in public, accept it!
May be one more theory behind it is to create these bad publicity intentionally. As you all know, its good to be the center of buzzword. No publicity is bad publicity! Going by that law, it might be helping him more than doing any bad. Bollywood is full of people hungry for any kind of publicity, they will go to any extent for journos to write about them! In the current generation of music directors, I believe, there are more blogs written about Pritam than anyone else! Who cares about Jatins & Lalits? ARRahman is 90’s. Anu Malik has had his share of plagiarism accusations and is past anyways. Vishal, Shekhar are too nice and clean! Ismail Darbar is considering being back as a session musician. Salim Sulaiman just make good music and mind their own business. The Amar Akabar Anthony (SEL) of Bollywood is busy acting in Cricket videos and some of their own soundtracks! Do a google search on Pritam & Plagiarism, you’ll know the amount of internet bandwidth, hard drive space, research dedicated to the cause!
Just like the one you are reading right now …