- 165 weeks and 6 days ago
While Munni sang and danced (and made disrepute sound desirable)
it would be interesting to see how the producer and music director
of Dabangg themselves deal with some 'badnami' now.
Dabangg's original soundtrack may be flying off the shelves,
as confirmed by leading music shops in the city, but here is a
screechy footnote: the album's chartbuster — Munni
Badnaam Hui — is a straight lift from the soundtrack of a
The movie is Mr Charlie and the song 'Ladka badnaam hua
haseena tere liye'. The Pakistani song, which has been copied
note for note by Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit fame) for Dabangg,
was recorded back in 1993.
That year, to put things in perspective, two films of
Salman's released — Chandra Mukhi and Dil Tera Aashiq.
Both bombed at the box office.
'Ladka badnaam hua haseena tere liye' was picturised on
Pakistani stand-up comedian-actor-producer-director Umer
The song's lyrics are the only original element in its copy
in Dabangg. When we contacted Sharif in Pakistan, he sounded both
amused and angry. "Yeh chori nahin, seena zori hein," he
said, and added that he had heard about the plagiarisation a couple
of days back. "I am more surprised than angry.
If one has a name in the industry, every attempt should be made
to make sure that it does not get sullied. I wish one of the Khan
brothers (Salman/Arbaaz/Sohail) had made at least a courtesy call
Sharif said he would raise the matter with the industry in
Pakistan and "see what can be done."
Back home in Mumbai, Lalit flatly denied he copied Ladka badnaam
hua haseena tere liye. "Yeh sab galat hain. I am busy in a
meeting," he said before hanging up.
This is not a first for Lalit so far as allegations of lifting
songs go. His ex-partner Jatin and he had once composed Haan Haan
Yeh Pyaar Hai for Dillagi, a ditty lifted from the classic Frankie
Valli song, Can't Take My Eyes Off You.
Dabangg's producer Arbaaz Khan, whose wife Malaika Arora
plays the Munni in Munni Badnaam Hui, did not respond to calls.
Messages left on his cell phone went unanswered.
Munni Badnaam Hui, meanwhile, has entered the list of 'Top
20 most-frequently played songs on radio in India. As on September
10, the song was ranked number one on the list of chartbusters.
The audio rights to Dabangg were reportedly sold for a
gobsmacking Rs 9.5 crore. Rhythm House, the city's oldest music
store, claimed it has sold 395 Dabangg CDs, while Landmark store in
Andheri has sold 224 to date. Both stores confirmed that it was
their highest-selling CD ever since the music of the film was