Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Inspired film songs..

For those who haven't heard about the site I2FS already and for those of you who do not wish to see their favorite songs' original sources revealed..

STATUTORY WARNING!! IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED. IT IS NOT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE FAN(ATIC)S OF ANY INDIAN FILM MUSIC DIRECTOR. SERIOUS DAMAGES TO BELIEFS ARE POSSIBLE. DO NOT PROCEED BEYOND THIS POINT IF YOU'D RATHER BE HAPPY NOT KNOWING ABOUT THE TRUE SOURCES BEHIND A LOT OF SUPER HIT INDIAN FILM SONGS.

I've been a regular visitor to this site called Indian Inspired Film Songs for about 2-3 years now. This site maintains a catalog of known lifts/inspirations in Indian Film music. It is a private site maintained by Karthik from Bangalore. The catalog is a result of a number of people providing inputs on the plagiarisms they have noticed. An e-group i2fs@yahoogroups.com has been created for this purpose alone. The site also has audio clips of the originals and the lifts so that people can actually gauge the extent of the lift. However, one thing that this site does not do, is indicate the lifts across different languages in India itself. So, music directors like Kalyanji Anandji get away without mentions of lifts of popular numbers like "Neele Neele Ambar" (from Ilayaraja's super hit song Ilaya Nila).

To give people a rough idea of what to expect at this site.. Here are a few lifts that have been talked about recently at this site.

> Athinthom - Chandramukhi, 2005 (Vidya Sagar)
> Andangaakka - Anniyan, 2005 (Harris Jeyaraj)
> Vaa Vaa - Dass, 2005 (Yuvan Shankar Raja)

Some facts that I was surprised to glean from this site..
> R.D.Burman comes 2nd in the number of lifts/inspirations (no prizes for guessing that Anu Malik is currently at no. 1)
> Ilayaraja has more lifts at this point that A.R.Rahman (heart breaker.. but considering the fact that IR has 8000 songs to his name and only 12 known inspirations/lifts, he is still the greatest.)
> Super hit Kaadhal Kondein had 4-5 lifts/inspirations in it.
> Deva, perhaps the biggest perpetrator of them all, still has fewer counts than even Bappi Lahiri (probably people have given up on even paying attention to Deva's music?)

I request all my readers and fellow bloggers to spread the word about this collective effort to catalog lifts. Hopefully, we will one day convey to the Indian music directors that they can't really make a fool of us by taking credit for something that they truly didn't create. And definitely Karthik can use all the help he can get in tracking down all lifts/sources. Knowledge is Power!

10 Comments:

Blogger anshul said...

Observation: Most of the copied songs became hit songs. I mean common, we should give some credit for expert copying to all these :))

1:42 AM  
Blogger FSN 2.2 said...

Deva said in an interview when asked why some of his songs 'strongly remind' viewers of other, popular numbers: " Sometimes you just have these beats/tunes in your subconscience(he said)and you dont remember where you got it from. The true artist is the one who listens to what his subconscience throws up, and is able to reproduce it"

Guess his 'subconscience' takes on a human form, and roams around in the guise of other composers.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Manu said...

lol.. yeah.. a human form.. or a CD someone gave him which he thought was so anonymous that he could lift songs from it. He reached new heights when he copied the Pink Panther music in some song of his.

8:17 AM  
Blogger FSN 2.2 said...

He played the theme music of Terminator 2 as the background music of Baasha - when Rajini flashes back to his Baasha days- amazing.However it suits Maanick Baasha really well :-)

7:45 PM  
Blogger Somu said...

Illayaraja and Kalyanji Anandji had an understanding between the two of them, or thats what I heard.

The song "Kanavu Kaanum Vaazhkai yaavum" was given to IR by KA and similarly KA got "Illaya Nila" from IR.

The list of copies from within Indian languages is HUUUGGGE and in most cases gets noticed. Maybe that's why they never bothered to put it.

One more fact that u missed out
"Sirpi is the only guy to have flicked all the songs in his movie Ullathai Allitha"

Cheers,
Somu.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Somu said...

"Its my duty to add that a talk that KA and IR exchanged songs (IR had supposedly 'given' the song 'Ilaya nila' to KA!) has been doing the rounds for quite some time. " - Verbatim from the same site mentioned in your post !!

3:02 PM  
Blogger FSN 2.2 said...

Sirpi- now that's funny. He didn't really play any part in that movie. Maybe he was the guy who hit the 'record' button in the sound studio. Coz the music was there already, and the singers knew exactly what was required.

:-)

11:29 PM  
Blogger S. said...

thats one cool site...thanks for the link

10:56 PM  
Blogger Manu said...

Somu & fierysinews..
lol, true.. Sirpi is probably the guy who hit the record button.. an unbelievable achievement of acutally making most of the songs of that movie a hit.

Misha.. u're welcome :-)..

5:44 AM  
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6:53 PM  

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