42 hit songs that Bollywood copied from Pakistani films

Bollywood gets a lot of criticism for its blatant plagiarism of Hollywood. The industry has almost become synonymous with plagiarism. Not only music and lyrics have been plagiarized but scripts and plots of movies have also been lifted.


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Several Indian songs have also been “inspired” by Pakistani musicians in a way that even the lyrics are not amended or changed. Here is a list of Indian music composers ripped off from Pakistan, sometimes not even bothering to change the lyrics. The complete list consists of hundred of songs over the span of at least five decades, but this countdown consists of only some of the most popular ones.

Jadon Holi Jayi (Probably the first one that Bollywood copied from Pakistani song)

Music: Bakhshi Wazir

Film: Utt Khuda Da Wair

Year: 1970

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Moam Ki Gurrya’ (1972) – Baaghon Main Bahaar Aayi –

Kisi Meherban Ne Aa Ke (Original)

Music: M. Ashraf
Film: Shama
Year: 1974

Plagiarized in Bollywood’s movie ‘Kal Ki Awaz’ (1992)

Main Jis Din Bhula Doon

Music: M. Ashraf

Film: Khushboo

Year: 1979

Plagiarized in Bollywood’s movie ‘Police Public’ (1990)

Pyasa Koo’en Ke Paas Aata Hai

Music: M. Ashraf

Film: Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat

Year: 1975

Plagiarized in Bollywood’s movie ‘Dil Tera Aashiq’ (1993)

Raat De Baara Wajjay

Music: M. Ashraf

Film: Zabardast

Year: 1989

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Khalnayak’ (1993) – Choli Ke Peechay –

Kala Seyah Kala

Music: M. Ashraf

Film: Babar Khan

Year: 1985

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Aayee Milan Ki Raat’ (1991)

Humari Saanson Main

Music: M. Ashraf

Film: Mere Huzoor

Year: 1977

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Kal Ki Awaz’ (1992) – Tumhari Nazron Main Hum Ne – 

Neendran Nahi Aundiyan

Music: Wazir Afzal 

Film: Gamma B.A

Year: 1976

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Aaj Ka Arjun’ (1990) – Gori Hain Kalaiyan – 

Woh Mera Ho Na Saka

Music: Nashaad

Film: Azmat

Year: 1973

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Qasoor’ – Dil Mera Tod Diya Us Ne –

Ja Ajj Ton Mein Teri

Music: Wazir Afzal

Film: Yaar Mastanay

Year: 1974

Copied in Bollywood’s Movie ‘Beta’ – Sajna Main Teri Tu Mera – 

Koi Tau Hai Jo

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1994

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Kartoos’ (1999) – Baha Na Aansoo –

Gham Hai Ya Khushi Hai

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1990

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Kartoos’ (1999)

Kinna Sohna Tenu Rab Ne

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1994

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Raja Hindustani’ – Kitna Pyara Tujhe Rab Ne –

Dam Mast Qalandar

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1992

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Mohra’ – Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast –

Mera Piya Ghar Aaya

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1990

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Yaarana’

Sanu Ek Pal Chain Na Aawe

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1990

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Judai’ – Sajna Tere Bina –

Saanson Ki Mala Pey

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1994

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Koyla’

Main Yaar Yaar Kehna

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Year: 1992

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Baal Brahmachari’ (1996) – Nazar Larr Gayi’aan –

Tu Meri Zindagi Hai

Year: 1972

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Aashiqi’ (1990)

Sona Na Chandi Na Koi Mehal

Music: Robin Ghosh

Film: Bandish

Year: 1980

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Ik Larka Ik Larki’ (1992) – Choti Si Dunya Mohabbat Ki Hai –

Ranjish Hi Sahi

Music: Nisar Bazmi

Film: Mohabbat

Year: 1972

Anuradha Paudwal sang it in the same music and composition

Rafta Rafta Woh Meri

Music: Nashaad

Film: Zeenat

Year: 1975

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Baazi’ (1995) – Dheere Dheere Aap Mere –

Yeh Rangeeni-e-Naubahar

Music: Wazir Afzal 

Poet: Ameer Khusroo

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Jeena Sirf Mere Liye’ (2002) – Mujhko Milgaya Mere Pyar – 

Tere Bina Pal Vi

Film: Puttar Shahiye Da

Year: 1986

Film: Tafu

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’ (1999) – Tere Bin Ik Pal – 

Boohay Bariyan

Year: 1998

Copied in Bollywood’s film ‘Dil Hai Tumhara’ (2002) – Dil Laga Liya Hai –

Chalay Tau Kat Hi Jayega

Singer: Musarat Nazir

Year: 1983

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Sadak’ (1991) – Tumhein Apna Banane Ki Qasam – 

Mujhe Dekh Ke Been Bajayen

Music: M. Ashraf 

Film: Himmatwala

Year: 1983

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Phool Aur Kantay’ (1991) – Main Ne Pyar Tumhi Se Kiya – 

Bohat Khoobsurat Hai Mera Sanam

Music: M. Ashraf 

Film: Aabshaar

Year: 1978

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Saajan’ (1991) – Bohat Pyar Karte Hain 

Tere Mere Pyar Ka Aisa Naata Hai

Music: Kamal Ahmed

Film: Salakhen

Year: 1977

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Virodhi’ (1992) – Tere Mere Pyar Ka –

Kundi Na Kharka Sohneya

Film: Desan Da Raja

Year: 1984

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Gabbar is Back’ (2015) –  Kundi Mat Kharkao Raja –

Larka Badnaam Hua Haseena

Film: Mr Charlie

Year: 1992

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Dabang’ (2010) – Munni Badnaam Hui Darling –

Baant Raha Tha Jab Khuda

Music: M. Ashraf

Film: Nazrana

Year: 1978

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Bade Dilwala’ (1999) – Bant Raha Tha Jab Khuda –

Ae Mohabbat Tere Anjaam Pe

Singer/Music: Begum Akhtar

Poet: Shakeel Badayuni

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Raaz’ (2002) – Kitna Pyara Hai Yeh Chehra –

Naye Kapray Badal Kar Jaun Kahan

Singer: Khalil Haider

Year: 1990s

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Andaaz’ (2003) – Aayega Maza Ab Barsaat Ka –

Baray Be-Murawwat Hain Yeh Husn Walay

Singer: Suraiya Multanikar

Movie: Badnaam

Year: 1966

Copied in Boolywood’s song ‘Gumnaa’ (2008) – Mohabbat Se Zyada – 

Chahay Duniya Ho Khafa

Music: A. Ashraf

Film: Nauker

Year: 1975

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Zamana Deewana’  (1995) – Saath Chhodoon Na Tera –

Way Main Chori Chori

Singer: Reshman

Lyrics: Mansoor Jhalla

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Rudaali’  (1993) – ‘Yaara Sili Sili Birha Ki Raat’ –

Mohabbat Zindagi Hai

Movie: Tum Salamat Raho

Year: 1974

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Nazar’ (2005) – ‘Mohabbat Zindagi Hai’ – 

Ankhiyan Nu Rehn De

Singer: Reshman

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Bobby’ (1973) – ‘Ankhiyon Ko Rehne Do’ –

Tumhi Ho Mehboob Mere

Film: Aina

Year: 1966

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ’15th August’ (1993) – Tumhi Ho Mehboob Mere – 

Yaar Mangeya Si Rabba

Film: Ishq Nachaye Gali Gali

Year: 1984

Music: Kamal Ahmed

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Kaante’ (2002) – ‘ Yaar Mangeya Si’ –

Sanwali Saloni

Singer: Junaid Jamshed

Year: Early 90’s

Copied in Bollywood’s movie ‘Hum Sub Chor Hain’ (1995) – ‘Sanwali Saloni Teri Jheel Si Aankhen’ –

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