Another one bites the dust

by vpundir | December 27th, 2007

Ghayal (Wounded) released in 1990 is undoubtedly one of the best action movies to have ever come out of Bollywood. Raj Kumar Santoshi‘s directorial debut was also arguably his biggest commercial success and delivered a national award for actor Sunny Deol.

Santoshi and Deol have always been very candid about the fact that the film drew some inspiration from Stallone’s First Blood. If fact, they have been reported to admit that when Santoshi took the script to Sunny Deol, he said he’d focus on how to make it different from the said Stallone movie. That said, I have to admit that the end product is very different from the inspiration.

What has been less widely reported is blatant plagiarism in the music department. The happy-go-lucky family song Sochna Kya Jo Bhi Hoga Dekha Jayega (Don’t worry about tomorrow, We’ll meet it when it comes) is clearly a lift-off from the French group Kaoma‘s 1989 megahit Lambada, which spawned the Lambada dancing craze of the 90s.

Things like this can shake up your entire belief system. You see, in my earlier, “ignorance is bliss” days, I would have classified “Sochna Kya” as a typical “Indian sound”. Oh, well! You live, you learn.

If you, like me, have been living under a rock for all these years, you can listen to Lambada right here:

3 mts 22 secs

Click on the image above, and then click on play button once it becomes available.

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