Topic started by Srini (@ 220.127.116.11) on Mon Aug 19 00:05:08 EDT 2002.
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A R Rehman's copy cat wayS:
- From: yesman (@ 18.104.22.168)
on: Mon Aug 19 00:08:42 EDT 2002
AR Rahman’s copycat ways exposed!
A R Rahman, the undisputed whizkid who has changed the sound of Bollywood music, is not an original master of music! Here’s evidence.
Yanni’s track, Quiet Man, from his album In The Mirror, has a particular crescendo part, which sounds suspiciously similar to a crescendo part in A R Rahman’s Roja song, Pudhu Vellai Mazhai (Yeh Haseen Vaadiyaan)!
And here’s the clincher — Roja was released in 1992 while Yanni’s album came out in 1997 — a full five years after Roja! And, it happens to be Yanni’s original track, not a cover version of an older track to claim that both of them lifted it from one common source.
Since both Yanni and Rahman are heavily into ambient, new age music, they could have derived inspiration from a common source!
Tu Hi Tu from Priyadarsan’s Anil Kapoor-Pooja Bhatt disaster, Kabhi Na Kabhi, had Rahman’s music and the beginning of the song sounds so much like The Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel!
As far as Rahman’s Tamil work is concerned, in the song Hello Mr Ethirkatchi from the Aishwarya Rai-starrer Iruvar, the opening piano part is definitely ‘inspired’. Our source: Dave Grusin’s Memphis Stomp, from the OST of The Firm, released in 1993.
Rahman used the background rhythm and beats inspired from the song Rescue Me by Fontella Bass. The song was part of the OST of the film Sister Act, released in 1965, and was used for Kuluvalile (Film: Muthu). Thillana Thillana from Muthu opens with the humming of an African female, which is a straight lift from Deep Forest’s Night Bird. But if Deep Forest can rip-off native African sounds, why can’t Rahman?
The very popular hit single, Shakalaka Baby (Film: Mudhalvan), picturised on Sushmita Sen, has the rhythm loop with an underground feel and is also found in the track, Flight IC 408 by State of Bengal, besides the track Aint talkin bout dub by Apollo 440. It is also quite possible that the loops are readily available in the market.
What we’ve managed are only some of the unearthings. There are, obviously, a cart-load more. Considering Rahman draws his inspiration from soundtracks that are not easily accessible or heard by an average Indian (other than a hardcore music aficionado), he steers clear of plagiarism-related controversies.
However, the fact remains that despite his plagiarist ways, his music always sounds divine, and effortlessly makes it to the top of the charts. Who doesn’t draw these ‘little inspirations’?
- From: ravi.s (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Fri Aug 23 23:52:54 EDT 2002
one interesting find...In the movie 'darling, darling, darling"..a bakyaraj starrer...
In the very 1st scene when bakyaraj meets kalapatti singaram at the courtyard, kalapatti singaram will be listening to the radio..the spanish song's introduction is the "jumbalakka" song from "en swasa katre".
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