Anu Malik, who has composed songs for over 300 films, isn't exactly known for his modesty. For one, he refers to himself in the third person some times. He also uses the lyrics of one of his own hit songs -- East Or West, India Is The Best -- to describe himself.
But the 55-year-old songwriter, singer and composer is also known for composing some of the best party numbers and stupendous hits over his last three decades in the film industry. His songs for Baazigar catapulted him into the limelight. In 2000, he won a National Award for his music in JP Dutta's Refugee. The much decorated composer is one of the best known names over the last 30 years for his versatile style.
But while his flamboyant style and outspoken charm has won him many fans over the years, he has been routinely plagued by allegations of plagiarism. Many of Malik's songs are said to be direct lifts from Western pop music.
A Quora thread discussing instances of plagiarised western songs used in Indian films list many of Malik's work. The prominent ones being 'Kaho Na Kaho' from Murder (2004), a direct lift from 'Tamally Maak' of Amr Diab and 'Raja Ko Rani Se' from Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), a copy of the 'The Love Theme' from The Godfather.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama in February this year, Malik lashed out against the website's Broadband Content Head, Faridoon Shahryar, saying he was asking him "stupid" questions about plagiarised songs.
He found a unique way to counter the argument that he copied music of other composers.
"Just give me a word. Any word, any phrase and I'll show you what Anu Malik is about," the visibly agitated Malik told Shahryar. When the interviewer gave him a line of poetry, Malik set it to music on the spot.
Watch the video below.
Here is a hilarious mash-up of Malik's songs, comparing them with their original.
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