Pritam on the similarity between Pyaar ki Pungi and Soosan Khanoom is the Persian groove

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Over the weekend, rumors surfaced in Bollywood over a plagiarism accusation thrown at music director Pritam over his eloquent creation ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ from the Saif Ali Khan starrer Agent Vinod. The beginning beats of ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ have ‘supposedly’ been taken from a song titled ‘Soosan Khanoom’ by an Iranian band called Barobax.

However despite the accusation thrown at Pritam, the music programmer and arranger of the witty Saif Ali Khan number has come out to clarify that the furor surrounding this whole process is quite ill founded. Sandeep Shirodkar says, “The similarity between ‘Pyaar ki Pungi’ and ‘Soosan Khanoom’ is the Persian groove. But that basically means that both songs fit a certain genre. Musically and lyrically, they are poles apart. Consider the Indian songs from the 60’s. Each one of them had a consistent dhol and tabla pattern. So does that mean that every new song that has a dhol or tabla playing in the background is now a copy of some number that was produced decades ago? More importantly, all the loops used in the songs have been officially purchased from established software developers.” Sandeep’s words undoubtedly throw much needed light on the whole situation.

Pritam has created some great chartbuster in the recent past and there’s no doubt that ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ is another in the making. In a world like B-Town where every small bit of controversy gets blown out of proportion, lets hope that this time, all the unnecessary drama is avoided.

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