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Lage Raho Munnabhai- Pal Pal Har Pal( Cheaters)

Why cant our Bollywood music directors make something “original” for a change? I liked this song for a change (Pal Pal Har Pal, as long as I ignore Vidya Balan’s “acting” where she only knows to flutter he eyelashes), but then I discover that its a direct lift from the song “theme for a dream” by Richard Cliff 😑

Why dont you guys take a look??

And now,the original one by Richard Cliff

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50 thoughts on “Lage Raho Munnabhai- Pal Pal Har Pal( Cheaters)

  1. When I heard the song, I immediately recognized the tune to be a lift-off and a Google search helped me recognize that it is nothing but an old favorite of mine that I had forgotten about : Cliff Richard’s “Theme for a dream”. Thanks for the comparison.

  2. I had respect I had for Shantanu Moitra, being a new kid on the block, looking at the originality and talent he displayed with Parineeta and Urzu Urzudurukut. Seems like I’ll have to keep watching for some time before i pass a judgement πŸ™‚ Thanks for pointing to the original, it’s a wonderful song indeed!

  3. Searching for “pal pal pal munna bhai copied” and clicking “feeling lucky today” on google gets me to your blog.

    Why don’t you check this out: The chronicles of plagiarism in bollywood!

    Some of the ‘bestest’ songs are complete take offs! RD Burman, Sandeep Chowta, A R Rahman… everyone…

    Cheers/ Mohak

  4. Teleravi,
    Thanks for your comments πŸ™‚ Cant blame Shantanu Moitra..he has been bitten by the bug too!
    I’ll check it out for sure. Thank you for sharing the link with me πŸ™‚ I’m sure that it will be quite a shock.

  5. And check this out too:
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    You would know what song this is!


  6. Oh jesus,I so liked that song too.Even though you have to really ignore Sanjay Dutt who looks more like an old wrinkled rock these days.

    Shantanu Moitra,I didnt expect this from the guy really.I mean he did Parineeta which was awesome and moreover working under Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra,he managed to copy it and they didn’t even come to know.Bollywood Bhagwaan 😐

  7. Ankur says:

    I do not see any harm in bringing popular tunes to Indian cinema. I would never have heard this tune otherwise or known about Cliff. The only thing that bothers me is that they do not give the credit where it is due.

  8. Yeah, exactly. Why can’t they put in a courtesy note in their music albums and their websites? It costs them nothing. An inspiration once in a while could be understood. Unless they make it a habit πŸ™‚

  9. Jatan says:

    What’s wrong about picking up a tune. everyone copies something from somewhere sometime or the other. Don’t we buy Plasma tv’s, latest computers, honda, BMW’s etc looking ooh what our neighbour/friend bought.
    Instead of complaining, think of the time spent by those ppl. to write the lyrics according to the tune and then putting the whole thing together in the movie for us to enjoy. Yes I agree it would be great to give the name of the original composer to give those ppl. the credit too.

  10. “Instead of complaining, think of the time spent by those ppl. to write the lyrics according to the tune and then putting the whole thing together in the movie for us to enjoy.”

    This is interesting…our indian music directors dont give the credits and therein lies the problem.

    “Don’t we buy Plasma tv’s, latest computers, honda, BMW’s etc looking ooh what our neighbour/friend bought.”

    These deal with trademark issues. Whereas music deals with copyrights issues πŸ™‚

  11. Shalini says:

    So … I finally found some like minded people.
    “Theme for a dream” has been one of my favourites for many years. And when I heard the “pal pal” song (which was quite some time after a euphoria built up around it – everyone i knew was gushing about it), I was rather dismayed to immediately identify it as a lift off!

  12. Teral says:

    Complaining, Complaining, Complaining!

    All of you liked and enjoyed the song. Why cant you leave it at that ??
    Although it is indeed human to compare what we see, feel, taste, smell and hear – to something we may have experienced before, generally one complains about it only if one does not like it. I am indeed amazed at all those whiners (including someone who is confused whether it was Richard Cliffs or Cliff Richards that sang before)

    I fully agree and support some of you who have considered and appreciated the efforts put in by those involved (music director, instrumental artistes, lyricist and of course the singers). May be similarities reek of plagiarism, but the finished product deserves compliments. Well done Shantanu Moitra, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Goshal and the entire team. So just enjoy the song! If you are bothered by apparent similarities, shut your ears off and vow never to listen to it again.

  13. bhawna says:

    ohhh thanx a lot dear… actually i was not able to recall this song… i knew this one is copied as d music was much familiar…

  14. Herman de la Cruz says:

    Thanks. I have been looking for the name of the song. It was my favourite song when I was a kid but I have forgotten the title nor the singer. Then when I heard the song Pal Pal… I knew it was a copy of the song and I searched for the original song, unfortunately I could only remember some words from the lyrics not even phrases. So thanks that there are those that knew more.

  15. HoliDevil says:


    It wz a straight lift off Cliff Richard’s ‘Theme for a Dream’ n has been a favorite song sinz a lng time.

    Yet the lyrics wre quite goodn the effort of the singers was commendable.


  16. ABBY says:


    Its is not just hindi film industry ppl who pick these tunes…..check out many of the hip hop artists….they have used hindi film songs all the time…infact black eyed peas who won an award for their song was lifted from an indian song….i dont remember all the names but google it…i think it was laxmikant-pyarelal’s music and when lax-pyar asked them to acknowledge it they didn’t! so hold your words…

  17. Mukesh says:


    Great job buddy, but lets thank moitra for stealing the english number and converting beautifully into a hindi melody. lets give creadit for this atleast

  18. Valerian says:

    The guitar tune for “Pal Pal Har pal” is just amazing. Even Cliff would appreciate it. Now the film industry should bring the hits of Elvis Presley. He’s the King, and shall remain so, always.

  19. Lage Raho Munna Bhai just continues the from
    Munnabhai where the song
    Kaaisi hai Jindgani tune is lifted from Loius
    Armstrong’s A Kiss to build a dream on.

  20. Vandana says:

    Hii thanks a lot!!!

    Both are the lovely song.
    Heyy Guys dont mind becoz everybody is doing the same in their profession.

    Just move back to your seat and think abt that.

    After all they give u chance to remind the lyrics of the old song given by cliff.


  21. Hadi says:

    The day I heard the ‘pal pal’ song I knew it was a lift off from this great song which I used to love singing . Except that now I couldnt recall which song it was until I came across your blog! Thanks for refreshing the memory!
    All said and done, the pal pal song was enjoyable and all said and done was good…doesnt matter if it was a lift off.

    Thanks again!

  22. scram poyu says:

    Dear All,

    Could anyone please send me the old song


    Please send me this song as soon as possible.

    thanx & bye
    scram poyu

  23. ankola says:

    Its a nice melody and the original by Cliff Richard was an all time favourite when i was growing up.
    What would Ghandi have to say about lifting tunes and not giving creadit where its due….

  24. ali says:

    yes it’s a copy, but it’s still very nice. A lot of the modern pop songs (even in UK) are taken from songs from the 1950’s and 60’s

  25. Pavan says:

    So…whts wrong in copying?? You yourself told that you liked the song. And how many do you would have had access to the original one? If the Indian music directors are taking the song from a different language(which we never heard of) and doing some mix/masala and present to us, what’s wrong in it??
    Music, especially if it’s nice, it’s worth listening and our directors are bringing it to the reach of millions. this is how I see it. Well, ya, they should’ve mentioned about the original one tooo, to be honest.

  26. Charlene says:

    I’m a fan of Cliff Richard too but the lyrics of Pal Pal go way beyond the lyrics of “Theme for a Dream”. I think Pal Pal Har Pal is a fantastic song. It has meaning and depth. It speaks of life and love and life in love, not just a dream…………

  27. sonya says:

    can indians do anything besides copy??
    seriously. these bollywood (see another copy) people know that the general public in india doesn’t have any knowledge of what they are copying so they go ahead and do it. they should feel shame. but they don’t.

  28. Arshed says:

    Teral it should be appreciated that these people are cheating the public by presenting something as their own when it is someone elses work. On the other hand insulting the intelligence who heard the original and know where the credit lies. The ignorant people who have not had access to the original work feel proud of the Indian music directors and their work little do they know that they are being fooled and their money is being taken under false pretences. Go to the site you will see that hugfe number of songs have been lifted from Pakistani film songs and ghazala where even the lyrics are also the same. this is truly disgraceful.

  29. tinku says:

    Our very own Shantanu Moitra has left everyone behind in copying. Most of the Parineeta songs are so called `inspired’ by Bengali tunes-Raat hamari, Piyu Bole etc. are all lifts from old bengali songs…In fact the much appreciated Rekha item no. Kaisi Paheli is a direct copy of `A kiss to build a dream on’ by Louis Armstrong. So the copying spree continues by him into his next film `Munnabhai MBBBS’ in the form of `pal pal.’ So are there any ORIGINAL music directors left in Bollywood or just because the term Bollywood is a lift from the word Hollywood everything else has to follow???

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  33. ibs1 says:

    The song really touches the mind. I have my ringtone with this song. The shreya ghosal’s voice is really charming. The song is more pleasant to hear than to see.

  34. Ruhi: Everybody copies, it seems. Here is another (non-) surprise for you.

    Janet Jackson’s “Someone to call my lover” opens with a lovely riff. Which she got from… America’s “Ventura Highway”. Go figure that one!

  35. Shefaly, Yeah I know about that one. πŸ™‚ Creativity and originality are over rated. These “inspirations” don’t surprise me anymore. There was a time when I used to be surprised, and that is when this post was written.

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