Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ brought back memories of a hit 80s track, ‘Yaar Bina Chain Kahaan Re’. Disco King Bappi Lahiri was the composer and singer of this age-defining song; as Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh grooved to ‘Pyaar Kar Le’, an entire nation fell in love with Bappi Da and his music. But Bappi Da was hardly Beethoven.
In the 80s, before our woke generation woke up and social media ripped the Pritams of the world to shreds for plagiarism, Bappi Da got away with a lot of copying. Some people also called him ‘Copy Lahiri’ because of his proclivity for lifting tunes, with ‘Pyaar Kar Le’ included.
Bappi Lahiri took the catchy tune in ‘Pyaar Kar Le’ from a well-known traditional Bhawaiya song, ‘Je Jon Premer Bhab Jaane Na, Tar Shonge Nai Lena Dena’.