Bollywood Roots: Aaj Unse Pehli Mulakaat

This is the first video in my new series “Bollywood Roots” on tracing the roots of influences in Bollywood music:

This is something I do all the time; and I believe a lot of people must find themselves with similar problems, so here goes.

The song in question is “Aaj Unse Pehli Mulaaqat Hogi”: sung by Kishore Kumar, music “RD Burman”:, lyrics Anand Bakshi, film Paraaya Dhan (1971).

For a while now, I knew that the tune of the line “phir hoga kya, kya pata kya khabar” was copied-from/adapted-from/”inspired-by” some western song. I had heard it in restaurants, ad jingles, english movie trailers- but none of these sources were enough to track down where the tune originally came from. In fact, I have a long list of tunes in my head for which I have been searching for the source for years. For years, I kept my ears open to hear this particular tune again somewhere I can ask someone what song was playing! No luck. [Read more of my journey]


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