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    Default Himesh’s Romanian inspiration!

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    His composition in Bodyguard is strikingly similar to an Eastern European folk song

    Himesh Reshammiya's return as a music director in Bodyguard got him a lot of attention. And while he is busy reveling in his comeback, Mumbai Mirror uncovered a secret that might dampen his celebrations prematurely. The song Teri Meri is not as original as the credits claim.

    Himesh Reshammiya

    Himesh composed four of the tracks for the film, one of which was Teri Meri. The song just happens to be a rip off of a Romanian folk song La Betleem (Down There in Bethlehem), which has been rendered by various artists in the country.

    One of the latest renditions of the song was composed by Cleopatra Stratan, the youngest singers to score a commercial success.

    When contacted, Himesh asserted that his tune was original. He said, "Teri Meri is a raag based original composition. Salman bhai had a folk melody in mind, which I developed into a purely Indian raag based melody with alaaps and Indian phrased melody. There is no controversy at all to this."

    The music of Bodyguard was originally to be composed by Pritam. However, Salman decided to hand over the music directorial reins to Himesh. Pritam, who in the credit roll was referred to as the guest composer, worked on the song I Love You.

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