G V Prakash Kumar has reacted to allegations that the Pa Pa Pa… number in his recent release Deiva Thiirumagal is a direct lift from Roger Miller’s 1973 track called Whistle Stop that was composed for the Disney Version of Robin Hood.
‘It is not a blind copy. But I should say that the song was inspired by Whistle Stop. Because director Vijay insisted that the number should be modeled on that particular number. He wanted it like a rhyme sung by children,’ says the music composer.
Sometime back too there was a charge against G V Prakash that Jagada Thom..., which too is from the same Deiva Thirumagal, was heavily inspired by a 2007 Hindi song.
A blogger, who chronicles instances of plagiarism in Indian film music, wrote ‘We have the song, Jagada Thom…, sung by S P Balasubrahmanyam, Maya and Mahesh, borrowing its prominent and repetitive hook from Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan’s 2007 song, Truth…, from an album by the same name. The song also featured Ustad Amjad Ali Khan saab and Subhalakshmi Khan.’
Reacting to this, Prakash said, ‘I came to know about the Hindi song in question only after reading the media reports. In fact, I have no idea who Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan are.’
‘Even if there’s any similarity, it’s sheer coincidence. I don’t think I need to explain any further,’ added the young music composer, who is venturing into Bollywood with a film titled Joker that has Akshay Kumar in the lead.