Is Malayalam composer Gopi Sunder a copycat?


Gopi Sunder has earned the nick name of ‘Copy Sunder’.

Gopi Sunder has become a very popular Malayalam music composer but he is accused of copying from other language melodies earning the nick name ‘Copy Sunder’.

Despite these criticisms almost all his compositions have topped the charts.

Now, after the release of Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan, some have found that theme music Muruga Muruga has a striking similarity with Malayalam devotional song Mahishasura Mardini that begins with the lyrics ‘Ayigiri nandini nanditha’.

However, Gopi has now come forward with a video slamming the rumours of him copying music from the popular devotional song.

‘Hello to all. I am happy for getting good response for the song Muruga Muruga from the movie Pulimurugan. At the same time, through Facebook messages, many had requested me to release the song and it was released online. And as usual, many have accused me of copying the music of Pulimurugan from a devotional song,” Gopi was heard saying in a video posted on his official Facebook page on October 12.

“I strongly say that I haven’t copied it. There are differences, but they might belong to same raga. If I copy a song, I don’t have any qualms about admitting it. So, I request the audience not to make it as a big issue. Even if I copy in future, I will say that in advance. Who likes to see someone reaching good heights, right?”

“Even though few say that the song is copied, many still like the song. I swear in the name of my mother and father that I haven’t lifted the music of Pulimurugan from anywhere,” he added.

On earlier ocassions Gopi has been mired with copycat rumours but he  has always denied of plagiarizing music alleged by audience.

The melody Olanjali Kuruvi from Nivin Pauly-starrer 1983 was alleged to have a close resemblance with  Ilayaraja’s composition Mounam Polum Madhuram, which was sung by P Jayachandran for 1984 movie Sagara Sangamam.

Similarly, Gopi’s hit song Kanninima Neele from Prithviraj Sukumaran and Mamta Mohandas’ Anwar is also said to be similar to a Spanish number.

Not just that, netizens had also found similarities between the song Eeran Kaatin from Dulquer Salmaan and Nazriya Nazim film Salala Mobiles and Piya Bole from Bollywood movie Parineetha. Incidentally, both the melodies have been rendered by Shreya Ghoshal.

Earlier he has been accused of copying the background score of English movie “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,”  for Dulquer’s Kali.

He later admitted to being “inspired” by the background score of the Hollywood movie, and added that he made slight changes before it was used in the trailer of “Kali.” – CINEWS

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