Absconding from the music scene for a while, Himesh Reshammiya returned triumphantly with his compositions for the album of Bodyguard. However, trend as shall stay, controversy follows his work here too.
The release of his hugely popular lovers' melody, "Teri Meri", witnessed the composer cum actor recount his experience in 'creating' a tune, which is now being challenged as an alleged inspiration from a Romanian folk song "La Betleem" (Down There in Bethlehem). Apparently, the original song has had many renditions over the time, with Cleopatra Stratan's version being most popular in later years – this latter most also being the version that music lovers accuse Reshammiya of 'ripping'.
Himesh being Himesh has rubbished the news and vowed that the melody is his own work. In his defence he has stated, that the film's lead, Salman Khan, was the one who had a tune mixing in his head; that he, Himesh, just picked up on the same and gave it an Indian twist.
Has Salman come out to attest this claim? Not so far.
Currently busy with re-launching himself in cinema with the comedy, Damadamm!, this commonly unacknowledged music artist as far as the critics have their say, has had an undeniable acclaim to chartbusters. Will accusations of plagiarism change that run for Himesh?
For now we can safely conclude - having listened to the original composition - that he is a good copycat!