TAMMA TAMMA v/s JUMMA CHUMMA & the 'Hope' that got ignored

February 13, 2017 12:27:30 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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So it's time to ‘Tamma Tamma Again' – but what about the Hope Jo'anna that Jumma Chumma's around?

Everybody is talking about the source that introduced the new age force – ‘Tamma Tamma Again' where we see the current heartthrobs of Hindustan Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt grooving and moving her fandom to dance along with them with glee. He He! A good section of the media is patting their own backs for revealing this already known revelation that the ‘original' ‘Tamma Tamma Loge' is a copy of 1987 international chart buster 'Yé ké yé ké' by Guinean singer Mory Kanté from his album Akwaba Beach.

Without commenting on the version recreated by Tanishk Bagchi that has added the rap of Badshah and retained the voices of Bappi Lahiri and Anuradha Paudwal who sang the ‘inspired' version in the 1990 potboiler THANEDAAR starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Jeetendra. This alleged direct lift by Bappi Lahri in 1990 got a hilarious turn when Laxmikant Pyarelal's still popular ‘Jumma Chumma De De' from Amitabh Bachchan's 1991 blockbuster HUM that also starred Rajinikanth and Govinda reportedly saw Bappi Lahri accusing LP (Laxmikant Pyarelal) for plagiarisms and LP's camp figure pointing Bappi for the same during that time.


This caused an embarrassment for LP who according to their fans will forever remain the melody kings of Bollywood, while plagiarisms has been Bappi Lahri's most talked about affair. He did the same while making ‘Tamma Tamma Loge' that time (kindly listen to Madhuri's keytar recital in TAMMA TAMMA LOGE).

LP's ‘Chumma Chumma De De' that was also lifted or call it inspired from Mory Kanté music especially Ye Ye Ke from Akwaba Beach that also used in Mr. Bachchan's AGNEEPATH, debatably came before the release of THANEDAAR. Sadly, ‘Chumma Chumma De De' had another ‘revolutionary' influence in the number sang by Sudesh Bhosle and Kavita Krishnamurthy that highlights the plight of originality and the state of acceptance in certain section of Bollywood's music fraternity.


The part ‘Chumma de, de de chumma... de, de de chumma de, de re de jumma' Is a direct lift of Eddy Grant's famous revolutionary song ‘Gimme Hope Joanne, gimme hope Joanna, gimme hope' till the morning comes.

In the tug of war between ‘Tamma Tamma' v/s ‘Jumma Chumma' this lift from Eddy Grant's number that became a well known anthem for anti-apartheid era in South Africa during the 80's got almost ignored and nobody talked about that in particular.

Interestingly, ‘Gimme Hope Joanne' has influenced millions in South Africa during the anti-apartheid era and the legendary Eddy Grant performed a version of this song at the closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League T-20 cricket tournament on 25 May 2009 with a short reprise with the lyrics '...Jo'anna still runs this country.'

It's such an irony, Bollywood music directors lift the tunes from other countries and then fight over plagiarisms amongst themselves, remix the same after 25 years and get credited as ‘original' singers and composers and it goes on and on...'Jumma Chumma' inspired Preetam to create ‘Jumme Ki Raat Hai' in Salman Khan's hit KICK which he admits but the music that we hear playing behind the song and the intro part is a direct lift from an antra piece from ‘Gori Tere Ang Angh Mein' song from the Jeetendra, Sridevi and Jaya Pradha starrer TOHFA. The antra goes like “Hoga Ghaayal Ki Naache Paayal Ki Gaaye Kangan Mera”, which he smartly ignored.

‘Jumma' is still busy taking ‘Chummas' of its listeners, TAMMA TAMMA is back again, Joanna has given hope already, the morning in that country has already arrived, but here our Bollywood still waits to survive on lifted, inspired fodders of Videshi Dhun (foreign tune).

When will Bollywood music will see that morning when music composers will acknowledge their source and give due credit to the ‘original' score and feel free?

Is there any Joanna to give us hope…waiting… till then TAMMA TAMMA again with your JUMMA for the CHUMMA.


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