Often, one of the most sought after music composers in Tollywood, Thaman, is under intense public eye for his allegedly ‘copied ‘ tunes, mostly from English and western music and sometimes even from Bollywood. The most recent song composed by Thaman which was under scrutiny was the Ganesha song from Dictator, which is allegedly ‘lifted’ from the ‘selfie le le’ song from Salman’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
In a latest interview, Thaman opened up on the allegations about his copy tunes. Speaking honestly, Thaman said that it is not just him who selects a song (to copy) but that several other people like director, producer lyricists etc are also involved in the overall decision making whether to take an existing song to adapt it to Telugu.
Thaman said that everybody in the crew knows about the original and that it’s a collective decision. “Will my mother serve me food if I play a copied tune at home?,” says Thaman. Talking about his way of copying tunes rather too honestly, Thaman said that he does not know how to smartly copy tunes like other music composers and that is why he always gets caught by music lovers. “A good thief never gets caught, only a bad thief does. Maybe I am a bad thief and that’s why I get caught,” discloses Thaman.
Thaman’s next film, Bruce Lee, will have its audio launch on 2nd October.