Singer-composer Anu Malik is being called out on Twitter for plagiarising Israel’s national anthem titled Hatikvah for his song Mera Mulk Mera Desh from the Ajay Devgn starrer Diljale. The 60-year-old music director is being trolled on Twitter for blatantly copying the exact same tune of Israel’s national anthem that was played at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Sunday after Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won Israel’s second gold medal in the Olympics.

Anu Malik became the fodder for hilarious memes and jokes after desi Twitter noticed the stark similarity between his song Mera Mulk Mera Desh and Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah.

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Here are some Tweets on the matter:

Did he actually do it? Judge for yourself.

Here is a clip of the Israeli national anthem playing after Gymnast Artem Dolgopyat secures a gold medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Now have a listen to the song in question, from the movie Diljale

It is not the first time that Malik is being accused of plagiarising music. In the past, he has been accused of copying other musicians’ work. The singer, who has won the National Award for Best Music Direction for the 2000 film Refugee, has been called out for copying the music of Wham!’s song Last Christmas for his 1995 track Dil Mera Churaya Kyun, the tune of Linear’s Sending All My Love for Neend Churayi Meri from Ishq and the music of Toto Cutugno’s L’Italiano for the song Nasha Ye Pyar Ka Nasha.

Malik has produced all eight songs for the 1996 romance action that garnered a positive response at the time of its release. Diljale, released in 1996 and starred Ajay Devgn, Madhoo and Sonali Bendre in the lead roles. Directed by Harry Baweja, Ajay played the role of a terrorist in the film while Sonali played his love interest. The film also featured Parmeet Sethi, Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover and Amrish Puri in supporting roles.

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