Twitter Users Notice Similarity Between Bollywood Song and Hatikvah

One of the knock-on effects of Artem Dolgopyat’s gold medal win has been rather unexpected.

Indian Twitter users remembered Anu Malik after they heard Israel’s national anthem at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. On Sunday, Artem Dolgopyat made history when he won Isreal’s first Olympics gymnastics gold. After he was presented his medal, the country’s national anthem — Hatikvah — was played, and a few Twitter users realised that the anthem sounded similar to Diljale’s song Mera Mulk Mera Desh.

The patriotic song, released in 1996, was composed by Anu Malik and sung by Kumar Sanu and Aditya Narayan. The video featured Ajay Devgn. After Hatikvah was played, several internet users took to Twitter and criticised Anu Malik for plagiarising the tune of Israel’s national anthem.

“Israel won their second ever Gold at Olympics and Indians ended up remembering Anu Malik,” a Twitter user joked. “I was today years old when I realised Anu Malik plagiarised Israel national anthem. What… shamelessness is this man. How sad,” another added.

“Anu Malik just simply didn’t copy Israel national anthem in 1996 film Diljale song. It needs years or research and analysis to find out which country isn’t going to win medals for years. Visionary man,” another Twitter user poked fun. “Anu Malik you copied Israeli’s national anthem music & composed Mera desh, Mera mulk Mera yeh watan? Anu Malik need an Olympic gold medal for plagiarism,” a tweet read.

For what it’s worth, there are some definite similarities between the two.

I am just surprised no-one has (yet) accused Israel of plagiarizing Mera Mulk Mera Desh to come up with Hatikvah.

It would not be the first time we have been accused of stealing something chronologically ours before that of the accusers.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media