Racy Race number in plagiarism row

TAIPEI: Taiwanese singer Wang Lee-hom has accused

an Indian filmmaker of plagiarising his music and is seeking $320,000 in damages, said his agent on August 6.

Lee-hom, 33, a US-born singer popular in Southeast Asia, is seeking damages from Tips Films, distributor of the Hindi film Race, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Ltd said in a statement.

“The lead song in Race — Zara Zara touch me, resembles Wang’s song Deep in the bamboo grove’ (Chu Lin Shen Chu). Its rhythm and tempo are similar to that of Deep in the bamboo grove. The similarity is nearly 100 per cent,” added the statement. Sony BMG said it reserves the right to take legal action against distributor of Race for plagiarism.

In the film, Zara Zara touch me was picturised on Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif.

Deep in the bamboo grove is part of Wang’s album The Sun and Moon in My Heart, a collection of 12 Chinese-language songs released in December 2004. The song mixes a Tibetan woman’s singing with hip hop and Chinese drums and flute.