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WATCH: When desi songs made it to Hollywood

Last updated on: December 21, 2011 15:08 IST

WATCH: When desi songs made it to Hollywood

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While Sacha Baron Cohen's new film The Dictator's trailor struck us as immensely funny and satirical, we spotted something even more interesting in there.

Apart from some Borat-style wisecracks and sequences, the video also features British-Indian musician Panjabi MC's hugely popular song Mundeya Tu Bach Ke Rahi that we first heard in Kaizad Gustad's Boom starring Katrina Kaif.

We decided to look at other cases where Indian songs were used in Hollywood films.

Take a look.



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Chhamma chhamma in Moulin Rouge

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This one takes opulence and showmanship to a whole new level as numerous artists take to the stage to perform an act headed by leading lady Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's 2001 musical Moulin Rouge.

That's some way of recreating the song that featured in Bollywood's China Gate and had a Urmila Matondkar in an exotic headgear dancing to the song.

Image: Chhamma chhamma in Moulin Rouge


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Chhaiyya chaiyya in Inside Man

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Leading man Clive Owen's monologue is followed by A R Rahman's Chhaiyya Chhaiyya as opening credits roll in 2006's multistarrer crime drama Inside Man.

The superhit song was first used in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se as Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora Khan danced atop a train.

Image: Chhaiyya chaiyya in Inside Man


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Bombay theme in Lord Of War

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Nicolas Cage-starrer action drama film Lord Of War came out in 2005 and featured the theme song from Mani Ratnam's movie, Bombay.

Set to the background of Cage's monologue, the music provides reflective serenity to the scene.

Image: Bombay theme in Lord Of War


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Swasme in The Accidental Husband

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This one's the cutest of all.

Uma Thurman-starrer The Accidental Husband features Tamil song Swasme from the film Thenali that released in 2000.

Sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam and Sadhana Sargam, the song serves as a backdrop while Uma Thurman is falling for the dishy Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the loved-up couple can't take their eyes off each other even though Thurman's character is at work.

Image: Swasme in The Accidental Husband


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