Music knows no boundaries. In 2012 it was a Korean Gangnam style that broke all records to become one of the most played songs of all time. Who doesn’t admire the energetic beat of a Punjabi song or a mad passion towards Bollywood songs? Turns out Indian songs have many fans over there at Hollywood.
There were several instances on which our desi songs got featured in English movies. This list points out the various appearances of Indian songs in Hollywood movies.
1. Chaiyya Chaiyya in Inside Man (2006)
The first in the list is one of the most charming songs ever made in Bollywood, composed by AR Rahman. The only Indian music composer ever to win an Academy Award. No surprise his songs are featured the most in Hollywood.
The song chaiyya chaiyya from the SRK starrer movie Dilse was an instant hit when it was released in 1998. Spike Lee, director of the movie said he fell in love with the song immediately after hearing it and decided to use it in his movie.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sRq4NQTK0A
2. Mundeya Tu Bachke rahe in The Dictator(2012)
The song was originally released in 1997, produced by Punjabi MC for the album Legalized. Following its re-release as a single in 2002 with Jay-Z, it achieved considerable worldwide success.
The 2012 political satire Dictator features a remix version of the song in its trailer which can’t be left unnoticed.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYplvwBvGA4
3. Bombay theme in Lord of War (2005)
The actual song doesn’t appear in the movie but an instrumental piece of the same is used in a scene towards the end of the movie. A captivating feel of the music further adds beauty to the situation of the Nicolas Cage starer.
The song is another masterpiece of AR Rahman from the 1995 movie Bombay. Both movies were commercial hits and received critical acclaim.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C27WENTgi30
4. Chori Chori Hum Gori in The Guru (2002)
Chori Chori Hum Gori is a song from the Amir Khan movie, Mela which was released in 2000. The song appears in the 2002 comedy film ,The Guru.
Consequently, the danceable beat of the song was a perfect fit for the English movie which too used the song to light up a party.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7kGvW0pW58
5. Jimmy Jimmy in You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (2008)
The jimmy song was one of the earlier hits of Mithun Chakraborty from the movie disco dancer. Bappu Lahiri composed the original song in the movie.
Those who watched the 2008 comedy flick Don’t mess with Zohan wouldn’t have missed the song playing in the background during the final fight. Obviously, that was a fun fight.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDJNcxhh95g
6. Jaan Pehchaan Ho in Ghost World (2002)
“Jaan Pehchaan Ho” from the film 1965 film Gumnaam, was used in the Hollywood film Ghost World’s opening credits sequence. The film was a high school drama featuring The Avengers star Scarlett Johnson.
The music of this song was composed by Shankar Jaikishan, lyrics penned by Shailendra while Mohammed Rafi’s voice breathed life to the song.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB4q9rcfvvE
7. Waada Na Tod in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
To begin with, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind is considered as one of the classics in Hollywood. If you haven’t watched it yet, we strongly recommend it.
This Jim Carrey starer movie has some of the old songs of Bollywood. for instance, the song Waada Na Tod can be noticed 10 minutes from the start of the movie. Lata Mangeshkar’s song from the 1987 film ‘Dil Tujhko Diya’ is heard playing in the backdrop while Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet has some romantic moments
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyNTUtgrBD0
8. Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Babba in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 surprised their Indian fans with a trailer featuring popular Hindi track Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Baba. Surely, the remixed version of the Bappi Lahari’s song in the trailer was an absolute treat to watch.
The song is from the Mithun starer movie Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki released in 1984.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp_FXM5_a5c
9. Mera Joota Hai Japani in Deadpool (2016)
The superhero flick, Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds uses the iconic song Mera Joota Hai Japani (Mera Naam Joker, 1970) both in the opening and the closing scenes.
Reports suggest that director, Tom Miller heard the song in a pub in New Zealand and ever since the song was in his head. So, when he directed Deadpool he used the same song in it.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts9wkw2t8JI
10. Rang De in Accidental Husband(2008)
Range De, a song from Ajay Devgn and Tabu’s action drama Thakshak, featured in the 2008 Uma Thurman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan starrer comedy movie The Accidental Husband.
The song is sung by Asha Bhosle and composed by AR Rahman.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy9f4ktaPwE
11. Chamma Chamma in Moulin Rouge (2001)
Chamma Chamma from the 1998 movie China Gate was featured as an opening for Nicole Kidman’s Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend in Moulin Rouge. The film tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian who falls in love with Satine( Nicole Kidman).
However, after the release of the film, the song became extremely popular globally. Anu Malik composed the song and voiced by Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan and Vinod.
Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvgC2OwriTo
That was our list of Popular Indian songs in Hollywood movies. Hope you enjoyed it.