21st June is world music day and Bollywood loves to take inspiration from around the world. Songs like Kaho Na Kaho from ‘Murder’ (2004), Hookah Bar from ‘Khiladi 786’ (2012) and ‘Le Le Mazaa Le from ‘Wanted’ (2009) had Bollywood fans dancing to these new sounds.
BizAsiaLive.com will explore some of the songs from Bollywood films that have been influenced from cultures around the world.
Do lafzon ki hai from ‘The Great Gambler’ (1979)
This song was shot on the beautiful waters of Venice and saw Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman enjoy the views of the city on a gondola. It was a sweet love song that had elements of sadness in it.
The man rowing the gondola begins to sing in Italian at which both Aman and Bachchan listen to him but unable to understand what is being said, Bachchan asks Aman to translate but by singing to him.
Sang by Asha Bhosle and Sharad Kumar this song became a well loved song and was enjoyable to watch.
Senorita from ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011)
Three friends on a night out on the streets of Spain decide to take part in what looks like a celebration. A stage has been set up with a few ladies dressed in a traditional Spanish dress singing while the audience watches on. It is when Abhay Deol, Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar go onto the stage and begin to sing in Hindi which seems to capture the audiences attention.
The guitar helps to add a Spanish touch and with Deol, Roshan and Akhtar’s vocals alongside the Spanish singer it becomes an interesting melody to listen to.
Dil Laga Na from ‘Dhoom 2’ (2006)
This song used a mixture of sounds and it worked extremely well. There were sounds that can be heard at a carnival mixed with Punjabi beats of the dhol. It was an upbeat number that was full of energy. Visually it was truly like being at a carnival or a big street party, there were people dancing and lots of colours wherever you looked.
The song was sung by various artists such as Sukhbir, Jolly Mukherjee, Soham Chakrabarthy, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Suzzanne Dmello. Pritam was very successful in catching the sounds of Brazil in this song, it is as though the heart of Brazil is within this song.
1 2 3 4 Get on the dance floor from ‘Chennai Express’ (2013)
It was a fun, peppy number that had sounds from the South of India. The lyrics were in Tamil, Hindi and English. Vishal Dadlani sang for Shah Rukh Khan and Hamsika Iyer sang for Priyamani. During the song there is a rap which is all done in Tamil by Sricharan Kasturirangan which was impressive to listen to.
It is said that the song was actually released on World Music Day.
Ude Dil Befikre from ‘Befikre’ (2016)
An upbeat number that saw Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor get up to a lot of mischief in the video. The song is about being carefree and celebrating life and that is exactly what Singh and Kapoor do in the film.
As the film was set in Paris the film wouldn’t have been complete without a song that had the essence of France. Benny Dayal brought a lot of energy into the song with his vocals and to mix things up a little bit Sophie Choudry made her playback debut by singing in French. Vishal and Shekhar succeeded in making the song a catchy one while Jaideep Sahni managed to create some French magic with his lyrics.
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