Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  A Mexican holiday, which inspires me to find every vaguely Hispanic song in the history of Indian film.  There are not many.  But I was able to find a thematic 5 videos.

Just gonna get it out of the way early….Kites!


And “Senorita”!


Okay, now it gets harder.  Hmm.  There was that period when salsa dancing was suddenly everywhere in Hindi films.


Who would have thought that Abhay Deol would be the actor to get two salsa numbers?


Oh!  I know the one I have to end with!  Might even inspire me to do another fanvid post.



8 thoughts on “Happy Cinco De Mayo!

  1. There are also the songs with a little bit of Spanish lyrics like Te Amo from Dum Maro Dum and Le Le Maza Le. Although the pronunciation/terrible grammar drive me a little crazy!


  2. Hispanic rhythms in indian movies – I have a story!
    I’ve been fan of latin music way before I started watching bollywood. I remember the day when I watched K3G trailer in polish cinema. I didn’t remember movie I have come to see, I was thinking only about the trailer, and I was all like: Man, this indian movie had it all, even latin music, I must watch it at any cost! And I watched it as soon as it came to my theater. It was 12 years ago.


    • Indian film twins! I also found them 12 years ago. In a similarly random way. I was going to the art theaters in Chicago every weekend and just seeing whatever they played. And one weekend they were playing DDLJ, and I thought “that sounds fun!” And then I saw it, and fell in love.

      (also, SRK came to Chicago and performed live 2 years ago, and I had the strongest feeling that he was coming to town for our 10 year anniversary. Which I know is insane, but it was exactly 10 years after I feel in love, so it really felt true)

      On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 3:34 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • I wonder if I would have fallen in love with bollywood so bad if my first movie would have been DDLJ, and I’m not sure. I know you love DDLJ but I never understood its magic and why it’s so popular.


        • DDLJ requires a lot of concentration. I don’t think I would have fallen in love with it if I hadn’t seen it on the big screen. In fact, I was almost ready to walk out until right before intermission. But then it all clicked into place and I fell in love with it.

          On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 4:07 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • I think my expectations were too high. Everybody was talking how romantic and iconic it is. And I was still quite new to bollywood.


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