Happy 4th of July! Let’s Look at Some American-Indian Songs!

Happy 4th of July!  I am celebrating by not doing anything and just enjoying having a random day off in the middle of the week.  And I am going to have a little song festival of American-themed Indian movie songs.  As always with these posts, if I missed one you like, just mention it in the comments! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

1. I know the rest of the movie isn’t very “rah rah, America!”, but this one song on its own really is!

2. I could have done “Columbus Columbus”, but I like this song better!  Plus, it feels more “America!”

3. I mostly love this song for the dorky way Shahrukh sings along to the radio, but it also has a definite “Woot!  Freedom and excitement and modernity are awesome!” tone.  Which is kind of out of synch with the rest of the movie, just like “Hai Junoon” above.  Maybe there is something about needing to establish the appeal of America in order to be able to tear it down?

4. This movie goes all the way round again with that, making America be exciting and awesome, and then scary and alien, and then awesome again once you get used to it.  But this song perfectly captures that initial “I love this place!” feeling.

5. I freaking love this song.  Like, start to cry every time I watch it.  And I don’t even like New York!

6. I looooooove Chicago, and it has honestly never looked better than it does here.


7. This movie is barely in America, but the part that is there is really important.  Giving our couple a place where they can be free and live their lives as they want.

8. And finally, the all time greatest American song in all of Indian film.

15 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July! Let’s Look at Some American-Indian Songs!

  1. I’m not sure I understand your criteria, nor is this song a particular favorite of mine, but when you said songs set in the U.S., I immediately thought of this song from Dream Girl, where Hema Malini takes all the kids to Disneyland. Heck, watching this, I got a big lump for seeing Disneyland before it got overbuilt and overcrowded, and just generally totally mercenary. It wasn’t like this even 45 years ago, which was the first time I saw it, and it has definitely deteriorated a lot since then. 😦 So enjoy!


    • I forgot about that song! It was so strange seeing it pop up in the film, which otherwise is fairly low budget and filmed in India, and then suddenly we are in Disneyland for no reason!


      • “No reason”? What reason was there for any of those foreign location love songs from those days? On the whole, I prefer this song to those. At least it’s reasonably authentic, and the song actually reflects what goes on there.


    • Wow, someone in the comments on youtube said the movie was released in 1977, which means after I’d already visited Disneyland for the first time! Funny, I remember it being much more built up even by then.


    • my neighborhood is so firework crazy! Big bangs going off all night for like 3 days. I am fireworked out.

      On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 7:59 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • thank you SO MUCH!!!! I had no idea this existed! And I know exactly where they filmed too. Could have stopped by the American Girl store across the street if they wanted.

      On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 10:25 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    First look motion poster of Mohanlal’s ODIYAN has gone viral.

    We have to wait and see if he can do such a body transformation.


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