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.


17 thoughts on “Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!!

  1. What about that club dance song in Wanted? (Le le le mazaa or something). Also Maria Maria from Partner, which has Lara in a flamenco dress, at least, if not dance. Oh, and for actual flamenco dancing, how about Aisa Pehla baar hua from Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega?


  2. You forgot about You are my soniya!
    When I saw K3G trailer in cinema years ago (it was my first contact with indian movies ever) I was overhelmed by it (in a good way), and I still remember my exact words: OMG this movie has everything, even latin music!


  3. “There was that period when salsa dancing was suddenly everywhere in Hindi films.”
    And in urban areas in India. I remember that year well. A friend of mine told her colleague she had a kick-boxing class to go to in the evening, and he said, “Who does kick-boxing any more? These days everyone is into salsa.”

    Umm…hello? This is one of the most frustrating thing about my India visits. There’s always this new thing that’s suddenly “cool” and that everybody is doing, but nobody cares about the culture it’s from. Also, nobody cares about the thing itself until next winter.


    • Here’s another one I feel like I am the only one who remembers! What was that year when suddenly everyone was wearing Cholis with tight flare bottomed bants with knee high slits? Think Kareena in “You Are My Soniya”. It’s just the most ungraceful looking outfit, and it made no sense to me, and it was in every single movie. And then disappeared as quickly as it had come.

      On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 11:45 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • I was in college. The way styles translate from High Street to Main Street in India, I don’t remember it as the year people wore THAT. I remember it as the year salwar-kameezes (on EVERYONE, my friends’ moms included ) were replaced by straight trousers with kameezes.


        • Every once in a while I will run across some clueless person talking about how “timeless” and “unchanged” Indian styles are, and I’ll think “you have not seen enough big budget wedding song sequences with tacky ‘new’ styles!”

          On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 7:24 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • That doesn’t sound clueless to me at all. Normal people in India don’t dress like Bollywood actors, and for them most Indian styles do remain timeless. The anarkali, for instance, became huge in 2008. It’s 2018 and people are still wearing them to their own wedding receptions, sangeets etc. And not just normal people, Bollywood is still wearing them. The saree hasn’t changed much for the non-Bollywood crowd at all. I borrow my mom’s sarees all the time, the ones she purchased 25+ years ago.

            Bollywood has definitely created a market for “trendy” sarees – the kind Shilpa Shetty etc would wear, but the “traditional” saree (Kanjivaram, Banarasi, Baluchari etc) remains unchanged. Even what Bollywood wears has some “timeless” aspect to it. Eg. the kind of embellishment – zardozi, gota-patti, mirror-work, chikankari – are all native to certain regions of India, been around for decades if not hundreds of years, and people living there have been wearing those styles their whole lives. It’s just that in Bollywood, there will be a year when Abu Sandeep will suddenly start making lots of gota-patti outfits and all the stars will start wearing them. Sure, for some of the style-conscious urban crowd that thing will suddenly become “hot” and “in”- but they’ll wear that KIND of embellishment on outfits that are more suitable for their lifestyle, not Bollywood ridiculousness. I also know LOTS of people who’ll say “I have a weakness for ” where thing may be banarasi silk or gota-patti or kutchi embroidery or whatever else….and those people will have every kind of they can find in every color available. Abu Sandeep and their kind don’t invent s, only put their own spin on them.

            I’m really struggling with some of the fashion related posts here because I feel like there’s a lot of context missing. And as much as I’d like to share it, the idea of typing it all out seems daunting.


          • I appreciate any knowledge you can add! Even if you don’t type it all out, any little comment you feel like making is appreciated. I’m not a fashion person, and most of the people here aren’t either, so if you have any information you want to share, feel free.

            Or you can skip the fashion posts entirely. Or just look at pictures. Whatever is more fun for you, you do you.

            On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 6:09 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • More on the anarkali: it was only CALLED that in 2008. But much earlier, there was Kajol’s yellow salwar-kameez in DDLJ (when SRK wants to make out w her in her India house) which, if you made it 2 inches longer, would be today’s anarkali.


          • Sorry about the endless stream of comments.

            Here’s an example of the point I was trying to make: I’ve spent a good 2.5 decades of my life in India at a time when nearly all adult women I came in contact with wore sarees. My schoolteachers all wore sarees every day. So did my mom who was a teacher. So did my aunts. So did my friends’ moms. You get the idea. They were the crowd who wore sarees at home, which I understand only people in rural India do these days.

            Yet, when an Assamese friend’s sister got married, I looked at the pics and asked her which of the mekhala chador’s would be considered fancy or pretty or understated or stylish. You’d think by virtue of A) my exposure to the saree as a garment, and B) my fully-functioning eyes, I’d be able to form my own opinion. Sure, I could – but this was about a very specific kind of saree, that I did not have much context for. It’s not like my friend’s commentary changed my mind – if I found something ghastly, I didn’t suddenly start finding it pretty – but she helped me understand what to look for and appreciate in a mekhala chador, which made all the difference.


          • Oh yeah, that makes total sense. Short of having that knowledge, all I can really offer is the photos and a “I don’t like this” or “I do like this”. But hopefully at least putting up the photos and starting the discussion lets other people go on with further details.

            On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 6:21 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Looks like Peru had a big victory on the 2nd of May, so we will say this song is for that instead 🙂

      On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 1:51 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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