Happy 4th of July! American-y Songs to Celebrate

This is by no means an exhaustive list, feel free to jump in with your own suggestions. I’m just listing off the first songs that come to mind for me when I think about Indian movies set in America.

This is going to be heavy on the non-Hindi, for no particular reason, I’m just thinking of them today. Starting with “Columbus Columbus” from Jeans!

Moving on, “Edo Jaruguthondi” from Fidaa! America looks so beautiful here, and it’s the big empty flat part in the middle that Indian movies don’t usually show.

Obviously, “Ranam”

Moving over to Hindi for a second, “Yeh Dil Deewana” from Pardes.

“Manhatten” from English/Vinglish

Title song from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, something about getting the separate apartments and starting new lives feels very American to me. Plus, Philly looks pretty (or where ever it is that they filmed)

And grand finale, “Preity Woman”! That big American flag in the one shot just kills me.

8 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July! American-y Songs to Celebrate

  1. That KANK song gets me every time. It was filmed on the Columbia U. campus, Brooklyn waterfront (the outside of his house is there), Philly train station, New Haven station, Yale campus, and I’m not sure where Rani’s brownstone really is: Brooklyn or Upperwest side Manhattan.


    • I have no New York connection, but it always makes me nostalgic for fall. Karan really gets the beauty of the changing seasons!

      On Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 11:48 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Not Yale Campus, the stadium is Rentschler Field the University of Connecticut stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. The cemetery is the Grove street Cemetery or the Grove Street Burial Ground is in New Haven and is surrounded by Yale University.


      • I always think of that cemetery as being part of Yale having walked through or past it so often. I didn’t realize that about the stadium. I have to admit, I never attended a game at Yale, so didn’t know.


  2. I live in Los Angeles and have been to Venice Beach many times and I’m pretty sure that Columbus Columbus wasn’t filmed there. Maybe in Newport Beach, which I haven’t been to, but even with that big sign I’m not sure it wasn’t just a prop they used to convince you it was California. The sea wall being made of brick? I’ve never seen that here. Am I wrong about where it was filmed?

    Edo Jaruguthondi, it’s a shame they didn’t film at the dam we saw in Dhoom 3 😉


    • No idea where they filmed Columbus Columbus! There’s a long American section to the film, so they were somewhere in North America filming something. But could have been Toronto or something.

      No no, Edo Jaruguthondi is a car trip from Dallas to Denver. They don’t go through the Chicago area, so no dam.

      On Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:38 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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