I was pleasantly surprised while watching movie “Inside Man” as it started with a famous Bollywood song directed by A R Rahman.

I found this phenomenon pretty interesting and believed that “music” has no specific language or culture barrier. As long as it sounds nice it appeals people – regardless of the global boundary.

I was even more startled while watching Lords of War last week which has another theme music composed by A R Rahman again, from a famous bollywood movie called Bombay.

Then I was watching “Pretty Woman” after a long time and had an uncanny feeling while listening “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison – but I didn’t know why.

Now I remember.

One famous Bollywood movie indianized this song from Pretty Woman.

I am sure a large number of Indians are familiar with the original one and I also remember people going bonkers over Julia Roberts and Richard Gere when the movie released in India (that includes me as well!!!).

The thing I like most that the Indian version did not lose its uniqueness even being influenced by the legendary number, at the same time was capable enough to invoke enough curiosity to get introduced to Roy Orbison.

Does this Indian tune sounds familiar?

How about this one?

Yes! “Oh no..no..no..” is influenced by an Indian movie from 1972.

Personally I am not very happy about this group “Indianizing” the song because I don’t like them. But there are plenty of people who enjoy the number.

“World Music” or “Fusion” is increasingly becoming a popular genre which has helped to eliminate the culture barrier in music.

Critics say “Fusion” is not music, it’s more chaos – as both form loses its originality.

Well, I am no puritan as far as music goes and I enjoy everything as long as it is not a cacophony.

John McLaughlin playing in Shakti (1975) or Remembering Shakti (1997) is a chaos?

It proved each and every critic in the world wrong who claimed guitar was not the right instrument to play Indian classical music.

Ultimately in the end, I think it enriches the culture as a whole when John Brion uses the unforgettable Hindi Sound track – Wada Na Tod in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by the Indian Nightingale – Lata Mangeshkar, whose voice is known to melt a stone – even in her ‘70s.

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