We have often seen and are aware of international TV or movie actors acting in our own Bollywood movies like Rang De Basanti, Queen, Lagaan among others but that is not the only skill where international stars have been roped in to be a part of Bollywood movies. There have been many international singers as well who have sung songs in movies in Bollywood. And these are songs that you definitely would have sung along but not realised that it is an international voice that you’re singing to. So, let’s have a look at some of the international singers who lent their voice to Bollywood.
1. Akon – Ra. One
The movie Ra. One brought in a lot of new things for the audience to see for the first time like taking visual effects to a new high, giving India its first superhero etc. and getting Akon to sing in Hindi is one of them. 2011’s party favourite song ‘Chammak Challo’ from the movie Ra. One was sung by none other than Akon who is an American singer and an extremely popular songwriter. He also sang the song ‘Criminal’ from the movie’s album.
2. Snoop Dogg – Singh is Kinng
Indians have always been a big fan of American rapper Snoop Dogg and when he rapped in the title track of Singh is Kinng, it took the country by storm. And not only did he sing but also featured in the video along with Akshay Kumar and his team in a totally desi avatar with his sherwani and turban on. The song was a big hit because of the presence of this big international superstar.
3. Tata Young – Dhoom
Every song in the movie Dhoom, the first movie of the Dhoom franchise’s album was a chartbuster but the title track made its way to the top because a Thai-American singer named Tata Young lent her voice to the song. She made an appearance in the video and boy, oh boy, the boys went crazy. She was then called the ‘Dhoom Girl’.
4. Kylie Minogue – Blue
The movie ‘Blue’ released in the year 2009 and was known to be the most expensive film of the year. And this expensive film had roped in Kylie Minogue, an Australian singer to sing and feature in a video of the song called ‘Chiggy Wiggy’ which I am sure you all have danced to. The movie did not do well at the box office but the song made it to every individual’s phone playlist. Apparently, she charged 6 crores for the song. No wonder it was that year’s most expensive film.
5. Natalie Di Luccio – English Vinglish
The song Navrai Majhi from Gauri Shinde’s film, English Vinglish can be heard in every other Indian wedding even today. Amit Trivedi did a fab job with the movie’s album. The Marathi part of the song ‘Navrai Majhi’ with an accent is actually sung by an Italian-Canadian YouTuber Natalie Di Luccio. She has also been a part of many other films in collaboration A.R. Rahman and other music directors in Bollywood.
6. The Vamps – Shivaay
Shivaay was Ajay Devgn’s directorial debut. Along with him, it was also the debut of the British pop-rock boy band, The Vamps in Bollywood who played the title track of the film. The movie did not make an impact but the band made sure they gave the song a new, a fresh and an international vibe.
7. Arash – Bluffmaster
Remember Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Riteish Deshmukh starrer Bluffmaster’s ‘Boro Boro’? Of course, you do! The one whose lyrics we never got right but also never stopped humming or singing along. That song featured Abhishek Bachchan along with the Iranian-Swedish singer, Arash who made sure that the song was played in every party, every club back in 2005.
8. Dwayne Bravo – Tum Bin 2
Dwayne Bravo is one of the most popular West Indian cricketers in India. He became even popular when his single ‘Champion’ came out in 2016 and that’s when Ankit Tiwari collaborated with him in a song called ‘Jaeger Bomb’ for the movie, Tum Bin 2. But sadly, neither the movie nor the song could make much of an impact.
Now that this list of songs has jogged your memory, listen to it and enjoy the international voice and vibe in the songs!