One of our goals here at GlobalMasala is to decrease the gap between the East and the West by showcasing the best in entertainment news from both Hollywood and Bollywood to a global audience. Given this endeavor nothing pleases us more than to witness moments when the two biggest entertainment economies in the world fuse with one another creating a truly global experience.
One of the proponents of this belief is the Candian – Italian YouTube sensation Natalie Di Luccio currently on tour with AR Rahman in India. Apart from Natalie there have numerous occasions where famous Hollywood celebrities crooned to popular Bollywood songs. Will Smith for instance tried his hand at singing Aamir Khan’s famous song Aati Kya Khandala during his appearance on Indian Idol.
Surprisingly (as seen amongst the reactions of those on stage), Will manages to do a good job of pronouncing the Hindi words which he does after carefully listening to them.
Coming back to Natalie, (or the Justin Bieber of Bollywood) who shot to fame when her rendition of Tu Jaane Na went viral on YouTube and thereafter managed to captivate the hearts of millions of people in the country including artists and celebrities such as AR Rahman and Sonu Nigam. Seeing Natalie sing in clear Hindi is quite an astonishing sight in itself which makes many of us wonder how she does it. Recently in an interview with Rediff Movies (see here), Natalie confessed that she probably had some sort of Indian connection from a previous life
I came to India in January 2009. I lived in Mumbai and Pune most of the time and I fell in love with the place. I felt like I had been here in a past life.
Well given her good looks and ability to sing it might not be long before she takes over as the next Katrina Kaif. Watch Natalie sing her variation of another Aamir Khan hit, ‘Pehla Nasha‘ dedicated to her love for India and love between different kinds of people.
Finally, another Canadian singer who has embraced Indian influences in the past is pop icon Nelly Furtado who grew up with a lot of Asian and Indian friends speaking Hindi and Punjabi and watching bhangra and Bollywood movies. She is most fondly remembered in India for the Punjabi version of her hit Powerless with the Montreal based Indo-Pakistani fusion band JoSH (see here).
Checkout Nelly singing the Amitabh Bachchan classic “Kabhi Kabhi” in the video below:
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