Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Bollywood breaks onto U.S. screens: Moulin Rouge (with a fragment of Anu Malik's 'Chamma Chamma' from the China Gate soundtrack) and Ghost World (which opens with 'Jaan Pehchaan Ho' from Gumnaam and credits rolling against Thora Birch dancing to the song running on a TV screen in her room) have done their bit in pushing Hindi film music from cult status to mainstream acceptance: In a scenario derived from Agatha Christie, a murderer is bumping off the survivors of a plane crash on a deserted island. So what do people with their lives in danger do? Among other things, they have a beach party and perform the exuberant song-and-dance number "Jaan Pehechaan Ho."

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