Hollywood actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who has given hit mockumentaries like `Borat` and `Bruno`, has gone the Punjabi way by including the `Mundiya` track from `Boom` in his upcoming film `The Dictator`. The hit track `Mundiya tu bach ke rahi`, which first appeared in Amitabh Bachchan-Katrina Kaif starrer box office flop, has been given an American touch by rap king Jay Z.
Cohen, who is an English stand-up comedian and actor, is essaying the role of a dictator from a country called Republic of Wadiya. `The Dictator` is said to be a funny take on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. It also stars Ben Kingsley and Megan Fox in key roles.
However, it is not for the first time that Hollywood has used Bollywood tracks in their films. Uma Thurman-starrer `The Accidental Husband` features Tamil song `Swasme`. Director Baz Luhrmann, a self-confessed Hindi cinema fan, had his leading lady Nicole Kidman dancing to the tune of `Chhamma chhamma` in Moulin Rouge, a song originally popularised by Urmila Matondkar in `China Gate`. Luhrmann has now roped in Amitabh Bachchan for a cameo in his upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio starrer `The Great Gatsby`.
Long before A R Rahman became a craze in Hollywood, his track `Chhaiyya Chhaiyya` from Mani Ratnam`s `Dil Se` was used in the opening credits of 2006 crime drama `Inside Man`. Ratnam`s `Bombay` theme, again music by Rahman, was used in Nicolas Cage starrer `Lord Of War`. `Boom shak a lak`, by Indo-British rapper Apache Indian, featured in Jim Carrey`s `Dumb and Dumber`.