A video of Uzbek woman singing iconic Bollywood song ‘Ichak Dana’ from Raj Kapoor’s iconic 1955 movie Shree 420, recently went viral after she surprised External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, by breaking into the song while they posed for a photo.
Swaraj, who is on a three-nation trip to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, is working towards the betterment of India’s strategic relationship with resource-rich Central Asian countries. The minister was floored at being regaled by the familiar tunes of the popular Bollywood number from the Uzbek woman. The video went viral after it was tweeted by Raveesh Kumar, official of Ministry of External Affairs.
Bollywood knows no boundaries! More so in Uzbekistan where Raj kapoor and Nargis are household names. Salute to this Uzbek woman for her spirit as she hums the song ‘इचक दाना बीचक दाना’ from the classic Shri 420! @SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/I9ksvWukxo
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) August 5, 2018
In the video the Uzbek woman is heard singing the song, which was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, and the Minister can be seen grinning at the unexpected event.
Bollywood is insanely popular in Uzbekistan, and Raj Kapoor especially has a fervent fan-base there. The video is an example of how Bollywood melodies continue to be a favourite beyond our borders as well.