The Bollywood songs that inspired “Don’t Phunk with my Heart” By the Black Eyed Peas

image from Helen

In case you didn’t notice… the intro to “Don’t Funk with my Heart” by the Black Eyed peas is from “Yeh mera Dil” from that classic seduction dance that Helen does for Ambitabh Bachan in “Don” 1978. It is sung by Asha Bhosle.

Here’s Helen in “Don”:

The lyrics from the original song mean:

Yeh mera dil yaar ka deewana
(my heart is crazy for a lover)
Deewana deewana pyaar ka parwaana
(crazy, crazy, it’s the moth to the flame of love)

And the in the Black Eyed Peas song, part of the lyrics are:

“Crazy is what crazy do Crazy in love, I’m a crazy fool”

Don’t Phunk with my Heart uses as a base track (sound sample), the music from the song, “Aye Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchch Yahan,” from the 1972 film Apradh…also sung by Asha Bhosle, which also stars Helen, amidst a number of scantily clad phoren women who are hanging about in Jacuzzis…

Here’s Helen in Apradh:

image from wiki

The black eyed peas… do a homage to the Bollywood by having Fergie brought into the scene on a magic carpet and the girl who hits the “gong” is wearing an Indian gaghra choli…It’s a great music vid…that also does a homage to a full range of Hollywood exploitation films of the 70’s…blaxploitation, spaghetti westerns, and 70’s television game shows like “wheel of fortune”, “the gong show”, and “the love connection.” And they borrow the “wonder if I take you home” part from an 80’s pop hit single by Full Force and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam called“I Wonder If I Take You Home”.

Here’s Fergie in “Don’t Phunk with my Heart”

And here’s Kareena Kapoor doing Helen’s role VERY BADLY in the new Don, 2006, with Shah Rukh Khan. The word… “piglet” comes to mind. It’s a sad fact but Bollywood has lost the capacity to manufacture the truly great vamps of yesteryear.



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