31 December 2011

2011 Bollywood Rediscovered Heroes

The lackluster box office was shinning as gold in 2011, as all the leading men in the industry took control and persuaded the audiences back to cinemas after the 2011 dismal. This year four movies crossed the billion rupee milestone and domestic revenues hit 19.25 billion ($363.2 million). Salman became the leading man as he gave two blockbusters for this year.
2011 Bollywood Rediscovered Heroes


"Audiences and filmmakers have gone back and discovered stories that are close to our Indian roots," said Sanjeev Lamba, Chief Executive of Reliance Entertainment, which produced two of the year's biggest blockbusters -- "Bodyguard" and "Singham", as quoted by Economic Times.

Khan plays a personal security guard to a rich man's daughter in "Bodyguard", and ends up falling in love with her. It ranked in more than Rs 1.5 billion ($28 million) at domestic box offices.

On the other hand, "Singham" narrated the story of a police officer who stands against a corrupt politician and was accompanied by romance, drama and action. Lamba said, "Audiences have always loved the dilemmas of the hero, a little bit of action, some drama and some romance. We had a lot of that this year."

Amongst all the hungama, an offbeat film, "The Dirty Picture", burned the silver screen. Based on the story of porn star, Silk Smitha, it took the industry by surprise. Shailesh Kapoor of Ormax Media, a firm that specialises in film market research, said, "It is not that more people are watching movies, but that the same audience is watching more movies."

But super hero movies like Ra.One let the expectations down. Despite of all the wide publicity, the movie earned around Rs 1.2 billion ($22 million) in net box office, whereas the overall cost put behind the movie was over Rs 1.5 billion.

Vajir Singh, industry analyst, said, "The Dirty Picture made by Balaji Motion Pictures made at a budget of less than Rs 300 million have chosen themes and subjects which are interesting and (they) publicized their films so well that audiences have felt compelled to watch them."

Indian audiences also looked up to Hollywood blockbusters including " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn." Sunil Punjabi, Chief Executive of the Cinemax chains of multiplexes, said, "These days, the box office collections of good Hollywood films can rival those of a Bollywood film."

"The Adventures of Tintin," that released along with Ranbir Kapoor's "Rockstar" in November, made more than 70 million in its opening weekend.

Best Sporting Events of 2011

Sports lovers had a great  time in the year, 2011 as some of the prominent tournaments and matches took place in this year. Achievements were made in diverse fields and the world witnessed the talents of some of the excellent players.


Some of the best sporting events of 2011 are-


Cricket


The year 2011 will have special prominence in the hearts of millions of cricket lovers in India, as the country made it to the finals and arose as World Champions at the world cup final after 28 long years. India defeated Sri Lanka in the final match held at Wankhade stadium in Bombay on April 2nd. The first nation blessed with winning world cup final in its home town is India. The world cup took place between 19th February and 2nd April, which is the 10th world cup match. India won with a breathtaking  six from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Indian cricket team, who was declared as the man of the match. Yuvraj Singh became the man of the tournament.


 Billiards

World Champion Pankaj Advani won his fifth national Billiards title by defeating Balachandra Bhaskar of Bangalore with a commanding 5-1. Earlier, he has won four Asian titles besides two gold medals in Asian games. He is one of the best snooker players in India who has also won many awards like Padma Sree, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and so on.








 Hockey

India won the Asian Champions Trophy, after defeating Pakistan with 4-2 in penalty strokes, in the final held at Ordos, China on 11 September. The tournament was held from 3rd September to 11th September where 6 nations, India, Korea, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and China participated. Malaysia won the bronze medal by securing the 3rd position in the tournament. S. Sreejas, Indian goal-keeper turned out to be the star of the match, who ensured winning of the match by making two saves in the shot-out.


 Indian Grand Prix

The Indian Grand Prix, the 17th race of the Formula one season was held at the Buddh International Circuit, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The Indian sub-continent got a chance to host the Formula one Prix for the first time. About 95,000 spectators attended the Formula one race. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the event which was his 11th victory in 17 races. Jenson Button came second in the race and Fernando Alonso acquired the 3rd position.24 drivers participated in the Grand Prix, but only 19 finished the race, as five of them had to retire in between. The Indian driver, Naresh Karthikeyan finished 17th at the race.


 Tennis

The year 2011 will be remembered as the ‘year of Djokovic’. Novak Djokovic, world No.1 male tennis player won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open Title.The best match was held between Djokovic and Federer at the US Open semi-final. Another remarkable achievement in the field of tennis was the Twin brothers, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan assured the year- end No.1 team ranking for a record seventh time in 9 seasons. These American professional players also claimed 8 tour level titles.

Notable Deaths of Global Leaders in 2011

It was an year of political significance – an year of revolution, invasion and deaths. While some deaths are claimed to be the victory over evil, some loses are undoubtedly cannot be replaced. All that is said and done, these people undoubtedly ruled the world in different spheres – some were great rulers, some represented revolt and terror, and some were great visionaries. While some lived the life of power and terror at their own perils, others foresaw where the world is heading to politically and technologically. Let’s look at those famous deaths of 2011.


Osama bin Laden


Osama’s death came as a pleasant surprise in the morning of May 2, 2011 as the United States Navy SEALs shot down the symbol of terrorism, in an operation code named as ‘Neptune Spear.’ Affirming the common belief that Laden was hiding in Pakistan and once again questioning the countries commitment to fight terrorism, the U.S. Special Forces hunted down the Al-Qaeda supremo in Abbottabad, Northern Pakistan. However, the Government of Pakistan denied the media reports suggesting that its military sheltered the most wanted terrorist and termed them ‘baseless speculations’. Saudi Arabian-born Osama is the founder of Islamic militant group, al-Qaeda, which is responsible for the September 11 attack on World Trade Center in 2001, U.S. embassy bombings in 1998, Bali bombings in 2002 and many other mass-causality attacks around the globe. Osama was buried in the sea shortly after his death and al-Qaeda acknowledge its leader’s death on May 6, 2011.




Steve Jobs


“The world is immeasurably better because of Steve," Apple said as it announced the death of Steve Jobs. Jobs, who redefined the concept of computers, symbolizes an era of technological advancement. He was able to connect the dots of the future where he strongly believed that one can make a difference if he has the courage to follow his heart and intuition, and Jobs did, he did change the world. His rise from a collage dropout to the leader of the technology world was really dramatic. He headed a company that fired him once only to reinstate him as its CEO after a while. He gave a new meaning to the 9 letter of the alphabet and his products - iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad – stood tall in innovation, design and quality ever since the beginning. Jobs was diagnosed of a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003 and after a prolonged period of illness, he resigned as CEO in August 2011, but continued to work for Apple as Chairman of the Board until his death on October 5, 2011.




Kim Jong-il


The man who took power from his father in 1994 ruled North Korea with an iron fist, but was largely loved by masses and had been called by many names such as, Dear Leader, the General, our Father and Generalissimo. The  last Stalinist state on earth, North Korea became the latest country to join the nuclear club under Kim Jong. Brinksmanship was the country’s central foreign policy and with its strong internal political strains, the country was in constant confrontation with its immediate neighbor South Korea and its ally United States. Over the years, he developed a strong military arm for the country amounting to about 1 million in strength, the fifth largest in the world. A true film buff, he is said to have a personal library of 20,000 foreign films. The state media announced that the ailing leader Kim Jong-il died from a heart attack on a train on December 17. His youngest and least-known son Kim Jong-un was declared the next leader of the country immediately.

Major Scandals of 2011

As eventful as the year 2011 was it also saw a lot of scandals. The scams of the year were both shocking and an eye opener. The major scandals of the year were-

2G Spectrum scam: The 2G spectrum scam which has been dragged since last year saw some progress, Andimuthu Raja, the Telecom Minister, was arrested and Retired bureaucrat, Siddartha Behura Telecom Secretary in 2008 had his license taken away. The scam involved the officials of the Indian Government illegally under pricing the mobile network companies for licenses of frequency allocation. This illegal manipulation of the spectrum allocation was in favor of a few selected companies. According to the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General the loss to the exchequer due to under charging of 2G spectrum was 176,379 crore (US$39.16 billion). The 2G license was issued in 2008 but the scam was brought to public notice when the Supreme Court of India took Subramaniam Swamy's complaints on record. The scam had a lot of politicians and bureaucrats involved. The other involved parties were corporations who were buying the licenses and media professionals who mediated between the politicians and the corporations.




2010 Commonwealth games scam: A major scam hit the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and which continued into this year. There were allegations being made that a substantial sum of money was transferred to a little known U.K. company from the Games Organizing Committee about which the British government raised questions. The Commonwealth Games received severe criticisms by several prominent Indian politicians and social activists because billions of dollars had been spent on the sporting event. The major problems highlighted were that serious corruption of officials of the Games Organizing Committee was seen, there were delays in the construction of main Games venues, possibility of a terrorist attack and infrastructural compromise and exceptionally poor ticket sales before the event were also noted. The Net Worth of the scam was Rs 36,000 crores.


ISRO spectrum scam: Indian Space Research Organization was found in a secret deal to launch two customer-specific satellites and give away 70 MHz of high-value S-band for an unregulated commercial exploitation at a scandalously low price of just over Rs 1000 crore to a private, Bangalore based company called Devas Multimedia Private Limited. The scam would cost the exchequer a gigantic loss of two lakh crore. ISRO managed to hide the deal for six long years until the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) called for the files following which, the media then scooped it out into public space, forcing ISRO and the Prime Minister's Office scuttle for an explanation.



Goa mining scam: Another shocking scandal that the country saw was the Goa mining scam. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the issue of illegal mining against the ruling Congress-led government. Over the last five years the loss caused to the exchequer was of 25,000 crore. It was seen that Goa accounts for over 60 per cent of the country's iron ore exports, earning 20, 000 crore annually by way of foreign exchange. The reports by Hinduatan Times shows that 54 million tonne of iron ore were exported this year, out of which 30 million tonne was legal, and the rest — more than 20 million tonne — illegal.







Indian black money in Swiss Banks: Another big blow in the face of the country was the Indian black money scam. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a TV channel "Yes, there are Indian names in the data that we have already published or are going to publish. I can't remember specifically whether there are Indian names in the coming publication. But I have read Indian names." The black money was mostly a source from illegal share in stock market, drug deal, and fake project. It was noted that most amount of the black money in the Swiss Bank was mainly from India. Reports also suggested that major share of Indian black money was routed from Pakistan.





Bellary mines scandal: Illegal iron ore mining was found to be taking place in the Bellary region of Karnataka. The illegal mining started after paying an infinitesimal royalty to the government. The major regularities involved were G. Karunakara Reddy and G. Janardhana Reddy who are ministers in the Government of Karnataka and also the owners of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC). The CBI raided their residence and seized over 3 crore in cash and 30 kg of gold from Janardhana Reddy’s house and over Rs 1.5 crore in cash from Srinivas Reddy’s residence.










BL Kashyap - EPFO scam: This year also witnessed another scam with one of India's fastest-growing construction firms being charged with carrying out the country's biggest provident fund (PF) evasion. According to the EPFO order BL Kashyap and Sons excluded nearly 71,000 workers from PF benefits. The order also found huge variations in the wage payments booked by the firm in its audited balance sheets and the records submitted to the PF office, leading to suspicion that it employed more workers than it claimed. BL Kashyap and Sons Ltd whose clients include Taj Hotels, IBM ,Microsoft and Delhi's international airport were seen allegedly causing a loss of Rs 169 crore to the exchequer between 2005 and 2009 and were asked to fork out Rs 593 crore in PF dues and penalties.




Investment Scam: This year’s scandals also include the Kochi-based real estate Company ‘Apple A Day Properties’ who duped around Rs 1,000 Crore. They lured property buyers by promising flats at a low rate in Kerala’s capital Kochi and nearby areas and collected advances from various persons, including NRIs, running into crores of rupees. They even offered a car for those who first booked flats and paid advance. This scam could have left lakhs of victims in the state and abroad poorer by up to Rs 1,000 crore.












Education Scam: The most shocking scam of the year could definitely be given to the Education scam. The scam cost the state of Maharashtra as much as 1000 crore rupees. The state government started investigation to find out how many students on the rolls of state run and government aided schools were bogus.  1.4 lakh students were found to be bogus in a single district which also suggested that the state handed over extra unaccounted money for an amount of Rs 120 crore to these schools.

Celebrity Deaths in 2011


The year saw the loss of many legends, the irreplaceable celebrities. India mourned the loss of eminent personalities. As yet another year draws to a close; it is time to remember the magic once again of some of those who left us in 2011.


Pandit Bhimsen Joshi: On 24 January India lost its renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. This was seen as a great loss to the Indian music industry as Pandit Bhimsen had taken the Indian classical music to the world arena. Prabha Atre, a proponent of the Kirana Gharana said “Joshi was an extraordinary man who was not just Bharat ratna but ‘vishwa' ratna. With his demise, the entire Indian classical music community feels orphaned. It is now a big responsibility on us, to continue the rich tradition left behind by him,” as reported by The Hindu.




Anant Pai: The man who brought in the comics Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle into existence passed away on 24 February. Also known as Uncle Pai, Anant wrote a series of educational comics where in each comic was devoted to a person or event in Indian history, religion or mythology. For over two and a half decades Tinkle was a massive hit among the young. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in February at India's first ever Comic Convention held in New Delhi.














Navin Nischol: 19 March saw the death of the noted Bollywood actor Navin Nischol. His death came as a shock to many in the industry. Danish Aslam, who directed Navin in his last film Break Ke Baad said 'There're some people whom you work with and get to know and you wish that you could've done a lot more work with, just because they're such genuinely interesting people with so much to learn from. Navinji was such a person. I had every intention of working with him again. I feel I'm a lesser person for having lost out on that opportunity.' Navin is recalled as the soft spoken and cultured man by his colleagues.







Bob Christo: March also witnessed the sad demise of Australian born Bollywood actor, Bob Christo. With his masculine and bald headed look he played the ‘Gora’ villain in a number of movies. Bob was a civil engineer; he was drawn to the industry as he was fascinated by modeling and Bollywood movies. He has acted in more than 200 movies in various languages. After his stint in the industry he also worked as a fitness trainer and later on moved to start a business.














Sathya Sai Baba: Sathya Sai Baba, one of the influential spiritual guru’s in India passed away in April this year. He led a life dedicated to philanthropy flawed by the occasional controversies. While he was looked at as the miracle man by his million followers, many thought of him otherwise. His followers not only included the ordinary people but also the sport and movie stars, politicians and many more. He has over 1500 Sathya Sai Centres in 114 countries across the globe. He is the founder of a large number of schools, colleges, hospitals and other charitable institutions in India and abroad. Millions mourned his death and paid their last tribute to the spiritual guru in his ashram.





M. F Hussain: Maqbool Fida Husain also known as MF received recognition as the Picasso of India, passed away in June this year. The 95 year old eminent painter was one of the most recognized Indian artists of the 20th century. A life riddled in controversy MF made the most timeless canvases. He was also known as a printmaker and photographer. He was internationally known for his narrative paintings. Hussain had expressed his love for Bollywood time and again and also had a lot of admirers in the film industry. The industry was deeply saddened at the loss of the prolific painter.







Rasika Joshi: The very noted theatre and film actor Rasika Joshi passed away in July. She suffered from cancer and died at a young age of 39. She gained popularity after her acting stint in Bollywood films like ''Malamal Weekly'', ''Ek Hasina Thi'' and ''Bhul-Bhullaiyya''.




















Shammi Kapoor: Veteran actor Shammi Kapoor passed away in August. Known for his lively rock and roll and jive, Shammi was an ace lead actor and a great contributor to the Indian cinema. Entertainment would be the word to define the man. He jolted audiences out of their lethargy with his foot tapping numbers. Entertainer, Inspiration for style, Full of optimism and energy was what was recalled of Shammi Kapoor by the industry members as they spoke of the super star.














Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi: Former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away this September. Known as ‘Tiger' in the cricket fraternity he played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score. In total, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career. The Pataudi Trophy which is named after his family for their contribution to Anglo-Indian cricket has been contested for between India and England since 2007.Pataudi was the ninth and last Nawab of Pataudi since the Indian government abolished royal entitlements through the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.





Gautam Rajadhyaksha: September also witnessed the death of the famous celebrity photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha. The versatile photographer captured most of the celebrities on his camera. He is also the cousin of writer Shobha De. The industry grieved the loss of the great man, writer Javed Akhtar said “Gautam was my friend from 70s. All childhood pictures of Zoya and Farhan in our albums are by him. He was like family to us. He is gone."














Jagjit Singh: The much-admired ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passed away in October this year. Known as 'The Ghazal King' Jagjit was a singer and composer. He sang in many languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Nepali. He also lent his voice for many film songs. He has also been awarded the Padma Bhushan award. Initially ghazal singing was considered as an elite art, which was difficult for the common mass to understand due to high class use of Urdu and Persian but Singh seemed to have changed this notion. His loss was mourned by the entire film industry and by the nation.







Sultan Khan: Classical singer and Sarangi genius Ustad Sultan Khan passed away in November. He won the Padma Bhushan award and was also the soulful voice behind hits like ‘Piya basanti’ and ‘Albela sajan aayo re’. Khan was also a member of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat Science along with Zakir Hussain and American bassist Bill Laswell. He was very well known for his extraordinary control over the instrument. His death was a great loss to the music industry. Musician Salim Merchant expressed his grief and said “I lost my ustad - ustad sultan khan, my guru, my friend and my idol. We will never have a sarangi maestro like him” as reported by PTI.






Bhupen Hazarika: Another music wonder, Bhupen hazarika was lost this year. He was a renowned lyricist, singer and composer. He was known for his magical compositions of traditional Assamese music and lyrics. His songs were featured in numerous Bollywood films. The entire industry mourned his loss. Actor Farooque Shaikh said "Bhupen Hazarika was a multi faceted talent" as reported by Hindustan Times.




















Mario Miranda: Acclaimed cartoonist Mario Miranda expired this December. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award. The legendary cartoonist immortalized by his depiction of Goan life had a humorous take on the world around him. His creations like Miss Numbupani and Miss Fonseca were regularly featured in 'Femina', 'Economic Times' and 'The Illustrated Weekly of India'. Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said, "He was an eminent cartoonist of the country who took Goa to international level through his pen. The country has lost one of its best cartoonists" reported The Pioneer.







Dev Anand: The country faced the biggest loss in the death of Bollywood's very own Peter Pan, Dev Anand. With a legacy in Indian cinema he gained popularity as the Romance Hero in the 60’s. He has acted in 114 Hindi films of which 110 have him play the main lead actor. He was also honored with the Padma Bhushan award. The Prime Minister said in a statement "He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and film-making. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death" as reported by TOI.

Major Mass Movements of 2011

The world saw many mass protests in 2011 - some threw the existing ones off the power, some initiated greater levels of discussions and some lit the flame of hope. It was an year of happenings, an year of anxiety, revolution, anger and protests. Let us look at some of the major mass movements across the world in 2011.


Anti-Corruption Movement in India


People from across the country regardless of its deep rooted diversity, lined behind an ex-army man called Anna Hazare to protest against the gravest course the country has been going through – Corruption. The movement spread like wild fire to almost every state in the country and the result was seen quite evidently. Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption was ranked in ‘Top 10 News Stories of 2011" list. His struggle began to gain momentum as he began his first hunger strike on April 5, 2011 in New Delhi. Though the recent attempts to go fasting did not draw much atttention, this anti-corruption movment is defnitely a significant milestone in the history of modern India. Anna Hazare with his Satyagrahas once again showed the world what Gandhism stands for, how powerful it 0bring changes and how relevant is the peaceful rovolutionist idoelogy is to the modern world.


 Occupy Wall Street

The nationwide protest that began on September 17 at New York's Zuccotti Park grew out of proportion beating the political calculations of the Obama government. The movement was initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters. The protesters agitated against the growing unemployment in U.S., greed of the rich, social and economic inequality as well as corruption. It was an ultimate outrage against the undue influence of corporations, especially from the financial services sector. The growing inequality of income and wealth was reflected on the slogan of the protesters which read – We are the 99 percent. The main target was the Wall Street for its alleged role in the 2008 economic downturn as the protesters strongly believed that it was the faulty lending practice of the Wall Street that ultimately lead to the Great Recession and they condemned the economic bailout provided by the government. The support was outpouring from different corners of the society as many, rich and poor, unknown and famous, layman and professionals came in support of the protesters. The protest spread in a real fast rhythm as it similar movements were seen in many cities in U.S., UK, Germany and many nations in Europe.


 Arab Spring

The beginning of Arab Spring was the end of many dictators. The Tunisian Revolution, also called as the Jasmine Revolution, was began in the month of December 2010 but got strong in first month of 2011 which marked the ouster of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Many were the reasons including corruption, unemployment, inflation and lack of freedom of speech and political freedom. The suppressed sense of civil rights were born again in the Arab folks sparked by the Jasmine Revolution which later spread to and resulted in the falls of the regimes of Egypt and Libya. There were severe civil up springing in the whole of Arab countries including Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen. The Yemenis Prime Minister was resigned and there were severe protests in other countries such as Morocco, Oman, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia and the clashes are still continuing in many of the countries.

30 December 2011

The Phenomenon of 2011 Called 'Kolaveri Di'

 

The chartbusters in 2011 saw the likes of 'Bhaag D K Bose', 'Sadda haq', 'Dhinka chika' and 'Chammak Challo' fighting for supremacy until Dhanush crooned 'Kolaveri di' and as the year drew to a close his soup song was on everyone's lips.

Controversial lyrics, inspirations from global folk, influence of Punjabi music were the order of the day. There was agony as well as the music world lost some of its best known names.

 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Classical music maestro; Bhupen Hazarika, legendary singer-composer; Jagjit Singh, ghazal king; Ustad Sultan Khan, sarangi player and singer and actors Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand, on whom hundreds of Bollywoods songs were pictured, passes away during the year.

Of the films released in the year, the music of A. R. Rahman's "Rockstar" stood out. While 'Sadda Haq' became a virtual anthem of sorts, other songs of the Ranbir Kapoor-Nargis Fakri starrer like the foot-tapping 'Tango for Taj' and the Sufi 'Kun Faya Kun' were quite hummable.

The year also marked a new achievement for the double Oscar-winner, who collaborated with international names like Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damian Marley for 'SuperHeavy', taking 'Satyamev Jayate' to the global audience in the band's first album.

Raising hopes for the coveted Oscars, three songs from "Dam 999', which sparked the Mullaperiyar dam controversy, are in the race in the Academy's Original Song category. 'Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu', 'DAM999 theme song' and 'Mujhe Chod Ke' are penned by director Sohan Roy and set to tune by noted Malayalam composer Ousephachan.

Some of the big names of the musical world came to India during the year -- Bryan Adams, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Bob Sinclar and Pitbull. However, Delhiites missed their date with Adams and Metallica as the concerts were postponed and cancelled due to various reasons.

Three of the year's top songs were inspired by folk songs from abroad. The rumbustious 'Darling' from "Saath Khoon Maaf" sung by Usha Uthup and Rekha Bharadwaj was inspired by the Kalinka song of Russia.

Then there was Himesh Reshammiya's love song 'Teri Meri' from " Bodyguard", which was a rip off of Romanian folk song La Betleem (Down There in Bethlehem). The 'Senorita' song from "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" had lots of Spanish elements infused in it.