Awara Hun. Video: The original song. Video: The song being sung in Uzbekistan. It is fairly well known that Raj Kapoor enjoyed wild adulation in the Soviet Union in the s. His film Awaara — dubbed in Russian and released as Brodiaga — left the Russians besotted. In fact when Raj Kapoor went to Moscow for a special screening of the movie, his car that was parked outsid. In fact when Raj Kapoor went to Moscow for a special screening of the movie, his car that was parked outside the theatre never left the curb. The massive crowd of fans simply picked the car up with the actor in it and carried it off!
Here are 7 Indian songs that went viral across the globe before ‘going viral’ was a thing!
1. Awara Hun
A Twitter user tweeted the a viral video of the song to Kimmel, asking if he had heard it. Today, the incredibly catchy tune has clocked millions of views on YouTube, making it the most watched Malayalam song ever. Estonians are singing along to it and Russians are dancing to its beats, though they have no idea what the words mean. In fact when Raj Kapoor went to Moscow for a special screening of the movie, his car that was parked outside the theatre never left the curb. The massive crowd of fans simply picked the car up with the actor in it and carried it off! Sung in Punjabi, the fusion hip-hop groove went on to sell an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. The record also reached the number one spot in Italy and Belgium, and number two spot in Germany where it sold over , units in two days! Most songs fade from public memory in no time, while few manage to stay a little longer on their minds. Then there are those iconic ones that go on to build a cult following for themselves. From Germany to Korea, the song became a rage among youngsters across the world after its release in the late s.
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While International music stars and esp english songs have found a follower base across India, some of the Indian songs have also become huge international hits across the globe. This song from the movie Awaara was one of the first Indian songs to strike a chord with audiences across the globe. The movie itself was a huge hit in the Soviet Union and had almost 64 million viewers in its initial run — the highest for any movie in Soviet Union at that time. The movie was also a huge hit in China with its initial release and re-releases drawing a viewership of over Million. The movie also became very popular in Turkey where it was remade as Avare with Turkish actors. Raj Kapoor himself became a superstar in Soviet Union. It is said that when Raj Kapoor had attended the Tashkent Film festival in the Soviet Union, people spoke of his visit like he was more important than any head of state or international celebrity. Awara Hoon were played in the official Russian banquets. It is said that prominent people like former Russian President Boris Yeltsin one of the powerful mayors of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov also used to hum this song.