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Why does the movie Inside Man have the Bollywood song Chhaiya Chhaiya in its opening scene?

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In the director's commentary on the DVD, Spike Lee addresses this. Short version; he liked the song so he used it.

When he was teaching film school, a student recommended the film Dil Se.., where the song is originally from. He simply really liked the song, and decided that he wanted to try to use it in a movie at some point.

The specific orchestral arrangement of the song was made specifically for Inside Man.

  • And yes, I did watch the movie for the first time, and checked out the commentary at the beginning, just to answer this question. – GendoIkari Feb 24 at 3:26

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