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.
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It was the first Hindi film to be successful in Russia. There was no welcome committee for him because he landed unannounced. So he got outside and waited for a taxi, By then people started recognizing that Raj Kapoor is in Moscow. His taxi came and he sat in. 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. This is the only song that comes to the mind for most of the foreigners, when we ask them to name any song from India.
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.