Hollywood is acknowledging the power of Hindi songs, albeit in a small way.
When the film “Deadpool 2” released, Indian fans in India and abroad were excited to see Indian American actor Karan Soni reprise his role as cab driver Dopinder. But along with the funny antics of Dopinder, viewers were also excited to hear a popular Hindi song being played in his taxi.
That Dopinder loves Bollywood music became clear in the first installment, which featured “Mera Joota Hai Japani.” The second one saw him enjoying “Yun Hi Chala Chal Raahi” from Shah Rukh Khan’s 2004 film, “Swades,” which features music by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.
The song plays in the background when Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and Cable (Josh Brolin) are in Dopinder’s cab zooming off to their next mission destination. And when Cable asks him to switch off the music, Deadpool calls him a racist.
The sequel also saw Dopinder’s role expand. Soni told India-West before the film released that “I’ve become a full-time getaway driver for Deadpool. I’m only working for him…I let him know that I’m ready to take on more responsibility and may be in the future try to become a superhero or a mercenary. Deadpool thinks that it’s a really bad idea since I’m too sweet. So, I have to prove to him that I’m ready to be tough. And from there the film goes to different kinds of places that are unexpected and fun.” (Read Karan Soni’s interview here.)
Soni also told India-West that he has signed on to star in two more “Deadpool” films.