Leaving aside the fact that nowhere in the Smash promotional material nor in the reaction to the song in the Western press did anybody even briefly drop a hint that they knew that the "Arabian Nights" aren't actually a Bollywood thing, I thought it would be worth pointing out to Mr. Jaffrey some Bollywood songs that manage to meld two different cultures without resorting to putting white people in Aladdin vests and have them steal lamps. (Because that is what Arabic culture is all about, ammirite? Stealing lamps and waving peacock feather fans for the sultan's wife. I suppose we should be grateful that at least Smash didn't make them terrorists in Aladdin vests, since that seems to be the only other option for representation of Arabs on American television.)
Yes, Bollywood does trade in ethnic stereotype humor (aka all of Double Dhamaal) but that doesn't mean they don't know how to get it right from time to time!
1. Bollywood X Spain ("Paint It Red" from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Sure, the film tends towards the touristy but they do a nice job here, I think.
2. Bollywood X America ("Pretty Woman" from Kal Ho Naa Ho)
One of many "authorized" remakes of American rock songs...
3. Bollywood X Western Art Music ("Dil Ka Rishta" from Yuuvraaj)
This movie was terrible but the music was pretty...
4. Bollywood X Western Style Jazz Cabaret Club ("Jab Bhi Cigaret" from No Smoking)
Just because I never pass up an opportunity to watch this...
And this is just off the top of my head at 7am after I've just gotten up... I'm sure you guys can think of more! And not an Aladdin vest in the lot of the them.