Bollywood disco songs “Jimmy Jimmy” and “I am a disco dancer” were among the songs played at a party for delegates at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) regional summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, which concluded Friday.
A viral video shows three singers, starring a woman, dressed in formal black, singing some lines from the two songs, both created by the late Bappi Lahiri for the 1982 film Disco Dancer, in which lead actor Mithun Chakraborty became instantly famous.
Meanwhile in #Uzbekistan,
“Jimmy Jimmy Aja Aja” & “I’m A Disco Dancer”..
— Fazila Baloch🌺☀️ (@IFazilaBaloch) September 15, 2022
As delegates from various countries danced to it – some even sang along – the moment ended as a tribute to Bappi Lahiri, who died earlier this year, and a nod to Mithun Chakraborty’s stardom.
After the two Hindi songs, both strongly inspired by English songs, the singer switches to another language and the video drops out. It was not immediately clear which of the leaders or delegates were present.
Some social media users said the video shows Hindi movies and songs traveling around the region, if not the world. “The former USSR states are big fans of Mithun Chakraborty and Raj Kapoor. I went to Armenia in July; my guide knew those two, and the song of the ‘disco dancer’, very well,” Rahul Anand said on Twitter.
“These songs are famous in all Central Asian countries and Russia,” said another Twitter user, DP Mishra.
On the serious side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit.
“Excellence, I know today is not a time for war,” Prime Minister Modi told Vladimir Putin during their first face-to-face meeting since Moscow’s troops invaded Ukraine.
Prime Minister Modi’s comments came a day after President Putin admitted that China – Russia’s main ally – was “concerned” about the conflict in Ukraine.