Decades ago, when puffed up shoulders pads, bad hairdos and screaming synths were the call of the punk generation, a certain New Jersey born and bred clumsy teen Sidharth Khosla was hooked to everything retro. “I’d listen to Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi everyday, because that’s the music my parents, who immigrated to USA in the ’70s remembered. And I was learning Hindustani classical music,” he says.
Years later, his love for the desi flower culture, evolved into an indie band called Goldspot, based out of LA. After their 2009 Bollywood debut with Anuvab Pal’s
The President Is Coming
, for which they gave the background score — Goldspot is now tapping into the global desi Hollywood market.
They recently sang a cover of the classic 1957 Kishore Kumar-Asha Bhosle song ‘
Ina mina dika…
’ for a crossover movie created by American actor Aasif Mandvi,
. The movie also stars Naseeruddin Shah and the original British Asian, Madhur Jaffrey. The video of the song was recently released on US TV featuring Khosla mimicking the Kishore Kumar avatar, in a blue
and a floppy hairdo, singing and dancing around the campus of a New Jersey school.
Khosla says his song-selection was not pre-ordained but accidental. “The producers of
and I were brainstorming for a situational song, which would complement a hilarious situation. We randomly thought of ‘
Ina mina dika…
’ and reworked the song to fit the scene,” says Khosla, who considers The Beatles, Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt besides Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi, his favourite artistes.
Goldspot’s last album,
And The Elephant Is Dancing
, which released last year, has been lending songs to a range of Hollywood productions, including ‘
’ for the trailer of Vince Vaughn’s
What’s under the house...
’ for the Jack Nicholson starrer
How Do You Know
. Khosla feels it’s his multi-cultural heritage, which makes big production house take notice. “Everybody wants Indian these days. Second and third-generation Indians have a sensibility that is not purely American but not desi either. Holly-wood wants global impact and I think we fit into that groove,” says Khosla.
The band is currently working on their third studio album, which they plan to release later this year.