#TBT – The Rishi Rich Project – “Dil Mera”

Happy summer! After a short holiday hiatus, we’re back with our favourite weekly music feature. This week’s #ThrowbackThursday song comes to us from Jay Sean, Juggy D and Veronica.Veronica Rishi Rich Juggy D

I’ll blame the appeal of Jay Sean’s spiky hair and Juggy D’s uncle-style dancing for making me sit through the awful 2005 Bollywood film, Kya Kool Hai Hum. The singing duo make a special appearance in the movie for their song “Dil Mera” (you may remember their first Bollywood song, “U and I” for 2004 film, Hum Tum). With “Dil Mera,” the group makes their on-screen Bollywood debut, and it’s pretty funny.

The original version of the song, “One Night,” came off Jay Sean’s hit album, Me Against Myself, and only featured Juggy D. In the Bollywood version, the addition of Rishi Rich protegé Veronica Mehta and more commercial beats helped translate the song into a Bollywood-friendly tune, which topped Mumbai radio charts for weeks.

The video is a hot mess, with bikini clad-dancers gyrating and twerking while the singers dance around the stage. Rishi Rich seems embarrassed by the display, slowly making his way to the back of the scene once the group descends from the rafters. As always, the boys wear track jackets, and Juggy D dances and shuffles around like a pro.

The lyrics are kind of terrible; Jay pleads with his one-night stand to not overdo their boundaries, and that he can’t commit. They come out in such a smooth voice that half the time I didn’t pay attention to the skeezy lyrics.

“Dil Mera” may have aged quite a bit, but it’s still a favourite and fun track for summer.