Panjabi MC – The Inside Man
The inside story
Academy Award®-winning producer Brian Grazer and Oscar®-nominated visionary Spike Lee first met at the Academy ceremonies many years ago. Lee had been nominated in 1990 in the category of Best Original Screenplay for Do the Right Thing, and Grazer had been nominated in the same category for Splash five years prior. Throughout the years, they’d met intermittently in the hopes of collaborating on different projects, but nothing had come to fruition. Inside Man presented just the opportunity for these history-making filmmakers to finally work together.
Spike Lee invited Panjabi MC to New York to take part in making the selected soundtrack that little special.
The film explodes into action with an atmospheric track known as "Chaiyya Chaiyya," this track with a big backbeat heard in India's theatres in the 1998 with the hit Dil Se. Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman penned the song, with lyrics by Gulzar, performed by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi.
With the original ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ as the opening track on the credits,
Panjabi MC has reworked it for an exploding finish for the end credits.
The remix is called "Chaiyya Chaiyya Bollywood Joint" on the Inside Man soundtrack and it bears Panjabi MC's penchant for interlacing traditional bhangra with hip hop samples and rap. Why Spike Lee chose "Chaiyya Chaiyya" for Inside Man, has yet to be told but the song's effectiveness in the new movie is astounding.
DJ Premier & Panjabi MC