This week Nicole Scherzinger’s bindi joins Madonna’s Kabbalah bracelet and Rachael Ray’s fashion keffiyeh in our virtual museum of misappropriated religious paraphernalia. OK, so we don’t really have a virtual museum (and we’re not mad at bindis, either!), but if we did, it would definitely have a Darjeeling Limited trolley ride.
Pussycat Dolls’ “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)” would be a fitting soundtrack for such a ride. The spicy Eastern disco-thumper is a remix, with added vocals, of A.R. Rahman’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire song of the same name. The video is an elaborate dance extravaganza, the kind made famous by suddenly super-hip Bollywood movies. And you know what? It fits. Like a midriff-revealing sari, it fits.
When asked about the PCD remix, Scherzinger told the UK Sun, “It’s such an honour to be able to collaborate with A.R. Rahman and be a part of the Slumdog Millionaire project… I found the movie’s story and music very spirituality uplifting.” Notice she said “honour,” not “honor,” in another display of newfound Pussycat Doll worldliness. Slumdog Millionaire must have really changed her life! Watch “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny),” right here!