This week’s Monday Music comes from Spike Lee’s 2006 film, Inside Man, which starred Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen. I remember going to see this in the cinema with my brother. It has the most wonderful opening sequence, showing different parts of New York city as the robbers drive into Manhattan. I loved the accompanying music and it really set the tone of the film brilliantly.
It has special significance for me because I was in the middle of planning my first ever trip to New York that Summer and this became the unofficial soundtrack of my visit.
The version in Inside Man is a remix of the original by AR Rahman, which was voted as one of the top ten songs ever around the world in a poll carried out by the BBC World Service. The original song which has a hugely popular music video filmed on top of a moving train was voted for by people from 155 countries. I’ve put a link to that underneath as well so you can compare the two. The original was used in the film Dil Se..
No camera tricks or post-production special effects are included. the scene took four and a half days to film in Tamil Nadu. It’s a really great scene and I recommend you watch it.
Cheers for reading and watching.
If you feel like some more music, then please check out some of my other Monday Music posts. They’re packed with great examples of music from movies, TV and other places.