Mao Tse-tung’s favourite Bollywood song

It is a little difficult to imagine Chairman Mao, humming along a Hindi film song. But it is said that the founding father of communist China Mao Tse-tung quite liked the Chinese rendition of Awara hoon, from Raj Kapoor’s Awara (1951).

Had China been the manufacturing powerhouse it is now. the lyrics of another popular song from Awara could have been a little different.

Mera joota hain Chini,
Ye patloon Chini,
Sar pe laal topi Chini,
Phit bhi dil hain Hindustani