Raj Kapoor’s Classic ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ the Most Popular Bollywood Song in the World?

There was a time Russians used to love Raj Kapoor (most of them still do) and his films; they would sing several of his songs. But now, it seems, even Hollywood filmmakers are taking a liking to Raj Kapoor’s song. One of his classics, and a very popular song, ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ has been used in the opening & closing scenes of the movie ‘Deadpool’ starring Ryan Reynolds.

Deadpool’s director Tim Miller had first heard the song in a pub in New Zealand, and loved it so much that he wanted to use it in one of his films. during the making of Deadpool, Tim Miller made Ryan Reynolds and the crew hear the song, and they all loved the song. And that’s when they decided to use this classic Bollywood song in the movie. Deadpool uses the song ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ in the beginning and the ending scenes.

By the way, what does the lyrics of the song mean?
For those who don’t understand the Hindi language, here’s what the song is all about. It goes like this…

  • Mera joota hai japani (My shoes are from Japan)
  • yeh patloon englishtani (My trouser is from England)
  • Sar pe laal topi roosi (My red hat is from Russia)
  • phir bhi dil hai hindustani (But my heart is Indian)


Watch: ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ song from the movie ‘Shree 420’, composed by the legendary music composer pair of ‘Shankar Jaikishan’

While it may probably take some time for the footage of the ‘Deadpool’ scenes to be available on YouTube, you can enjoy these videos of Russian singers singing the iconic song.


Watch: Russian Paratroopers sing ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ as a tribute to Raj Kapoor, as part of India Russia Day Celebrations.


Watch: Mera Joota Hai Japani by Uzbek Singer Bobomurod Hamdamov


Watch: Latina Americana (Girl Band) Performing the Instrumental version of ‘Mera Juta hai Japani’

Now that Hollywood film Deadpool has used this classic Bollywood song, the popularity of ‘Mera Joota Hai Japani’ is only going to increase, across the world.

Watch: Deadpool Official Trailer

Watch: Deadpool Official Trailer in Hindi, and its funny.