It was recently brought to my attention that one of the most popular Hollywood films of all time, “The Passion of the Christ” (if you haven’t watched it yet, you must!) has a scene in the film where a tune to an equally popular Pashto song entitled, “Ro ro kaida kadamoon Laila” is playing. I’ve probably watched this movie once or twice and for some reason this important information slipped through the cracks. I recently re-watched the clip, twice mind you, and OH MY GOD the tune plays out exactly as that Pashto song! Like, verbatim. My friend and I wondered whether it was a coincidence, but it’s not. It looks like Hollywood choose this tune intentionally. And it’s played using a flute too, so it sounds even more authentic.
Anyway, for those who are curious, here is the Pashto song (well, okay, this isn’t the actual song as several different Pashtun artists sang this song, and there are like a million versions of it on YouTube, but I am sharing this instrumental version so it would be easier for my non-Pashtun readers to make the link):
And, here is the scene from “The Passion of the Christ” where you hear the tune to the Pashto song. It starts playing around 0:35. Enjoy!
Seriously, is this cool af or what?! Gotta admit, my peoples make some really stunning music! Feel free to share this discovery as widely as possible. Here’s also hoping Hollywood will use more Pashto music in their movies. ❤