I have been thoroughly enjoying the festival of posts that have formed Khanna-o-rama, organized by the always enthusiastic Beth of Beth Loves Bollywood. And, in fact, when Beth first proposed the idea of a week celebrating the films of the Khannas Père et fils, I marked it on my calendar and fully expected to participate.
And then life continued to get in the way, and Khanna week was starting to slip by all too quickly -- I'd managed to squeeze in reading the posts, and a great lot of fun they have been, too.
So when, on Twitter, a few of us requested an extension, on the theory that one week is just not enough for three Khannas, Beth agreed, much to my delight, because it means, now that I've hit this week's deadlines, I'll actually be able to participate as I'd originally wanted to.
Well, not on the scale I would have liked to, but I will be able to squeeze in at least a couple of posts.
Now, I've had this idea that for some of us, our first line of entry into a film isn't necessarily the Khanna. Think about it: Amar, Akbar, Anthony -- you probably chose it for Amitabh Bachchan, or maybe for Rishi Kapoor, or simply because it was a Manmohan Desai film. But I'd bet most of us didn't watch it for Vinod Khanna. And I think that's true for a lot of films -- like two from last year, 99 and Wanted, both of which featured Vinod Khanna in small but pivotal roles. And I had totally forgotten that Vinod Khanna was in one of my favorite films, Sachaa Jhutha, until this timely Khanna week reminder from Ness.
And I think this is also true for his son Rahul Khanna. Did you watch either Love Aaj Kal or Wake Up Sid because you knew he was in them? I didn't, but both films are just that little bit better because he's in them.
And yes, also true, at least in my case, for his other son, Akshaye Khanna. For example, last year's ShortKut, a film I went to see partly because I adored the Malayalam original and hoped the Hindi remake would be just as good (it is not), and partly because I love Arshad Warsi (whose role also disappointed me). In fact, the big surprise of the film for me was Akshaye's performance, and it made me think that maybe I'd dismissed him too soon, and that I should take another look at some of his films.
Which I will -- next post, I look at Salaam-e-Ishq, and discover a new appreciation for Akshaye Khanna in that film.