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Cynthia

Great write up! I'm adding it to my list of films I want to see.

Ness

oh man, Swarg sounds like EXACTLY the kind of movie I love. And like Hatya, I'm WAITING FOR THE FREAKING DVD TO ARRIVE. I bet they both arrive the day after Chi Chi week ends, oh the irony.

You do a much better job at explaining why you love Govinda and why he is amazing than I could ever do. Very eloquent. I get all caught up in "OOOH LOOOK SNAKE WITH LASER EYES!" and "OMG I LOVE HIM IN HIS CHUDDIS" and being pretty much all over the place like a crazy fangirl.

(Ha, and "La Vanessa"? HA! I've never been called that before. It sounds so...fancy!)

katherine

@Cynthia Thanks, I hope you won't be disappointed by it.

@La Vanessa Somehow, the personality that comes through in your writing reminds me of my fave Italian TV presenter, Antonella Clerici, who is always just referred to as "La Clerici". Somehow, in my mind, it fits you :-)

Because I'm absolutely sure La Clerici would go nuts for a snake with laser eyes, and Govinda in his chuddis.

Okay, I had something else to say, and then I wrote Govinda and chuddis and it's gone.

:-)

Ness

Yep, Chi Chi in his chuddis has the power to distract like that. Mmmmm, delicious....

(Blame Rum for the chuddis obsession, she started it, I SWEAR).

Ness

I finally got around to watching Swarg (I did the Chi Chi Classic Emo double whammy - Hatya and Swarg double bill!) and YUP. LOVED. You're spot on in your review. What I wanna know is, in the filmi song when he's being three filmi heroes for the price of one, who is he when he's being the 2nd one on the beach? He's Amitabh in Don, clearly in the first bit, with the Khaike Paan Banaras Walla rip off, and a spot-on Raj Kapoor in the third bit (he does it so much better than SRK does in RNBDJ too) but I am clueless in the 2nd bit? I kind of thought Shammi, maybe? BUT I HAVE NO IDEA AND IT'S GOING TO DRIVE ME NUTS until someone tells me the answer.

katherine

My first thought was Shammi, and I went searching to find a Shammi clip that matched, but came up empty handed (not that I've seen more than a couple of Shammi films, mind).

I also thought of Jeetendra, but the moustache threw me (for Shammi, too).

The stupid thing is, it's ringing all sorts of bells for me, and it's the one reference I couldn't place (which drives me nuts, cos I'm usually pretty good at recalling).

I'm pretty sure, too, at one point in the film where he's being "Krishna pretending to be an actor" that he imitates Rajesh Khanna, too.

Ness

I'm gonna have to watch it again now JUST for the filminess.

The reason I thought Shammi for the 2nd guy was the hair and the way he was dressed, something about the stripy tee and the sort of Elvis hair rang a bell. Maybe they wanted to imply without being totally obvious, because the other reason I thought "Can't be Shammi" is that there was no "Yahoo!" which would have made it CRYSTAL CLEAR.

katherine

Yes, those were exactly the reasons I first went, "Must be Shammi."

But I think, since all the others were pretty obvious, that that one should be obvious, too.

Ness

Okay dude I just watched that bit again and I was wrong, he IS wearing white shoes. And white pants. AND HE'S WEARING A SCARF.

When you said Jeetendra, you were ekdum, bilkool correct, mere dost.

Look what I found here: http://www.filmnirvana.com/photo-feature/style-gurus-bollywood/155994


Star : Jeetendra

The 'Jumping Jack' of Indian cinema is remembered for his outfits and dancing style.

Style statement: Trousers and shoes that matched. His white trousers and white shoes were very popular. He introduced mufflers in films.

His legacy: White outfits, matching shoes, mufflers etc.

Ness

Um, omg I am a stalkery internet genius.

JEETENDRA ftw.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jli5KTeGeSw&feature=related

katherine

Holy mother, now I feel stupid, because I *knew* I'd seen that somewhere. And I had. I'd seen that damned film.

I'm so glad you found it, though.

Ness

I found it through my sheer resourcefulness because I have never seen or hard of that film. I AM A GENIUS BOW DOWN BEFORE ME. and someone employ me to do this stuff for a living, seriously, I thrive on it.

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