Answer, OF COURSE: "How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?"
There is a lot of Madhuri Dixit love over at the Bollywood-ish blog most days, but particularly this week, devoted entirely to the lovely Mads.
A while back, I pencilled in this week on the calendar, and then....promptly forgot about it.
And sadly, I think that kind of sums up my relationship with Madhuri Dixit. I know -- I KNOW -- that I've seen her in a gajillion films, but I honestly cannot remember much from most of them. Several stand out, and not, sadly, entirely for good reasons (case in point: Koyla, where Madhuri is wonderful, but the film is, well, kind of cracktastic. Please note, too, that I watch Koyla Every Single Time it comes on telly.
Her dances though -- now those are worth remembering, and they are always, always wonderful. I thought about doing a week of posts just on the dances, but you know what? Bollywood-ish has done it, and better than I ever could have.
I've actually discussed precisely one film here on Totally Filmi, Aaja Nachle -- in fact, it's in podcast episode number 2. It's a film I quite like, but I suspect I chose it because of Madhuri, and ended up liking so much else about it. I had hoped to go see it in the cinema, but it was a winter release, and you know, winter = snow in Canada, so I never made it, and it pains me that I never got to see this on a proper screen, cos it's glorious:
Sometimes it seems that there's such a dearth of truly wonderful dancers in Bollywood lately, and I often wonder if Madhuri Dixit got all the dancing genes meant for one generation, because no one -- NO ONE -- dances as beautifully as she does. Some are better than others, but they are rare, and they still cannot match her.
In fact, I think Madhuri is one of the very few things that got me through Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, and I've long had a design project sitting on the backburner, inspired precisely by this moment in the film:
For this performance alone, Madhuri Dixit will always hold a small, special place here at Totally Filmi. I only wish I could have done her more justice than this one measely little post, but perhaps, one day, there will be a magnificent shawl design out there inspired by her. And I can think of no better way for me to honour her.