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Can it get better than Taxiwallah Raju? That is my ultimate favorite role of his. He was just endearing and scene-stealingly adorable throughout. I have never rooted for him more. How do people NOT love him? I love people that love to be silly and don't take themselves so seriously. That's why goofballs like him, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek B. and Sridevi always steal my heart.


You know, I actually do think it *can* get better than Raju -- if only the man would take that role as his standard. Sigh. Between SEI and Hatya, I just melt.

Suhan S

The following may interest you. It is a very young Govinda talking to Khalid Mohammed who did the interviews for the "Movie Mahal" series by Channel 4 (or the BBC, can't recall now) in the late 1980s. His impersonations of the superstars are spot on!


On the issue of "Raavan", there's already quite a bit of chatter in the interwebs as to why they are not using Govinda more in the promos because audience reaction while the trailers were being played out in the theatres is "Govinda aila re" (here comes Govinda). He's hugely loved amongst the masses.

If you can, could you please review his "Swarg" of 1990 (another early David Dhawaan) with Rajesh Khanna and Juhi Chawla. A good old multiple-hanky tearjerker :-)


OMG, Suhan, thank you so much for that clip! And the whole series looks terrific, I'm looking forward to watching it.

I have in fact, done Swarg -- on the podcast -- it's Episode 13. But I think I might be revisiting it here on the blog later in the week, in context with a couple of other films. It's a film I actually quite like a lot!

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Totally Filmi's appearances elsewhere

  • The "It Takes a Thief Blogathon" hosted by Moon In Gemini

    I'll be writing about Sapthamashree Thaskaraha.
  • The "Food in Film Blogathon" organized by Speakeasy - Mostly Classic Movies

    I'll be writing about Ustad Hotel.
  • "The Swashathon is back! 2017 Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure" organized by Movies Silently

    Check for my Swashathon entry in July 2017.
  • "The Great Villain Blogathon 2017" organized by Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings

    Check out my Great Villains entry on "Mogambo khush hua! Mr. India's most iconic villain".
  • "Try it, you’ll like it!" Blogathon organized by Movies Silently and Sister Celluloid

    I will be writing about Junglee.
  • "Winter Sports Blogathon" organized by Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

    I will be writing about Breakaway.
  • "Criterion Blogathon" organized by Criterion Blues

    Where I've contributed my review of Satyajit Ray's classic film Charulata.
  • "The Swashathon! A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure" organized by Movies Silently

    Check out my Swashathon! entry on 'Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1952)'.
  • The "Classic Movie History Project Blogathon" organized by Movies Silently

    I will be writing about "The Apu Trilogy" directed by Satyajit Ray.
  • The "Beach Party Blogathon" organized by Speakeasy - Classic Movies & More

    I will be writing about "Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal" directed by Ajith Pillai.
  • The "My Favorite Classic Movie" Blogathon for National Classic Movie Day

    I will be writing about "Chemmeen".

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