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[Jan. 26th, 2008|11:00 pm]
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In which Wade does Bollywood.

[Warning: Even shorter than the last short entry. I'm such a slacker.]

Have decided to watch 100 Bollywood movies. Watched Bride and Predjudice and Straight From The Heart (aka Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) today. With a break in between to watch Pretty Woman, which just happened to be on TV when I was switching DVDs after Bride and Prejudice.

Reasons for this "resolution" include:

  • my overall boredeom with Hollywood,
  • my lifelong attraction to brown girls,
  • my appreciation (esthetic and otherwise :-) for sychronized dance routines
  • my love of middle eastern music
  • indian couture is So Damn Sexy (aka saris forevar!)
  • spending more time lately on facebook (and discovering the Bollywood group)
  • a desire for more over-the-top embarassingly sappy romance in my life.

As if I need reasons for watching Bollywood movies :-)

Recommendations welcome.

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[User Picture]From: so_mercurial
2008-01-27 04:35 pm (UTC)
my appreciation (esthetic and otherwise :-) for sychronized dance routines

*diez laughing* i'll have you know, i now have a mental picture of you dancing around your apartment in a sari, singing along to the DVD... :)

if this is the case, would you plis post pictures? heeeeee!

Edited at 2008-01-27 04:36 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: luighseach
2008-01-28 01:00 am (UTC)
Seconded! :oD
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[User Picture]From: metawade
2008-01-28 08:15 am (UTC)
Maren! Don't encourage Mara in her absurdities! :-)
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[User Picture]From: metawade
2008-01-28 08:12 am (UTC)

Ah, but to post such pictures would be a disservice. My amazing grace and provocative sensuality would incite in you a passion that would remain unrequited for all time. To pose such temptation would be heartless and cruel. For this reason, I shall refrain from posting such pictures.

I must say, though, that I look positively ravishing in my sari. And my voice makes the angels weep. (that's what happens when one is tone deaf :-)

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[User Picture]From: dancing_nerd
2008-02-16 06:23 am (UTC)
I've danced with him, ladies, and I can tell you, its true, all true!!!!
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[User Picture]From: metawade
2008-01-28 08:32 am (UTC)

Hi Maria! Here's an excerpt from the link you cited:

Since the dance and music makes-or-breaks a Bollywood film for me, it can come as no surprise that I’m a big Madhuri Dixit fan. No one dances like Madhuri. She evokes classical discipline and idiom, while projecting a hip, sexually explosive athleticism. Her movement is always effortless-seeming, balanced, grounded, and flowing. This utter lack of strain permits her to remain engaged with the camera as an actor, even while in the midst of the most intricate, rapid, demanding dance sequences. And she has the most naturally expressive hands since Margo Fonteyn.

Before her retirement to marry and have children in 2002, Madhuri occupied that awkward, transitional, late adolescent period of Hindi films when item numbers (as the dance segments are called) were in the last stage of morphing from the chaste, dance-around-a-tree-thing to the pop, hip-grinding, highly sexualized choreography that titillates the otherwise repressed, prudish audiences (while not alarming the film board censors). She was just what choreographers needed most: a gorgeous leading lady and stylish dancer, exuding smoldering eroticism while operating within the bounds of taste and refinement.

Until this weekend, I totally wouldn't have understood the statement "...she has the most naturally expressive hands since ...". But having watched Aishwarya Rai (now Aishwarya Bachchan), who has been touted as the most beautiful woman in the world (a claim I'm not able to confirm, having not seen all 6.5 billion people, but a claim to which I do not yet have counter example either - she is the most beautiful girl I've seen) for 6 hours this weekend, I can honestly say that I've gained a dramatically increased appreciation for how sensual and esthetically beautiful ... and expressive ... hands can be.

I've seen oodles of poster pictures for Aaja Nachle on the Bollywood group in facebook, and after the write up you've cited, I'm very much looking forward to seeing Madhuri Dixit in a movie. Thanks for the reference!

Edited at 2008-01-28 08:32 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: jackspryte
2008-01-28 10:28 am (UTC)
Agreed Desi culture rocks! Always been a big part of my life.

But let me ask when is your subscription of Stardust arriving and is your love of pickle become foremost in your diet yet?
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[User Picture]From: metawade
2008-01-28 04:16 pm (UTC)
Hiya R! I'll subscribe to Stardust when I subscribe to Star, US Weekly, Globe, In Touch or any other gossip magazine. And since these magazines are about as far away from my psychological wiring as it is possible to get, I wouldn't be holding my breath about long chats over the latest issue of Stardust :-)

Not really a fan of pickles. I sure do like bollywood so far though.

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[User Picture]From: jackspryte
2008-01-28 05:02 pm (UTC)
I was just jesting anyways. Stardust can make our gossip rags look kind at times.

The pickle reference comes from the various chutney and pickle flavours and styles in Desi culture. They are fairly far removed from "pickles" as we know them.
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