Friday, February 25, 2005

Bollywood ... finally here!

A few minutes ago, on the drive to work was a feature on NPR's morning edition on Bollywood and its charm and nostalgia. The page has links to the audio version from the Morning Edition program, as well as additional pics and info. It also includes links to bollywood related books and collections on amazon.com, and even a link to smashits.com for listening to hindi movie songs. Songs included in the feature were "Aaja Aaja" by Asha Bhonsle, from Teesri Manzil (why they had to use a remixed version, i have no clue - i suspect they didnt know it was a remixed version), "Yeh Shaam Mastani" by Kishore Kumar, from Kati Patang, "Addictive" by Truth Hurts (samples "Thoda Resham" by Lata Mangeshkar, from Jyoti - to showcase Bollywood's growing charm in the US), and ofcourse the mother of them all "Choli ke Peechey" by Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik, from Khalnayak - which concluded the feature with the cheesy sentence "behind every rain soaked sari, there is a heart!" (it was hilarious! listen to it to enjoy it ...).

the release of bride and prejudice in the US was ofcourse talked about. gurinder chaddha and aishwarya rai seem to have become the spokespersons and the face of bollywood respectively in the western world. what with ms. rai being called at the oscars to hand out the award. needless to say, the dialogues in the NPR feature included one of ash in devdas (as well as gabbar screaming "yeh haath mujhe de de thakur"!) ...

looks like bollywood has finally arrived ....

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Bedekar
Thought I'd say hello! I have been recently into reading blogs, and I do enjoy reading yours and Niket's blog when I get time.
Madhura

Balai said...

The National Geographic mag also showcased Bollywood in its Feb issue, by following Veer Zara's shooting. Guess its time America followed Britain and go gaga over Bollywood :)

SBR said...

I would disagree a bit on your comment of Ms. Rai & Gurinder Chaddha being the face of Bollywood. I had read sometime back, when she was on the whirlwind tour on the US TV shows, that most of these interviews with Aishwarya Rai were arranged by a public relations company (I don't recall, whether it was a PR firm employed by her or by Gurinder). One of the reason was promotion of Bride and Prejudice, and the other reason was to launch Aishwarya Rai into world cinema. I don't know how much is the truth, but I wouldn't exactly say that the US entertainment industry has chosen her to be the face of Bollywood.

-SBR