By David Pescovitz at 9:53 am Tue, Mar 17, 2009
@ #21 Adamnvillani, since you asked ;) I see “Bollywood” thrown out there all the time for anything and everything India-related, but it really only applies to Hindi-language films, and some (including myself) would narrow it further to Hindi-language musical films.
People were calling Slumdog Millionaire a “Bollywood” movie, and I constantly see various South Indian videos labeled “Bollywood” and omg, the raging pedant in me can’t stay quiet. :)
Gah! What’s the deal with the one kid? He’s just sitting there and we never find out why!!
I need closure!
I don’t know how Americans can watch a Bollywood movie and then go back to drab 90-minute movies with only one plot and no musical numbers. And no Amir Khan.
Thanks, David, for using the word “Bollywood” correctly!
What the incorrect way?
That was terrifying.
Even in a school for young lawyers.
I would have left with the kid that was not amused and vandalized the clown car.
David, This movie was India’s official selection for Oscar for “Best Foreign Film 2008″, it did not get nominated.
You know… I’d like to see a bollywood horror movie, triller or major action movie – on the condition that they don’t drop the random dance sequences, etc.
“Bum Bum Bhole”
Penis jokes in 3..2..1…
Well, that just answered the question as to whether the fear of insane scary clowns crosses the cultural divide.
It is obvious that Sad Kid is just traumatized from being under scary-clown’s cape
Awww. I wonder what that one kid who wasn’t happy and dancing’s story is.
(Lord knows I lost my save vs. chairdancing throw)
David, you may also like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxJH9kXo_3o
used to be my favorite when I was a kid.
I just gotta know why that one kid is so sad! Does anyone know?
It’s a hit with the kids in India, too!
#7 that kid in the movie is dyslexic and he is sad because their parent just sent him to a boarding school because of bad grades.
The only thing scarier than regular clowns are Bollywood clowns (especially ones that look like Salvador Dali).
This is a great film that my wife and I loved. We watched it on Air India on our way to Kerela and Goa this winter. The clown is actually the new teacher for this class. One of the kids has trouble learning, and the teacher uses insights and understanding to teach not just the one child, but the class and the school and wider community about life, individual differences, acceptance and hope.
I urge boingers to find a copy, subtitled like mine was if necessary, and enjoy this great little flick. A good introduction to Bollywood films, it is closer to English or American cinema in style, but as you can see, plenty of musical fun when appropriate.
This is a great world film, its references are universal and cross lots of borders. It could teach a thing or two to many educators and families in any country.
Rent it! Bum Bum Bhole!
On a side note we arrived very late at night in Bombay/Mumbai and unlike what we reserved our room had no A/C. I was very grumpy, but woke up to a classroom full of young boys just as excited and happy as this one just twenty feet away outside our window. A great start to a fine visit.
Aww… poor kid. Thanks Anil @ #9.
Bah! The new stuff is wack. I (and my 6 year old) prefer the classic stuff like the song Naach Meri Jaan – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m5nCXqGEHI Try getting THAT out of your head!
Heh, Aamir Khan is such a spaz.
Thanks, David, for using the word “Bollywood” correctly! Yay!
Sad kid to come to school with an automatic weapon in 3..2….1…
There is seriously something wrong with Bollywood.
@ #10 – are you the same Turbanhead as on Youtube? You’re the reason I bought the movie Hum Paanch! I had to have video of the single worst song picturization ever. :)
@#26 INVISIBELLE, exactly my thoughts. It was the same case the other day here at BB with this post:
I think its time to start avoiding the words Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood etc. and be more careful while categorizing anything as Indian.
My favorite Bollywood film is Lagaan, which also features Aamir Khan.
i adore aamir khan! this movie is fantastic
@#7: You really kicked my nostalgia into high gear with that link! I am so homesick. I just spent the last hour watching old movie vids and while I could recommend any of them I choose to share this one:
One of the most beautiful duets of Hindi cinema – I will try to translate to the best of my ability but I do not do the poetry of the words any justice:
2 lovers are meeting in the woods but the meeting is drawing to a close and she has to go. He implores her to stay a bit longer:
Do not leave me just yet
My heart has not had its fill
It seems you have only just arrived
Like a beautiful breeze
Let the wind pick up a little
Let my gaze wander a little
Let this day turn into night
Let my heart be still
Let me live a little longer
And savour the intoxication
For I have not yet said anything
And I have not yet heard anything
The stars have begun to play in the sky
The lamps have been lit
Please don’t ask me to stay
Don’t step forward and block my way
For if I stay now I will never be able to leave
And you will always say you have not had your fill
This love does not end here
But he persists:
Not yet, not yet
You leave my desire incomplete
You leave my thirst unquenched
If you leave now
How will you treat me in the days to come
For in the path of life
In the yearning of our young hearts
We will face many obstacles
that will test us
I implore you out of love, not anger
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