Monday Morning Questions: What do You Want to Ask Me on Silk Smitha's Birthday?

Happy Monday! After 4 days off in a row, it is less hard than I thought to go back to work. Partly because it was 4 packed busy days so work almost seems like a break.

This is where you ask me anything you want, about an actor, a religion, a language, an ethnicity, what I thought of a film, or the backstory for a news story, anything! Just keep swinging back all week any time you think of anything.

And I have a question for you! For Silk’s birthday, what is your favorite item song?

I think I have to go with “Kajre Re”. Although it’s hard to pass up “Ishq Kameena” or “Ghagra” or the original “Yeh Mera Dil” or any of the other amazing options.

Oh, and for Silk, here is a song in which she looks magnificent and Kamal Hassan looks ridiculous:

22 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What do You Want to Ask Me on Silk Smitha's Birthday?

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    I misread your question and thought you were asking what’s your favorite Silk Smitha item song. And then you posted Kajre Re. I thought, surely she know that’s Aishwarya and not Silk!

    (And I vote for Chamma Chamma)

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    • Would we consider Chaiyya Chaiyya an item song? Mallika dances in it, but it also features the main lead actor of the film. Although Dard E Disco does too. It’s plot related, kind of, but then kind of not also. Oh man, you have made my head hurt!

      On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 3:02 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yeah, it really is a complicated choice. I just put as the best because of Malaika Aurora and by the virtue of A R Rahman’s music and Gulzar’s excellent lyrics. I mean, it started Malaika’s career as an Item Girl/Woman so in that is also is one, but yeah, overall it might be a bit of a stretch.

        Should have just said Sheila ki Jawaani to save you the head hurting.

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    • I want it to be true but I’m still not believing it! (it made Saturday’s post so we have been discussing for a while how much we want it)

      On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 7:42 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. I also like Kajra Re the best, I think, but also very fond of Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu, which I think I will now be humming for the rest of the day. Also Tattad Tattad–can we consider that an item song?

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        • Oh, and unrelated, you need to check out the Ranveer Singh 101s, because the first one just turned into a peon of praise to IU.

          On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 7:01 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Question: what is the most famous U.S. movie that obviously steals from traditional Hindi film story-telling devices? And I don’t mean Bride and Prejudice blatant films (besides that is British isn’t it?) But like how I was surprised to see the ending credits of the Dora film imitate a Hindi dance number, what might I have missed in other U.S. movies? (In truth I might not of seen the movies because I tend to loose focus when I’m not required to read subtitles.)

    And I also think Kajre Re is the most awesome of item numbers, though Ghagra comes in a close second. Father & son lusting after the same woman, or the vixen panther? They’re both pretty good.

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    • Well, the biggest are Slumdog Millionaire and Moulin Rouge. What I find interesting about both of them is that the directors were very clear on the influences, Danny Boyle name-checked Deewar multiple times in interviews. And Baz Luhrman later put Amitabh in his Gatsby movie and told a really moving story about why he wanted to do that (short version is that it was during a time when hate crimes against Indians were growing in Australia, and Luhrman traveled to Bombay and met Amitabh in his house and begged him to be part of the film as kind of a personal atonement as an Australian). But the critics and media in America missed all those signs and didn’t connect the dots.

      My favorite little tribute is in the opening of Spike Lee’s Inside Man, he uses Chaiyya Chaiyya over the opening credits. Which isn’t really a tribute to Indian film, as it is to the multi-cultural nature of New York, one of many little times when he includes the kind of random international flavor you would experience in the city. Oh, and if you have watched any Wong Kar Wai Hong Kong stuff, he often includes Hindi film in a similar way, it is just part of the fabric of his city. Let’s see, what else? Ghost World shows a clip of Gumnaam?

      In terms of films consciously using Indian movies, not just having a song or a clip in the background for atmosphere, or evoking the feel of the films, there is only one I actually liked: the sitcom New Girl used “Oo La La” in a “Bollywood Dance Number” and everything was perfectly calibrated to work whether or not you had the deeper reference in place, I was so pleased with it that I actually wrote a post about why it was done so well: https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2016/01/06/new-girl-and-silk-smitha/

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      • I had no idea that Moulin Rouge wad Indian film inspired. I will have to watch it again, it has been a while… And I would have totally lost all the relevance of the New Girl dance number if it weren’t for your post. I would have watched and thought “why does that woman look angry though the whole dance?”.

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        • Moulin Rouge has this little bit in the middle of “Chamma Chamma” and I think Luhrman gave interviews at the time mentioning Indian film as one of his inspirations.

          On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 8:04 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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