Monday, March 19, 2007

it happens only in india: more videos

Our first entry comes from K Bapaiah's Waqt ki Awaz featuring Mithun Chakraborty and Neelam with enough lipstick to paint the state of Wyoming red. This one's got it all: a melody that recycles the Mithun/Bappi classic I Am A Disco Dancer, a disco floor, undocumented aerobics masquerading as dance steps, Mithun on the drums, Mithun playing the saxophone, ghastly close-ups of Neelam auditioning for a TV show by the Ramsay brothers ... and best of all, Asha and Kishore lending conviction to lyrics that improvise on the key line "I want to hit somebody"

And then we have competition to the Puneet Issar starrer Superman from down south. It's the late great NTR as Huperman (um; how do you explain the H instead of the S on his cape?) and awar waan and won lee Jaya Prada as the damsel in distress (tied to a tree, as it were). Of they go into the sky aided by familiar primitive special effects and another set of zany dance steps. This is the kind of animation that fits in well with Terry Gilliam's work on Monty Python's Flying Circus. Listen to "Superman (man man)," watch physics and aesthetics go for a grand toss, take your time laughing your rear off and then return to the boring normalcy of life.

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