Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The colors of Bollywood

Ever wondered who Govinda's style-icon is? Who does Govinda consider his Guru in matters sartorial?
The answer is unexpected. I discovered it yesterday while watching an old forgotten movie (anybody else know what movie I'm talking about?). And its none other than our beloved Haribhai Jariwala better known as Sanjeev Kumar!

14 comments:

  1. True said...LOL...BTW Govinda's other guru is Dharam Paaji...check his dresses in films too... :)

    PS: Despite of their satrangi dresses all three of them are a pleasure to watch

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  2. Hee! Govinda's splashy style is too much!

    Although I loathe whatever I read about his off-screen personality, his movies always make me laugh. I can't wait for his re-make of The 40 Year Old Virgin.

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  3. Ha ha! At least Sanjeev had the excuse of getting dressed in the seventies.

    What film is that red suit in? I know I've seen it...Swayamvar?

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  4. Toonfactory, you're right. Dharmendra had a pretty flashy line in clothes, too. Somehow on him though, they didnt look so flashy! Cant say I ever got Govinda's appeal inspite of his superior dancing skills and great comic timing.

    filmi girl, Govinda's style seems pretty popular both onscreen and offscreen judging by his electoral success. He's doing a remake of 40 Year Virgin! That should be interesting...

    memsaab, the 70s were flashy times, indeed, and atleast Sanjeev didnt insist on dancing in those clothes. Dont think my eyes could handle a fast moving rainbow! lol

    The Sanjeev cap is from Laakhon Ki Baat - a Basu Chatterji comedy starring Farooq Shaikh, Sanjeev Kumar and Anita Raj.

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  5. And to think I always assumed his guru-ji was Rainbow Brite.

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  6. You wronged him, o ajnabi. With such great actors taking him on the path to brightness, he had no need to look to an animated kid for fashion tips! lol

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  7. Who would have thought Sanjeev Kapoor could be anybody's "style" icon of all things.........
    Oh BTW just added your blog to my link list

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  8. Reviewer, stranger things can happen in Bollywood!

    Have added you to my blogroll as well.

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  9. Hey, that was funny! But I must also lodge my protest - it seems so unfair to Sanjeev Kumar to be compared to Govinda...despite the red suit!!

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  10. True, one red suit doesnt a Govinda make. But I dont think Sanjeev Kumar would mind since Govinda is way more popular than Sanjeev ever was (and I am sure Govinda would be flattered to be considered Sanjeev's chela)! :-)

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  11. "He got dressed in the seventies." Bwa! Fab. Can we say the same for the eighties and Rishi's sweaters?

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  12. No, Rishi's sweaters were inexcusable like so much of the 80s! (Isnt it funny that we can cut the 70s a lot of slack but the 80s are never to be forgiven?)

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  13. Hi bollyviewer,

    Followed you to your blog from your comment on the UV blog. Feel free to let me know if you want to talk some more about my response, to your comment about my comment :)

    I understand that what I am proposing sounds "fantastic" without adequate laying of the ground for it. It was a heck of a notion for me to get my head around myself and it took a lot of amateur studying of the history of patriarchy to really begin to understand.

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  14. Hi jr,

    Thanks for clarifying. And I think what you propose is quite reasonable rather than utterly "fantastic". Bertrand Russell came up with something similar. He proposed that patriarchy began when humans realised that it was sexual relations that was the cause of procreation. Maternity was always known while paternity could only be conjectured. So, in order to make sure that they werent looking after someone else's child, men began to restrict women's sexuality. And there you have the seeds of patriarchy!

    Prostitution however, has strong economic connotations, too. So, I am not sure that relaxing the restraints on women would do away with it.

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