Caught the end of a documentary concerning my favourite Indian actor Shammi Kapoor on TV last night - inspiring me to briefly wax lyrical about the guy unofficially known as the Bollywood Elvis.
I had a marvellous Elvis-style number in mind for you chaps, but why go to such effort when stellar individuals like raymondo1960 do all the leg work for you?
The clip below perfectly illustrates one of my favourite facets of 60s Bollywood cinema - characters having an outrageously good time and (to quote good friend Bill Barounis) dancing like they're on cocaine and being electrocuted at the same time.
Shammi is part of Indian Cinema's Royal Family - the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, and brother of Raj and Shashi Kapoor. At the height of the swinging 60s he took on the mantle of Bollywood's premiere rebel movie star - a combination of James Dean and Elvis Presley mixed in with some Cary Grant schmooze. Most of his leading man career was spent romancing such Bollywood Beauties as Padmini, Helen, and Asha Parekh, although I'm not 100% certain who the girl marvelling at Shammi's Mop Top is in this clip. You heard Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi on playback duty.
Janwar is a new one on me, so I'm indebted to Raymondo for the introducion. It only seems to be available on VCD from UltraIndia - worth mentioning they've a nasty habit of sticking nasty great copyright warnings all over the musical numbers. I can appreciate why they're doing it, but it's a complete arse for law abiding citizens like you and me.
Hmmm - this movie has got me thinking : what other classic Beatle rip-offs are there, aside from the Post-Python Rutles..?