Dear Bollywood

I recently heard that you will be releasing Kites in the US. I have been waiting for this since I heard it was filming, and am excited that it is coming out.

However, I heard something recently that makes me less excited:

“the foreign version of the film has chopped out all the song and dance sequences that are hallmarks of traditional Bollywood productions. (The numbers will be included in the Indian version.)” (Via this WSJ link, through Ultrabrown)

Um, what? I will explain something here, since the article goes on to say that this move is an attempt to appeal more to Western audiences. I am totally not the usual target market of Bollywood films. However, I love the dance sequences in Bollywood films. They are half the reason I watch. I completely appreciate the desire to make different sorts of films, ones perhaps without dance sequences. I really do. However, if you made the film with them in it, then remove them for a foreign audience, you’re short-changing your fans who already love the films the way they are. Additionally, although I have heard much debate about Hrithik Roshan’s acting (I find him charming), it is generally accepted that he’s a spectacular dancer. In my opinion, cutting these scenes out is like cutting Gene Kelley’s routines out of American in Paris. Why? Aargh.

I certainly hope that at least one theater in the Atlanta area shows the Indian version, or that when it comes out on DVD, I can watch the whole thing, unadulterated.

In conclusion, please don’t mess with something that’s pretty good the way it is (again, I’m fine with no singing and dancing, just when it was intended to be that way from the start).

Your recently disgruntled fan,


(As a completely unrelated aside, I am dismayed to discover that there is no actual “gruntled” in the English language, though I will continue to use it as I always have, for comic effect.)

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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4 Responses to Dear Bollywood

  1. Er, Hrithik acts? I think not. He hypnotizes the female audience with his smoldering gaze and gyrating hips. Nobody embodies “smoldering” like Hrithik Roshan. I wasn’t even sure I liked him (too big, too many muscles) until those hips started moving in Dhoom 2. Then, I was fixated on a certain area of his anatomy.

    The dancing and singing are the whole POINT.

    In conclusion:
    Slight disagreement on H.R.’s acting ability
    Big “hell yeah” on the singing and the dancing

    • HappyGoth says:

      Yes. The dancing, it is the all (I was being diplomatic about the acting; you never know who might be reading things on the internet; he does have a sort of smoldery quality, though, and he cries very well on screen).

  2. Mouse says:

    Ok.. that is seriously the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I watch Bollywood movies for the singing, dancing, and the amazing costumes. Without these.. they’re not worth watching- just like the Hollywood drivel they want to model themselves after.

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