Saturday, November 25, 2006

Salman Khan in 1989

Let me begin by acknowledging that some time ago, Daddy's Girl tagged me to do a post on my favorite Khan. As would anyone with good taste, I fully intended to do a post on my love for SRK in coordination with Beth’s suggestion that we Bollybloggers should write odes to the Badshah on his birthday, November 2. I only bring it up because without contest, Salman Khan was ranked as my LEAST favorite Khan.

Not much has changed after watching Maine Pyar Kiya except for the fact that I do feel the slightest twinge of guilt at dismissing Salman so completely before seeing the spectacle that was MPK. I can’t think of any better way to send the 80’s out in style! [Have you SEEN the movie poster?!]

Let’s begin with the opening sequence, a silhouetted Dirty Dancing simulation set to a tune overly reminiscent of Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love You.

I mean, after watching Salman do his best impersionation of Patrick Swayze on at least two seperate occasions, I had to cut the guy a break. So what if he stalks his ex-girlfriends and kills endangered species for fun--he can dance like a ballerina! So while he still holds last place on my list of Khans, it's only because everyone else is much more endearing, not because he doesn't have any redeeming qualities...

At times this film was a bit exhausting. I don't think it would have felt the same way in 1989. The "teens commit to love each other despite their parent's wishes" theme was probably pretty fresh back in the day but in 2006, it's pretty tired. The highlight for me was watching Salman, whose street creds far exceed the behavior he exhibited in this film. (Come on, just look at that baby face!)

Finally, I close with a message courtesy of our friend Totally Basmatic: Guns don't kill people, doves kill people. I guess that's what happens when doves cry...

6 comments:

Daddy's Girl said...

That is the most awful DVD cover (or poster?) I've seen in a long time. Eeeuw...
I haven't seen MPK, but that picture reminds me of the first 10 minutes of the similarly-named 'Main Pyar Kiya To Darna Kia' (I don't think I spelled that right, but something like that).
Salman does a dance number near the beginning of that film wearing nothing but blue jeans and a guitar. It put me off the rest of movie... not even the presence of Kajol and Dharmendra (whom I love) could compel me to go on.
Interesting to see that MPKTDK isn't the only movie Salman does the blue-jeans-and-nothing-else thing in. I shudder to think that there may be more...

Daddy's Girl said...

OK... I think it's just 'Pyar Kiya To Darna Kia'...

Kai said...

t-hype,

I found your blog via your comment at Racialicious. Nice work.

Speaking of Salman Khan, here's one that pretty much everyone loves: during the recent anniversary of 9/11, I decided to post a review of Hum Aapke Hain Khoun. Enjoy.

Peace.

Totally Basmatic said...

You gotta watch out for those doves.

Daddy's Girl said...

I hate to admit it, but kai is right. Salman was cute in 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun'.

Marina said...

Duskadum
This Show rocks i love Salman
salman khan is 2 good in that show 2 much !!!
do check out his blog on the show and read more about his personal life
duskadum.blogspot.com