(Is it just me, or is one of the fun things about Bollywood that you can stick "Bolly" on the front of lots of other words?)
Best I can tell, I watched my first Bollywood movie on February 18, 2005. I usually write in my calendar all of the fun things I do, but this one doesn't appear as such. But I remember the people I watched it with, and there's a record of doing something with them, so we'll go with that day. And appropriately enough, my local art theater is showing Rang De Basanti that weekend! (Although I have already have a ticket for the 19th. Previous commitments, etc.) But I will definitely mark the day in a grand fashion, including watching one of my favorites - or, if I can find it at the well-stocked but poorly organized Indian grocery store, Seeta aur Geeta, because surely nothing says "Bollywood rocks" like Hema hitting people with a ping pong paddle. Or so I am told.
Anyway, by popular demand (hee hee: "popular"), I accept Obi Wan's challenge and will learn and sing a Hindi song for the occasion. I don't know if I have the technical capacity to post a sound clip, so you may have to trust me that I will sing it. But how 'bout I let you vote for which song I'll attempt! Post your thoughts in the comments. Publicly. No email requests.
And if I can figure out a way to post my performance, you cannot make fun of my pronunciation. Everything I know about Hindi comes from movies. I have never, to my knowledge, actually in person heard someone speak Hindi. (I'm sure I actually have, as millions of people speak it. But I wasn't aware of it if I did. And I'm trying to cut back on eavesdropping.)
Please select one of the following songs for me to learn and perform for my Bollyversary on February 18.
1. "Kajra Re" from Bunty aur Babli
2. "Chale Jaise Hawayein" from Main Hoon Na
3. "Maahi Ve" from Kal Ho Naa Ho
4. "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" from Dil Chahta Hai
5. and, becuase I am completely nuts for the "clap clap clap" bit, "Taal se Taal" from Taal
Okay, that's it. And because I am from Illinois, I bid you vote early and vote often. Polls close noon my time on Tuesday, February 14.