Aspi proposes that we examine Bollywood parent/child pairs with regard to various factors (the first three are his ideas, and I added a few more):
- child who most let down parent
- child who did/is doing better than parent
- "What was Dad/Mum thinking?" (I'm not sure what this means, exactly, but you may interpret as you wish, or Aspi can post in to clarify.)
- child who is likely to out-do parent in an arena unrelated to on-screen performance
- parent who has a level of superwowness that could never be touched by a child's abilities, no matter how great the child becomes
- child who has a character, dialogue, picturization, or costume eerily similar to a parent's
- parental scene you would most like to re-cast with the child
Aspi adds that sticking to father/son and mother/daughter pairs only "would eliminate us from having to evaluate Saif against Sharmila, which is only fair," which is a goal I fully support, but in the interest of livelier discussion, I'm opening it up to all combinations.
Technically I'm supposed to be working right now, so quickly, while it's in my head, I'll say in response to #3 (and maybe #1): I don't know if Tanuja is to blame for the career of Tanisha, but if so, then Tanuja, please take your younger daughter off the screen immediately. I have only seen her unmemorable turn in Sarkar and in the dreadful Neal N Nikki, which should never have been made, cameo by Abhishek aside.
Oh and also, because I like them enough to justify their reapperance, #6: sentimental softie leading man bubbles from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Dil Chahta Hai:
Tee hee. Bubbles. Thanks, Bollywood!
Update to post (December 6, 2006):
Answering #7 and winning an award for the coffee coming out my nose, Vinod and Akshaye. Thanks, Cutting the Chai!