You know how I love 70s films, so I have managed to cajole several other writers into a week-long festival of any and all things 70s: stars, directors, writers, musicians, songs, villain lairs, Helen numbers, helpful animals, fashions, you name it! Starting Monday, February 22, look for a marked increase in the amount of masala magic in the air. As Todd has said, "a list of my favorite Bollywood films from the 70s is a list of my favorite Bollywood films period; you just can't beat that era's films for dazzling color, alluring stars, outlandish action, and irresistible tunes. And I wouldn't hesitate to recommend [my chosen] seven films to anybody, regardless of taste." For any readers who haven't delved into films pre-SRK, here's a golden opportunity to splash into a carefully curated pool of the bliss that is the 1970s in popular Indian cinema.
So far, sites signed up to participate include:
...So They Dance
Apni East India Company
Bollywood Fan Girl
Bollywood Food Club
Bollywood Movie Fashion
Die Danger Die Die Kill!
The Fabulous Empire of Pitu Sultan
A Fairy Filmi Ending
Gone Krazy Back Soon/Lyriks I Like
Hmong Chick Who Loves Indian Cinema
In Praise of All Things Dharmendra-Related
Old Is Gold
Pedro the Ape Bomb
Roti Kapada aur Rum
Shahrukh Is Love
Think Tank or Kant Think
The Toil of All That Be Helps Not the Primal Thought
V Love Movies
I hope there will be more! Drop me a note if you want to play and I'll add you to the list. (There are no formal rules: just post about 70s stuff on your own site as you normally do. I'm aiming for one post per day, but you certainly don't have to.) Additionally, I hope twitter-users will announce their posts by using the hashtag #70sweek to make them easy to find. I see no reason not to include tweets in this, so by all means please do play 140 characters at a time too!
Aside: no, my 70s week posts will not all be about Shashi. I have to save something for Shashi Week 2010, after all (starting March 15, by the way)!