With all this snake-watching going on, how could I have almost forgotten a essssssential serpentine scene from my own cinematic history?
Hey! I recognize that song!
Mary Bennet/Maya Bakshi doing a cobra dance for all of her family, Mr. Darcy, the Bingleys, and Mr. Collins!
Say what you will about Bride and Prejudice, it will always hold a very special place in my heart, partly for some clever migration of Regency social awkwardness of but primarily because it was my gateway into Hindi films. When B&P was released, I was desperate to see it for all the reasons you'd expect of the nerdy white lady with librarian glasses: Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels, and I'm a sucker for any adaptation of a Jane Austen story. One day I went to B&P's official website and noticed that Gurinder Chadha had created a list of Bollywood conventions that she would be playing with or winking at in the film. As I read through the list, I thought "Wow, these sound amazing! Why haven't I seen any?" With a huge love of Monsoon Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham already in place, I spent some time on Bollywhat looking at the newbie guide and then raced off to my fantastically stocked local independent video store (That's Rentertainment, which had everything I ever wanted for over a decade before Netflix existed). Once I was face to face with a rack of over 100 Hindi films, I had a momentary panic before grabbing Lagaan because it was in the Bollywhat starter guide and Mujhse Doste Karoge because of the happy people on the cover. Guess which one I watched first?
Leave it to Tina!