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The word association I have with leprosy is Mother Teresa, India, and Jesus. After reading this,

Many doctors view leprosy as a scourge of Biblical times or faraway places, but there are still thousands of U.S. cases, with more diagnosed each year, experts say (source)

maybe I’ll associate leprosy with the U.S. now too. This map shows that I wasn’t too wrong to associate leprosy with India. The WHO has all the latest leprosy statistics HERE.

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deshpremeeinquilabjesus2With all the Bollywood movies I’ve seen, you’d think I would have run across a leper sooner than now, but it took Desh Premee (1982) to expose me to my first Bollywood leper, Shamila Tagore, as Bharati. Finally! And speaking of me associating Jesus and lepers, Amitabh breaks out with the most Jesus looking parts in this film. Just look at him suffering here. —————>

If that doesn’t remind you of Jesus and his crown of thorns, I don’t know what will. I know with Christmas right around the corner it’s baby Jesus time of year and not crown of thorns Jesus time, but still, I’m technically working in a Christmas theme.

Since it’s a Manmohan Desai film, I’ll save my self a lot of explaining and refer you to this SYNOPSIS. An extra bonus to the film is Shammi Kapoor playing a lovable, chunky Sikh. You can see a bit of Sikh Shammi in this number.

More and more I’m loving Kader Khan as a villian. Have you seen him in Tawaif? In Desh Premee Khan plays Sher Singh who snatchs Bharati from her freedom fighter, patriot husband (Amitabh) as part of a revenge plot. Sher Singh lusts after Bharati for years, yet she remains faithful to her husband who believes her to be dead. Bharti is repulsed by the scoundrel and tells him:

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Careful what you wish for Bharati! Evil Sher Singh puts Bharati up in a filthy rat infested hovel and she comes down with leprosy. I don’t think leprosy is passed by rats, but you get the point watching the scene in her new home when a rat crawls out of a hole in a wall: Rat = dirty = bad = leprosy. As a means to depict how depraved Sher Singh is, he’s shown frolicking with trashy goris. Look! One gori is drinking, the other is smoking, while one clutches his leg. Dirty! Bad!

When I see them, I lose track of the film and am instantly plopped into reality and think stuff like, “Are these German toursists? They look German. How did they get these parts? I wonder why they were traveling in India? Are they friends?” OK, back to the film. After years Bharti returns, in the midst of Sher Singh’s debauchery. He thought she’d never come around to his advances and that this is finally his lucky day!

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Then she says what he’s dreamed of hearing her say…

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HA! Tricked! Take THAT Sher Singh!

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deshpremeeshirt1Have you seen leprosy in any Bollywood movies? I would also like to include the image of another one of the bad guys from the film, just because I wanted to show the world his shirt and scarf.

OK, to end on a happy note, forget about the leprosy and check out Hema Malini and Amitabh in blackface performing Gori Nahin Hum Kaali Sahi, with music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The playback singers are Asha Bhosle and the song’s writer, Laxmikant. This video either needs no introduction or a really big one, I can’t tell.

If you click on the video and it says embedding disabled, just click it again to get there.

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blackboardjunglebsm.jpgI finally went to see Taare Zameen Par (2007) tonight. I won’t review the movie, just give you a few thoughts. I don’t like teacher-hero themed movies.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a teacher by trade, and a special ed. teacher in an inner-city school at that. So when people find out my job I usually hear them gush, “Oh that’s soo great!  You must be soooo patient, that’s sooo nice!” And in Hindi I think to myself, “Bas!”  So I just laugh off movies like Dangerous Minds (1995), and that one where the black principal walks around with a baseball bat, forget the name, or the one where the Latino teacher teaches the eses physics and other smart stuff.  There are a couple exceptions though, I like To Sir, with Love (1966)  and  Blackboard Jungle (1955).  I  remember last fall when  Freedom Writers (2007) came out we could get free tickets as teachers.  The principal tentatively asked if some of us teachers planned to go and we all burst out laughing and said, “NO!”  But Bollywood is a different story. We know Bollywood can be shamelessly sentimental, and melodramatic, and so are most teacher-hero movies, so I wondered about how I’d respond to Taare Zameen Par, because after all it’s a teacher-hero flick. Would the theme I detest be balanced out because it’s Bollywood?  Well I cried immediately and continued to cry through most of the movie.  I knew I was being taken for a ride, but I gave in.   I felt like A. R. Rahman was sitting right next to me playing his heavenly sentimental music the whole while.  That’s how much I cried!  The main character, Darsheel Safary, is beautiful. Half way into the movie, when Aamir Khan finally appeared, he wore lots of cool designer jeans.  I loved the scene where Aamir is breaking down dyslexia to the boy’s parents.  The dad says, “You think mere beta retarded hai? Abnormal hai?”  Loved the pageant at the special needs school “Tulips,” with the Down syndrome kid in sequins.  Loved it!

mihirbose_bollywood.jpgAfter the movie I went over to Barnes & Noble to buy Bollywood: A History by Mihir Bose because I’ve checked it out of the library twice, and decided I must have my very own copy. A couple people in line seemed to look askance at me.  I thought it was odd, until I went in the bathroom and saw myself in the mirror, looking like I’d been crying for 3 hours, because I HAD BEEN!  They maybe thought poor Sita-ji was a victim of extreme holiday blues, or a death in the family, or maybe even domestic violence or a tragic breakup.  But it was simply the impact of Aamir Khan.  How could I explain that?  Impossible!  So don’t go public after the movie, lay low.

I loved the title song,  “Taare Zameen Par,” with playback singer  Shankar Mahadevan, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, lyrics by Prasoon Joshi, click here to listen.

Finally, today’s video “Music Release – Taare Zameen Par by Shammi Kapoor,” thanks to YouTuber hijackchirag : 

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Brahmachari is a 1968 Indian film. Written by Sachin Bhowmick, it is a G.P and Ramesh Sippy production directed by Bhappi Sonie. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Rajshree, Pran, Mumtaz , Jagdeep, Sachin and Asit Sen. The music for this film was by Shankar Jaikishan. (wikipedia)

Of unknown parentage, as he was abandoned as a child, calling himself Brahmachari (Shammi Kapoor) lives in a heavily mortgaged house, with twelve other young orphans, and a servant/former thief (Mohan Choti). He struggles everyday to make ends meet. He cons the neighbouring landlord (Asit Sen)into forcibly giving him money so that they do not make any noise when he is showing the house to prospective tenants. One day he rescues Sheetal Choudhary (Rajshree) brahmachari-auto.jpgfrom killing herself. She was killing herself as her childhood betrothed, Ravi Khanna (Pran), is refusing to marry now that she is poor and the Khannas are wealthy. Brahmachari commits himself to helping groom and educate Sheetal so that she can meet with the high standards of Ravi and thus win his heart. In turn she must pay him enough money to clear the mortgage loan from his house. In this process he falls in love with her, but is committed to the children more than ever before, and Sheetal is determined to win back Ravi at any cost (IMDB)

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I loved this movie!  The scenes I most remember are Pran’s character being a such a jerk! I also liked the unwed mother dropping off her kid at the orphanage, and the scene with the snake vs. the woman. Thrilling!  Of course this fantastic dance scene at this cool party was also one of my favorites. I especially like the awkward white people at the party.  Are they supposed to be Britishers?  Mumtaz can really shake it!  Watch:

brahmachari-pran.jpg“Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke” from  Brahmachari . Sung by Mohammad Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur. Music composed by Shankarsinh Raghuwanshi and Jaikishan Dayabhai Pankal , lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri.

Sukriya to youtuber deleky for posting this video.

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