Friday, February 26, 2016

Hema Malini, Baku, Sholay And Other...Wes...I Mean Easterns.

Yeah, here is the Russian kid who grew up in Baku early 1970s. Guess what was popular then in USSR and especially in Soviet Union's soft belly--yes, Bollywood movies. Easterns!!! Guess what were my feelings seeing legendary Amitabh Bachchan first in Slam Dog Millionaire and then in Great Gatsby with Leo. It was a delight. But it was Sholay, which went into Soviet theaters as The Revenge And The Law which made it for us. Yes, even after Soviet release of legendary Mackenna's Gold which created a stampede at Soviet movie theaters and is forever my favorite Western (Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Eli Wallach--what's not to like). But it was Bollywood star Hema Malini who captivated us. Yeah, yeah, I know, it is cheesy, but goodness gracious, did we believe in those magnificent Bollywood guys and women;-))   Hema Malini, I salute you!!! And who can forget your dance, one for the eternity..........(did Die Hard have an idea;-)))?) 


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