Since it was agreed upon that the film in my last post was ‘Azaad‘, Jo began to belt out ‘Raju, chal Raju..’ ignoring the flowers, the chandeliers and the glittering guests.

Speaking of horses, Cubbu said he saw a Dara Singh film where Dara Singh on a horse, called Chetak he thinks, races electricity. A girl on a hillock is connected to an electric wire from another hillock. As the villian switches on the current, Dara Singh and Chetak race against the electricity to reach the girl in time and cut the wire before she gets a shock. The failed electrical shock falls in a blue sparkly shower to the ground.

Sorry, I don’t even know the right scientific terms for such phenomena.

Speaking of horses yet again, Cubbu said, Kantilal Shah who was famous for roping in big stars for major appearances in his B-grade films by promising them to finish their work in a day, got Dharmendra to appear in a film.

He shot Dharamji astride a horse, then a close shot of Dharamji simulating being on a horse. He cut the close shot with a shot of a girl writhing on a bed. He showed the film in Punjab to full houses. Some relative or friend in Punjab informed Dharmendra after which Dharamji and Sunny stripped Mr Shah and had him parade naked in Juhu. “That’s a legendary story,” Cubbu said.

Speaking of parading naked, Punjab-da-puttar said our FTII senior Mithun-da used to walk around naked at the Institute from Boy’s Hostel to Main Gate which is pretty much the entire campus. “He had a beautiful body, and perhaps that is why Mrinal Sen cast him in ‘Mrigayaa‘”, P-d-p said.

Well, for a bunch of ‘Ai, Institute’, as Rolly the producer taunts the scriptwriter for suggesting something remotely arty in ‘Luck by Chance’, and as industry-wallas have been traditionally happy to dismiss institute-wallas, we were full of industry gossip that day.

We were there to celebrate my batchmate, Resul’s Oscar nomination for sound on ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Most of us were happy to drink, eat, and meet up with old and new friends, but there weren’t too many enthusiastic about the film. I haven’t seen it yet.

Googling around, am wondering if the Kanti Shah film with Dharmendra was ‘Loha‘? If it is the same Kanti Shah as in the Cubbu story?
Mithun-da appears in ‘Loha’ too!

While you are here, please go read my post ‘ladies make inappropriate mistakes‘ at
Upperstall Blogs.