Sunday, July 06, 2008

When Bollywood is 100% Joyful

It's Sunday morning and I can't imagine anything more sweet or exciting than Helen's performance of "Baithe Hain Kya Uske Paas"

You're wondering what's going on? Don't ask! This is from one of the wilder '60s Bollywood extravaganzas ("Jewel Thief'") and all I can say is: watch the movie. As usual Helen is just a minor "bad girl" character but she certainly steals the show, not least because of her trademarked "flappy dance."

She's basically singing about how wonderful she is and how no man can resist her. But you don't need to know that.

Need I mention that Lydia of Delirium Clothing constructed a picture-perfect copy of this outfit for me, and that I performed this song at the Director's Guild of America? Unfortunately I didn't have a strange woman in a white dress who could zip in and out of the shot. She's an oddity even in Bollywood, let me tell you.

Here's a shot of the Delirium recreation of the outfit, with me kneeing drag king Sabastian in the groin.


Anonymous said...

those are quite the tights!

Muffy St. Bernard said...

The tights were the one thing we COULDN'T reproduce. They're amazing, but who's gonna sew all those beads on, only to have the tights tear or fall apart after a few wearings.

Bollywood -- like the old MGM musicals -- knows how to create an impossible fantasy!

Eli McIlveen said...

Wow. So that's why you had to have that outfit. Completely awesome.

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, people can finally understand! :)