Friday, January 16, 2009

Thirty-one years ahead of Dostana...

...Dharam Veer was already mainstreaming queer aesthetics.





I love this movie, and its obvious affirmation of men being allowed to express their friendships and fondness for one another - a luxury often not granted them in portions of mainstream US culture - is only one of the reasons. But I'm begging you, Dharmendra, please put on some pants.

10 comments:

bollywoodfoodclub said...

LOL!
All the best!
Sita-ji

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I thought he was wearing a mini skirt- they suit Helen more, undoubtedly.
Then again, maybe Hema saw his legs here and was smitten... :D

Banno said...

And also the right of men to wear fabulous costumes, show off their legs, flaunt their true colours, etc.

Amrita said...

I just hope he wasn't going commando coz I don't think they were paying the camera man hazard pay. That puffy shirt is a thing of... well, it defies description.

Beth said...

I think inspiration by Helen is the only resaonable explanation for some of this. Did you notice how he has two outfits that are the color reverse of each other (pictures 3 and 4 - the mustard tunic with a black grid on top, then the black one with yellow grid)? I know the fashion magazines advise you to buy two of a classic piece when you find a good fit, but....

Banno - Agreed. The world needs more of these things.

Amrita - I've had that thought nagging at the back of my head during the whole film. For a film where that problem seems to have arisen even more often, do read Teleport City on Saazish.

BB said...

This post is classic! But yeah, Dharmendra does not seem fond of pants.

memsaab said...

Now why would you want Dharmendra to put on pants?

*puzzled*

ajnabi said...

Oh, no, I quite like the gladiator look for Dharmendra. Pants are okay, though. ;-)

Aspi said...

Sheesh, what is wrong with all of you?! Dharminder in a skirt was the hottest Bollywood has ever seen. He makes other men in skirts - like Mel Gibson and Sean Connery - look like King Julian.

Brian said...

People, there is nothing wrong with a hero wearing leather hotpants. Especially in the kingdom of Eurabia, or wherever this is set. Netflix just brought us this recently - we only had time so far to watch some of the songs, but even those filled us with glee. But wasn't Namak Haraam first in the "the homoerotic subtext is becoming text" department?