Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shashi Week: opening credits

It's Shashi Week! Holla!


A few things before we get down to a week of Shashilicious films, thoughts, and fun. First, there are two people without whom I might never have seen any Shashi movies other than Commando: Filmi Geek, who was the first person to encourage me to seek out his films, and Kaddele (of Paint It Pink [index to her Guide to Shashi here] and MissionBAS), who had made them sound like so much fun I'd have to be out of my mind to resist.

Special smooches to them - and more to Babasko, Sanket, and Aspi, who also egged me on.

Second, I've only seen about 40 of Shashi's movies. (I love how in Hindi cinema it makes sense to say "only 40" of someone's films.) In case anyone cares what I'm basing this whole week on, or where I might have found certain fabulous screen captures, here they are, in chronological order according to imdb. I've tried to keep the diversity of his body of work in mind and sample a little bit of everything, but I'm really weak on his filmography from the mid- and late 1980s. I only know one soul brave enough to delve into those.

1962 Prem Patra
1963 The Householder, Holiday in Bombay
1964 Benazir
1965 Jab Jab Phool Khile, Shakespeare-Wallah, Waqt
1966 Pyaar Kiye Jaa, Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare
1967 Aamne Samne
1968 Haseena Maan Jayegi
1969 Pyaar Ka Mausam, Raja Saab
1970 Bombay Talkie, Suhana Safar
1971 Sharmeelee
1973 Aa Gale Lag Jaa
1974 Roti Kapada aur Makaan
1975 Deewaar, Salaakhen
1976 Fakira, Kabhi Kabhie, Shankar Dada
1977 Doosra Aadmi, Chor Sipahee, Imaan Dharam
1978 Trishul, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Junoon, Amar Shakti
1979 Kaalaa Patthar, Duniya Mei Jeb Mein, Suhaag
1980 Shaan, Do Aur Do Paanch, Ganga aur Suraj
1981 Kalyug, Silsila
1982 Namak Halaal
1983 Heat and Dust
1988 Commando
1998 Side Streets

Phew! For further appetizers before tomorrow's post, try "Shashi's Scandalously Shocking Shirt Scandal" over at MissionBAS. Justice and 70s men's fashion prevail!



Aside: apologies to any readers who don't care about Shashi Kapoor. As hard as it is for me to fathom such a thing, I realize on a rational level that it's possible, and I also know what a bummer it can be for a regular read to flake out on you for awhile. As always, writing challenges are welcome, so if there's someone/something else you'd like to see featured in their own week in the future, say the word.

7 comments:

a ppcc representative said...

Aww! The Amitabh worshiping Shashi's photo pic is my FAVORITE SCREENCAP EVER.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

What PPCC said! This is going to be a fun week- and I look forward to all the posts!
incidently I've been contemplating a Abahy festival (all the 8-9 movies- rofl)- r film festival ideas catching???? :D

bollyviewer said...

Even Big B bows to the powers of Shashi! ;-D

If you are writing up any of his films I request Benazir and Neend Hamari Khwaab Tumhare...

gebruss said...

I am looking forward to this; your imagination and creativity always impresses me.

But I would like to point out that I am not really brave, I just have friends who think Govinda is the best thing since sliced bread and an inexplicable liking for bad movies.

Beth said...

PPCC - Mine too!

Shweta! - DO IT! I would love watching as many of those as I can get to and following along.

bollyviewer - That's exactly the kind of caption I was going to write, but then I wasn't sure if it was in the true spirit of Shashi Week, especially because Shashitabh will be featured. But yes, that's always what I think when I see that picture.

Both of those are on my list for this week! :)

Gebruss - Thank yooooou! I think hanging out with Govinda nutters counts as "brave." ;)

memsaab said...

While Shashi is not on TOP of my list of favorites, I do not see how anyone cannot enjoy the eye candy that he provides :) And hey---it's your blog, you can do whatever you want.

gebruss said...

The Govinda "nutter" are really nice people, there is no bravery involved in hanging out with them. And they are very good at coping with my severe case of Shashitis. We take it in turns to pick movies, so they get a faird amount of Shashi, too. :-)