This week, alert reader and beloved fellow Shashizen Temple and I have been discussing which of the following images from the vast, impressive collection of Karen is the most...shall we say "unfortunate." In honor of Temple, a mild beverage warning is issued (that is, if you're drinking something, put it down before proceeding, just to be on the safe side). These are not the most outrageous 70s publicity photos you'll find in Karen's awesome stash - so far, I'd give that award to this one - but they are amusingly outside the Shashi Kapoor versions of refined gentleman/charming bourgeois smoothie/upright cop or army officer/nawab/lovable bumpkin we tend to see in films.
- eau de banjo player in the Lawrence Welk band
The right and left sides of his hair seem to be doing totally different things; granted, sometimes this is the way of things for those of us with naturally curly or wavy hair. Far more jarring - and easily controlled - are the collar and bow tie. Whatever year this may be, they are too big, yet somehow the tie manages to obscure his right collar almost entirely. Asymmetrical badness! (Note I am not claiming this to be the worst ever picture of Shashi Kapoor - the bow tie caught my eye as totally ridiculous, and the more I looked at the photo, the weirder it all seemed.) (Aside: while googling around for an image of a banjo player on The Lawrence Welk Show, I encountered a blog post titled "Turkish Star Wars, Lawrence Welk, and other strangely wonderful things," which is a combination of concepts I never expected to encounter and is too great not to share.)
- beery leery
Just too, too cheesecake for words. Stylistically acceptable for Ranjeet, perhaps, but not for Shashi.
- Sarong? So wrong.
So many questions: What is that book about and why is it a thing that makes him go hmmmm? Is that the hand-on-mouth gesture you make when you're going hmmm? Is that a casting couch? Why the batik bottoms? Don't you wish they had put this outfit in the previous setting (if indeed this outfit was necessary at all)?
What say you, readers? Which glamor shot should be the last one to be ordered in wallet size for all his friends?
Update (October 14, 2009)! I can't believe I forgot this one!
In my opinion, this is by far the least cheezoid - clothing is both present and normal - but it's still so...hey baby. Perhaps it's stage 0 of the semi-scandalous sequence of which the batik sarong photo is stage 5.