Normally, when you think about celebrity stalking, it’s the crazy fan stalking the celebrity. In my case, celebrity stalking has turned the tables on me. I’m the one being stalked. By a Bollywood star, no less.
And it’s all happening via Netflix.
I had watched a serious period piece set in India called Water–not like anything you’d normally think of in association with the term “Bollywood” (no songs, no dances, no wackiness). But it prompted Netflix to suggest a whole slough of Bollywood titles. At that point, the only name I knew in Bollywood was Aishwarya Rai (from Bride and Prejudice, which I consider “Intro to Bollywood for Stupid Westerners”, and one historic-epic called Jodhaa Akbar from the local library). I thought I would start exploring Bollywood in earnest by looking for something else with her in it, just to start out. But the list Netflix had me looking through didn’t seem to have any of her movies. I was forced to forgo stepping stones of the familiar, and strike out on my own–daunting for a girl who is no fan of change and gets edgy stepping out of her comfort zone….
Deep breath. Big girl pants? Check!
I skimmed through the suggestions and narrowed it down a comedy about a female cricket player who dresses as a man to make the team, and a kids movie with a magical nanny. I chose the kid-type film, Thoda Pyaar, Thoda Magic. It was actually good if you’re a kid movie fan (which I am). The kids were cute. The songs were catchy and I thought the two adult leads were funny–very good with the kind of comedic acting I enjoy.
Since I’d been so successful with that first choice even though I didn’t know any names, I decided to continue being brave and pick at random again. I chose something that looked like a standard romantic comedy, Hum Tum. I was relieved when my second choice had both of the same lead actress and actor as the first film (did I mention I like my comfort zone?). Again, I really enjoyed it. As with the first, the musical numbers were catchy, and they didn’t completely throw me–something I’d been expecting from Bollywood based on everything I’d heard. In fact, one of the songs wound up so firmly embedded in my brain I wound up going to Amazon to download it.
So my Bollywood appreciation grew and I thought my random-choice methods were doing me a service.
My next choice was supposed to be an epic romance, Veer-Zaara. The little image on the screen did not appear to be either of the two leads with whom I was familiar, so I thought I was really breaking out! Being brave! Trying something new! Until the female lead from the previous two movies showed up again. She was the lead on the B-plot frame story, which it turned out, was really my favorite part of the film (it was about a young attorney, how could I not like that?).
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