Some things I never thought would happen:
1. Jaya Prada becoming a hip hop artist. Possibly the most matronly heroine around (with the honorable exception of the bovine-eyed Rakhi)—even in her heydays, I would never have thought of her becoming a desi Missy Elliott or Lil Kim once she was on the wrong side of 40. Or it may be 50.
Jaya Prada with a doll in her hand singing [Sanjog]:
“Zhu zhu zhu, zhu zhu zhu, Yasodha ka nandlala, Brij ka ujala hai, Mere laal se to sara jag jhilmilaye, Raat thandi thandi hawa gake sulaye, Bhor gulabi palke choomke jagaye…â€™â€™
Yes. I get that.
Jaya Prada dancing to “Barsaat main jab ayega sawan ka mahina, saajan ko bana loongi angoothi ki nagina” while Jitendra watched appreciatively in the aptly-titled movie “Ma”.
Yes. I get that too.
2. Women’s Day. A day that is dedicated to women’s rights—about recognizing the fact that females aren’t objects but people.
Person in question: Sharon Stone, Jaya Prada’s anti-matter analogue. In Israel on woman’s day to attend a session called “Women’s Role in Decision Making”.
And then this happens !
It may not be what Sharon Stone wants to discuss, but the actress is happy to confirm that, yes, she does indeed get naked in her next movie, the sequel to the 1992 hit “Basic Instinct.”
In Israel to promote International Women’s Day, Stone was badgered not about the fairer sex, but instead about her role as a sexed-up serial killer in ” Basic Instinct 2 ” Wednesday.
“People are just sitting there going, like, ‘I don’t care what she’s saying. I don’t care what she’s saying. I just want to know is she getting naked?
Is she getting naked in that movie? Is she naked? Nude? Nude? Naked? Do I see her boobies?'” the actress, now 48, told reporters, laughingly.
“So let’s just get through to that. Yes! And now that I’ve cleared that up, let’s just go to the next question, because nobody cares about anything else, really,” she said.
Just boggles my mind. A day for female empowerment. A session for discussing how women may become part of the political/decision-making process. And all that the press wants to know is whether Sharon Stone gets naked or not.
Hideous. I never saw that coming.
Again something I could never have dreamed of. I just cant see how those infidel-hating radicals are going to buy comics that talk about dates, dances, kisses, the Western lifestyle and Moose Miller? Or are the promoters of Archies comics banking on a steady demand that shall arise from their periodic burning—kind of like the business model followed by Danish flag sellers in the Middle East.
Because I frankly do not see the Saudis being too enamored of Betty and Veronica’s bikinis and hot shorts. If the religious police allow girls to be burned alive rather than be seen without a face covering, I just cannot see how this kind of debauchery can be tolerated.
Unless of course they redraw Archies, taking the essential storyline but transplanting it into a Middle-East context.
A red-headed Osama who drives an armoured truck to his madrasa, headed by the strict Talib Weatherbee. There he hangs around with fellow Jihadis talking about girls, parties and of course world domination, atom bombs and Western imperialism. His best friend is Umar Jughead, whose eyes are perennially closed. He hates women (opposes healthcare for the female species), loves burgers and enjoys blowing up historic statues. Reggie al-Zawahiri is the slick guy always trying to show off his knowledge of politics and explosive devices. Moose Mullar is the dumb suicide bomber who has been trying to blow himself for years but never seems to be able to find the switch.
Betty and Veronica are sexy camels [that’s the only way they can show some skin in the Middle-East]. Mr. Lodge, the rich financier is a Saudi prince. And finally Ms. Pervez Grundy: the genial teacher who behind his strict demeanour (that is only for Western consumption) actually loves Osama and his fine gang and buys them a soda/burger and a few Ak47s from time to time and when their music practice gets too loud, allows them a safe haven in her home.
As a teen leafing through double digests, I never saw this metamorphosis happening in my lifetime.
4. My 200th post. [This is my 200th post]