Shes crazy like a fool
What about it daddy cool —-Bonnie M
June 18th is Father’s Day.
Just the right occasion to turn the spotlight on the ideal daughter—the pride of daddy.
Yes I am talking about Rakhi.
No, not the matronly actress of days gone by with the accented Hindi.
I am talking about Rakhi, Rakhi Sawant.
You shall learn how Rakhi Sawant’s father used to call her “nutty” (which in Marathi means a “dancer” and in English means “off the rocker”) and how Rakhi , as she grew up, has strived to live up to that ideal—in both ways.
You will learn that her father became so proud of Rakhi as she revealed her talent to the world that in a gesture some may interpret as total disgust, he left his own home and now lives all alone.
For those people who do not know who Rakhi Sawant is, she is India’s Number 1 “item girl”, renowned for dancing in clothes Mullah Umar would find mildly offensive. Noticed by Indian men during a song in a movie aptly titled “Chura Liya Hain Tumne” where the object of the felony was Rakhi Sawant’s clothes, her acting talents were soon laid bare to the world in “Patth” (yes that sleeper underground hit which had the dialogues “Kapre nikalne se pahele rokra nikal” and the eternal Hallmark card Father’s Day sentimental line: “Mera baap bola tha mujko—rote rand pe aur haste bhadwe par kabhi bharosa nahin karna“). Soon she had graduated to playing the role of the sexy corpse in “Khamosh–Khauff ki Raat” (the first person among the ten to die) and the voluptuous vamp (Om) while also sharing the marquee with Noam Chomsky in “Project Outsourced“.
Her resume also includes music videos like “Pardesiya” which has now become an instructional video HR people use to illustrate how harassment in the workplace takes place.
But how does have a glittering acting and dancing career make her daddy’s pride?
Because while many others have sacrificed their dignity in the race for fame, Rakhi Sawant, like a well-push-up… sorry… well-brought-up girl, has not compromised her principles (refer to the video links for a beautiful explanation of theÂ ideals Rakhi Sawant lives by). She could have made a vulgar SMS like what’s-her-name Sen (again listen to the video for this priceless funda) for publicity but she did not. She will not wear a bikini (but has no objections to skimpy two piece dresses) and she will never “smooch”. (Of course this picture (warning: not totally worksafe) of hers is what people call a kiss, which is a little different from a “smooch”, how exactly I don’t really know. Another example of a kiss that is not a smooch may be seen in the movie “Bad Boys”)
Which is why when Mika, one of India’s top Bhangra stars, during his birthday party stole not one but two “smooches” (and that too “media ke saamne, camerein on hain”–in Ms. Sawant’s voice) from Rakhi Sawant, thus violating her often-violated policy, she was livid. So livid was she that she kept on dancing at the same party for some time more, then went home and came back, along with her friends and admirers, for a punching match.
And just to show that she still follows her daddy’s advice of never taking the law into her own hands, she files molestation charges against Mika and bares all to the press.
Now that’s courage for you.
If it was some other wannabe video star, we might have dismissed this as a shameless publicity stunt,Â carefully orchestrated toÂ get her name in the headlines—but since this is Rakhi Sawant, we know that certainly is not the case.
Because she is a Daddy’s girl.
One of the things daddys teach us is to hold tight to our ideals even when faced with the most stifling of opposition. Even when that opposition is the infamous “Purush Hakk Suraksha Samiti” (Society for Men’s Rights), a crack group of cuckolds and henpecks, who filed a police complaint against Rakhi for her lewd gestures at the audience and her minimalistic attire.(Not work-safe–unless you work for Haywards 5000, the sponsors) during her dance performance in Kolhapure.
Lesser lights would have run away screaming to Papa.
Courage–the kind that comes from having learnt the right lessons in life, that comes from a well-rounded upbringing.
If indeed further proof of her courage is needed, it is this. While not one politician (except Sidhu) or celebrity stood behind the striking students during the anti-reservation agitation( instead choosing to provide soundbytes on trendy issues like Narmada Bachao)—it was only Rakhi Sawant who was ready to dance for the doctors.
Yes, she was going to go on a whistle stop tour through India’s B cities, dancing and raising, among other things, funds for the anti-reservationists—–wearing the exact same clothes Mahatma Gandhi wore during the “Non-cooperation movement”. Now if that act of Rakhi would not have galvanized the youth (male that is) and the elderly (male again) into a spirit of “Karenge ya marenge”, then frankly nothing would have.
Another lesson our fathers never tire of imparting and one that today’s generation have forgetten is the value of modesty. And Rakhi, we all agree, is one modest lady—in clothes and in speech.
If I am hot, is it my fault,” asks sultry Rakhi Sawant, who recently got warned by police after her bold performance and skimpy outfits in a recent stageshow in Kolhapur caused huge public anger. “People should exercise control over themselves. If one gets intoxicated after consuming beer, can we find fault with the beer? If one cannot handle himself after drink, one shouldn’t drink.” she asks in the same breath.
Finally, the true worth of a man or a woman is how good he/she is to his/her family. And there too Rakhi Sawant has blazed a trail—not only has she convinced her mother to get into the squalid film line, she will be seen wearing only 1 Re coins (2000 of them) for her part in her brother’s directorial venture “Hot Money” . As she points out in her video interview, if she can dress creatively for other people’s movies, why not her brother’s? As an observer points out: After this, the concept of “rakhi” may not beÂ the same again.
One of the most touching advertisements I saw on Indian TV was that of Kapil Dev’s mother saying that she prays that every house has a son like Kapil.
Likewise, all Indian men pray that every house has a daughter like Rakhi Sawant.
That’s all fine. But just spare a thought for her father.
At least on Father’ Day.