1. Indian star/pop-singer Priyanka Chopra is providing the voice of Ishani in Disney’s new CG movie “Planes”. Just when I thought I’d seen every possible permutation of the big Bollywood dance number, here is one performed by… planes.

     
  2. In which some drunk men watch a lady dance with a bunch of human-sized scorpions (which Wikipedia helpfully informs me is called a "bed" or "nest"). Stuff of nightmares.

    [clip from “Barood” (1998)]

    Thanks to Beth Loves Bollywood for the link.

     
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    Because nothing says "wistful romance" like dancing with your boyfriend in front of a giant open shark mouth. 

[cap from “Ravan Raaj: A True Story” (1995)]
[wait, “A True Story”?! That’s odd. According to Wikipedia, it’s a movie about kidney smugglers. ROMANCE!]

Thanks to Beth Loves Bollywood for the link.

    Because nothing says "wistful romance" like dancing with your boyfriend in front of a giant open shark mouth. 

    [cap from “Ravan Raaj: A True Story” (1995)]

    [wait, “A True Story”?! That’s odd. According to Wikipedia, it’s a movie about kidney smugglers. ROMANCE!]

    Thanks to Beth Loves Bollywood for the link.

     
  4. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS DOING BOLLYWOOD! WITH PUPPETS! I AM FILLED WITH DELIGHT! :D :D :D

    Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and watch this.

     
  5. Hey look, a dancing deck of cards! I wish this were part of some strange 1970s Bollywood version of “Alice in Wonderland”, but sadly not.

    [clip from “Bidaai” (1974)]

     
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    What is this costume supposed to be?? Mickey Mouse with a double-chin? A dog with a throat wound? Can someone help me out here?
(Click here for the full video, it comes on around the 1:20 mark.)

[cap from “Trinetra” (1991)]

    What is this costume supposed to be?? Mickey Mouse with a double-chin? A dog with a throat wound? Can someone help me out here?

    (Click here for the full video, it comes on around the 1:20 mark.)

    [cap from “Trinetra” (1991)]

     
  7. A man in leather dances atop a moving motorcycle before leaping through a plate of glass. Then he changes into a sparkly shirt and dons rollerskates, flipping a girl over his head like it’s no big deal. Then he’s in a glitter-vest and tight pink pants and everyone’s swinging from ropes. Then he busts out all of his dance moves atop a table, and about the time he’s attacked by a demonic chandelier, you begin to realize that you’ve been doing New Year’s Eve completely wrong your whole life.

    Happy New Year from WTF Bollywood!

    [clip from “Sakalakala Vallavan” (1982)]

     
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    Fantastic collection of hand-drawn Indian film posters - both Hollywood and Bollywood.
     
  9. As promised, here’s the episode of “The Muppet Show” in which Gonzo is given the chance to move to Bombay and star in a movie. I’d hoped that there would be at least one Bollywood gag, but it’s mostly about Gonzo saying goodbye to everyone and then (unsurprising spoiler!) getting a letter that the offer had been withdrawn. Still, it’s ostensibly a Bollywood reference on a mainstream American show from 1979, which is pretty unusual.

    MUPPETY BONUS: In promoting the latest Muppet movie, Disney created a number of trailers that were spoofs or references to other films. One of them declares that the Muppets are taking over Bollywood - but it turns out to be a typo, of course. :( Check it out here.

     
  10. I don’t know where this is from, but IT’S SO CREEPY EWWWIE EW. I hope the creepiness was intentional, but I get the feeling that it wasn’t. Those eyes will haunt my dreams.