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.
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.
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 getting a letter that the offer had been withdrawn.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.