Monday, September 3, 2007

My Tollywood Experience

Some of my students wanted to take me into Chandra Nagar to watch a Tollywood film. I politely declined, because as of late I've had the prototypical "American living in India" gastric problem and didn't feel up to the 5 km ride on the back of someone's motorbike.

So they offered to show me a film in-house, instead.

We watched... well, I have no idea what it was called, and I've tried to search for it on the internet but typing "Tollywood American husband" and the like only turns up pr0n.

It's about a family who moves from India to Washington, D.C..... though after we get a shot of the White House and the Washington Monument, the rest of the "American" adventures clearly take place in some part of Britain, complete with cars driving on the left-hand side, characters eating bags marked "potato crisps," and lots of British accents.

While there, the young, beautiful daughter falls in love with both a white boy (who wears cowboy hats and unbuttons his shirt down to his navel), and a "black" boy (played by an Indian actor in an Afro wig).

She eventually marries the white boy, but not after the "black" boy gives us a truly inspired English-language "rap" which includes the chorus "Life is shabby/without my baby."

Right. Americans say "shabby" all the time.

Anyway. If someone can i.d. this film, I'll post more information, including photos.

I think I'm going to love Tollywood.


Daniel said...


Indianoguy said...

oh..Thats Padamati Sandhya Ragam. I love that film, great songs, havent seen it in ages. After some googling, I found that the white boy was played by Thomas Jane, who looks completely different now. The black boy was played by Sivamani, one of the best percussionists in India.