How awful to be gori…

bharat logo How awful to be gori...

Have look at this Bharat Matrimony ad I saw on TV this past weekend….and just watch Grandmama’s reaction ( :14   ) when she finds out her lovely grandson is bringing home a “gori” to meet the family.   Poor dear, she looks as though someone had just dropped a dead, smelly  rat at her feet as a gift.

I realize the PR people at BM are making the assumption  that when  their ad runs, say, during AVS, it’ll be just “hum log” watching (actually I should say “ye log”, since I’m one of those dreaded goris they’re helping second-gen sons of Bharat  avoid), and everyone would agree and be in on the joke.

But when I think of that same ad, if it were repurposed for a white family in suburban Connecticut, and at the mention of the son’s girlfriend’s name, the grandmother were to wrinkle her nose in disgust and say “Black?” (but use a slangier word for it), some folks would be  rather perturbed and offended.

When the closing voiceover says “Find your soulmate who is global in thought and Indian at heart with our unique cultural portals at Bharat Matrimony” I think they really should say “…and Indian in dermis” to more accurately reflect what the ad has just conveyed.

When the Denver Nuggets met B’wood

Renu When the Denver Nuggets met Bwood

On November 24th, at the Denver Nuggets – NJ Nets game halftime, Denver dance doyenne (and instructor) Renu Kansal took to the floor of the Pepsi Center with her Bollywood West troupe to perform.

I had been anticipating this event almost as much as they all had, since Renu had entrusted Top Secret discussions of musical choices with a few Bollywood Fugly friends some two months or so back.   The merits of pieces like Maarjani (from Billu Barber) and Mauja hi mauja (from Jab We Met) were debated against those of Rangeeli Raat (Money Hai to Honey Hai) and Mourya Re (Don – The Chase Begins).

In the end, the final line-up was Mourya Re, Mauja and Jai Ho.

With the Big Night now behind her, I asked Renu to tell me all about it:

Btw, the Nuggets won 101 – 87.   Were they so pumped from the exhilarating Hindi film music that they thundered on to victory?   I’m just sayin’……

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Maria: How did you feel out there?   Did it all go by really fast?   Or did time seem to slow down?   Were you watching the audience faces?   Any little missteps or surprises? [Read more...]