Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Day 18: Kal Ho Naa Ho
Right before I graduated from high school my dad tried to get me to watch a new movie called Bride and Prejudice with the family. "You'll love it!" he said. "It's Jane Austen as a musical in India!" But I was busy with finals and dates, so they watched it without me.
Finally, just before I moved out for college, my dad and I sat down and watched it together. He was absolutely right. It was EXACTLY my style - the colors, the dancing, even just the general exuberance were all amazing. I've always been fascinated by Indian culture, so that was just a plus. I was totally hooked.
Last year, I was gushing to a friend about how much I loved this movie, and she laughed at me. "Sweetie, Bride and Prejudice BARELY counts as Bollywood. Try these." So I went home at watched Kal Ho Naa Ho (Tomorrow May Never Come).
Three hours later, I was so glad Jon wasn't home. Kal Ho Naa Ho had a great love triangle, a super dramatic story, and a spectacular musical number in the streets of New York that had me laughing out loud at the craziness. All part of a typical Bollywood movie. But it also had a tragedy that left me sobbing. It was actually really cathartic - sometimes you just need to cry, even though there's no particular reason.
Ever since, I've been picking up Bollywood movies on Netflix whenever I can. I even watched one this morning, which probably inspired my outfit. I've never worn this bracelet before. My sister Nikki brought it back from her trip to India, where she taught dance for a summer. Even before I loved Bollywood, India was on my list of places to travel to. Someday she and I will go back together.
(Also, it was awesomely windy today, which was really appropriate with my flowy skirt and scarf!)
Black shirt: Shade
Black skirt: Borrowed from Laura, my sister-in-law
Gold sandals: Forever Young
Green silk scarf: Gift from parents from India
Gold earrings: Gift from Jocelyn, my sister-in-law
Bracelet: Gift from my sister, Nikki, from India