Oh gosh, I can not review any movies with out screen caps anymore. My blog post seems so naked without it. Therefore, I am going to just talk nonsense in this blog post. So hopefully I won't bore anyone with no pictures to showcase.
Since I'm Hmong, a non-desi, I thought about countries around the world that watches Bollywood films. But Hmong people don't have a country!!! Regardless I thought this would be a fun post and for me to have some nostalgia moments.
I do see that some Bollywood stars have more fan base outside of India than India, itself sometimes. What do I mean by that? Well, for example: Dino Morea is not a very popular Bollywood star in India. Sure he has some hit movies, mainly not due to his acting but due to the star cast of the film. However, he's more popular and well-known in European countries, particularly Italy (maybe cause he's half Italian) and Germany.
I thought about Bollywood movies that are dubbed in Thai and Hmong. Most of the time, the films that are chosen to be dub are consistent with the star cast -- seeing a familiar face. When I was younger, my parents used to watch Dharmendra, Hema Malini, and Rajesh Khanna films. That's how I got into Bollywood films. I fell in love with the music and romantic storylines.
When I got into the double digits - 10 years old -- I started to watch more Bollywood movies with the same star cast. 80s stars - Kumar Gaurav, Poonam Dhillon, Padmini Kolhapure, Govinda, Chunky Pandey, Neelam, Rishi Kapoor.....
I remember going to the Indian store to request more Govinda movies. The store owner suggested I watch some Amitabh Bachchan movies. My mom was like "what? Who's that?" and later said to me, "he's the most popular guy in India??" She was shocked because she's never seen any of his movies. Hmong people are quite shallow human beings. What I mean by that is if there isn't a good looking star cast, then forget it. They don't want to watch the film. No wonder I get this mentality of I have to watch some hot guys on screen, lol.
Since I was a legal teenager (doesn't that sound funny?), my parents' love for Bollywood films have faded. But I still made my mom go to the Indian store to rent me movies. They just don't have enough patience to watch anymore non-dub Bollywood films in Hmong and/or Thai.
So I started learning more about Bollywood and branching out and reading on other stars. Stardust was the only available magazine at the time so it was my only source. Reading about "hit" movies introduced me to Aashiqui and Maine Pyar Kiya helped me get started to see new faces in Bollywood. Since then, I've stopped watching dub Bollywood films. Most of the times, I would end up watching the movies without subs. I didn't care. I just needed my fix of Bollywood.
Wow, I rambled on! Now since my brain has so much more knowledge of Indian cinema, at times I do cringe at Hmong people just watching the dub versions. Or don't branch out and watch more stars. Some stay strictly with only Shahrukh, Kajol, or even Rani movies.<
To get back on track, I find the following stars more loveable in the Hmong/Thai/Lao/Khmer community since I've seen dub film versions of their filmography -- Esha Deol, Amisha Patel, Kareena Kapoor. Wow, I'm listing the ladies only. I've seen mostly Shahrukh, Salman, Aamir, Hrithik movies that are dubbed.
Sorry if I blabbed on too long. I was bored at work