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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bollywood Vampires!

I've seen a lot of vampire movies. I've seen Mexican vampire movies, Chinese vampire movies, Malaysian vampire movies. Filipino vampires? Sure.

But until this weekend I had never seen an Indian vampire movie. But here one is, and I'll let you know if I discover more.

Bandh Darwaza was made in 1990, and is a true Bollywood picture in every sense of the word. The story is pure folklore-- Neola (a very Western-looking vampire) grants a woman her wish to have children, but demands that if the baby is a girl, that it be turned over to him. Mom flakes on this bargain, and when the child has grown into a singing, dancing, Bollywood starlet, the demon returns to make her his Bride.

There are dance numbers.

These are indeed two great tastes that taste great together.

So, is this a good film? What on earth could that mean? I mean, Don't Look Now is a good film. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a good film. Bandh Darwaza (and yes, it's on DVD) is a trip. Sometimes all I want is a trip.

Here's the trailer...

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