Though I write about meditation, spirituality, animal rights, mental illness and nature on this blog, I would be remiss in not sharing my passion for Indian dance and Bollywood movies. Bollywood movies, like Western movies, are vessels of escapism, but Bollywood movies add morality, family values and frequently, religion, into the mix. The dance and music is uplifting and, yes, sensual, without resorting to the blatant obscenity of Western films.
In this excerpt from the film, “Khalnayak,” Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt star. Madhuri is the diva of Indian dance and, in fact, I am taking free online lessons with her just for the fun of it. And fun it is. Madhuri makes no bones about using one’s feminine wiles to beguile. If interested the lessons are available at http://dancewithmadhuri.com. Sanjay Dutt is the handsome, irresistibly vulnerable heartthrob of the Indian screen and he dances as well. Most Bollywood stars not only act but dance, too.
In this scene, Madhuri Dixit plays an undercover cop acting as a dancer to allure and apprehend the soft-hearted criminal, Sanjay Dutt. They have great chemistry and the dancing is definitely an earthly pleasure, a blatant manifestation of Maya, to which I am attached. But I think I must follow to see where it leads. Experiencing writer’s block and artist’s block at the moment, perhaps dance is good for my soul. Critics might say my interest arises from a Bipolar mania or an Asperger’s obsession. Perhaps. I don’t know. I am certainly not manic at the moment. All I know is that the allure of this form of Maya is powerful, and to deny its existence may lead to the necessity of pursuing this manifestation of it in another life. Paramahansa Yogananda says that all life is Maya, a picture show. Perhaps by indulging in Bollywood films, I may get a new perspective on so-called “reality” and see it as Yogananda did, as a film show of the earthly passions, a dream from which we will awaken one day.
I love Bollywood so much! This is my favourite dance from Madhuri:
January 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM
Thanks for sending that link. I had seen that film but it was good to see it again and my two favs, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri. She is a great dancer/ actress. Do you know about the lessons she gives online at http://dancewithmadhuri.com? Shah Rukh dances well, too.
January 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM
I really want to check that out. My internet here has gone on the go slow until the 15th (something about exceeding a limit haha)
Once I get fast internet again I am going to buffer some of the videos!! I hope you are well, Ellen!! 😀
January 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM
I think you’ll like it. Her 15 minute workout is good and fun. I even bought a coin bedecked top and skirt wrap for other videos I imitate on YouTube with Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri. They have songs from the movies with video and you can teach yourself. I hope you are feeling better. I am down with the flu at the moment.
And I hope you are feeling more comfortable in your new home with the in-laws. It will take time but you seem to be adjusting.
January 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM
I am feeling better everyday, Ellen!
I really want to give it ago, sometimes I feel like getting up and dancing but it is a dance which is not beautiful at all… so I would definitely like to learn so moves. I went to bellydancing classes for a while, the were really fun! 😀
January 15, 2014 at 7:13 AM
Id’e love to belly dance. I know a fellow who took it up, an acupuncturist, well, he used to be so rigid and awkward but when he belly danced, he turned intone a relaxed and most fascinating dancer. We all laughed with delight watching the transformation.
January 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM
That’s a funny story.
January 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM
A breathtaking beauty~
January 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM
Yes, that she is AND a great dancer AND a great actress.
January 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM
Ah I have always thought I’d love to learn how to belly dance just for the fun and exercise of it.
January 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM
Oh, it is great fun, Yisraela. I mostly do Bollywood dance– a bit like belly dance. Try http://DancewithMadhuri.com and do the fitness option. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s good exercise.
January 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM
I love that thing they do with their heads and the mixture of fluidity and jerkiness.
January 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Yeah, me too. Hard to do. Have tried.
January 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM
I loveeeee that movie, about five years ago I used to try and dance exactly like Madhuri in the song Choli Ke Peeche ha! ha!
January 21, 2014 at 5:15 AM