Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm falling in love with a stranger...(actually, did so back in 1975)

I just love this song (the scene from the film is here) just grooves...hadn't thought about it in years... in fact the lyrics mimic (anticipate?) the homo-erotic -- or at least erotic -- investment of the audience in Amitabh...he is the stranger we are falling in love with. That is, his outsider-status, his strangeness, is why we fall in love with him (very different to why "we" might have fallen in love with Rajesh Khanna, SRK, or Rajendra Kumar -- those were loved because they were familiar). When Amitabh ceases to be strange, when he becomes familiar, in the way a kindly old uncle is, he continues to be held in great esteem and affection, and is perhaps even loved, but simultaneously one scorns him, loathing the betrayal...

[Related discussion at Satyamshot here.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this song.Never heard it before but its really great. I love the line, “I am falling in love with a stranger.” Such a beautiful song.

Old movies are by far better than most of what we have today. Simple yet entertaining.The movie stars ( Amitabh Bacchan, Rajesh Khanna and Vinod Khanna) back in old Bollywood had a charm and mystique that added to their persona. AB is certainly a great actor and so very handsome too.After watching this video, all I can say Amitabh Bacchan =Gorgeous.