Saturday, April 28, 2007

UIUC India Night...starring Hrithik Roshan?

You heard it right. The star of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Indian Student Association's annual cultural night was Hrithik Roshan.

The humor highlight of the night was the portrayal of Hrithik in Bollywood celebrity Jeopardy!. When he was introduced, he hopped out from behind his podium and did the wiggle. One of the game categories was "ten" and he got the answer "This is how many fingers you have" and he held out his hands and looked at them very carefully. Abby and I were the first people in our section of seating to get it, I think, and the laughter built in a slow wave. Hrithik also begged Alex for mercy on one of his answers, saying "Please? Dancing is all I have." Another contestant was Aishwarya, but all she did was talk about how beautiful she is and refuse to kiss Hrithik (so had they or had they not watched Dhoom 2?). The writers' knowledge of Aishwarya's physical features was lesser than that of Hrithik's: final Jeopardy! was to list your favorite color, and she listed "my brown," which Alex was set to give her, until she revealed the rest of her answer, "eyes are so very enchanting." Aishwarya famously does not have brown eyes, yo. But still.

Hrithik and his moves featured prominently throughout the show, with fantastic copies of sequences from "Ek Pal Ka Jeena" (complete with wiggle) and "Dhoom Again." A dancer was jokingly derided as thinking he was super-hot but actually being "about 100 pounds from Hrithik Roshan." There were many more Bollywood references, too: in addition to musical/dance groups performing (to) filmi music (including one with a violin who did "Woh Ladki Hai Kahan" and a really cool version of "Salaam-e-Ishq"!), there were skits about Bollywood boot camp and a sort of "condensed Bollywood" movie, a four-minute version of a typical film, complete with two clocks, one going at normal time and one going at frantic movie speed. Oh, and one in which feuding characters were united by "Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera" from Swades, at which point I leaned over to Abby and said "Shahrukh brings people together" and she nodded sagely in agreement.

2 comments:

alienvoord said...

Ash was there too?!?

Alan said...

Sounds like a pretty good show.