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In this episode, I whinge Yet Again about missing out on the Toronto International Film Festival, and play the "What if?" game with a twist -- not only choosing a festival top ten, but also the Number One Film to see, if one could only choose one film.
It's been a long time since I tried an unscripted episode, but I was inspired by some of my favourite podcasters -- Ted Riecken of Island Podcasting, the wonderful Scarborough Dude, and my particular podcast chouchou, The Big Z. Er. The Zedcast, that is. In fact, it was because Bruce Murray seemed to find it hard to fathom that I needed to work with a script to avoid sounding like a blithering idiot that I decided to just turn the mic on and give 'er a whirl.
Okay, okay, I made some notes. But I didn't write a script. Really. Honestly.
And I'm sorry about hitting the mic so much. I found it really annoying when I was editing, but short of throwing out the episode and going back to a script, well, we're all stuck with that.
As for The Big B, as promised a couple of YouTube moments.
1. The song "Say Shawa Shawa" from the film "Khabi Khushi Kabhie Gham" (or "Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness", and also known as "K3G").
I love this clip not only because it features both Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, but also because it's Amitabh Bachchan doing his own singing (most Bollywood song numbers are sung by others and lip-synched by the actors, but in this case, Bachchan's voice is so wonderful that it's great to hear it in the song.)
(BTW, this one doesn't have subtitles, but I turned up a translation.)
And the wonderful "Yeh Dosti" ("This Friendship")from Sholay (1975):
(and if you're still curious, Veeru's Water Tower scene from Sholay)
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"Bollywood, the Big B, and Me" -- Jessica Hines on Amitabh Bachchan.