|Kissing Flowers From Cathy Garitty|
We wondered why Bollywood wouldn't show an actual kiss, and asked our mother. She smiled, and told us that things had changed dramatically.
Really, Amma?? Can anything be more conservative than two sunflowers closing in on each other. And a long shot of flowers in a head-to-head touch, to show a long kiss?
Amma smiled and said "Do you know that Anna and his brothers were punished by Tatha for going to see a dirty picture when they were teenagers?"
Anna, barely got through the door that evening, before he was bombarded with "You saw a dirty picture when you were a child with Padukaka and Krishnakaka?"
"Oh! We didn't. We had all intentions to see the film though", acknowledged Anna. This comment was met with round eyes and ooohs and aaahs.
A major role in the film was played by "Chandru", an elephant. It is said that this is possibly the first time an elephant received top billing in the credits of a film. Anna and his brothers were probably attracted by this too!
Of course, given the scandal, Anna and his brothers were forbidden by their father from watching Vana Mohini.
"It is a dirty picture", Tatha boomed, emphasizing and dragging on the letter "r", making the word "dirty" more salacious and dramatic.
Obviously, forbidding young boys on the cusp of teenage-hood from doing anything is a sure-shot way to get them to do exactly what you don't want them to.
|K. Thavamani Devi|
"But Anna, what was in the picture that made it a dirty picture?" we asked, obviously more interested in the dirty stuff than their adventures and punishments.
Anna's response stunned us for a few seconds.
"The heroine, Thavamani Devi showed 2 inches of ankle."
The four of us rolled over with laughter.
Anna has still not watched Vana Mohini.