Monday, March 23, 2009

Mahabharata's hidden cast

So the other day I was getting my monthly Hollywood entertainment news fix. As a rule, this is done when getting my monthly indulgence pedicure (mmmmmhhhh). However, this time round, I found myself in a waiting lounge with more than an hour to kill and a fairly recent issue of People magazine nestling in the waiting room literature.

I have heard (and seen) that some westerners feel that any vague information they know related to India makes them a minor authority on exotic/spiritual a.k.a Indian stuff. With such folks, it usually becomes fairly obvious that this exotic knowledge extends to hearing of the name Gandhi or attending yoga classes or seeing *one* made-for-an-international-audience Indian movie. Usually I just smile indulgently when I come across such examples.

But this comment from Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (no, I don't know him from Adam and frankly, I don't care either - I just memorized his name so I could make fun of him *evil grin*) I read in the magazine made me giggle uncontrollably. Basically various celebrities were asked about books they had liked. Our hero had to be different and make this thoroughly enlightened remark:

"The Mahabharata. It's pretty extraordinary. It includes the ultimate symbols of romance, like Emperor Shah Jahan building the Taj Mahal for his wife."
Dude, while I do agree that the Mahabharata is filled with countless main characters, side characters and sides for the side characters, to the best of my belief and knowledge, Emperor Shah Jahan, his wife and the Taj Mahal very definitely do not feature in the cast. Thank you.

10 comments:

vishesh said...

ha it is so nice to read a blog away from the Indian political masala and a true blog ;)

lol :P

The Kid said...

rofl rofl!!

Some specimen this country has...

rads said...

No Kidding! The guy said that, and here I was having this major crush on him since Bend it like Beckham! argh!

Too much Jodha Akbar popularity only. :\

Altoid said...

LOL!

Like we didn't have enough characters in Mahabharata to begin with!

yaadayaada said...

Man this is hilarious! Where do they find these people?

Joy said...

He said that and they published it!!! So no one on the way till the article got published raised voice???

Serendipity said...

I will report this to our very own aaj tak channel.. Amrica mein machi hulchul.After which a close up of Rhys will be shown with "yeh hai mahabharat katha..." playing in the background

:D

Survivor said...

Wow !! deja vu! I read the same People magazine while having my pedicure and was almost rolling on the floor laughing...LOL

Shyam said...

Arrgh.... Did he really say that? :D I used to think Jonathan Rhys Meyers was really cool - but I see he's really only a prat :( His statement was HOWLARIOUS, though! :)

Archana said...

O boy - quite a few people seem to know who Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is!! Yup, unless People goofed up, our man did say that :-D!