Friday, August 21, 2015
Pitty goes to Bollywood
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It is said that music is an international language. There are also archetypes that transcend the barriers of culture, language, and time. This kind of communication can be found in even the most low budget and campy of films. Lo and behold, around the 2:15 minute mark in this delightfully toe tapping colorful Bollywood Extravaganza (Adavi Donga, 1985), we find a brief cameo of our favorite universal villain, accompanied with the leitmotiv used straight out of the silent film era, a tremolo fully diminished chord fermata, briefly interrupting the happy-go-lucky bouncy tempo.
Thank goodness, as far as we can tell, not being able to understand fully the Telugu dialect from India, all seems to end well. It does however, cast a continued doubt on the claim of the tired mantra used by pit bull advocates: "in the 70's it was the German Shepherd, in the 80's it was the Doberman, in the 90's it was the Rottweiler". The choice of the dog cast into the role of the villain suggests that in India circa 1985, the dog with the "bad rap" was some kind of ugly dumptruck gripper that looks neither like a German Shepherd nor a Doberman.