Sunday, May 8, 2011

Venessa Ferlito and the art of lap dancing

The name Vanessa Ferlito normally will not ring a bell even to a hardcore English movie buff. This thirty year old Hollywood hottie is not your regular poster girl who competes with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox. IMDB says she is best known for her roles in The Sopranos, Man of the House and couple of other movies and TV shows. She has appeared in spider man 2 and Wall Street 2, but even that doesn’t make a house hold name. You must be wondering why am I giving a profile about some random American actor.

Well that’s because of I saw one of her acts in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 thriller Death Proof. The highlight of the whole movie according to me is the lap dance Arlene (that’s her character) gives to Stuntman Mike (played by Kurt Russel) on The Coasters beautiful R&B number “Down in Mexico”. Before moving from my blog in disgust or hooting and expecting this piece to get hotter (sorry guys) after coming across the term ‘lap dance’ I suggest you see the act which is widely available in you tube (just type Grind house DeathHouse lap dance). Everything about the scene, starting with the dance, the song and the place where it happens (a local watering hole where Arlene hangs out) stands out.

Dressed in a cut off and a tank top her performance is simply superb. The act starts with Arlene selecting the song from the juke box in the bar and walking slowly to where stuntman Mike sits. That act of walking slowly in tune with the song seals it. Now whenever I see a raunchy dance act, the performance by Venessa will be my benchmark and I doubt if anyone can better it. If only bollywood directors and choreographers could take a leaf out of such a performance, item numbers would move from just another excuse for skin show to a more enjoyable experience. But then expecting that from a Hindi movie perhaps is asking for too much.

One notable effect the song had on me was my renewed interest in R&B genre of music. So all of you who appreciate some good music and dance, don’t miss this one.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

An insight into mallu marriages

We mallus have a very clear cut and simple understanding about marriage ceremonies. First it should be short and second, the food should be good. So a typical marriage in Kerala, doesn’t last more than a day, in fact it lasts only for a few hours. I have received a lot of criticism and sarcastic comments from my friends about marriages in Kerala being blink-and-you miss affairs. Now my question to those people is why concentrate on anything else when you are there to attend your friend’s marriage. Sure that pretty young thing there is grabbing your eyeballs, but what is important your friend’s wedding or getting the attention of that leggy lass. In that case don’t complain if you miss the marriage ceremony.

Well coming back to the issue, marriages in Kerala has been designed in such a manner for specific reasons. Not its not to save money, believe me have plenty of it, one look at the golden statue, sorry I mean the girl and you will get the idea. The question of saving time doesn’t even arise as we have a laid back culture.

First let’s accept the basic fact that majority of the guests are there for the lunch, they don’t care who you are marrying and all that details. Those are people who you will meet only once in your life time – at your wedding. So why go through all this charade of prolonging the marriage ceremony and cause discomfort to the guests who have taken the pain to attend the wedding. We mallus perfectly understand this, so we finish of the ceremony fast and for food. For all those people who have not attended mallu wedding, don’t be alarmed if you find the crowd similar to that in any suburban station in Mumbai in front of the lunch hall.In fact if you regularly travel in Mumbai locals, you actually have a head start.So i suggest you too join as there is a serious threat of food getting over by the time your turn comes.

Note: This write up can be used as a primer for those who will be attending mallu marriages

Saturday, September 4, 2010


blogged after 4 months...phew finally broke that self imposed exile..