8 and Friday, August 21
Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6
Admission: Free, $10 minimum
Showtimes: 7:30pm (10pm show added on Sunday, September
Note: the Soundtrack for all shows will be the
This screening has become an end-of-the-summer tradition
at Monkey Town. We screen the original Dirty
Swayze/Jennifer Grey "ugly duckling/beautiful swan" melodrama
next to the 2006 Bollywood version, Holiday.
it can only happen here!
Dancing films side-by-side on two screens
each. And here's the amazing thing, the Bollywood version is
just as cheestastic and brilliant
as its Swayze inspiration — and it's the exact
same length, the credits roll simultaneously. The final scene
becomes a sort of cosmic mashup that exists only in an exceptionally
You all know the original. Here's a description of its Bollywood
(2006), Director: Pooja Bhatt
blatantly stolen nearly shot for shot. The story begins with the
family of Dr. Daksh Suri arriving in Goa for a month-long vacation.
Accompanying Dr. Suri are his wife and two daughters, the extroverted
Samara and shy, bookish Muskaan. Muskaan befriends a group of
dancers who perform risqué and exotic routines to Salsa
music (the song exposing the girl to such forbidden pleasures
is aptly titled, "The Sound of the Future.") at the
hotel’s discotheque. One among them is pregnant, and Muskaan—always
eager to make things work out for the best—boldly decides
to step in as her replacement when she goes for her abortion.
Completely clueless when it comes to the dance, rugged and rebellious
Dino steps in to train her, and in the process helps her overcome
her fears. And in case you didn’t guess, they also fall
in love. "Move with my Body," another ridiculously sultry
R&B breakdown is performed against a Che Guevara backdrop.
Onjolee Nair as the awkward Muskaan even looks something like
Jennifer Grey. Not to be believed!"