Just as I said I would in my Hapa Thanksgiving, Dreamy Shahrukh entry, I've been watching ONLY Bollywood DVDs from Netflix the past three months. (Now that my queue of Bollywood films are over, Netflix is sending me a Spike Lee retrospective, refresher series [School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Bamboozled, Mo' Better Blues, etc.].) And just like I said he would, my friend T took me down to Fremont before Christmas to see Shahrukh Khan in Swades.
What I'm really excited for, is next month's release of Gurinder Chadha's Bride and Prejudice. Last Friday my best friend Y and I were talking about Bollywood films and Aishwarya Rai (the lead actress in Bride and Prejudice). She mentioned how she'd seen a segment on Bollywood coming to Hollywood on Dateline NBC. She was laughing at how Netflix created a new Friendster-like feature in which friends can see each other's movie queues and read movie recommendations. Of course a lot of mine were for Bollywood films starring Shahrukh Khan.
A couple weeks ago I had a long catch-up phone convo with my other best friend S, who'd just returned from spending the holidays in India (she was far from the tsunami, thank goodness). She just recently found out about my Shahrukh Khan crush from our mutual friend (and fellow Hyphen staffer) Neela. "Am I going to have to take you to South Asian parties the next time you come out to NYC, so you can meet a Desi guy?" she asked me.
I dunno. My "South Asian Persuasion" isn't necessarily about having this "fetish" for South Asian men (though maybe I'm wrong because I do have a "crush" on Shahrukh Khan), but for the flamboyant and vibrant Bollywood films. Although I once in a while have a craving for Indian food and I own a black kurta (blouse) (it was only ever worn when Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham was Opening Night for the SFIAAFF), I don't think of my interest in Bollywood being the same as some "outsider" exoticizing women of a certain race (which is what most of us think of when we make the accusation of "Yellow Fever").
Or am I completely wrong here?