Holi: The Festival of Colors 2012
Around the world, Hindus are celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebrations observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike, celebrating the arrival of Spring, commemorating Krishna’s pranks, and allowing everyone a momentary freedom — a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance. Gathered here are images of this year’s Holi festival from across India and several other countries.
Und weil mir das passenderweise grade durch den Reader gerutscht ist: Twitchfilm hat ein paar Holi-Szenen aus Bollywood-Filmen gesammelt: Masala Madness: Holi Hai! Another Reason I Love Bollywood. Von dort aus dem Film „Sholay“:
I asked Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap about his favorite cinematic Holi memory, and he was quick to answer with the following. Sholay is the all time blockbuster of Indian cinema. The film is epic and helped to make superstars out of its heroes, a young Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra (father of the above Sunny Deol), as well as creating the most iconic villain in all of Hindi cinema, Gabbar Singh, played by Amjad Khan. In Sholay, Holi is celebrated with the song Holi Ke Din, which features real life couple Hema Malini and Dhamendra chasing each other through the streets of this small hamlet which Dharmendra & Amitabh’s characters, Jai and Veeru have been recruited to secure from Gabbar Singh.
The song is among the most famous Holis captured on film, and features a more realistic picture of what Holi looks like for most. Friends and strangers alike flood into the streets to shower one another with colors. Unfortunately for the small town of Ramgarh, getting everyone out onto the street also marks an easy opportunity for Gabbar Singh’s men to loot the town, which happens immediately following the song. Jai and Veeru fight the dacoits off, but the damage is done, and their quest for justice begins.