Hissss-tory in the making?

Or is it just plain Hissss-teria (hysteria)?

Shapeshifting and animal transformation are gripping themes in folklore, literature and cinema.  Satyajit Ray once seriously considered making one of his most brilliant short stories ‘Khagam’ into a tele film. [See here for the plot and here for the audio torrents]. If he’d have made it, I’m sure the makers of Phoonk would have pissed in their pants out of sheer horror. Most shapeshifting dramas in Indian cinema (Nagin, Nagina) have been droll yet commercially successful attempts to cash in on a popular mythological theme, wherein a (widowed) snake woman cuts loose and unleashes a reign of revenge and terror on a motley group of spiteful crooks. Agreed, the technical accomplishments of the 70s and 80s were limited to making a few outlandish efforts of showing snake-human transformation. Why, there was even a ‘Pyasi Nagin’ spoof (shudder) in between! But with the advent of cutting edge SFX and computer generated imagery in today’s era, expectations are bound to be high. So when Jennifer Lynch announced her intent to shoot Naagin (Hissss) with the amply talented (ample and talented?) Miss Mallika Sherawat in the lead, it caused an explosive arousal of platonic interest in the plot. And now that the trailer is out, with a writhing and wriggling Ms Sherawat climbing lamp posts and vying for undivided attention amidst a lot of blood, gore and dripping tropical jungles, the wait is becoming more and more unbearable by the day. Hope the Lynch-Sherawat combo delivers.

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  1. le embrouille blogueur June 9, 2010 at 8:27 am -

    🙂 … I recently saw her picture on the red carpet looking ridiculous (as usual) trying to suffocate a snake. Thanks for sharing the Khagam details. Will check it out.Enjoyed reading !! Will wait for your review once you are nagin struck.

  2. ~uh~™ June 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm -

    You probably don’t know this. Miss Mallika Sherawat has been tweeting from LA about ‘Hisss’ since last 6 months with ssssimilar language to sssstimulate her fanssss.
    Great image!
    Khagam is a masterpiece. Thanks for reminding about it again.

  3. Rishi B June 17, 2010 at 8:30 am -

    hmmm…. the trailer looks awesome… well awesssssome for Indian folksssss

    • Rofl Indian June 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm -

      Waiting with bated breathsssss… 😉