From Downtown L.A. to Champaner & Khamoshi

"You. You look like you can run up a flight of stairs. You're on the team."

What a Lagaan moment I had yesterday! Turns out the Stair Climb to the Top is coming up in September, and some of us signed up for a run up the 75 floors of the US Bank Tower in Downtown Los Angeles. I'll hope to dedicate my climb to Lakha, the unsung hero in the greatest cricket match ever played. He was asked to go up and down, to and from the temple atop the Champaner hill, and he did it just to be drafted onto the team. He's really earned a dedication after being forgiven by Bhuvan :)

Remember this?

Of course, one assumes the risk of being ridiculed from the likes of Ishwar uncle too...

...but at least there's no Gauri (she and Elizabeth deserved a dedicated post during Lagaan Week, maybe next year?) in Downtown LA (although having her around would be a heck of a motivating force):

The goal for our first practice is 20 minutes for the 75 floors. The record last year was a little under 10 (that's ridiculous, and I am not in near good enough shape to even give that a shot).

Instead of answering in the affirmative, I'm more in tune with this statement:

And while on the theme of reaching new heights, enjoy this wonderful song from Khamoshi (1996):


Anonymous said...

Adab and best of luck on those steps! This Khamoshi looks great! My wiki search tells me: "The film starred Nana Patekar, Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas and Helen, and marked Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial debut." What a cast! And Nana and Seema play deaf mutes! Last time I saw a deaf mute in Bollywood was SRK in Koyla. I'd thought that HDDCS was Bhansali's first film. This is now added to my to watch list.

All the best,

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji, and thank you! I suggest you watch Khamoshi soon. It was quite the sensation (and with some excellent, excellent songs).

Salman Khan was perfect for the role, and that year, he was second only to Aamir in Raja Hindustani (Aamir won the Filmfare that year). Manisha Koirala was fantastic as well! And so were Nana and Helen and everyone else.

Thanks for the luck. I'll need all I can get. I'll start taking the stairs in the parking garage soon too :)