The Essential Khanna

04 May
The Essential Khanna

May Day! May Day! It’s here! Khanna-o-Rama 2010. The week of all things Khanna that you didn’t even know you needed until you heard about it and realized that your life could really do with a shot or two of Khanna power. The power of hotness.

Bollywood is a family business. Not only do they all intermarry, but successive generations are more likely to follow in the older’s footsteps than not. Producers raise actors, actors marry writers, writers give birth to directors in an endless cycle that makes trivia buffs do a little dance of joy.

The Khannas – Alpha Vinod, Beta 1 Akshaye and Beta 2 Rahul – are a delightful little oddity in this mix. Whereas most star sons carry their lineage self-consciously on their shoulders, the Khannas make the least fuss about it that I have seen. The fact that they barely do any press might have something to do with it (even though the same characteristic hasn’t stopped the Deol brothers from genuflecting with regularity at the altar of their father) but I think there’s more to it. Like a strong sense of individuality and the fact that they don’t seem to have grown up in a conservative family environment a la the rest of the Bolly Brat Brigade. But that’s their personal business.

From a purely cinematic POV, fact is, it’s hard to look at the Beta Khannas and remember Alpha Khanna. Sunny Deol, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan (hell, even Puru Raajkumar) all share a remarkable resemblance with their famous fathers. The Beta Khannas, on the other hand, barely look like each other, much less their parent.

Alpha Khanna smoldered. Akshaye sulks. If Rahul tries very hard, he looks puzzled. When Alpha Khanna gritted his teeth and sneered, panties dropped across India or so I hear. When Akshaye sneers, Paresh Rawal or Arshad Warsi pop up to complete the comic scene. When Rahul sneers, the girl runs off with another boy. Alpha was most terrifying when he smiled – you felt he was either smiling through a sucking chest wound or else he was an unpredictable drunk. My mother, your mother and mothers everywhere go “awww” when sweet little Akshaye-poo smiles. As for Rahul – he looks like he’s inviting you for some illegal-type sexy times with that grin.

And look at their careers: Alpha spent a considerable part of his life playing dacoit, both good and bad, and even did it with a mooch! The only thing Akshaye and Rahul have ever looted on screen with their smooth-as-a-baby’s-bum cheeks is your cash and your girl.

So as you can imagine, it’s not easy to come up with a satisfactory playlist for this family. There are so many and still so few. Where do we begin and where do we stop? Also, Beta Rahul isn’t exactly prolific. So I thought I’d do a Papa Khanna post and follow it up with a Beta Khanna post. Let me know your recommendations! And do click on the badge to your right for more posts related to Khanna-o-Rama!

Meanwhile, here’s what I’m talking about:

Scene Stealer

This is really a Sridevi-Rishi Kapoor movie but third wheel Vinod Khanna and his lost love (Juhi Chawla in the shortest ever two scenes / one song role) have a much more interesting story. Playing the dignified third wheel who always walks off with the audience sympathy if not the girl is something Alpha Khanna perfected over his career.

Things Not to Do

Do not feed the hotness grass. Things to Do – I think he’s got that part nailed.

In Tights

Forget the Betas, I’d like to see anyone pull that outfit off. I’m not sure he does it :mrgreen:

Shake a Leg

So how do we feel about Moushimi Chatterjee? I read her interviews and I come away charmed because she’s so open and honest in a totally non-skeevy way about her life. And then I see her in a movie and half the time I want to bash her head in with a cricket bat. But she makes sense with the Alpha. It’s like they balance each other out. And she was totally adorable as the crazy mom of Beta 2 in Bollywood/Hollywood.

So Tortured

Sob! Come to momma!


Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Movies, Music, Video


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18 responses to “The Essential Khanna

  1. rayshma

    May 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    i LOVE all 3. yes, yes, including Beta 1.
    I have seen all of Beta 1 & Beta 2s movies. I even saw Elaan in the theatre. First Day First Show, that too!
    kill me, sue me… whatever. But I love them. sigh
    I married the man I did coz my mom told me “intelligent hai. aur toh aur rahul khanna jaisa dikhta hai. check out kar lo!”
    but anyhoo… will check DAILY. till u do playlist for Beta 2.


  2. DewdropDream

    May 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    OMG!!!!!! Amrita, dude, this is so godawesomesuperfabulous!!!! 😀 THANK YOUUUUUU!!!

    Vinod Khanna, siiighhhh!! (And don’t gimme the he’s old enough to be your dad rubbish, hotness muct be appreciated at every opportunity!). And I HEART Rahul Khanna’s sense of humour (as mostly gathered from tweets but what the hell). Akshay Khanna gets my vote for comic timing but he went and ruined it by being all shouty in the last movie I saw of him. Koi nai, other occasions where he’ll do better 😀

    I should stop gushing now.

  3. ajnabi

    May 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Aww, he’s so good at being dumped… Maybe that’s the strongest similarity between Rahul and his career? I thought the end of Chandni was lame. In the real world she would totally have ended up with Vinod, not least because of his wardrobe lacking Cosby sweaters.

  4. Beth

    May 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Rayshma and Dewdrop, you MUST come by all the crazy Khanna-o-Rama posts – there is plenty of love for both generations (and both betas!) Akshaye was my first filmi love, but the shouty-ness has kind of killed it. Well, that, and I learned who Shashi is.

    That Tu Husn Hai outfit is HORRENDOUS and I lurve it. 🙂

    Also, please see mega Rahul yum here

  5. Filmi Girl

    May 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Alpha Khanna smoldered. Akshaye sulks. If Rahul tries very hard, he looks puzzled. When Alpha Khanna gritted his teeth and sneered, panties dropped across India or so I hear. When Akshaye sneers, Paresh Rawal or Arshad Warsi pop up to complete the comic scene.

    This is the best description of the Khannas I have ever read. Ever.

    *applause for this entire post*

  6. Ness

    May 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    As for Rahul – he looks like he’s inviting you for some illegal-type sexy times with that grin.

    This. SO MUCH THIS.

  7. Chaitra

    May 5, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Isn’t Rahul Beta 1? I thought he was the older one and the genes kind of died down with the first one itself! 🙂

  8. roswitha

    May 5, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Given Rahul’s hotness, I think we really can make a case for your rechristening them Alpha, Beta and Kama.

  9. dipali

    May 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

    My favourite Alpha Khanna movie is Achanak! (No songs, though!
    I find Beta Rahul to be a sensitive performer, while Beta Akshaye gets by on his smile and his charm.
    Cool post!

  10. Bala

    May 5, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Is it just me , or does that caricature bear a faint resemblance to Prince Adam ? ( He-man for others of lesser taste :D)

  11. Shivani

    May 5, 2010 at 10:18 am

    My mom is the kind who would never discuss childhood crushes & boyfriends with us . But I heard her distinctly mention some borderline obscene feelings she had about Vinod Khanna in her teens. The first sighting I had of VK was in that Dayavan song (with Madhuri Dixit) ‘aakhir tumpe pyaar aaya hain’ and WHAM!! it hit me why my mum made that exception 😀
    Not that I’ve watched all his movies, but my favourite ever has to be his Inspector Amar act. A snarling, vardi-fied Vinod Khanna taking on AB right outside his ilaaka & emerging from the scufflein a banian did wonders for my teenaged self

    Rahul — Been in love since the MTV show he used to host.

    Akshaye — Watched Mohabbat in the first row stalls (remember, em?) for which my spinal cord still gives me grief. And I *think* the number of times I’ve seen Aa Ab Laut Chalein runs into double digits.

    I’m sooo loving this series. Can’t wait to check other bollybloggers. Something tells me my mom might just appreciate blogging a bit more if she gets a whiff of this 😀

    • Beth

      May 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

      Shivani, I think you and I need to be friends 🙂

  12. munimma

    May 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Had trouble navigating this post due to all that muckiness from the oodles of drool.

    But I will willingly add to that 😉

    I think my favorite was hera pheri – double dose of favorites there. Time to watch it again. Now.

    Rahul, though cute, pales in front of the alpha.

  13. Amrita

    May 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Well! The things you learn about your readership! :mrgreen:

    Rayshma – AHAHAHAHA! Now that’s some serious fandom. Not the marrying part, but the Elaan thing. 😀

    3D – they are all a big pile of DEELISH!

    Ajnabi – I know! She went for the whiner who kicked her to the curb and acts like a petulant child and lives with his horrible parents instead of the brooding, sexy man who has learnt to live again through her and has a great mom. What the fuck is wrong with that woman?

    Beth – I dunno, I like him with a little stubble. he has Vinod’s sensitive mouth which is what he was trying to hide under that mooch I think. It’s a mouth that knows how to do its work, if you know what I mean. Le sigh. But it needs a little camouflage.

    FGirl – thankee! thankee! 😀

    @Ness – hee!

    @ Chaitra – I have often wondered without ever actually bothering to find out. I finally settled on Akshaye as Beta 1 coz he made his debut first. How can anyone forget Himalayaputra. AHAHAHHAHA!! Er. sorry.

    @ Roswitha – omg, I totally have to make a post with that title! 😀

    @ Dipali – Achanak is amazing! Do check out the other posts in the series.

    @ Bala – it certainly fits! He has the power!

    @ Shivani – “borderline obscene feelings” pretty much describes my mother’s reaction to him too! hee hee hee! And hoo boy, do I ever remember the scenes you’re talking about. SO wrong, yet so right! 😳

    @ Munnimma – I had no idea about the volcano about to burst over my pages! 😀 And no, neither one of the spawn can possibly match up to the hotness quotient of the Alpha Papa.

  14. eclat

    May 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Vinod Khanna finally brings me out of the shadows, Amrita 🙂 Have been reading your blog a while now, and it’s on my daily dus, so to speak… great stuff!
    And now on to the hot stuff! How could you forget VK in Qurbani? That song with Zeenat on the seashore makes my heart (and more!) go thump every time I watch it!!
    Rahul K has the charm (thanks to Twitter- makes me want to go to Mumbai now and lie in wait at his yoga class), but the hotness, naaahh, not on a patch on dad!
    Does this make me sound desperate? I like to think I’ve lots of cougar company!

    • Beth

      May 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

      Eclat, you have so much company it’s not even funny. Clearly a Khanna-themed slumber party with tons of movies is in order! 🙂

    • Amrita

      May 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

      @ Eclat – hahah! A Qurbani post is clearly in order now that Khanna-o-rama’s been extended a week. I really had no idea there were so many Khannafanatics on the internet. Clearly an underserved market!
      Welcome to the commentariat!

      @ Beth – OMG! A little tequila and the cops will have to shut us down!

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