The Dogs of Salman Khan

If you love foreign movies that include gorgeous costumes, attractive people, fun dancing routines, are a little on the corny side, and have a romantic plot (but very little kissing!), you’re probably a fan of Bollywood, India’s Hindi-language film industry (and its largest film producer). One of its biggest stars is Salman Khan, the only actor to star in the highest-grossing Bollywood films in ten separate years (and one half of the famous pair of participants in perhaps the most famous Bollywood kiss seen at the 2:31 mark here.

Having written a post about Indian dog breeds only recently gaining respect in their own country, it’s unfortunate to learn that of all the dogs that Khan owns, not one is an indigenous Indian dog breed. Still, his three Dogues de Bordeaus (“Myson,” “Veer,” and “Myjaan”), a Labrador Retriever named “Mowgli,”  “Saint,” a Saint Bernard, and a Napoleon Mastiff called “Mylove” indicates a love of purebred dogs, and we have to tip our hat to Khan on that score.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bollywood, allow us to share with you our own introduction to it. It began with a mesmerizing song named “Chaiyya Chaiyya” which was played over the opening and closing credits of a Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster film, “Inside Man.” Intrigued by such an unusual song, we dug a little deeper into its origins which lead us to the 1998 romantic thriller film movie, “Dil Se.”

The scene in the video below (the one that made a megahit out of the song) seemed incongruous with the plot of the film, but no matter. In an international poll conducted by the BBS to choose the ten most popular songs of all time, “Chaiyya Chaiyya” came in ninth in the top 10 songs. Look at the video below to hear why:

That song, and that dance, would go on to be recreated by policemen, dance classes, everyday people, and even by one of the stars, himself, at the Indian version of the Academy Awards show. Check it out below:

We may have gotten far afield from the subject of purebred dogs, but not by much. Earlier posts here have discussed “Bollywood’s Dogs,”  and “Pluto,” the Bullmastiff who narrates Dil Dhadakne Do, romantic Bollywood story.  In fact, there have been at least seven Bollywood movies where a dog was an important character, if not the star.

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