Last Sunday, the day after Valentine's Day, was cold and rainy in San Francisco. Chief and I spent the morning, which turned into afternoon, and then evening, under blankets (no Snuggie's for us...yet) on the couch, watching TV.
For a couple of weeks we'd had a double DVD Indian film sitting around. Thinking we'd never find four hours to sit through a "sweeping historical tale", I almost sent Jodhaa Akbar back to Netflix without watching it.
Thank God I didn't, because on that rainy Sunday, my eyes were opened to the manly delight that is Hrithik Roshan, star of Jodhaa Akbar and reigning heartthrob of Bollywood.
The devastatingly beautiful Aishwarya Rai is also in the movie, and she rocks a giant gold nose hoop that I totally wish I was ethnic-anything-enough to wear. But Hrithik owns Jodhaa Akbar because of two scenes: when he tames a wild elephant (yes, seriously, like the Horse Whisperer for elephants), and when Aishwarya's character spies on his solo sword-fighting practice.
In both scenes he is gloriously shirtless, and hits bodybuilder poses that would drive Maverick off the volleyball court in tears.
A Brief Hugh Jackman Aside
I never got around to writing up my review of Australia, starring tonight's Oscar host, Hugh Jackman -- or as I like to call him, Huge Jackman.
Here it is in a nutshell: Australia has the potential to be a great film. Baz Luhrmann just needs to take the scene of Huge giving himself a sensual campfire sponge bath, loop to replay over and over for two hours, and burn every single other minute of film.
In CityMama's words, "Hugh's so hunky!"
Yes, so hunky that it should be illegal for him to ever wear a shirt.
Chief, my Personal Household Hunk, is very patient with my movie star crushes. It seems to amuse him. So when I giggled and sighed over Hrithik, Chief said, "Of course you like him. He's Hindu Jackman."
You gotta admit, when Chief is right, he's right.
On a stalkerish, Wikipedia trivia note: "Roshan was born
with two thumbs on his right hand that are partially fused together;
this is considered by some to be a lucky sign." Scroll back up to his picture. You can totally see his giant right thumb!