RA Pocket Shrine 37/? – Bollywood RA

You spend your whole life as an actor waiting for that call, and then it finally comes. “There is Bollywood on the phone for you.” Yes, readers, the dream has come true, Bollywood has called. At least when it comes to his performance in a RAPS near you. I jokingly put the idea out there, months and months ago. So long ago actually, that I cannot be bothered to find and link that comment where I quipped about it. But would you believe it? Someone fell for it. I should’ve known, actually, because she who is now the owner of the Bollywood RAPS is well-known in the fandom as a professional dancer and belly dance instructor. Well, she prefers to be seen as a love-facilitator, but whatever she is and does, she is MsGigglepants aka Christine.

So, for a self-confessed lover of all things sparkly and colourful I set about designing a Bollywood shrine. Inspiration came very quickly and the RAPS was done in a matter of days – and then it languished for a looong time because Ms Gigglepants and I had a communication break-down :-D. However, with addresses finally exchanged, and packages crisscrossing the Atlantic, Bollywood RAPS is ready for the reveal.

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That’s not Ms Gigglepants, holding her RAPS close and tight, but a lovely marionette that was brought back from India for me a few years ago… It had to go into my photo shoot.

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An overabundance of sparklies was a must for this RAPS, as were the strong colours and a suitably turban-y image of RA. Thank Cod you can always rely on Sir Guy to provide the dramatics. Hey-ho, his little stint in Accra proved perfect.

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And now for the personalised bit. MsGigglepants dances. So does RA. Supposedly he is “always the first on the dance-floor”. Yup, he said it himself. And so I looked for some evidence. Mhhhh, that Elvis pose is still quite delicious, I think. The prehistoric promo shoot for Cold Feet maybe not quite so much, but well, how *could* I *not* include that? Happy feet, indeed…

I keep saying that I want to see RA in a remake of Saturday Night Fever before he gets too old. Well, I’ve given him the sparkly, tiled dance-floor to strut his stuff and to glower at Ms Gigglepants.

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There. Maybe we should send picture evidence of this to the copyright holders of Saturday Night Fever. Convincing, if you ask me. The man doesn’t need a show reel. He’s got the moves, even in stills.

MsGigglepants wrote a post about receiving the Bollywood Shrine, here. Glad she likes it, and many thanks for the shipment of genuine Indian sparklies that you sent my way, Christine! They didn’t find their way into your RAPS, but someone else will probably get them 🙂

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134 thoughts on “RA Pocket Shrine 37/? – Bollywood RA

  1. This is simply stunning Guylty! Love it, genial! Finally those “weird” pics (and you know how I hate them) have been finally very useful! 😀

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    • *giggles* yes, but only while being off-set by the delicious Elvis pose 😀 They are just sooo bad… The only redeeming feature for me is that he looks so smiley in them, laughing and making fun of himself. (I’d love to know what he thinks of them, ten years down the road…)

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      • oh, I think he would cover his eyes once again like in that video they showed him in Speedo… He was young, and these are the only silly documented things he did after all. 😀

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          • So true! We always look so weird, 10-20 years before. And the dresses, the hairdo! I hope he would make his good old fat laugh watching these old pics 😉

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  2. Oh my goodness, this RAPS is perfection! haha, i love it! congrats to MsGigglepants/Christine! 😀
    By the way… Those cold feet promo pictures… did I tell you it took me more than half a year to realize that wasn’t a manip? ROFL! For the longest time I was in denial that those pictures were real RA photos, hahahha. these pictures will never cease to amuse me 😛 Thanks for another wonderful RAPS! 🙂

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    • LOL – seriously? You thought the Cold Feet promo pics were not real? Denial indeed – hahaha, that is just too good!!!! And yes, while they are really not great and I usually avoid looking at them, the few times when I come across them I have to grin. He just looks so ridiculous in them, poor man. In a way I love the wide happy grin in the left one…

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      • Yup, I genuinely thought they were fake! hahaha. those pictures are so ridiculous, but can make me laugh, especially when I need some cheering up, hehe. i wonder what he thinks about those pictures as well………… he probably erased it from his memory, haha. I wonder what his reaction would be if I were to ask him to sign a picture of that, LOL! i’m so silly 😛

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        • LOL – I love that idea. If anyone wanted him to show some reaction at the stage door other than benign smiles and gratefulness, this might provoke some sort of other reaction… Who dares???

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          • Yesssss, this is a strategy of engaging him at his appearances. We can break through the robotic “oh, bless you,” “oh thank you,” I know we can. If we start showing up with really obscure photos (white kilt, anyone?), he’ll know we reeeeeally know him, and, after awhile, he might discern a pattern of “those women” with the wacky photos. Gee, they must all be talking to each other online! This isn’t random. They are organizing this!

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  3. Wonderful 🙂 You have such a creative imagination and the talent to make it tangible! What happiness you spread!!! {grinning from ear to ear just looking at your creation}

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    • Aw, thanks. This one, I must admit, had me giggling throughout. Just because Bollywood RA is kind of outrageous. And because of the Cold Feet pics. Mind you, it only takes one look in nothing but Sir Guy’s eyes to hit me straight in the feels again 😀 Glad this made you smile 🙂

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  4. Bollywood genau! They are always looking for good looking guys with
    wonderful eyes 🙂 And if he’s s good dancer it’s perfect! Blick in die Glaskugel Sxx ?

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    • I doubt that we will get anything like this in the future. Mind you, RA referencing Moulin Rouge was quite interesting… So he is not quite averse to kitsch???

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      • War was mit Moulin Rouge? Mir pers. alles zu kitschig 🙂 und zuviel Schminke *shudder*
        Einzige Ausnahme:Guy der Comic-Charakter 😀

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        • Nee, er hat nur einmal was über Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge gesagt. Also muss er den Film kennen. Mir gefällt Kitsch in Maßen ganz gut. Zum Beispiel in den Maßen 6x4x1 in einer Blecchdose *ggg*. Schminke an Männern ist auch nicht so mein Ding, obwohl Guy ohne Guyliner undenkbar wäre.

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          • Klar, Kitsch in der männlich herben Version 🙂 Und der Guyliner war nur am Hochzeitstag too much Panda. Da sah er für meinen Geschmack ein bisschen sehr lächerlich aus.

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  5. What a great bejeweled tribute to dancinrg RA. Maybe someone will be brave ( or crazy ) enough to ask him to sign their RAPS. I can imagine a horrified, bemused or amused response, certainly not indifference. He didn’t seem to mind signing Thorin, so who will be the first to offer up a shrine to sign? He wouldn’t have to get a glimpse of what’s inside, just sign the lid. Maybe one without initials. Or a blank box, to be adorned with lovely RA bits later. Just a suggestion.

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    • That was exactly what I was thinking, Kathy. After Pop Thorin anointed the next project would be to get a mintbox signed. Preferably a non-shrined mintbox. Everything else has the potential of being extremely embarrassing *ggg*. I know some people who are going to see the play, soon. Maybe I can bribe them… 😀

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    • The more I know about the recipients, the more personal those shrines can be 😀 This one was sort of easy in that respect because Gigglepants has left a few clues… I was delighted to give back to the love-facilitator 😀

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  6. I love it , Guylty! Congratulations,Christine:)
    Still have hope to see those hips in”snake like moves” ,he said that one time,right? 😉 😀

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  7. 1.) I like the Cold Feet dancing pics, which seems to put me in the minority. I think he looks cute and boyish and like he’s having fun 🙂 2.) I’ve never understood why so many have dubbed that other pose “Elvis”, it screams “Michael Jackson” to me 3.) I really like this shrine! a perfect manifestation of the theme you were going for. very clean, symmetrical, and fun 😎

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    • ad 2.) Whether you see Elvis or Michael Jackson depends on age and on whether you find that pose sexy at all. I’m afraid I am too young to be an Elvis contemporary or Elvis fan, but I find that pose so much sexier on Elvis than on Jackson… Go figure. (PS: I think we had that discussion way back when that Sarah Dunn image initially came out. Jackson stole the pose from Elvis though :-D)
      Cold Feet dancing is involuntarily funny. I don’t look for those images, ever, but when I come across them, they make me smile. I guess that is good. And it proves again how photography is forever *ggg*.

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    • Glad to have made you giggle. Everyone needs to have the gigglepants on, every once in a while. And you loved that photoshoot? Which one? The jaundice one? *eeeek*

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  8. And now he’s stated in an interview that he doesn’t think he sings well enough to be in a Bollywood musical — but I bet he dances well enough, lol. Loved this one, too.

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  9. Love, love, love it! Lucky MsGigglepants. This is such a fun RAPS. I think you made a great choice putting the Cold Feet pics with the Elvis pose in the middle. I think it enhances all three pics being put together like that. I always enjoy all of your little details; the sparkly tiled dance floor is awesome. I keep smiling thinking about this RAPS. Thank you for being such a bright spot in the fandom, Guylty!

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    • Where would we be if we couldn’t make light of our own lives – or of others? The more outrageous, the better, I say. Hence Paul Andrews naked as a babe on feathers, Thorin vain as a virgin bride and RL RA dancing like Travolta on disco tiles. Who knows, the shoe might fit 😉

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    • 😀 It appears as if I am pushing the bar higher and higher. The day will come when what I produce will only a elicit a bored “seen that”. Oh dear… However, a dancing RA is very high on the list. I doubt it is the “role of his dreams” that he has hinted at auditioning for. Mind you, there is scope for a seaweed RAPS, I think…

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  10. Oh!! Awesome. And thanks for linking back! I love the shrine SO much, and it is so perfect with my Bollywood/India -themed living room. I never really thought I’d have a shrine of my very own living in my house, and now that I do, I admire it often. :} THANK YOU again. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I am so glad you like him and I was not totally off with the Bollywood theme. Just because I am not that familiar with Bollywood (or India) myself. Knowing that you like it, makes me happy!
      And sure, of course you can have a shrine :-D. Anyone could! But as soon as I had this idea I knew it had to be for you… ❤ back

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