The Dharma Bum Fashion Dance



loveband4Several years ago I approached Jeff Pasternak about producing Love Dance. Jeff, Bryan McLean, Marilyn Godfrey, and I attended University High School in West LA, in 1964. We considered ourselves Bohemians. After we broke up, Jeff took Marilyn to France where she lived with her sister, Shannah, who co-wrote ‘This Bitch of a Life’ with her husband, Carlos Moore. The life of Fela is now a hit on off-Broadway.

Marilyn reminded me that I danced the Balero for her. I loved to dance. Marilyn and I had our own Bohemian scene. I was an artist, and she was my model. Marilyn’s first modeling job came when she was thirteen.

Joe Pasternak produced the movie ‘Girl Happy’ starring Elvis Presley, whose ghost dances with Priyanka Chopra in the Bollywood movie ‘Fashion’ which is about beautiful sisters who become fashion models. Joe made ‘The Sweet Ride’ in 1968 a Hollywood film that attempted to exploit the Bohemians, Beatniks, and Hippies

Marilyn wanted to be a fashion designer. Rena considered modeling like her three older sisters. If Rena had entered the Miss Universe pageant in 1971, she would have won. Chopra became a Bollywood Star and a fantastic dancer. Rena Christiansen became a choreographer. I was a follower of Meher Baba, and Jeff a devotee of Yogananda whom Marilyn turned him onto. Bohemians may have come from India. There were important lessons from the East that I shared with my lovers.

Alas, when American Youth stops texting, they are going to want to dance again. Until then, my generation of beautiful Dharma Bums would like to behold the Dance of Dance, the Best of Love. Bryan was in love with Christine who used fashion models from magazines to render her beautiful Rosamond Women. Her great grandfather, Wensel Prescowitz, came from Bohemia.

Jeff lived here in Eugene for many years and along with his wife, Shannon, in 1987, we tried to turn the Whiteaker neighborhood into a Bohemian refuge.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2012

Bohemian – a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America)
Roma, Romani, Romany, Rommany, Gipsy, Gypsy
Indian – a native or inhabitant of India
gitana – a Spanish female Gypsy
gitano – a Spanish male Gypsy

Joseph Herman Pasternak (September 19, 1901 – September 13, 1991) was a Hungarian-born American film producer in Hollywood.
Born to a Jewish family in Szilágysomlyó, Austria-Hungary (now Șimleu Silvaniei, Sălaj County, Romania), Pasternak was a successful film producer in Germany and Austria by the time he was 28 years old.
Pasternak worked for Universal Pictures in Europe, where he made German-language musicals for the international market. He hit upon a successful formula, building light musical comedies around an adolescent soprano (Franciska Gaal). Following the establishment of the Nazi regime, Pasternak emigrated to Universal’s Hollywood studio in 1936. He adapted his usual format for English-speaking audiences, casting 14-year-old Canadian singer Deanna Durbin in Three Smart Girls (1936). The film became a huge hit and reputedly saved Universal from bankruptcy

Pasternak is the father of Michael Joseph Pasternak, the radio disk jockey known as Emperor Rosko; Jeff Pasternak, a playwright and songwriter; and Peter Pasternak, a music industry professional.

The Sweet Ride (1968) is an American counter-culture drama with a few surfer/biker exploitation film elements. It stars Anthony Franciosa, Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset in an early starring role. The film also features Bob Denver in the role of Choo-Choo, a Beatnik piano-playing draft dodger. Sarrazin and Bisset were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer, Male and Female respectively.

The San Francisco rock and roll band Moby Grape contributed to the soundtrack, and appeared, credited, in the film, performing the song “Never Again” in a Sunset Strip nightclub called the Tarantula. Other famous Sunset Strip locations include Gazzarri’s and Scandia, as well as location filming in Malibu, according to reviews of the film.

Girl Happy is a 1965 American musical romantic comedy and beach party film starring Elvis Presley in his 18th feature. The movie won a fourth place prize Laurel Award in the category Top Musical of 1965. It featured the song “Puppet on a String”, which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and in Canada, and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Red Chillies Entertainment (RCE) is an Indian motion picture production and distribution company, based in Mumbai. The company was founded in 2004 by Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan. It formed from Dreamz Unlimited.
The company has five sub divisions: apart from film production, RCE has a visual effects studio known as Red Chillies VFX, a studio for TV commercials known as Red Chillies TVC, a Television programs production division under the name of Red Chillies Idiot Box and an equipment Leasing division. The company also has a little over 50% stake in the Cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.
Sanjiv Chawla is the Executive Producer of the company, while Gauri Khan serves as a producer. In February 2013, Venky Mysore, the CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders took over additional responsibility as CEO of Red Chillies Entertainment as well.[2] Red Chillies Entertainment was ranked as the third, fifth and seventh most powerful production house in Bollywood in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively.[3][4]

Priyanka Chopra (pronounced [prɪˈjəŋkaː ˈtʃoːpɽaː]; born 18 July 1982) is an Indian film actress, singer, and songwriter. Chopra won the Femina Miss India World and Miss World titles of 2000 and has had a successful film career since, mostly in Bollywood films. Today she is one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities in India. Chopra has won a National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Chopra was born in Jamshedpur to parents who were both physicians in the Indian army. Due to their occupations, she frequently travelled as a child, but considers Bareilly to be her real home. After a period of living with an aunt in the United States, she moved back to India and won a local beauty contest. In 2000, her mother entered her into the Femina Miss India contest, in which she finished second and took the Femina Miss India World title. She was then entered into the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000, becoming the fifth Indian to win the competition.

Although Chopra had aspirations to graduate with a degree in engineering or psychiatry, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, making her acting debut opposite Vijay in the Tamil film Thamizhan in 2002. The following year, she starred in The Hero, her first Hindi film release, and followed it with the box-office hit Andaaz, which won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award (shared with Lara Dutta) and a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She subsequently earned wide critical recognition for the role of a seductress in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz, winning her the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Chopra starred in the 2006 blockbuster superhero film Krrish, and established herself as a leading contemporary actress of Hindi Cinema. After a period with little acclaim, she was praised for her portrayal of a range of unconventional characters, including a troubled model in the 2008 drama Fashion (for which she won many ‘Best Actress’ awards), (film)

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Theatrical release poster

Directed by

Madhur Bhandarkar

Produced by

Madhur Bhandarkar
Deven Khote
Ronnie Screwvala
Zarine Mehta

Screenplay by

Ajay Monga
Madhur Bhandarkar
Anuraadha Tewari

Story by

Ajay Monga

Narrated by

Priyanka Chopra


Priyanka Chopra
Kangna Ranaut
Mugdha Godse
Samir Soni
Arbaaz Khan
Arjan Bajwa

Music by



Mahesh Limaye

Editing by

Deven Murdeshwar

Distributed by

UTV Motion Pictures
Bhandarkar Entertainment

Release date(s)

29 October 2008

Running time

161 minutes[1]






18 crore (US$3.3 million)[2]

Box office

46 crore (US$8.4 million)

Fashion (Hindi: फैशन, Phaiśan ?) is a 2008 Indian drama film directed, co-written and co-produced by Madhur Bhandarkar. The film stars Priyanka Chopra with Kangna Ranaut, Mugdha Godse, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in supporting roles. The film’s cast also includes several real fashion models playing themselves. The film centers on an aspiring model, Meghna Mathur (played by Chopra) and her journey of becoming a supermodel from a small town girl. The film tells the story about the Indian fashion industry which followed the lives (and career ups and downs) of several fashion models.

Made on a budget of 18 crore (US$3.3 million), the film opened on 29 October 2008 to positive reviews. Critics praised the screenplay, music, direction and performances by its cast. Despite being a women-centric film, it opened very well in cinemas and went on to gross 46 crore (US$8.4 million) at the box-office and became a commercial success. The film is also noted for being a major box-office success despite being a women centric film having a female cast and without a male lead.[4] The film received a number of nominations and won several at various awards ceremonies. At 54th Filmfare Awards, Fashion received seven nomination and won two; Best Actress for Chopra and Best Supporting Actress for Kangna Ranaut. The film also won two awards at the 56th National Film Awards; Best Actress for Chopra and Best Supporting Actress for Ranaut. Several media publications have listed the film as one of the “Best Women-centric films in Bollywood”.

[hide] 1 Plot
2 Cast
3 Production
4 Soundtrack
5 Marketing and release
6 Reception
7 Box office
8 Themes and allusions
9 Awards and nominations
10 References
11 External links

Plot [edit]

Aspiring model Meghna Mathur (Priyanka Chopra) expresses her wish to go to Mumbai and pursue her dream of becoming a supermodel. Against her dad’s wishes, Meghna leaves her house with dreams in her eyes to strike it big in the modeling world. She experiences some major difficulties in her initial days auditioning several times but being rejected. But she gets a good helping hand with an old acquaintance, Rohit (Ashwin Mushran), an aspiring gay designer who assists big shot designer Vinay Khosla (Harsh Chhaya). She keeps bumping into another struggling model, Maanav (Arjan Bajwa) while making the rounds of modeling agencies for auditions.

She visits Rahul Arora’s (Samir Soni) fashion show where she comes face-to-face with reality of the major people in the industry including the reigning supermodel Shonali Gujral (Kangna Ranaut). She is mocked by the show choreographer Christine and is advised to visit hotshot photographer Kartik (Rohit Roy) for her portfolio. To pay Kartik’s high fee she attends functions and even shoots for a lingerie advertisement, all the while mentored by another small-time model Janet (Mugdha Godse). Subsequently, Meghna’s lingerie pictures appear on the cover of a magazine found by her relatives. Meghna becomes good friends with Maanav and even starts sharing his apartment after she faces accommodation problems. Meghna is noticed by a top official Anisha Roy (Kitu Gidwani) of a major modeling agency, Panache who brings her to her boss, Abhijit Sarin’s (Arbaaz Khan) notice. Abhijit is impressed by her ambitious nature and go-getter attitude. Panache’s face is Shonali but though very successful, her drug abuse starts becoming a problem for her and subsequently for Panache. Just as Abhijit decides to put Meghna for a fashion show organised by Vinay Khosla a misunderstanding happens which leaves Meghna being replaced in that fashion show. She is left emotionally distraught and gets comforted by Abhijit. Abhijit then decides to terminate Shonali’s contract and ropes in Meghna as Panache’s new face. Shonali warns Meghna that she will lose herself just as she did.

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