Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's the 4DK Animalympics! Round 9

Chimp in a fez from Jaani Dost

Skill Set: Come on, he's wearing a fez! Also, cross-dressing.

The chimp wearing a fez is an iconic figure in the world of screen animals. It is for this reason that, despite the fact that I only have a pale ghost of a memory of even watching Jaani Dost, I am including Bollywood's tribute to him therein in the Animalympics. What I do remember about the chimp wearing a fez from Jaani Dost is that he was evil, and that the chimp who played him executed a double turn worthy of Peter Sellers by also portraying the female chimp wearing a sari who was the love interest of the chimp wearing a fez. This of course opened up the potential for all kinds of disturbingly literal representations of simian self love, but at least it provided a momentary distraction from the spectacle of Dharmendra and Jeetendra running around in superhero suits while each proclaiming himself The Lion King. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the chimp wearing a fez wasn't even given a name in Jaani Dost. In any case, I'm not going to watch it again to make sure. That movie was terrible.


Michael Barnum said...

This is giving me flashbacks to my favorite show when I was a kid, LANCELOT LINK.

Keith said...

I bought, and freely distribute, Jaani Dost purely on the strength of the chimp in a fez. As for the movie itself, I make no claims.