After I'd seen 10-plus films with Prakash Raj, it became clear that his presence always seemed to improve the experience of watching the film. He always added a little something extra--he spiced things up--and it occurred to me:
Indian Pickle/uppinakaayi/pachchadi/oorugai/achar, but I've mostly lived in the salsa-eating regions, so salsa it is!)
Salsa makes great food taste even better. What would make home-made tamales more delicious? Tomatillo salsa!
Salsa makes so-so food taste better. Back in college, a favorite late-night snack was the always reliable cheese quesadilla. Slightly stale tortillas and industrial cheese were made palatable with the addition of good old Pace Picante. Did you overcook the eggs? Salsa can help with that.
Salsa is great on its own. Chips are delicious, but mostly as a delivery mechanism for fresh salsa.
A little salsa can go a long way. It just takes a few drops of Cholula salsa to make eggs (or Bloody Marys) perfect.
Salsa is great is unexpected ways. I give you the paleta de pico de gallo, a Mexican popsicle made of chopped mangoes, cucumbers, and chiles. Sweet, spicy, frozen salsa on stick.
Prakash Raj is great is unexpected ways. In Mozhi, Prakash Raj busts a move!
With Prithviraj! On the beach! In the sugarcane!
Check out the Jack Sparrow costumes at 1:10, and there's saxophone playing at 2:50!
My Year of Prakash Raj
Some people spend a year cooking Julia Child's recipes, or following all of the rules in the Bible, or reading books by people who spent a year doing something. My quest is to watch the 200-some films of South Indian character-actor-extraordinaire, Prakash Raj. (It'll probably take more than a year... and I'll post about some Prakash-less films here as well.)