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.)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bangla Snake Fight! (Nag Panchami Film Fesssstival)

My quest to watch a Bangla snake film did not fully succeed (lack of subtitles, really poor video quality, and other things to do proved too much of a hurdle.) But I did end up slithering down some interesting paths of internet video, which I will share here:

At first I set my sights on Beshea Vora Nagin,  but I was distracted at part 5, with this epic fight between the two snake-women:

It caught my attention because a) it's awesome, and b) my googling had found a youtube hit for "bangla nagin fight", so I was sure that it must be this scene from the movie.  But NO! It's a different, but very, very similar snake fight, from another film:

Two immediate questions, which perhaps Jenni can answer in the Second Revised Edition of the Filmi Snake Spotters Guide:
-In the first video the snake ladies writhe around head-to-head (like the snakes), but in the second they are feet-to-feet. Which is the correct snake-fighting method?
-In the second video, it seems that one of the ladies is sometimes a snake, sometimes a mongoose. Are mongoose-nagin-ladies a unique subspecies of Bangla films?

More searching turned up this song in which a child sings soulfully to a snake:

And this song, which is a more traditional "snake couple in love" song:

I also found Dui Nagini, which is posted in full on google video, in which an awesome lady, who I assume is the  Nagini, sports a snakey-patterned blazer, hotpants, and headband combo and rescues maidens from guys with bullwhips:

Looking for images from Dui Nagini led me to a small image of the dvd cover of Naach Nagini Naach Re--love the nagin/naach combination!
This led to more discoveries of Hindi films with nagin and naach in the title:

Naach Nagin Gali Gali                  Naach Nagin Baje Been

Definitely lots to look forward to for the 2012 edition of the Nag Panchami Film Fesssstival!


  1. Dui Nagini has just been filed under MUST WATCH. Blazer + headband= she's a 90s nagin!

  2. @Beth I immediately thought of you when I saw that outfit!