But...don't get too excited. This film and its dances are simply terrible! The colors (Eastman Color?) are horribly washed out and offtone, the costume designer must have been on an acid trip, and the whole thing is one big, gaudy, ugly, kitschy mess! It's not the kind of thing you would expect Kamala to have participated in.
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"Haule Haule" - You can immediately tell which dancer is Kamala as soon as she descends the steps and starts her quick moves, and as the song continues it's clear she's the best dancer in the room. There are a few moments of brilliance where her speed shines through (and she does one of her backbends at 8:13), but the choreography is mostly quite sloppy, disjointed, and tacky. It doesn't pass the "do I want to watch this dance again" test, which I never thought would happen with a Kamala number!
"Mere Jwala Naam" - Kamala can first be seen in this song as the second "leopard tamer" before becoming the focus of the dance number. The leopard presence must explain why she has such hideous leopard-print fabric sewn onto her costume!! Oh it's so ugly, I can hardly stand it! Avert your eyes if you must! Other than the beginning (which shows off Kamala's skills in fast movements), Kamala just prances about like any other run-of-the-mill b-grade Hindi film heroine. Sad, really.
So now that you've seen Kamala in action, here is my question: this movie was released in 1971, which means Kamala would have been 37! Does she look 37 to you?! She doesn't to me! I suppose she is one of those people that forever looks much younger than their age.
Here's a few more screencaps of Ms. Kamala and her credits:
|I think this last one is Kamala in one of her speaking scenes, but she looks so much thinner than everywhere else! hmm..|