The actors I worship for their physical beauty and force of personality she calls "tired old uncles". Fair enuff! But to my credit, I respected Jeetendra and Amitabh a lot more when my mom admitted she always fancied them. Anyway, after Mishti had finished dissing Christian Bale ("he has such a bad temper!") and Daniel Day-Lewis ("the butcher guy with that big mustache? From Gangs of New York, really now, tai?"), followed by the luscious Viggo Mortensen ("Aragorn?? No wayyy!!"), I decided to ask her about who she thought was cute. I was not surprised when Zac Efron came up immediately followed by, erm, Robert Pattinson. I was totally expecting it.
Then she talked about some new HBO show called True Blood that her friends had started watching (something with vampires in it to spend the dreadfully tough times between the Twilight movies, I suppose!). She said that she thought this Swedish actor who played a vampire called Eric was really hot. Interesting, I thought. How kids these days (I've always wanted to use that phrase!) seem to have this crazy vampire fixation while I insisted on sleeping with the light on and the window locked for days after I'd read the abridged version of Bram Stoker's Dracula in school inspite of my dad's repeated exasperated assurances that there were no vampires in the whole of India, let alone in Worli where we lived!
Coming back to Mishti's flavour of the month Swedish vampire guy. He's called Alexander Skarsgard, and he's the son of Stellan Skarsgard (who was in the awesome Hungarian film, Taking Sides) and the brother of Gustaf Skarsgard (who was in this really cute Swedish film, Patrik 1.5 that we saw at the Kashish film festival at Prithvi theatre).
All this we discovered after googling him and Mishti absolutely insisted on us checking out the character this "so hottt" guy plays on True Blood on youtube. Well, safe to say, he's no Dracula. I thought he was way, way more deadpan than deadly. But I have to agree with Mishti that he is incredibly good-looking. Man, anything's better than glittering vampires and whimpering virgins!
Thereafter, we skipped to related youtube videos that had the "so hott" actor talking about his vampire character. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the man seemed intelligent, articulate, remarkably soft-spoken, and incredibly, a trained architect.
While I was getting increasingly impressed with Mr. Skarsgard with his really cool last name and gentle demeanour, Mishti seemed to be thinking the exact opposite thoughts.
"Wow! He is so cool on the show! Too bad he's such a dork in real life." she pronounced. "Not so hot anymore, sis, he's just another regular nice guy-next-door."
Before I cud point out I've never really had six foot four inch-tall, blond blue-eyed Swedes staying next door to me, Mishti had moved on to talking about the next Twilight movie.
On the bus home, I cudnt help smiling at the thought of all the things to be learned about guys, relationships, love and life Mishti still has in her glorious glittering future. Stuff that I have kinda passed thru growing up.
It is the regular, nice, dorky guy-next-door who takes you home at the end of the day. And if he looks anything like Alexander Skarsgard, consider yourself seriously lucky.
Like they said about Aragorn, "All that is gold does not glitter." ;)
P.S. It seems a little cruel to end this post without a single picture of Alexander Skarsgard, but thats kinda besides the point. :D
P.P.S. I have used the word "glittering" wayyy too many times in this post, but it goes with the theme, so...