The article from the Times of India that I posted yesterday contained a reference: “the character is also a perennial favourite of B-grade Hindi filmmakers – images of Hemant Birje as Tarzan and Kimi Katkar as his lady love, continue to haunt us till date!”. That got me to googling, and Youtubing, and the results are pretty interesting. Check out these clips:
A Tarzan song and dance number:
A different Hindi Tarzan
I’m also curious about the name Hermant Birje because it sounds so much like Herman Brix — the Tarzan who was the world champ shot putter whom MGM selected in 1931 to play Tarzan — but he broke his shoulder filming another movie and was replaced by another Olympian, Johnny Weissmuller …… leading to a certain amount of history. Brix later played Tarzan in The New Adventures of Tarzan — the movie produced by ERB himself and Ashton Dearholt in Guatemala. Is there any connection or is it just random that the Hindi actor’s name is so similar?
Anyway, if you want to while away a little time, go to youtube and search Hindi Tarzan and you’ll find lots of clips.