Cinema: The Party

Hrundi V. Bakshi is an Indian actor who was imported from New Delhi to play a heroic bugler in a new Bengal Lancer-Gunga Din-style movie being shot in California. This is his big chance, but he blows it—first with his bugle, when he wrecks a scene by continuing to blat out battle calls instead of dying of his wounds, then by blowing up the fort that is about to be stormed in the film's big fight scene. The enraged director fires him, and arranges to have the name Hrundi V. Bakshi inscribed on Hollywood's blackest blacklist. It is inscribed instead...

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