Happy Towel Day Because It's A Real Thing
Posted On 25th May, 2017 @ 14:38 pm by MTV Editor


It’s Towel Day.

We're just gonna let that sit there for a bit before saying anything else.

If you're a Douglas Adams' fan, you should be halfway through your celebrations already. If you're still looking confused...sigh. Ok, here goes. In Chapter 3 of English author Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy, the humble towel is described as the “most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have".

The book further explains that a towel has great practical value (for its plethora of uses) in addition to immense psychological value.

That's it. That's all it took. Enough fans vying hard enough for a day dedicated to an inanimate object in equal parts inane and important to interstellar hitchhiker survival. Go figure.
At first we were confused AF too. Then we watched a Bollywood movie (a common coping mechanism), had a couple of a-ha moments, and now we can’t agree more.
Entirely distracted by the actual origins of the thing, look closely enough at Bollywood and you'll realise some washcloths have stuck around their leading lads and ladies longer than their careers.


Allow us to explain.

1. Girls Night Out
Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta pulled off most of Piya Piya O Piya Piya dancing in towels. But that doesn’t mean the choreographers compromised on their part of the job. These towels must be stuck to them with industrial strength glue for them to stay in place through their thumkas.



2. Sibling Love
There’s something about women in towels, we suppose—suggestive but effective. Eli Re Eli from Yaadein is a classic example. Kareena Kapoor (along with her sisters) is seen dancing in bedsheets and towels celebrating sibling camaraderie. We’re not sure if the song demands such OTT drama, but what we do know is that dancing together in nothing but a posh rag must only facilitate closeness.



3. Beach Bumming
Salman Khan is imparting some serious life lessons in Jaaye Jaaye from Mujhse Shaadi Karoge. And, because it’s critical stuff, it demands a towel—relatable, empathetic and useful. No wonder the towel in the song’s hook step continues to be its signature element.



4. Of Blues And Romance
Talk of Ranbir Kapoor and you will, at least once, mention the towel moment in Jab Se Tere Naina from Saawariya. That fresh face in a towel, against the light, casting silhouettes on the screen, and that careless drop on the bed…it’s choreographer to kill (and maybe compensate for a newcomer’s anxiety).


5. Where Art Thou Prince Charming?
According to the movies in B-Town, the longer and louder you sing to summon your One & Only, the higher your chances of actually making it happen. Especially if the song is about him. MOST especially if all this happens while wrapped in a towel. At least that’s the formula Kajol chooses to go with in Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye from DDLJ. And Simran ka Raj finally aaya, so…




6. Have No Fear When Towel Is Here
If Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan can pretend to be college boys decades after they're actually done with college in the real world, lead a bunch of 50 youngsters, and break into a dance inside the bathroom wearing nothing but a towel, then we think maybe the towel really does have super powers. At least enough to earn a dedicated day on the internet.


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