In the death of Patrick Swazee to intestinal cancer, the world of Indian cinema, the so-called cross variety has lost a friend who always had empathy for such oeuvre from India. After all, it was his enactment in the film CITY OF JOY that he could understand how the world of slums survive and vibrate with dynamic energy. CITY OF JOY in a way brought the outreach of Indian cinema to the world stage in a big way much before SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE reemphasized it. May be, had the setting of CITY OF JOY would have been in the slums of Mumbai, Patrick Swazee would also have made to the Oscars Night at the Kodak Theatre.
He may have acted in number of films but for the Indian fans there are two films, which would provide fond memories about him whenever these two films are shown. The first film was DIRTY DANCING, which was a film about dance in gay abandon, in the same tenor as THE SOUND OF MUSIC as it was the first film that underlined the importance dance with gay abandon in unison with the soul. The reason why DIRTY DANCING could also score with the Indian audience was owing to the subtle message of merging the physical form with the soul, the underlying motif of all the dance numbers of DIRTY DANCING, be it '' I had the time of my life'', or '' She is like a wind''. ''I had the time of my life'', still is the flavour in all the salsa dance classes that are mushrooming all over the country.
The second film, which would again be remembered by the Indian fans in association with Patrick Swazee, would be GHOST, whose Indian version was enacted by Rahul Roy but he could not create the same passion that Patrick Swazee and Demi Moore created in GHOST. Again it was a love story with lots of passion and compassion and those were the times when the Hollywood movies still were not released in the cinema halls all over the country. The popularity of the film could be gauzed from the fact that there used to be a long list of waiting fans at various video parlors patiently waiting for their turn to view this movie. Another significant feature of GHOST was the pottery making scene were Patrick Swazee and Demi Moore are jointly making a pot, and there is a considered view that the romance and the passion associated with the scene was catalytic factor in giving pottery a vocation association with the urban youth of the country. Before GHOST pottery was not a preferred choice, but after GHOST pottery indeed came into vogue in a big way.
While the mortal remains of Swazee may have returned back to earth, at least in India he would be remembered for DIRTY DANCING and GHOST and this appeal would indeed endure across generations. For an artist there is no better way to be remembered for than through his craft, and Swazee's soul should rest in peace.