This is a total repost from last year, but on the other hand I had to write two Secret Superstar reviews, and yesterday’s post was loooooooooooong and tomorrow’s post is even longer, so indulge me with a nice little one! 12 things that make me happy about Shahrukh.
I know, it’s been a while. Dina’s been slaving away on her thesis with no time for movies, boo! But I dragged her out last night, so we get a nice new podcast.
I already put up my No Spoilers review, now this one will give me a chance to talk about the plot in specifics. I should say, there’s nothing exactly surprising here, the movie could only end one way once the situation was established, but maybe if you want to be surprised by the details of how it plays out, don’t read on. On the other hand, if you are unable to see the film for any reason, here is where you can learn what happens and what it is about.
I finally saw it! 24 hours after most other people. Stupid job, keeping me from watching movies in the middle of the week. Anyway, I’ve seen it now. There was a lot done really well, but there were also some things that were missing. The message was holding back a little somehow.
It’s October, and it’s the 13th post, let’s get spooky! And also sexy. And therefore Vampires!!!! 13 reasons Shahrukh might be a Vampire. Well, 7 reasons he could be, 6 reasons he probably isn’t.
Kind of related to Secret Superstar, right? Another movie about a female protegee of a successful musician. But completely different in every other way. Anyway, an interesting film to talk about!
Yesterday I did “top characters“. This is a post that pairs with it, top performances. But is different, characters were wonderful people imagined by the script writer who Shahrukh was lucky to play. These are characters that Shahrukh elevated through his performance. (part of this post is the same as last year, but most of it is new)
HAPPY DIWALI!!!!! And also, Happy 14 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday! Oh, and just like for Dussehra and Karwa Chauth, I temporarily updated the site header. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
A Diwali gift for you! I have finally put together an index of film reviews. It only took 6 hours of clicking back and forth. Such fun!
Just to be clear, this is not best performances. “Performances” would mean he brought something extra to the role. Which of course he did, but here I want to focus on characters, characters as written in the script, who would have been interesting no matter who played them.
Happy Wednesday! And happy day before Diwali (I think. Moon-based holidays always confuse me). What are we all thinking and reading and watching this week?
Happy Tuesday! And a return to Telugu, after a brief visit to Tamil over the past few weeks. A totally silly soothing film that I could have on in the background while blogging/quilting/cooking. A film that, I think, is ultimately harmless although it sure sounds harmful in description!
You don’t mind that I am using this blog as a last minute homemade birthday gift tool, right? I mean, I got him a real present too, but it was kind of a small one, so I felt like he should have a post as well.
On the one hand, this is kind of depressing. On the other hand, makes it quick and easy to write these posts!
I was running out of ideas, so I asked around, and a friend of mine from Delhi said I HAD to do this idea. And I couldn’t resist! So, Shahrukh and the traditional 16 bridal adornments (Solah Shringaar).
Yesterday was the monthly reminder of how to donate, today is the monthly reminder of how you can help promote me. Again, feel free to skip if you read this whole thing last month.
One of my greatest personal flaws is an inability to promote myself in any way (including to my own family, half of whom are unaware that I have a Masters. And my friends, 100% of whom have no idea when my birthday is because I don’t want them to make a fuss). Which means I am throwing myself on your mercy and asking you to help me promote myself.
So, here’s your monthly reminder that I have no money or time for promoting myself so, if you think more people should be reading this blog, I need your help to make that happen.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to help more people find me:
- If you participate in any real life Indian/Indian film community (meet-up group, friendly movie night, a Hindi class, a dance class, just being alive and in India), please mention my blog.
- If you participate in any other online Indian film community, message boards, or other blogs, or podcasts, or youtube channels, please mention and link back to me in your comments.
- Re-blog me! Or re-tweet me or re-post me on Facebook. Or re-snapchat me or whatever else it is that the kids are into these days.
- Message anything you think is particularly good directly to the people involved. I’ve seen some of you already doing this, re-tweeting something I wrote directly to a director or a star or their fanclub. And I appreciate it and that is a great idea!
- COMMENT!!! My view count goes up per post with every comment. And, by the way, if you want me to write more posts of a certain kind (Malayalam, Tamil, shot by shot film summaries, etc.), commenting on them is the best way to make that happen.
Yet another Hotstar miracle! I film I had been curious about because of Rosshan Andrews, the director, and which was impossible to find. Until suddenly it popped up! Right there, at my fingertips! The wonder of Hotstar.
I am possibly, maybe, beginning to overdose on Shahrukh love. Not totally, but I am at least ready to try making fun of him a little. In a loving way.
Lots of little announcements today! A few that I have many thoughts about, and a few I don’t care about that much but are still worth repeating.
Happy Monday! And happy 3 days to Diwali! Or 17 days to Shahrukh’s birthday. Or 4 days to Secret Superstar comes out. Or until Golmaal 4 comes out. Whichever is most important to you.
This is the routine, on the 15th of every month I put up a little note in case I have new readers. And if you are an old reader, you can just ignore this message on every 15th.
So, this is your monthly reminder that there are donation options if you feel an urge to pay me for providing content! Because maybe you are a new reader, or maybe you suddenly got a raise at work and are wondering what to spend it on, or maybe you just forgot that there are ways to send me money if you want to show me appreciation for what I do. So this is a reminder!
(I provide free content all day every day, so one tiny post a month reminding you that I am a real person whose work has value seems fair, right? Please don’t hate me!)
There is a little button on the menu at the top, if you enjoy my writing and want me to keep going, you can always click there to give me a donation. If you don’t have the money, or don’t feel my content is worth paying for, that’s okay too.
Additionally, you can always buy my book, click HERE to purchase. I get about 50 cents per book sale (exciting! Means about $5 a month), but more importantly, every purchase drives me up on the Amazon/other website rankings, which means more people see me instead of other lesser books on the same topic. Oh, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, then you get to read my book! It’s very good.
For a straight donation because you love me and my website, here are two options:
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Part 2! Another 9 movies Shahrukh could make next, age-appropriate, different from what he has done before, and I at least would enjoy watching all of them! (part 1 here)
Next week I get down to 11, right? So I can go back in depth instead of these shorter ones? That will be a relief. This week though, another series of really short kind of idea sketches, since I have to do a full 18.