Happy Blog-a-versary! Final Behind the Scenes, How Fast Am I Growing?

Final post!  If anyone is interested.  If you aren’t, just skip it.  But if you are, this is your rare once a year chance to get a glimpse behind the DCIB curtain, ooooo!

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Happy Blogaversary! Behind the Scenes Tour Part 3, Why Do I Write the Type of Posts I Write?

I thought I might as well go over each type in detail and the advantages and disadvantages, as a special anniversary treat for you.  In case you always wondered why I don’t do more of [blank] or less of [blank].

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Box Office Video. Because I Might As Well

Sun’s still out, I had a few extra minutes this morning, why not?  I also was up way too late last night, so my head-mouth-thinking is not ideal.  Look forward to a lot of moments when I get lost in my own head for a second and you can visibly see the wheels spinning as I try to get out of a thought rut.  Really, this post is a lot better.

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Tuesday Tamil: Thuppakki, I Finally “Get” Vijay!!!!

I am finally on schedule again!  Ha-Ha!!!!  And if I manage to watch and write over the Thanksgiving break (along with re-organizing my kitchen), I might actually get ahead!  I could start 2018 with all my decks clear, fully blog-ready!  Or I will get super behind and put up a bunch of reposted posts and almost forget Salman’s birthday again.  Oh well, it’s his own fault for being born the day after Christmas.

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First Tiger Zinda Hai Song! I’m Not in Love With It, But I am Excited For the Movie

Literally the second I fell asleep, poof!  This was posted!  And I stayed up late last night too!  Salman must have a Margaret-tracker that tells him when I fall asleep, and that is when he posts the things.

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Box Office Report: Mahira Rules in Canada, Karthi in America, Vidya Everywhere

Did anyone notice I skipped last week?  I did!  Travel and careful number calculations do not go together well.  But now I am home again, and ready to catch up.  And maybe even put up a video, if the sun comes out again. (as always numbers courtesy of renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama, full info available here)

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Monday Malayalam: Aniyathipraavu, I Don’t Like It As Well As Niram

I watched it, because I loved Niram so much.  And I just don’t love this one as much.  It’s nice, it’s sweet, it’s way way better than some of the other Malayalam films I’ve seen from the same era.  Or even today!  But I don’t love it.

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Another Video! Because the sun is out!

I woke up yesterday and went “hey!  What’s that strange brightness out my window?  Could it be SUNLIGHT???  For the first time in two weeks?” And then here’s the real miracle, the same thing happened today!!!!!!  So I took it as a sign that I should shoot as many videos as possible while I have light.  “As many as possible” meaning, one ten minute video in the morning before I leave for the day, only to return when it is already dark.

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Tumhari Sulu Review (SPOILERS): The Value of Emotional Labor

I put up the No Spoilers review for this back on Saturday, but I wasn’t in a huge hurry to get the spoiler review out.  It’s a slow build kind of film, I am guessing interest will be higher on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday than it was on Saturday.  Plus, I had to spend 4 hours at church on Sunday and then make two cakes and a pie, so there wasn’t much time for writing.

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Starter Kit: 7 Actresses in All 3 Phases of Their Career

I put up a post about the 3 phases of an actress’ career in Hindi film (Starting Out, Established, Married), and then I also put up a post about starter films to get to know actors.  And I was puzzling over how to do a post about actresses, since they really don’t have the same kind of massive career backlog as actors, and I thought “Aha!  I can combine the two posts!”  So that’s what I did, here are some of the top actresses divided into their 3 career eras (or 2, depending).  I could have kept going on and on, but I ran out of energy, so I stopped at 7.  I’m sure I will be back with more.

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Silly Sunday: TV Show Remakes!!!!

This is just because I have been watching Cheers and now I can’t get the idea of a remake out of my head.  So I had to dig up a few more TV show options as well, just to round out the post.  Feel free to give me suggestions in the comments for more I could use if I missed your favorite!  Especially since my TV taste trends towards the classic.

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Christmas Giveaway Winner Week Three!

Third week of the Christmas Giveaway!  And I am beginning to feel the holiday spirit.  Not the DCIB giveaway holiday spirit, but the spirit of the actual holiday.  I might need to switch from Saavn and film music at work to Pandora and Christmas stuff.  Or Saavn and Christmas stuff?  But I am pretty sure they don’t have any.

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Hindi Film 101: The Three Phases of an Actress Career

This came up on yesterday’s News Round-Up post when we were talking about Dips and Padmavati and where she might go next.  The thing is, there is a standard route where she will go that is kind of an unspoken but accepted thing.  So I thought I might as well speak it, just in case you are new to the films and are unaware of the expectations for an actress.  Oh, and also give a comparison with Hollywood in case you are new to Hollywood and unaware of the standard route there.

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Happy Birthday to My Closest Friend!

NOT my best friend!!!!  She is pushing for that commitment, but I am holding film against it, because that is the kiss of death.  Once you say “best friend”, the relationship ends immediately (in my experience).  Like when celebrity couples get tattoos of each other (Saif and Kareena excepted).  But I will say “closest friend”.  And, weirdly, she has the exact same birthday as my father.  Which creates a little testing of loyalties every year as I try to schedule them around each other.  Also Mickey Mouse, but I never really do anything to celebrate him, so it doesn’t really effect my plans.

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Friday Classics: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, the Deconstruction of Shahrukh Khan

Get ready for me to be lazy!  I just dug up a paper I wrote for grad school on this film/Shahrukh’s star persona and wildly slashed out bits and rearranged and then threw it up.  But whatever, I haven’t done a Rab Ne post yet really, and it was time.  The post I really wanted to write was on Lucky: No Time for Love, but I’m not going to let myself, because that should wait for Salman’s Birthday Celebration time.

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News Round-Up: Abhishek Update, Padman and Sony, Sanjay Khan and Scandal, Shahid Kapoor and Comedy, Padmavati

Okay, I am going to try to catch up on every interesting news story over the past few days in one big post!  Some of these will be pretty short updates.  Also, be warned, I haven’t had breakfast and the Padmavati news is irritating me, so I am in a pretty bad mood about all of these stories with no time to be diplomatic about how I address them.

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What My Blog to Grow and Find More Readers? Here’s How!

Do you know what gains me 5 times as many new readers as anything else?  People recommending me on other sites!  Not in the actual content of the post, but in the comments.  Somehow if you are reading an article or watching a video or even just in a forum, and someone in the comments says “hey, check out this awesome post”, you are much more likely to click through to the post than if it is anywhere else.  Even celebrity tweets, not as powerful as normal people recommendations!  And it’s not exactly something I can do for myself, because then everyone knows it is the author of the post and just ignores it.

So, here’s your monthly request to please help by telling other people if you like something I wrote.

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.