TGIF: Men Lying Down

Okay, how can I say this classily?  There is a certain kind of pose which seems to say “yes, climb on top of me and enjoy yourself”.  That is the kind of pose that I am looking for this week. You know, so you can pretend you are kneeling on top of them throwing rose petals or something in a chaste and romantic manner. (I promise, next week will be something silly and innocent again!  I don’t mean to be running a soft porn site, truly!)

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Friday Classics: I AM A DISCO DANCER!!!! (Mithunda Teaches Us How to Spell)

Sorry for shouting the title at you, but there is really no way to say it or read it or write it without hearing it shouted out at you.  Kind of like it’s almost impossible to read or write or say “Gadar” without following up with “ek Prem Katha”.

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Snow Songs to Cool Me Down

You know how there is this crazy terrible extreme weather all over the world right now?  Well, in my little part of the world, all that is happening is that we have a freakishly hot spell.  Like, literally hotter right now than it was in July.  Which is really nothing in the grand scheme of things, but still, I’M HOT!!!!  And therefore, I am looking up songs to cool me down.

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Luck By Chance Annotated Edition Part 8: The Ending! Friendly Appearance from Shahrukh

And now we are at an end! In a very long complicated section, complete with special guest star (I won’t make you wait, it’s Shahrukh). (full index of Luck By Chance coverage here)

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Happy Navratri!

Happy Navratri!  I debated about whether to do this post at the start or the end.  I went with start, just because Judwaa 2 comes out near the end so I will already have plenty of content then.  Plus Dussehra, Karwa Chauth, etc. etc. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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New Songs! Judwaa 2 and Secret Superstar

THANK GOODNESS, promotions are starting up again for things.  Otherwise, I have no content!  Although, just you wait in about 3 weeks when we are drowning in “first looks” and “teaser trailers” for everything for the holiday season, I will be complaining about having too much content and not enough time.  But today is not that day!

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Hindi Film 101: Top Box Office Hits 2000-Today!!! Shahrukh to Prabhas

Woo-hoo!  The section where we all know ALL the movies!!!!  And also, now I am done.  With this tedious somewhat obscure topic.  No idea what to cover next.  Is it time for Sanju Baba yet?  When’s that movie coming out? (Part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here)

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Happy Birthday Mahesh Bhatt! 12 Reasons I Love You

Happy Birthday Mahesh!  69 years old today!  And been directing films for the past 43 of those years.  And half your movies are searingly intimate and real and incredibly high quality.  And half of them are very low quality.  What an interesting balance!  Anyway, here’s my traditional 12 reasons I love you! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Tuesday Telugu: Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju, Most Ridiculously Wonderfully Romantic Film!

Well, now I know where all the old-school Hindi romance went, it’s in the Telugu films!  Not really, I can tell this is a slightly different kind of romance and feel of a film from the Hindi ones, it’s clearly a separate tradition of romance.  But it’s very refreshing to watch anything that feels unapologetically and unironically and un-cynically romantic.

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Box Office: When Word of Mouth Goes Bad

The box office figures are sooooooooooooooo bad right now, that it made me think about why exactly they are so bad, and if this is a good thing or bad thing.  And I landed on “bad” and also “it’s the audience’s fault”.  So get ready for me to get deep and complex towards the end!

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Monday Malayalam: C/O Saira Banu, A Unique Kind of Mother

All Hail Hotstar!!!  Greatest Website/App/Alternative media source in The World!!!!  I picked this film basically at random out of the almost a thousand options available to me.  Because I vaguely remembered hearing it was good plus, Manju Warrior!!!  And it is good!  And it is Manju Warrior, like ALL Manju Warrior!  Her character is the whole film.

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How I Spent my Morning, Followed By Important Streaming News!

Have you noticed I’ve been doing slightly more of those “this is my life in song form” posts?  It’s partly because my fall is getting busier and busier and there are some days when all I have time to do is tell you all what I have been doing instead of blogging.  And partly because I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and I feel like you are all my friends, so why not tell you about my life?  Anyway, if you are bored by these posts, just skip to the end for the streaming news you should know.

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Silly Sunday Post: Akshay Finally Gets the Girl, Mrs. Robinson in India, 101 Dalmations Men’s Chest Hair

3 random disconnected posts, one that is just to assuage my guilt for always being mean to Akshay, the other that came up in the comments from Karthik (congrats Karthik!  Your first fanfic suggestion!), and the 3rd was something I said as a joke in the TGIF post but now I kind of want to do it for real.

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Monthly Reminder of How You Can Help Me Find More Readers and Keep Me Growing!

One of my greatest personal flaws is an inability to promote myself in any way (including to my own family and friends, half of whom are unaware that I even write this blog).  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 (someone just did this on an Arjun Reddy review, and it worked great!  Thank you!).
  • 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.

 

One final thing, if you have read this far you are probably a regular reader.  And I want to make sure you know that I now have a “contact me” form available in the button in the menu, yay!  It’s the main reason I paid for an upgrade to the slightly higher level of WordPress, to be able to insert a “contact me” option.

So, if you have a question or a comment or anything that you want to say to me but don’t feel comfortable putting in a comment, please feel free to put it below!

Three News Items to Start You Talking: RK Studios Fire, Salman Gets an Award, Tiger Zinda Hai Wraps

I used to do news posts all the time, remember?  The problem is, I can only provide legitimate commentary if I am constantly on top of things.  And I just ran out of time to check 3 different news sources everyday and be that aware of every little thing.  So the only news posts I can do are boring factual ones, and then you guys have to provide the commentary in the comments. (this post comes to you from a Wisconsin public library, turns out I can’t resist blogging even while out of town)

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