Friday Classics: Raju Ban Gaye Gentleman, Shree 420 Meets the 90s

Yaaaay, another Shahrukh review!  See how I am sneaking them in under the guise of “Friday Classics” even now that Shahrukh Month is over?  Oh, and plus Juhi in a really nice role, for her birthday.  Although Aaina is a better Juhi movie, remember to watch it for this Sunday if at all possible!  It’s also a wonderful Amrita Singh movie, if this film makes you want more of her.

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Monthly Donation Reminder! Leave a Tip for Good Service

It’s that time again, the time I remind everyone that it is a good thing to tip people who provide a service, even if that service is writing on the internet.

You give a dollar to the barista who makes you coffee every day, you can give a dollar once a month for the person who entertains and informs you every day.

Now, if reading that above statement made you feel guilty, there is a simple solution.  Just give me a dollar through one of the options below, and then you can stop feeling guilty.

When you go to a restaurant, you leave the waitress a tip.  When you get delivery, you tip.  When you enjoy a street musician, you leave a little money.  Just because the service I provide is online doesn’t make it any less real

If you appreciate what I do, then leave a tip. If you don’t tip, I will assume you don’t appreciate it and stop writing.  That’s how the world works, money goes in and product comes out.

Now, if reading the above made you feel scared, there is an easy solution. Just give me a dollar through one of the options below, and then you can stop feeling scared.


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The Deepika-Ranveer Story! In Honor of Their Wedding, All the Different Ways They Reached the Same Place

I was going to make this a “Hindi Film 101” and then I thought “no, I don’t want to think that much or go so far in depth, I’ll just make this fun”.  So, FUN!!!  Be ready for that!

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Dhanak Review RePost for Children’s Day: Not Just For Shahrukh Fans, for Fans of Small Children and Blind Faith as Well!

I mostly watched Dhanak, because the one sentence description made me think it would be a good Shahrukh fan watch.  And it was, certainly.  He comes off very well in it.  But most of the movie is just about the two small children we are following, and their performances are so delightful, that’s what really makes the film.  If you have access to American Netflix, it is streaming now, and I highly recommend it.

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Happy Children’s Day!!!!

Children’s Day in India is November 14th, because that’s Nehru’s birthday, and Nehru loved children.  Isn’t that sweet?  And, just like World Animal Day and all the other sub-holidays, I am marking the occasion with a theme video post. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Hindi Film 101: The Structure of the Tawaif/Item Song, Inspired by how “Suraiyya” Wasn’t Quite Right

I already did a general post on item songs (here), this is specifically looking at how they are structured, the components of them, inspired by how “Suraiyya” from Thugs of Hindostan kind of twisted the standard structure.

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Tuesday Tamil: Sarkar Review (SPOILERS), Let Us All Bow Down and Worship the Rich

I already put up the no spoilers review, in case you want to watch the film fresh.  This is your SPOILER option, in case you don’t care about going in fresh and want the spoilers.  Oh, and this is also one of those reviews where I get really angry and mean.  If you enjoy it when I do that.

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Global Box Office: The Audience Rebels against the YRF Empire, Declares Themselves FREE of Thugs of Hindostan

This is so exciting!  A big box office story after far too long!  And all over the world, America to Germany to Malaysia, everywhere is interesting!  Well, if you are a number obsessed person like me. (as always, numbers from bollywoodhungama)

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Happy Veteran’s Day! To Celebrate, Men in Uniform!

Happy Veterans Day!  Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and there weren’t nearly as many celebrations as I expected.  I guess 100 years from now everything we are going through will seem very small and out of date too.  That’s kind of comforting.  Anyway, enough of that, hot guys in uniform!

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me, The Week of My Father’s Birthday?

Happy My-Father’s-Birthday week!!!!  To celebrate, I am going out of town.  It was the only weekend I could visit my sister between now and, like, May.  But I will try to make up for it and be a good daughter by making sure you are all VERY AWARE that it is my father’s birthday this week.  66!  That’s a semi-big deal!  Or at least, very cool to be matching digits.

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Khoobsurat Review ReRun: The Best Disney Fairy Tale in Hindi Film

I watched Khoobsurat for the 4th time last night (I missed it in theaters, but have seen it 4 times on DVD after a friend told me I HAD to watch it).  It’s just as good as it ever was, but it’s also a whole different experience watching it having just seen Neerja.  In all sorts of ways.

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