Look, I watched an actual good movie! A classic even. It just took all of you listing off the good movies for me on HotStar so I could avoid their gosh awful search function and go directly to what I wanted.
This post is also because I am looking for a nice light post to put up to cheer myself up because it has now been raining here for 30 hours. It was nice yesterday, when I could huddle in bed and watch the rain, but it’s not the same now that I am at work and have to shiver in my office watching the rain.
As you know if you are a regular reader, it is rare for me to really truly hate a film. I will always find some redeeming feature, discuss the themes and treat it seriously, make you want to watch it. I don’t like all films equally, but I do generally like all films. Except for the very very rare film which I absolutely HATE and the main purpose of my review is to try to destroy it with my hatred. Which, possibly, might be a style of writing you enjoy. In which case, this post is for you, to make it easy to find the 1 in 50 film I actually wrote a bad review of.
Hello All! It’s Monday and I am crawling back to work after spending yesterday in bed, and not sure if I want to be here. Distract me by asking questions!
I’m back! Already put up one long an self-indulgent post based on fairy tales, now I am doing another, and I don’t care what you think!
Well, I am spending the day in bed, as promised in my post yesterday. Life is too difficult, and the world is too cold and rainy, best to stay under the blankets with Dog Hazel snoring in her big pink dog bed at my feet. And in that soothing easy mood, I will also right a soothing easy FanFic, based on the very first stories I learned and loved, fairy tales.
I’m back! Spent an incredibly long day doing things, and now I am home and waiting for my delivery dinner and trying to distract myself.
Mother’s Day week, obviously I was inspired to watch Masoom. One of the greatest explorations of what it means to be a mother of all time. You can run from it, but it will always catch you.
Happy Saturday! I am helping my parents open up the family house, and also washing my dog. So, not much time for postings. Anyway, Alicia/Bollywood Newbie asked last week if there could be a post between Monday and Wednesday for random small talk. This is that post! Let’s see how it goes.
Happy Madhuri’s birthday week (again)! I tried to come up with something clever and original, and all I can come up with is a bunch of photos of Madhuri, which isn’t clever or original at all. Oh well, she was very pretty.
Happy Madhuri week! Looking for something from your suggestions that I have already seen and could write about quickly, I landed on Dil. Because it is soooooooo terrible that I don’t need to really think that deeply about it, and it is also soooooooo fun that I can sincerely recommend it.
Welcome back! The last post focused on an overview of celebrity media from the big picture perspective, how the fans and media found each other and grew. Now, let’s shift to looking at what this is like for the Stars and bringing it through to today where media and Stars have come together and turned into one entity
Look! Me talking! And Dog Hazel’s little head and butt.
Sonam’s wedding is the perfect opportunity to discuss the changes of old media and new media and blah blah blah to how the Hindi film industry operates! And, hopefully, how it will start operating in a new way. I’ll get to Sonam in the next bit, but first I have to back up and deal with celebrity culture in general, and how the media works with it.
I’m back! Sorry, it was the screenshots I didn’t have time for. Takes about two hours steady work on my home laptop, and I haven’t had two hours straight at my home laptop in a while. But tonight I did, and I got enough screenshots for two posts, so I should be good for next week too. (full index of DDLJ here)
In March I was mentioned in an article in The Hindu along with a couple other bloggers, my photo appeared and this blog and my book were mentioned by name. And the needle on my book sales and blog views moved not one millimeter. The largest newspaper in India, and it has no ability to gain me a single reader.
Meanwhile, Meenakshy posted a mention of this blog in a reply to a Bhardwaj Rangan tweet, and I gained ten new followers in a DAY. Not visitors, but followers, people who came over and liked what they saw and signed up to get notifications every time there is a new post.
So when I say to you that the best way to gain me new views is to put a link in the comments of another site, or in another forum, I’m not kidding! You, the readers, are far more powerful than any newspaper, any website, even than me! I’ve posted my own links in the past, and discovered that no one clicks through to links posted by the writer themselves.
So, here’s your monthly request to please help by posting links to my related content on other sites. Quote me, or say the article reminded you of me, and put up a link to the original post. And that will gain me more readers and keep me writing and the wheels of the blog keep turning.
Oh, and also, COMMENT!!!! I also ran the numbers on that. Every comment gets me 20 views. People who may have already seen the post clicking through to it, others who wouldn’t have read it otherwise clicking through to read the comments. It doesn’t have to be a brilliant comment, just say “I love this film! —— was so good in their role!”, that’s enough. Or, if you want to be really easy, just answer the questions at the end of the TGIF or FanFic posts.
So, two things. Real simple. And that have an enormous effect in keeping me writing.
Sorry, didn’t realize the microphone was sensitive enough to pick it up. I promise, I’m not torturing her, unless refusing to give her a second dinner just because she forgot she had the first dinner (she real dumb) is considered torture. Oh, also box office discussion.
I was going to come up with something clever, but now, simple is best. Every male star in every industry is struggling to make a decent box office, and Alia and the Savatri biopic sweep in and break records without breaking a sweat. (as always, figures from renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama)
Happy Wednesday! Are we all recovered from the massive celebrations of yesterday’s holiday (Madhuri Day)? Anyway, this is the place to chat about anything and everything you have been thinking and reading and watching this week
Here’s an exciting thing, I finally got around to visiting and updating my Patreon site so it makes more sense. Click below to view it:
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What a wonderful birthday gift for her! All her films that I have reviewed so far in a handy index.
I figured people might be tired of Madhuri Madhuri Madhuri, and I also want to put this out in the world in hopes that Tips can do a last minute rewrite and highly improve their film.
This is one of those movies that I knew was really good, and I just haven’t gotten around to watching it. Well, haven’t gotten around to it, and it was kind of hard to find a copy of. But, thanks to the proliferation of international streaming services, I now longer had that excuse, so I finally watched it!
Wicked witches, evil uncles, twins, love potions, Madhuri Dixit, horses, fairy tale kingdoms, Danny Denzongpa, bungee cord fight scenes, geese, have I said anything bad so far? No! There is nothing bad in this movie! It’s all goodness, goodness so rich that maybe it was hard for people to stomach, and thus its massive flop at the box office on release. And, I was surprised to learn from the comments on my sexy songs post, not something that the readers here might even be aware of.
This movie is just barely a classic. It’s not the best, it’s got quite a few massive flaws in fact, but it’s still really interesting and worthy of discussion. And the best part is how well it shows women rescuing themselves, very appropriate for today’s discussion.