Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Review (SPOILERS): A World Where Everyone is Just a Little Disappointed in Their Life

This movie has a lot of really delightful twists, so try not to spoil yourself if you can. I wrote another review with no spoilers that you can read to hear all the reasons you should see this movie and not spoil yourself!

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Ramesh Sippy Week Friday Classics: Sholay, The Perfect Movie

This movie has been written about and written about and written about. Usually with Indian film, it’s super easy to write about it because it is so under-studied anything I say will be original. Not the case here! This is like trying to write something new on Citizen Kane, there’s just nothing left. But I pulled up my old post, and added a bit on to it, and let’s see how I do.

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Let's Talk! What TV Shows Would You Recommend to Folks Who Like Indian Film?

Really this is what we do every Wednesday, but I want to pop it out and give it a special space, just for fun, as we get through Ramesh Sippy week when not everyone has something to say. Because surely you can find something to say here!

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Ramesh Sippy Week: Seeta Aur Geeta Recasting/Rewriting Ideas for Modern Times! (Plus Bonus Andaz with DipVeer!)

Seeta Aur Geeta is the only Sippy film that can really be remade. Remaking Sholay is obviously impossible, and the other films fall into that fuzzy area where they are fun for what they are, and all the little character beats and stuff, but if you try to recreate it, it would all fly away and nothing special would be left. Like, I love Zamaana-Deewana, but remove the orgasm song, and Anupam Kher’s drag scene, and all you’ve got is a really weird plot about boring young lovers.

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Ramesh Sippy Week: Seeta Aur Geeta, A Film So Memorable I Didn't Bother Rewatching It!

This may have been a mistake. I’ve seen this movie 3 times at least, and I did a quick fastforward last night, but I didn’t rewatch it straight through. Usually no one cares/remembers enough to correct me when I make mistakes in this situation, but it’s Seeta Aur Geeta, so I have a sinking feeling that my ignorance will be apparent to many many people. Oh well, forgive me! And correct me! And understand why I am speaking in general terms about the plot instead of saying “the first time so-and-so meets such-and-such, they say…”

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Ramesh Sippy Week: Battle of the FanVids! Which of These Two Hyperspecific 1970s Hindi Film FanVids is the BEST Hyperspecific 1970s Hindi Film FanVid?

This is going to be Very Very Hard. Prepare yourself. For one thing, Shashi is in both of them! So the rule of “Shashi wins all” doesn’t even work. Oh, and yes, neither of these is a particularly Ramesh Sippy-y fanvid, but they are in his general 70s era, so I figured it is close enough.

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Two Kinds of Fandom, Another Not Conclusive Thinky Post

Again, I don’t necessarily have a conclusion for this, it is just the beginning of thoughts and I’m not sure where they should be going. But there is such a nice interesting discussion going on the last thinky post on stardom, that I want to keep the thinking going.

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FilmFare Awards: I Resent Writing This Post Because This Award is Just a Popularity Contest and Doesn't Matter, But Fine, Here You Go

Akshat in a comment just reminded me to talk about FilmFare awards, and said there is some kind of controversy this year, which blech. Get ready for Margaret to be very bitter and angry about people who get upset about stuff that doesn’t matter. But only after first laying out why it doesn’t matter and my own lukewarm opinions.

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World Famous Lover Review (No Spoilers): A Movie Written By Someone Who Thinks They Are Far Deeper Than They Are

Well, this is a dumb movie! In a way that isn’t fun-dumb, but also isn’t angry-making dumb, but rather just dumb-dumb. Like that guy at a party who you don’t actually dislike, you just really really are looking forward to not having to talk to him any more.

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Important Streaming Sites Addition, There is a Wonderful Group that is Preserving and Presenting These Films, IndianCine.Ma

I always forget about this site, but I suppose that doesn’t really matter. I mean, they aren’t looking to get famous or reach people, they just want to archive the best possible digital versions of Indian films in order to preserve them. Anyway, I just put up a very angry and depressed post yesterday (well, angry and depressed for me, which is super cheerful and polite for most people), and then I remembered this site and felt better, so I want to make y’all feel better too!

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