Dabangg and Sultan: Salman’s Mustache Roles

Sultan week continues!  Day 2, I’ve already talked about Salman as a widower, what relationship Sultan may have to Ali Abbas Zafar’s other films, and what connection it might have with previous Anushka performances.  New topic: why a mustache?

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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola: a Film with Anoushka as an Inspirational Figure Before Sultan

Now, I should really be talking about Patiala House for this, I know, because it is another movie in which Anushka inspires an athlete (art imitates Life!).  But I think Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola has more of the tone of realism and sort of sweet sadness revolving around loss and the past that I expect from Sultan.  Plus, I kind of suspect Patiala House might be so good, it deserves it’s own post, not just a combined with Sultan post.

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Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Sultan: What Do They Share?

Well, that’s easy, they share a director.  What I am curious about is what elements the director might bring between the two films.  Especially if Sultan came about through the same process as Fan, that is, if it was always the end goal for Ali Abbas Zafar and his early films were just training.

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Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha: Salman the Grieving Widower. Preview of Sultan?

Sultan is coming out in a week, woo!  And all signs point to Anushka dying and Salman being a grieving widower looking for a reason to go on (NO SPOILERS or inside info, that’s just a guess based on the trailers).  Which is why Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha is the first movie I want to talk about for our run-up week.

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Happy Week Before Sultan/Eid! Assorted News Items in the Run-Up to Release

Before Fan came out, I talked about how a lot of the news seemed to just sort of stop in anticipation.  Because people knew the media and fans would be so focused on the big release, they weren’t be spending much attention to unrelated news.  Same thing happening here!  A lot of news items tangentially related to Sultan, minimal items not related at all.  And I’m not interested in those anyway (I’ll pay attention to IIFA once the performances start being posted on youtube), so I am ignoring everything not Sultan adjacent.

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Anjali: Maybe I am Getting Immune, but Ratnam Didn’t Make Me Cry This Time!

First, a warning: this is the last day of regular reviews before we enter Salman week!  Brace yourselves!  Anyway, I wanted to go out with a bang, so I finally sat down and watched Anjali, all set to sob and sob like I did for Kannathil Muthamittaland it was a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but it just didn’t send me in the same way.  Maybe because I’m not the intended audience?

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Happy Birthday Vishal! A Dozen Reasons I Love You, 1 for Every Note on the Scale!

I don’t always do birthday posts for behind the scene people, but I really like Vishal!  I saw him live, but even before that, he had written some of my favorite songs.

UPDATE: Now that I know the Indian scale has 16 notes, I’m going to squeeze in 4 more reasons!  It isn’t hard to find them

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Happy Birthday Arjun Kapoor! 1 Reason I Love You For Every Film You Have Worked On!

Happy Birthday Arjun!  A day late!  Sorry about that, I somehow missed it yesterday.  But better late than never!  And you deserve a birthday post, because you work so hard. According to reports, you were working yesterday as well.  And, at age 31, you have already worked on 10 films, starting when you were only 18.

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Happy Pride Day! Let’s Talk About What We Can be Proud About in Hindi Film!

There is more than you think!  I’m not just talking about Dostana, or Kal Ho Na Ho, or Dunno Y…Jaane Q, or Bombay Talkies, or Margarita with a Straw, or even Fire.  In the whole history of Indian film, there have always been those people off to the side, being themselves and being Queer.

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Mirchi Part 2: I Still Have So Much More to Say!

Like I said yesterday, I am being lazy this weekend, because it’s summer and a feel like it.  So, I am splitting a movie post into two pieces, and I am pulling from an old email to fill it out.  But whatever, it’s a really good movie!  And it’s been a while since I posted about a Telugu film, so it was time.
(First half of the post is here)

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Mirchi: A Telugu Movie About Which I Had Rather A Lot To Say!

I was just searching through my email for something else, and I ran across the many many many things I had to say after I watched Mirchi for the first time last year.  Mirchi was my first “real” Telugu movie, not counting Bahubaali.  And I loved it, and it also inspired many many thoughts in my head.  So, since it is a lazy summer weekend, I am going to be lazy and just copy my emails, and split my thoughts into 2 posts over today and tomorrow.

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Jatt and Juliet: It took me 5 years, but I finished it!

Jatt and Juliet is the first Punjabi movie I started, and the first Punjabi movie I ended, but there was a 5 year gap in the middle there.  I rented it right when it first came out, after hearing all the buzz about how it was setting records and breaking out of the regional market.  And then somehow I just didn’t get into it, and I turned it off half way.  But I re-started it last night, and made it all the way to the end, and turns out, I love it!

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Singer Amjad Sabri Killed in Pakistan

I was doing my usual morning browse through the news sites for something worth talking about, and I ran across a bigger story than I expected.  In the middle of photos from Priyanka’s Paris trip, and a follow-up story about the Udta Punjab piracy case, there was news that a Pakistani Qawwali singer who had worked in the Hindi film industry had been shot and killed while riding in a car in Karachi.

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1983: All About Sachin Tendulkar, and A Nice Film for the Day After Father’s Day

I think this movie may not have been made for me.  Because I don’t “get” sports, and I’m also neither a father nor a son.  And yet, I enjoyed it!  Even without the deep level of understanding I would have if I could better relate to the character emotions, I still liked it!

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