Christmas Give Away! Final Week!!!!

SO EXCITING!  Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win (although I think most of the regular commentators did), I’ll be coming up with some other kind of give-away for Valentine’s cards in a few weeks. (week 1 here, week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4 here, week 5 here, week 6 here, week 7 here, and week 8 here)

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Kshana Kshanam: Maybe RGV isn’t Tarentino, Maybe He is More Hitchcock?

Thanks to badgering (in a nice way) from the comments section, I finally got around to watching this, my first Ram Gopal Verma Telugu film, and my first RGV Sridevi film.  And it was a revelation!  Not that different from his later Hindi stuff, but different enough that it made me look at his whole career in a new way.

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TGIF: Let’s End the Year With Movie Stars! Movie Stars and Puppies!

When I was putting together the post for last Friday, I ran across a photo of Salman with a puppy.  Which lead me down a bit of a movie-stars-and-puppies rabbit hole.  And what a lovely way to enter the New Years weekend, with a bunch of movie star and puppy photos!

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Hindi Film 101: The Kapoors Part II, Raj and Nargis

I am trying a new thing, sort of cliff notes version of Hindi film history.  Not the actual history (“Bombay Talkies studio was founded by Harivanshri Rai and Devika Rani…”), but the gossip history that everyone kind of knows if they’ve grown up with the films or if they’ve been following them for years.  But I know that isn’t true for some of my readers and so, just for you, I am giving you the kind of informal oral history.  Starting with the Kapoor Family (part 1 here).

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Good-Bye Debbie: Is it Too Much To Hope You Might be Reincarnated as a Dog?

Yesterday I did a brief post on Carrie Fisher and mentioned that I feel a much deeper connection to her mother, Debbie Reynolds.  Which is true.  And now Debbie is gone, and my farewell post will be a lot more in depth and personal.  But not terribly sad, because she had a long and wonderful life.

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Really Good Songs From Not Very Good Movies

Christmas is over, which is sad, but it means I have a lot of new presents to play with (check them all out here!), and it means I can go back to listening to Saavn and my Indian music instead of Christmas carols.  In early November, when I start my Christmas channels, it feels all refreshing to listen to White People Music (as I think of it) for a little bit.  But by December 26th, I am ready to go back to my Indian stuff.  And for my first playlist, I went with the theme of “good songs from not good movies.”

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Athadu: Angel and the Badman/Bombai Ka Babu/Assassins/The Killer

What an interesting masala of movies (that tracks, right?  I was going to use “melange”, but that’s just French for “mix”, so why not “masala” instead?)!  My Netflix envelope claimed it was a remake of some American movie called Assassins.  But that’s just one of many many films that went into creating this one.

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Carrie Fisher Post: Videos To Remind You of Her

Carrie Fisher died, as I am sure we all know.  Which is sad, but doesn’t have much of a connection to Indian film, so it falls a bit outside of my area of expertise.  I can tell you that I will always love her for her amazing guest appearance on 30 Rock.  And I can also tell you that she was so embedded in film history that multiple films she is connected with have somehow traveled across to India.

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Hindi Film 101: A New Series! Starting with the Kapoors, Prithviraj and Shammi and Shashi

I have had so much fun in the past few weeks talking with Ryan C in the comments.  He is new(ish) to Indian film and is asking me all sorts of wonderful questions, and giving me delightfully enthusiastic responses, and it made me think about how maybe I should do more posts sort of aimed at that level.  Ideally, you can get that from My Book (really, read it!  It’s super short and fast and once you are done, you will know everything you need to understand the movies), but now I am thinking maybe I should try something like that on the blog as well?

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Dangal Global Box Office: Expectedly Good, But Imagine What it Could Have Been if Disney Promoted it?

Poor Aamir.  I don’t know if it is even possible for him to surprise us at the box office at this point.  Once you reach the limit of how many tickets are even available to sell, and they all sell-out, well then there is no where else to go! (figures are, as always, from Rentrack courtesy of BollywoodHungama)

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Happy Birthday Salman Khan!!! You are 51, but still the Youngest of the Khans!!!

So, earlier today, I posted the first 20 reasons I love Salman Khan (not as much as I love Shahrukh, but still quite a bit).  Here are another 20. (UPDATE: This is the post I put up in 2015, but it’s still true today!  I’ve just cleaned it up a little)

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Happy Birthday Salman!!! You’re not my favorite star, but I still love you!!!

I am a Shahrukh person, not an Aamir or a Salman person.  But I can still appreciate not-Shahrukh stars for the wonderful people they are, even if that person is not my particular person.  And Salman is wonderful. (This is what I said last year for his 50th birthday, and it is still true today on his 51st!)

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Monday Morning Questions Post! Salman Week Edition!

I’m not the biggest Salman expert, but I will do my best if you have questions!  And by the way, there is a huge 3 part series of 51 facts and videos and photos going up over the next 24 hours.  So many questions may be answered, or come up, from that! (Home for the new Monday Morning Questions category is here, you can see them all in one place)

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Merry Christmas Part III!

I already put up a post that I wrote earlier about past presents.  But now Christmas morning is over, and I officially have all my gifts for this year, and there are a couple of phenomenal ones!  Which I get to brag about to you, because they are blog-adjacent! (plus, the Christmas salt and pepper shakers that I used for the header image because they are festive!)

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Merry Christmas Part II

Well, if we are on our usual schedule, my family is now in hour 4 of Christmas morning present opening.  We take presents VERY SERIOUSLY in our family.  Each person opens one at a time while we all watch, and each person gets about 25.  So it takes quite a while.  To clarify, not all 25 are good presents.  They can range from a blu-ray player (my “big gift” about 7 years ago) to a joke pencil (one of my 4 gifts for my brother-in-law this year, DON’T TELL HIM!!!!).  But no matter the value/quality of the gift, they are always wrapped, with a note including a clue that must be read out loud and debated and appreciated before the gift is unwrapped.  So the time adds up.

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On the First Day of Christmas, I Got You a New Blog Design!

There was a request for me to set up an area for all the Monday Morning Questions posts, which made me think I should also set up an area for all the TGIF posts.  Which meant the menu became too long to easily fit, and it all kind of snowballed (how seasonal!), and now there is a new site design!  I am tentatively enthusiastic about it, but if I change my mind, you may see a whole series of new designs show up as I try stuff out.

Happy Birthday Salman! Here Are My Favorite of Your Jodis!

The celebration continues!  I’ve done hair (very important) and film performances, now it’s time for film partnerships!  One of the things I love about Salman is how he is willing to step back and let his co-stars shine if it is better for the narrative.  And so he has helped to create one half of some all time great “jodi”s.

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