Monday Morning Questions Post Post-Rangoon!

Does that heading look like a typo or is it clear?  I meant that it is the Monday Morning Questions Post, the week after Rangoon came out and disappointed us utterly.  And since it is Monday, it is time for my questions post where we can talk about anything and everything film related.

As always, you can ask me something personal (“Is Rangoon the worst movie you have ever seen in theaters?”) or specific related to the industry (“Have Saif and Shahid worked together before?”) or general discussion questions (“Why did Bharwaj lose it between Haider and Rangoon?”).

And the only rule is, you have to give me a chance to answer first!  Otherwise it is no fun for me.  But once I answer, feel free to jump into the conversation if you have anything to add.

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42 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions Post Post-Rangoon!

  1. What was the first Shahrukh movie where you followed all the promotions and were waiting for the release for the movie to watch in the theater? For example, the first time I was waiting for a good period of time and watching all the interviews and promotions for a Varun movie was when ABCD 2 came out.

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    • I was surprised that I couldn’t remember the answer to this question right away. But then looking at Shahrukh’s filmography to jog my memory, and remembering how long ago I first got into these movies, it started to make sense. Back in 2004 when I first started with Hindi films, there was rediff (which I checked everyday) and my desi friends. But no twitter, barely youtube, the whole online promotion platform wasn’t up and running. I didn’t have access to the Indian satellite channels, I didn’t even have much access to theaters playing Indian films (there weren’t as many back then, I didn’t have a car, and there was no easy way to find showtimes for them anyway). So the way we do it today, with each song getting a teaser and then an actual trailer, and then being launched on Saavn, and interviews posted to youtube and dissected, and “First Looks” going all over the internet in seconds, that just didn’t exist. Sure, if I’d had access to TV, I could have seen the album launch footage and the songs on the music channels and all of that, but living in America and just relying on the internet in 2004, there wasn’t that much coverage available to me.

      The first SRK movie I saw in theaters, so I was aware of it right when it came out, was Paheli. And I think the first SRK movie I knew about during production was KANK. There were all these onset photos that kept being posted on rediff for months. I know I was really excited about Om Shanti Om, but I don’t remember knowing that much about it before I saw it, beyond that it was a Farah-Shahrukh movie.

      The first one that I remember really following the release closely on twitter was My Name is Khan, but that was more about whether it would release at all, not just the content. I know I was also saw set photos for that, and posters, and was super excited for another Karan-Kajol-Shahrukh film. There were a bunch of interviews for that one too. But I don’t remember seeing the song videos and trailers in advance. Which isn’t to say they weren’t available, they just didn’t get that big release on twitter and every online portal the way they do now.

      So, wow, I think it was Ra.One!!! Which seems really late, a full 7 years into my fandom. But I think that was the first film where I was on twitter, I was on the websites, and everything was planned to promote it, there were these big song roll outs and little plot hints dropped and all of that over the internet where I could watch it, and the album was streaming so I could memorize all the songs, and all of that.

      So really, my answer is less about what film personally excited me, and about what film was the first to fully utilize all the online platforms at a time when I was able to use all the online platforms.

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      • What I mostly meant was what movie did you follow throughout the production, but this was interesting to look at how information and promotions of movies got more wider as time passed by…

        Also have you ever seen a Shahrukh movie being shot? I don’t he shot in the United States after Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna came out.

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  2. I know your lack of interest in the Oscars and Filmfare awards (at least with respect to identifying deserving winners). Is there any rating system (e.g., Rotten Tomatoes, IMBD, a particular critic) that you do admire and rely upon?

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    • I don’t like any of the ratings systems. Rotten Tomatoes maybe, but even that you have to be aware that it is an average, so there has to be a large number of reviews before it has any value (there are infamous examples of classic films with low percentages because they are too old to have many reviews available and one bad rating can knock them down. Or new terrible and rarely reviewed films brought up too high thanks to a few reviewers being paid off).

      What I do like is reading a full in depth review, which lets me get an idea of what the film is like without being limited to simple Star labels. For American films, generally I trust the website The AVClub. And for Indian films, I trust the Rediff reviews. I may not agree with the ultimate conclusion, but I trust them to watch the films with an open mind and give a real in depth look at what they are like.

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    • I did not, although sometimes I kind of wish I could. Being a fan of Indian movies, and being blazingly white, has a special kind of complication to it. One thing Rangoon really got was the idea of the white person who is in love with Indian culture but doesn’t like actual Indians. I never want to be “that person”. The one who thinks being Indian is like a costume, instead of recognizing that they are actual people. On trips to India, along with lots and lots of DVDs and books, I have bought earrings, Salwars, and scarves. But I try to only wear one at a time, so it doesn’t look like I am dressed up “Indian”, but just like I am wearing interesting earrings, you know? And of course if I were invited to a wedding or a Diwale party or something like that, I would wear a sari as a courtesy to my host. But I’m not going to wear it to an Arjit Singh concert. I might be being over-sensitive, but I would rather be over-sensitive about this stuff than accidentally give somebody the impression I thought their culture was a costume, or something I could experience just by wearing a bindi.

      But I would love to dress up like Fearless Nadia some time! In a group that understood I wasn’t cosplaying “Indian”, but a specific onscreen character. Tragically, I have yet to find a group that would.

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        • I think you could safely dress like Shivaay without looking all cultural appropriation-y. If only heroines were allowed to wear more distinctive outfits than just saris and Salwars!

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          • I already have the beard. I just need a bandana, mirrored sunglasses, a bubble jacket (with no shirt underneath) and a crooked drug pipe (perhaps some sort of copper plumbing joint?). I’ll have to work on projecting the proper amount of cocksure self-delusion!

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  3. Is there a character who sets your blood boiling every time you see him/her on screen? He/she is not traditional,orthodox or deliberately cruel.So no villains or anti-heroes or anybody the film recognizes as being wrong.And stalker heroes are dime a dozen.So not them either.

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    • I know there is, but I have to think a minute to remember. Randeep Hooda playing anything, definitely. But that’s not his character, that’s just his face. There’s some strange chemistry for me with him, I see his face and hate immediately envelopes me.

      For what you are talking about, let’s see, there’s the grandma in Kal Ho Na Ho. Who is the villain for the first 2/3rds of the movie, and then everyone forgives her, but I will NEVER forgive her!

      Imraan Khan in Gori Tere Pyar Main is just irredeemable to me. He is supposed to be a loveable scamp who grows up, but for me it comes off as a total garbage person who grows into being a neutral person. And, on the flipside, Deepika in Break ki Baad. We are supposed to forgive her for being so selfish and self-centered, but I never really feel like she redeems herself enough. And I have a similar feeling with a lot of the recent rom-coms, although not as bad as those two. It’s hard to strike the right balance of confident woman and boyish hero without making them totally hateful. Ranveer and Imraan in Band Baaja Baarat and I Hate Luv Storys were redeemed at the end a little, but I think they went too far at the beginning. And Rani was a bit too angry and career woman type in a lot of her later movies, not so much that I didn’t believe in her redemption, but I wish they had gone a little easier at the beginning.

      Oh! Rani and Saif in Ta Ra Rum Pum Pum! I HATE them!!! Most entitled privileged couple in the world, and the film expects us to sympathize with them! To buy into their privilege! I mean, come on! Everyone else rides the subway and struggles to buy birthday presents for their kids and everything else, why shouldn’t this couple?

      Speaking of Saif, I will NEVER forgive his character in Salaam-Namaste! Preity should have sued for child support and then never spoken to him again. That was really not cool. In that case, it was the redemption that made him irredeemable for me. If he had it in him to step up and do the right thing, than he should have done that in the first place. If he was really truly uninterested and incapable, then I would find it easier to forgive. Although he still should have offered child support right away.

      And then in general any father who is all about his family pride and killing his daughter rather than let her marry for love before having a change of heart at the end. Amrish Puri in DDLJ, Amrish Puri in Gadar, Alok Nath in Pardes, and all the rest of them. They should have gone to jail at the end, not been forgiven and all forgotten.

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  4. 1. Do you ever face problems with Indian english TV shows because of their indian ascent as you recently watched AIB podcast or Koffee with karan.Just curious (not trying to offend).
    2.As a SRK fan(myself), i heard a few people say they have(lot of) problems with expressions with Shahrukh’s face. These people just cant get their head around to it. Of course he pours out all the emotions, but that is too much for some people. Did it ever bother you while watching his movies(eg. kal ho na ho)?
    3. What do you think about actor govinda?and his ‘tapori dance’?. Have you ever watched his earlier movies?

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    • Interesting questions!

      1. Yes, the accent used to bother me a lot. I had to get used to it. There is definitely a different version of English in India than in America, just like there is a different version in England. Little words usage differences (“reached” instead of “arrived”), pronunciation differences, certain Hindi words that are always used because they have no real English equivalent (“jodi”, for instance). Over the years I have reached the point where I can mostly understand “Hinglish”, like what is on Koffee or AIB. But I am still hopeless with pure Hindi.

      2. I don’t have an issue with Shahrukh’s expressions, but I can see how someone else might. He uses strong expressions, you can’t overlook them. And he does tend to be a bit repetitive with them. Kal Ho Na Ho is a great performance. But then he re-used some of those acting ticks he developed for that role in films like Happy New Year and Dilwale, and it retroactively cheapened his performance in Kal Ho Na Ho. And since he is so strong in how he presents them, it was obvious to everyone that he is just using the same faces, in a way they might not notice as much with, for instance, Aamir Khan.

      There is also a difference in acting styles. Shahrukh plays emotional roles in emotional films, and those require a certain kind of acting. If he acted differently, it would be a different movie. If you don’t like him sobbing in the rain or gasping with love, then you probably wouldn’t like the melodramatic plot of the rest of the film anyway. You couldn’t make K3G or Kal Ho Na Ho with a restrained actor. Even Hrithik and Saif and Amitabh, who are generally more laid back, went all out with the melodrama in those films. I like those movies, and I like seeing people be emotional and expressive onscreen. But I can see how someone who prefers a different kind of film would get irritated.

      And, it almost goes without saying, of course Shahrukh doesn’t HAVE to act like that. You look at Fan or Chak De or any number of other roles where melodrama was not required and he is capable of restraint and subtlety. It just depends on what the role requires.

      3. I love Govinda as a dancer! Some of his old classic numbers are on some of my songs DVDs, and they are my favorites. But you know, I am just now realizing I don’t think I’ve seen any of his classic films! Just Salaam-E-Ishq and Partner, which aren’t so much “Govinda” movies. I liked him in both films, and he was my favorite part of Salaam-E-Ishq, surprisingly deep and interesting character. Do you have any recommendations among his 90s films?

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      • Thanks for the reply. Some of the Govinda films in 90s were kind of hit and people loved it. Some good/funny/interesting films like ‘Bade miyan Chote miyan’, ‘raja babu’, ‘coolie no.1’, ‘saajan chaale sasural’, ‘hero no.1’.

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  5. What’s your take on the rumor, now reported as fact in Filmfare, that the two heroines in Shah Rukh’s next with Aanand L. Rai (the “dwarf movie”) will be Deepika and Katrina? I must say, I’m a little let down at the prospect.

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    • I am very let down. I think Jab Tak Hain Jaan came as close as possible to finding a way for Katrina to work as a Shahrukh heroine (beautiful, aspirational, dreamlike), and it still didn’t really work. Whereas Dips has twice proved her ability to feel like an equal with him, not just a lifeless statue. That’s not even a knock on Kat, I really liked her opposite Salman in Ek Tha Tiger, and Imraan in Mere Brother. But she just does not have the right chemistry with Shahrukh.

      My only hope is that maybe it is one of those cameo type performances, like Juhi in Chandni. I think Kat could be great as the lost ideal person he only remembers while Deepika is the living reality.

      But even there, I am still nervous about Aanand L Rai directing her. He is such a gritty director, seems to be all about actors workshopping things and stuff. Post-Piku, I am sure Deepika is capable of doing that kind of performance, and Shahrukh will love it, but Kat? If she doesn’t have precise direction, will she be able to get into the character?

      I’m really worried that it is casting for box office rather than for the best person for the role.

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      • I agree completely on your comparison of Kat and Deepika with Shah Rukh. I don’t know if the following item is true–you can’t trust the Bollywood press pretty much ever (which doesn’t stop me from reading it of course)–but this showed up on catchnews.com and has been picked up by a few other outlets:

        “Our sources inform that Katrina Kaif will essay the character of a leading Bollywood star in the film whereas Deepika Padukone will be seen as a rural Indian girl romantically paired with SRK. The initial title of the film was ‘Katrina Meri Jaan’ as the basic premise is about the journey of a little man, from a small town in India, to meet his idol, Katrina Kaif.”
        It goes on to say that that is just a working title, and that Rai is supposed to announce the cast and title “in a couple weeks time.”

        If that is true, I have more hope than I did this morning. In this scenario, Katrina can be her aloof self and Deepika can be more real. What do you think?

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  6. I am quite impressed that Indian actors/actresses are able to branch out and do regional films in different languages. This is amazing to me! American actors are praised for simply adopting a southern or English accent (more impressive to me is when British actors drop their accents; e.g. Hugh Laurie in House, or many cast members from the Wire). Are Indian actors applauded and appreciated for this or is it just kind of expected of them?

    Do you have an idea of the amount of work and preparation that goes into doing regional roles? Are a lot of the actors already multilingual or do they go through crash courses in the various languages and dialects, as required? Or, do they simple try to learn the script as best they can and then smooth it out in post-production? It’s really fascinating to someone like me who, as I’ve mentioned, does not have an ear for languages.

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    • Ryan, I get the sense that many Indians are multilingual. My neighbors are from South India, and one is a native Tamil speaker and the other Kannada, but they both are fluent in Hindi and English (of course). I think Hindi is taught in schools, and my neighbors went to school in the north, and Nish said, “If I didn’t learn Hindi I wouldn’t have any friends.”

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      • I kind of suspected that was the case. One of my wife’s co-workers is from Kerala and he speaks (at least) Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, English and says he can get by with his Marathi. Since her friends at work found out she watches Hindi movies, they keep telling her “you and your husband should learn Hindi”- as though it’s no big deal at all! They don’t understand how we can tolerate reading subtitles.

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        • One thing I am not clear on at all is how big the division is between the languages. Is it like High and Low German, or like French and Spanish? My impression (very vague) is that some languages like Hindi and Punjabi or Malayalam and Tamil are very very close. So it’s not so hard to go from one to the other. But then languages like Hindi and Tamil are extremely different, so it really is learning a totally new language. If that is true, it also means that you just need one language from the bigger “groups” to sort of get your start. So learning Tamil and Hindi opens up two whole regions to you all of a sudden.

          I know for sure that all of them are very very different in grammar and structure and even dipthong sounds from English!

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    • There are a lot of bigger differences that go into the way languages work in Indian cinema related to how the films are made, and Indian culture in general.

      Firstly, for Indian culture, one of my friends from college explained it to me as everyone having a “home” language, a “street” language, and a “School” language. “School” might be English or Hindi, “home” could be something your parents speak from the region where they came from, and “street” would be whatever is most spoken where you are living now. Being bi-lingual is a matter of course, everyone can speak at least Hindi or English, plus whatever their street and/or home language is. If your parents migrated to a different region, then you would naturally end up tri-lingual as well. For Shahrukh, for instance, “home” and “street” were the same, Delhi style Hindi (Hindi with a strong Punjabi influence). And then “school” was English. For Kajol, “home” was Bengali and Marathi, and “street” was Marathi too, while “school” was Hindi and English. It’s actually the more educated stars who tend to know fewer languages, Saif for instance, I suspect his “home” and “school” language was English, and then Hindi was something he struggled with just to get by on the street and in some classes. Whereas Sridevi, who quit school to act full time at whatever age it was, is fluent in Tamil and Telugu and English and semi-fluent in Hindi.

      So that’s half of it, that being multi-lingual is a matter of course for actors. But another really big part of it is that Indian film still doesn’t use synch sound. Everything is dubbed in later. In Rishi’s autobiography he talked about how some of his newer directors have pushed back against this, and he’s let them know that it is the only way he can act. It’s not a “Technical restriction” or because Indian film is “backward”, it’s a different style of acting training. While the cameras are rolling, actors focus on their expressions and gestures and don’t worry so much about how they say the lines. Once the film is finished, they record the dialogue all on its own. So, for an actor who is a little weaker in certain languages, they can have a phonetic script in front of them if they need it and work it out that way.

      Much much more common is for dialogue (especially for actresses) to just be dubbed in by someone else. You’ll notice a lot of actresses have these careers that hop from Bombay to Kerala to Hyderabad to Madras. It’s because someone else is dubbing them. Actress’ performances aren’t considered that important anyway, often they are just there to look pretty and do the dance numbers. So the same few women will come in to the sound studio in a particular region and dub the dialogue for dozens of different actresses. No one bothers to really promote them as “dubbed by” or anything, they are just saying dialogue like “I love you” “Where is my purse?” “My father is dead!”, not huge monologues or hero-type stuff. Salt n’ Pepper is a delightful Malayalam film which, as a bonus, lets us see a little bit of how this process works.

      For examples, Rani Mukherjee in Ghulam was dubbed because her voice was considered too low. Aishwarya was dubbed in all her Tamil films, I believe. And loads of Telugu actresses are dubbed, especially in the action movies.

      To go back to your original question, sometimes an actor or actress may really focus on learning a regional dialect, Bihari style Hindi or Malaysian style Tamil. But for learning an entirely new language for a regional role, more often they just learn it phonetically and struggle through the dubbing (what Sridevi and Rekha did to break through in Hindi films. Or they recite the dialogue any old way just to make the lips match and then it is dubbed by someone who is actually fluent. The exception being actors who happen to be multi-lingual in those languages. For instance, all the cross-over between Tamil and Telugu and Malayalam and Tamil films, because of actors who know all those languages through the combination of street/school/home in their background.

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      • Thanks for the in-depth answer! I am in awe of the whole thing.

        It was crazy to hear a different, softer, high pitched voice coming out of Rani in Ghulam instead of her trademark husky purr!

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      • I’m not sure about the timeline exactly but until the 1990s, the entire Telugu industry was based in Chennai (which is in Tamil Nadu where most people speak Tamil). Along with the Telugu and Tamil industries, I think the Kannada and Malayalam industries were also based in Chennai at the time. That’s why a lot of the older movies (like those of K. Balachander) had a lot of cross-over that you mentioned. Also that’s why a lot of the South Indian actors of the time knew Tamil because they all lived in Chennai. Actors of this generation like Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun are also fluent in Tamil along with Telugu because they also grew up in Chennai.

        I haven’t done much research but I know that Telugu and Kannada are very similar to each other while Tamil and Malayalam seem to be similar to each other. Telugu and Tamil are quite different from each other though some words do sound similar.

        I didn’t think much about dubbing of heroines until I actually started seriously watching Hindi cinema where almost everyone dubs for themselves. Having a voice that sounds natural and not generic adds a lot to a person’s performance. Nithya Menen is one of the few actresses that dubs for herself in any language that she performs in, and I think this ends up benefitting her performance. Though I am used to the dubbing of heroine’s voices, I don’t like it when the dubbing artist for a particular heroine changes. For example, Samantha’s voice is usually dubbed by a singer named Chinmayi (she sang Titli from Chennai Express). Chinmayi and Samantha’s combination is very popular and they’ve worked together for almost every single movie. When I was watching a movie of Samantha’s which didn’t have Chinmayi’s voice, it was very weird.

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  7. I’m sorry to say that nowadays, actors acting in multiple languages isn’t such a feat at all, because they are dubbed by other voice actors in the different actors. In an earlier generation (50’s 60;s and 70;s) they really did learn all the different languages, and yes, it was quite a feat. It should be noted, though, that Hindi actors seldom acted in any other language films, and thus never learned any other language. Nowadays even some supposedly “native” language actors get someone else to dub for them, because many times, they don’t actually speak the language well enough to deliver the dialogues properly. The practice of others dubbing is so prevalent that nowadays the likes of Filmfare awards (at least in the south) actually have a category for “Best Dubbing Artiste.” I’m actually glad of it, since these hard working people deserve to have their work recognized. Conversely, acting performances for a National Award are not eligible if someone else dubbed for the actor.

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    • That is fascinating about the national awards! For me personally, I don’t mind dubbing at all if it is the actor dubbing for themselves, seems reasonable to let the focus on separate elements of the performance to be able to do their best in both areas.

      And I guess I don’t really mind if the heroine is dubbed in some of those action movies where she just runs and screams.

      But I had no idea it had spread to actual leading roles with important dialogue! That’s ridiculous.

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  8. Aarrgh! Sorry for multiple typos, and for not rereading the post before submitting. The first sentence should read at the end “dubbed by other actors for the different languages.” Even for a film like Bahubali, where all the main actors spoke both Telugu and Tamil, and where the film was simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil, the Tamil version had others dubbing for the main actors (except probably for Naseer and Satyaraj).

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  9. What kind of films you think the following actors/actresses end up being terribly misfit

    1. Priyanka Chopra
    2. Irrfan Khan
    3. Anushka Sharma
    4. Varun Dhawan
    5. Deepika Padukone
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    6. Hrithik Roshan

    you can take your decision on any basis, but to ease the process and go simple, the criterion are:

    1. genre of film
    2. characters they play
    3. look wise (costume dramas, war films etc.)
    4. kind of romance

    you have to choose any two of those four criterion and consistently follow them.

    Others too can participate 🙂

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    • Okay, if I am understanding your rules correctly, then I am going to pick genre and type of character. And select for each of those actors the character and genre in which I would NEVER cast them. With the understanding that they may or may not have already played in this genre.

      1. Priyanka Chopra Priyanka is so glamorous and cosmopolitan, I would never cast her in a realistic drama or as an “average” girl. This despite the fact that Kaminey is one of my favorite films. She does okay in the role, but it feels like swimming upstream the whole time. Someone like her cousin Parineeti would have slipped much more easily into the character, and into the whole gritty feel of the film.

      2. Irrfan Khan Anything requiring over-acting. Having seen him in the Ramsey Brothers horror film “The Fog”, I can tell you that Irrfan just does not look right when he is screaming or crying or in anyway effecting emotions like that. I can believe him as terribly sad or angry or happy, but only if he is allowed to convey those emotions in his own low-key way. I don’t want to see him in a melodrama where everyone around him is overracting, and he is the odd man out. And I don’t want to see him in a role that requires him to over-act himself.

      3. Anushka Sharma I never want to see her in the damsel in distress role. The heroine who can’t make up her own mind, who just wimpers and waits for the hero to save her. Luckily, I think Anushka is smart enough to know that she can’t play those roles and will never choose a character like that. Similarly, I don’t want to see her in a hero-oriented action movie. Just being the sexy flirt who fills in between fight scenes is not something I think she could do.

      4. Varun Dhawan Boy, I don’t know if there is anything he can’t do! Having seen Student of the Year and Badlapur and Dishoom, it kind of feels like he has all the genres covered. I prefer him in the sort of sweet lover boy type roles, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do other things. I guess maybe the one thing he can’t do is historical dramas. I can’t really see him speaking formal Urdu/Hindi and wearing long hair and jewelry. But I say that, and next thing you know he will sign up for Gowariker’s next and do phenomenally in it and prove me wrong!

      5. Deepika Padukone She’s another one like Varun, I don’t want to say she can’t do something, because next thing you know she will be doing it and proving me wrong. I guess maybe a selfish character, one who doesn’t care about or is aware of other people’s feelings. Deepika has such a warm smile and such kind eyes, I just can’t buy her as someone who doesn’t like other people. Which was one of my big problems with Break Ka Baad, that her character was such a rhymes-with-witch and it felt so unlike her. Related to that, I guess the one genre I wouldn’t really want to see her in again is a young romance? She is too mature now, I can’t buy her as the innocent young college student or protected village girl.

      and 6. Hrithik Roshan

      Comedy. I never ever want to see Hrithik be in a comedy or do comedy or take a comic role. He has terrible comic timing and tries too hard and it is just painful to watch.

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      • Glad to learn that I am not the only one who thinks that Hrithik’s comedy is terrible and that Priyanka looks too cosmopolitan to play such lower economic class characters. My friends were like crazy when Agneepath was released. Made them lifelong fans of Priyanka and left me clueless! I agree with you on Anushka as well. One needs to be special enough to play a damsel in distress. Not at all easy that is for any performer. Think of Sridevi, Juhi and Madhuri? who gets it right really well?

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      • By the way, what happened to Ashutosh Gowarikar? I would like to see him make something more like Swades instead of the period dramas he seems to be interested in .

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  10. Is there any movie that you just knew was going to be good but all your friends didn’t agree with you and then you ended up being right? For example, when I saw the trailer of Bajrangi Bhaijaan I just knew that it was going to be a really good movie. All my friends were like “Ew, who wants to see a Salman Khan movie”. By the way this was after the whole drink driving case became a big deal plus Salman wasn’t really making films that we enjoyed seeing at the time. But I felt really good about my judgement when Bajrangi Bhaijaan turned out to be a good movie 🙂

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    • Hmm. I think the opposite is much more often the case! I will drag people out to see a movie that I am just sure they will love, and they end up hating it.

      Dilwale, for instance, was a bit of a disappointment. Not total, because we did get to see srkajol, but the rest of it could have been better.

      Humpty Sharma went the other way, I went with my parents kind of randomly thinking it would just be a pleasant time pass after dinner, and then we all ended up loving it.

      Most of the time I’ve learned to play it safe and see the movie before I have an official stamp of approval.

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      • Lol, there was this one time where I gave a friend of mine a good review of a movie and she ended up hating it. Plus she went with her family of six people and they all hated it. She never let me forget that for a while 🙂

        Dilwale was the first time I got see Varun on the big screen so it wasn’t a total disappointment. Plus I had gone to see after a week so I was expecting the movie to be worse than it actually was.

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