Wednesday Watching Post (On Thursday): What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking About the Week of Badrinath?

(This was not posted yesterday as usual because of this) Only 2 days left until Badrinath comes out!  I am all excited, and also trying to figure out my viewing strategy.  Friday night viewing will be me and my regular Friday friend.  And maybe also two other people.  Even 3 more is fine, but more than that and I ran out of car space.  Maybe we can tie some more folks onto the roof?  Or I can run a shuttle system to bring them in shifts?

Besides Badrinath, what am I watching?  I binged the BBC show Dr. Foster on Saturday, that was a great thing to have in the background while writing blog posts.  On Friday, I went over to a friend’s house and we watched about 4 episodes of Humsafar (she is still making her way through it), and then switched to just watching music videos on youtube.  I forgot how good the Lagaan songs are!  And, of course, Golden Girls is a constant in my life.  Thank you Hulu!  I also finally got around to watching Force 2.  Kind of.  I kept getting confused and distracted and needing to take breaks because it was so boring that it was putting me to sleep.

I also completely finished the book version of Guide (post about that going up at some point).  And I continue to work through Karachi You’re Killing Me, but I am only letting myself read it while I am on the treadmill at the gym, and I don’t like going to the gym, so it is slow going.

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57 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post (On Thursday): What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking About the Week of Badrinath?

  1. Make a little platform for the top of the car and your friends can sit there a la ‘Aisa Des Hai Mera’, lol

    I watched Rock On 2 a few nights ago. I know it didn’t get good reviews but I didn’t mind it, it certainly isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen and it had some ok rock-type songs.

    The latest semi-binge watch on Netflix is The Good Wife. I never saw it when it was first on TV so thought I would give it a whirl and am getting into it. It’s set in your town!

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    • I watched most of the first season or so of The Good Wife, and then somehow forgot about it by the time the second season started. Great show, but irritatingly slightly wrong about Chicago stuff!

      The episode that really stuck out for me was early on when they had to save a man from death row before his execution. But Illinois hasn’t had the death penalty in over a decade. It was a huge thing, like national news, when Governor Ryan put a moratorium in place. The result of lots of activism and appeals and all kinds of things. So to have that as a plot point really kind of took me out of the show. Made me kind of grateful that so few shows are set in Chicago! If they made a mistake like that in a LA or New York show, I wouldn’t even know it.

      Oh, and glad to get your feedback on Rock On 2! Sounds like I don’t need to rush out and track it down.

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        • I was thinking about giving The Good Fight a try, because it seemed like The Good Wife got pulled down by star ego issues. But The Good Fight just has excellent actors in it, no “stars”.

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        • that’s the other reason I haven’t been in a hurry to get back to it. 7 seasons is kind of over-whelming. If it was 7 season BBC series, with just a few episodes per season, that could be doable. Or 7 seasons of some light sitcom that I could dip in and out of. But I can’t face a 100+ episodes of a prestige drama!

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  2. I watched Darr with a bunch of friends, including the mullet fan who watched Koyla with me, and a friend who has NEVER watched Indian films. They all loved it, especially the ones I’d seen Fan with last year. We were especially impressed at the number of Juhi’s costume changes.

    I am also watching SRK’s films in order as a countdown to the end of my very last semester, Since last Wednesday (in addition to Darr), I have since watched Dewanna, Chamatkar, Dil Aashna Hai, and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. It is fun to watch for glimpses of future Shah Rukh Khan in the sweet chubby-faced “chocolate boy”, and I am growing to be even a bigger fan of Juhi.

    Depending on where it is playing, I may try to get to Badrinath tomorrow or Monday.

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    • I love Chamatkar! It is so silly and so happy. And I was thinking about it the whole time I was watching Bhootnath.

      Also, did you appreciate Darr even more seeing it in context? SRK had so many bland chocolate hero roles in so-so films, and then Darr is on a whole different level of quality over all, and in his performance.

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      • Absolutely! It’s his uncanny lucky (or was it?) that he set the stage with those sweet, charming roles that set up his audience for BETRAYAL. Which they lapped up. (Me, too…) Reminds of Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. We were so willing to trust him and trust him and trust him until it was too late.

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        • I chalk it up to a combination of Yashji’s brilliant casting concept, and Shahrukh being willing to take the risk. Famously, Aamir was asked for and turned down the role. I assume Yash all along wanted one of those “chocolate hero” types, who had only done fresh-faced romance until now, but also looked like they might have the acting ability to go a bit further. I assume he had a shortlist of Shahrukh, Aamir, Saif, maybe Salman, and a few others. But Shahrukh was the one who saw the possibilities of the part and how it could take his career to a new level, and actually went for it.

          And yes, One Hour Photo is the perfect comparison! It’s not like Christian Bale in American Psycho, where it was about the contrast of this handsome face and brutal mind. It’s a whole harmless persona that’s been built up over multiple performances which makes the audience actually like him and trust him, not just be attracted to him. And then WHAM! The surprise!

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    • I have that same plan (to watch SRK films in order) but haven’t started yet, although i’ve seen most of them out of order… I haven’t been able to track down Dushman Duniya Ka. Have you?

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      • No luck on that one, or few others. Sometimes they pop up on YouTube but then disappear. Mostly I watch on Einthusan, followed by Netflix and Eros. My university library has some, as well, and I have also been able to get a couple through interlibrary loan.

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        • Which other ones are you missing? Einthusan did have Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke which was supposed to be subtitled but wasn’t so they took it down for the time being. I keep checking to see if they have the subtitled version.

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          • I caught a glimpse of it on YouTube when it was briefly posted, and it is just as awful as we have all heard. But for my purposes — watching his development as an actor — it is still useful, even without subtitles. The others I am missing are some of his friendly appearances. If they are dance numbers, they are on YouTube, so that’s not a big deal. What is your favorite obscure SRK film?

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          • I just read the wikipedia entries for Dushman Duniya Ka and Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke. So I only need to watch the first 15 minutes or so of DDK and found it un-subtitled on YouTube. Manageable I should think. And YLJK sounds a complete train wreck but might be worth watching just for the train-wreckedness, lol.

            I’m trying to ‘save’ up the obscure films so I can start at ‘In Which Annie Gives It One of Those’ but I have seen Maya Memsaab and found it interesting and arty.

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  3. I’m excited about the new season of Prison Break.I heard something about Anil Kapoor remaking Season 1 in Hindi. Rewatched Badlapur.It is Varun’s best work till date.I hope he’ll not go the Hrithik way and devote all his time doing his family’s average movies.I love his accent in Badrinath.Especially when he spoke with Alia in the bus.

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    • The original Prison Break started back when my sister and I were first getting into Indian movies. I didn’t really follow it, but my sister did at least for the first season. And she kept calling me up and saying “This is crazy! It’s JUST LIKE AN INDIAN MOVIE!!!” All the focus on brotherly love, and the “bad” older brother, and the “good” younger brother, and how they mutually sacrifice for each other. So I am thrilled that someone is finally taking it and turning it into the Indian product it felt like all along!

      I couldn’t stand Badlapur, it was way too dark for my taste. But part of that was because Varun’s performance was so brilliant through out. It’s kind of the same reason I have a hard time with KANK. Shahrukh does too good of a job playing “angry, bitter, and unattractive”. It’s a great performance and makes the character feel like a real person, but it’s unpleasant to watch. In Badlapur, I completely bought Varun’s early and flashback self as this happy charming young man. Which made his turn to darkness much harder for me to watch, and then he went really really dark! There was no hint of light left anywhere in him. I wish he would do a role that was equally challenging, but a little less dark.

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  4. I watched Force last week on ErosNow which was an enjoyable timepass. Super stoic John Abraham who cries when his gal gets hurt.

    Last movie I saw in the theater was Get Out which I highly recommend. Super creepy and biting satire.

    Watched Taika Waititi’s vampire mocumentary What We Do In The Shadows last weekend and it is brilliant! It’s on Amazon Prime. https://moviemavengal.com/2017/03/06/i-loved-taika-waititis-brilliant-vampire-mockumentary-what-we-do-in-the-shadows/

    A friend and I are going to see Badrinath on Friday. She hasn’t seen many Indian films so I’m hoping I’m taking her to a good one!

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    • Always scary taking a friend along! I almost hope for a bad movie in that case, because if it is really really good, I know I won’t be able to handle it if they don’t like it. But bad, we can both make fun of together. Or, hopefully, medium. So we both enjoy it, but I don’t enjoy it SO much that it cold ruin a friendship if they don’t agree. Badrinath looks like it will probably be in that medium good range. With a slight chance of “so incredibly good I can’t even talk”. But only slight.

      I just watched Force 2, which is now on Netflix. It is NOT GOOD! John’s character is similar and still works well, very stoic and all that. But the rest of the plot is so confusing I kept losing track of who was who and what was what.

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  5. I loved Alaipayuthey! I am happy that I was able to watch the two films for the first time only a couple days apart. I was a bit worried that I’d be bored with Alaipayuthey but I wasn’t at all! I thought it was great and I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than Saathiya. Despite having the same story, the two movies were so different that it was absolutely worthwhile to watch both. Saathiya didn’t seem like a pointless retread the way that OK Jaanu did. The characters were presented so differently, the look of both films was like night and day, and the songs were very unique in their visuals. Shaad Ali did a nice job in this case, giving Saathiya a life of its own. Alaipayuthey had more warm tones and almost always seemed overcast and muted. Saathiya seemed brighter, more vibrant and everything kind of popped a bit more. Both films felt vital and I think that both are essential watches.

    As much as I enjoyed the songs in Saathiya, the songs in Alaipayuthey were out of this world! The visuals and choreography really blew me away. The “many colors of love” song was so beautiful. The use of color was absolutely stunning. It went through these brilliant color schemes- autumn colors of reds, oranges and yellows, then blues and purples, mixing in wintery whites, with choreography that perfectly suited the colors they were representing. Incredible! The newlywed song also took my breath away. The use of reverse motion was a nice complement in Saathiya to add a kind of playfulness to the scenes. To be honest, I barely even noticed the first time I watched the song. In Alaipayuthey, almost every shot used the technique in such an interesting way. It changed the montage into an otherworldly kind of poetry. It added a dreamlike fluidity to the movements, with the young couple basking in the glow of domestication. I have never seen that technique used so brilliantly. The choreography, overall, felt like more of an interpretive or lyrical style and was incredibly effective (Roja had a similar feel in its songs).

    The performances of the actors were so different as well. I thought that Vivek played the role with more confidence and a certain world weariness. He was young but it seemed like he had been around and was a bit more cynical. Madhavan brought more vulnerability to the role, a kind of youthful sincerity. It felt more real, I think. One scene that really showed the difference was the “hugging scene”. In Saathiya, Rani hugs Vivek, after a really bad day at work, and he gets a bit embarrassed by the public display of affection. In Alaipayuthey, it’s Madhavan that is trying to embrace Shalini and she is the one that gets flustered and breaks away. He’s almost child-like in his persistence. The difference between Rani and Shalini was similar. Rani is a more confident young woman- comfortable in her own skin with an awareness of the world. Shalini has an awkwardness, less sure of herself and her surroundings, with more rawness and innocence. These are subtle differences but it really changes the dynamics of the two couples. I wonder, was this intentional, with the couples personifying Chennai vs. Mumbai?

    I can’t get enough of Mani Ratnam’s cinema! I have Iruvar, Kannathil Muthamittal and Guru lined up next.

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    • I’m so glad you like Mani Ratnam! I feel the same way, I could watch anything he makes. I wish there were more of his movies available. Both that he had made more, and that they were more of them on DVD or streaking. Iruvar is good, but Guru and Kannathil Muthamittal are two that I just can’t stop watching and re-watching. Kannathil Muthamittal in particular just kills me. I think I mentioned in my first year of blogging summary, that was the only post that I had to stop in the middle because I was crying so hard I couldn’t see the keyboard any more.

      I was so excited for OK Jaanu, knowing it would be Shaad Ali doing it again. And then he just couldn’t quite make it his own the way he did with Saathiya. Saathiya has such a clean look, with big blocks of color, you can look at just one frame and know for sure that it is a Shaad Ali movie, not a Ratnam. Ratnam is a master of light and shadowy and melting kind of colors, but Ali is all about clear lighting and bright color combos in the costumes and the scenery and all that. But in OK Jaanu, as soon as the first looks came out I should have known it wasn’t going to be the same, they looked more like imitation-Ratnam than something of its own. I wonder if Kill Dill scared Ali off of his own taste? Or the producers? Because there is a straight line from Saathiya to Bunty Aur Babli to Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. And then OK Jaanu doesn’t fit in at all!

      I still had some hopes for OK Jaanu with the casting, because it was kind of similar to the Saathiya casting. Madhavan and Shalini had totally different personas and acting backgrounds and everything from Rani and Viviek. Shalini was 22 and at the end of a 19 year successful and critically acclaimed career (she started as a child). Rani was 24 and only 5 years into a career that had had a lot of ups and downs. Madhavan was 30 and had worked as a businessman, a model, and a television actor, as well as a few film roles, but this was his big break in film. Viviek was 26, in his third movie, and his first as a romantic lead instead of an action hero, but with a lot of intense emotional scenes and audience recognition in his background. I think this was a big part of the character differences, and why the films felt so different. Viviek brought with him some of that weightiness from his other roles and ability to play strong emotions (his reaction when Rani asks to visit her father has some striking similarities with his big break out telephone scene in Company). I wonder if Shalini brought some of her childhood acting experience to her character? An ability to play that awkward and vulnerable kind of facial expressions and hand gestures? And then Madhavan, despite being the oldest of all 4 actors in real life, still had this freshness and earnestness in his ownscreen portrayal. Anyway, I was hoping that the different backgrounds between Aditya Roy Kapoor and Dulquer and Shraddha and Nithya would inspire some similar differences in how their characters were imagined. But I guess not.

      Cannot WAIT to hear what you think about the other movies! Be ready to be dehydrated after watching Kannathil Muthamittal.

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      • Have you watched OK Jaanu yet? It’s up on Einthusan now. I’m tempted to watch it and OK Kanmani, back to back, to see if there are subtleties and differences between the films that I may have missed.

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    • I love Alaipayuthey so much! It’s my favorite Mani Ratnam movie with Kannathil Muthamittal coming in at a close second. I’ve actually never seen Saathiya though I’m a big fan of Rani Mukherjee because I didn’t want to ruin Alaipayuthey’s magic.

      One thing that I wanted to point out is that Mani Ratnam has never shot a song outside of India. The “many colors of love” song in Saathiya looks like it may have been shot somewhere outside. It looks more generic and the only uniqueness of the song being the different colors. The song in Alaipayuthey seems much more than a standard love song.

      You should definitely watch Kannathil Muthamittal as soon as possible. I remember watching it with my parents as a kid, but I realized more recently that it’s quite a violent movie. I would watch it once without the kids, and then maybe letting them watch if you feel that it’s suitable for them. But it’s definitely a really good movie!

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      • I actually just finished Kannathil Muthamittal. What a beautiful, touching and heartbreaking film. I’m an absolute wreck right now. I also read Margaret’s review from last year and it was so good. It was one of my favorite pieces that I’ve read on here. It had me tearing up all over again. It summed up the movie and the themes so well that I really don’t have anything to add (and my eyes are so teary and irritated anyway). I’ve been on a great run of films this week!

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        • So glad you saw it! And that I didn’t oversell the film. It’s not your standard “sad” film, I don’t know if I would even necessarily call it sad, so I always wonder how it could be that affecting. But it is!

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  6. I finally saw Kahaani 2. It felt a little like a Lifetime movie in its relatively straightforward treatment of its subject. Vidya Balan’s performance was very strong, of course, and I liked Arjun Rampal in this role (I actually didn’t see the initial twist with his character coming and thought his performance was solid). The younger child actress was also quite good especially in the pivotal scene (I always wonder how much the child actors know about the actual plot of a film like this…). Not as strong plot-wise as the first one, but a well-executed film on a difficult subject.

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    • Arjun Rampal always surprises me with what a good actor he is. I was hoping Kahaani 2 would get more raves and notice partly because I wanted him to get credit for a good performance.

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  7. I saw Bewakoofiyan a couple of days ago and it’s a light rom-com with some nice ideas in it. I’m fond of both Ayushmann Khurrana and Sonam Kapoor so it was a fun watch.

    Yesterday I rewatched Maryan which is a survival film starring Dhanush. It’s a really good movie and it has an amazing soundtrack by A.R. Rahman. Here’s a link:

    Earlier today, I watched Kuch Kuch Hota Hai on netflix with my family. It was interesting to see that my grandma remembered it as the movie with good songs while my grandfather got confused between DDLJ and KKHH. My mom mostly remembered the first basketball game scene because apparently I used to watch those scenes everyday while she fed me. My dad on the other hand couldn’t get over the basketball that they were playing 🙂 . My cousin sister never watched KKHH before so I was guiding her through the movie and telling her what was going on. She was amused by the melodramatic scenes but she enjoyed the rest of the movie. Honestly, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai did seem kind of cheesy but I didn’t care. I thought it was interesting that this movie is so timeless or universal that everyone has a different memory or experience while watching it.

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    • I really liked Bewakoofiyaan! I thought it played to the strengths of the leads and I also really got a kick out of Rishi’s character. The scene where he was in the car and took a moment to look in the rearview mirror to properly put on his “grumpy” face was really funny! I watched it on a night where I was in the mood for a silly, happy romantic comedy and it made me smile.

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    • That’s fascinating! About Kuch Kuch. That’s what I was thinking of watching Bhoothnath, how now we have movies like Bhoothnath that are specifically for kids. But there used to be movies like Kuch Kuch that every member of the family could enjoy in a different way.

      Shoot! Maryan isn’t on Netflix. I’m sure I can find it somewhere else, but it’s easier to remember to watch a movie if it just shows up in an envelope.

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  8. I couldn’t get enough of Varun even after watching Badrinath Ki Dulhania twice so I decided to re-watch Main Tera Hero after a long time. I really enjoyed the movie and I loved Varun Dhawan’s performance! He’s basically a ball of energy throughout the movie. They always call Ranveer Singh the energetic one but based on his performance as Seenu, I would say that Varun’s the one with unlimited energy! I also love the way that Varun’s dialogue delivery and comic timing is in Main Tera Hero. I honestly think Varun’s performance in Main Tera Hero is his best comic role, Junaid Ansari and Veer can’t match up to Seenu at all.

    Main Tera Hero is a remake of Kandireega (a Telugu movie starring Ram), but I feel like it’s a differently flavored film with the same story. I liked how the action scenes in Main Tera Hero aren’t as heavy as the ones in Kandireega, instead they’re shorter and more comedic. I really like the way that David Dhawan made Main Tera Hero and now I’m finally excited about seeing Varun in Judwaa 2!

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    • I had the same reaction to Main Tera Hero! Really impressed with Varun’s performance, and his ability to play comic without going too broad. And enjoyed it much more than I expected. Although I feel like that about almost all Dhawan movies, he is always more clever than I give him credit for. Especially when he has a good star to work with.

      Judwaa 1 was another surprisingly fun movie. Sure, the initial set-up is silly, but then the complications on complications, and the awesome bouncy cast, turned it into something more. I’m still a little nervous about Judwaa 2 just because I don’t have as much faith in the cast surrounding Varun as I do in him.

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      • Kandireega was one of those movies that I really enjoyed and I saw Main Tera Hero after I saw Humpty Sharma so I wasn’t really that impressed with the movie or Varun the first time. Plus I was disappointed that my favorite scene in Kandireega didn’t make it to Main Tera Hero. But I really liked the movie the last 2 times I’ve seen it because of Varun’s energy and comic timing! I think David Dhawan made sure to play to Varun’s strengths in particular.

        I haven’t seen Judwaa 1 but I’ve seen Hello Brother (a Telugu movie starring Nagarjuna) which Judwaa was a remake of. Now that I can see the differences between Kandireega and Main Tera Hero, I wonder how different Hello Brother and Judwaa are. I’m very excited for Judwaa 2 just because of the different variations that Varun will get to play! I usually don’t like Jacqueline but I liked her in Dishoom so I hope that she can do well in this movie. Taapsee worked with David Dhawan before so I’m sure that there is something about her that he really liked.

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        • I was super impressed with Jacqueline in Brothers, but I haven’t seen anything like that from her since then. Of course, she hasn’t exactly had a chance to do anything like that either. So I really should give her more of a shot in Judwaa! She was definitely the funniest of the heroines in Housefull 3, but that’s not exactly saying a lot.

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          • I haven’t seen Brothers but wasn’t her character more subtle and quiet in the movie? It looks like Jacqueline will have the bigger part compared to Taapsee but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I liked her comic timing in Dishoom so hopefully she can play off of Varun. I remember at one point they were looking to sign Parineeti and Ileana D’Cruz as the heroines, I kind of wish they had gotten at least one of these girls.

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          • I wonder what happened with Parineeti? It certainly seemed like her cameo in Dishoom was to help promote their jodi, and they danced together to a Judwaa song at the Dream Team concert. Feels like it was more than just “rumors”, but like she was actually cast and they had started promoting it. And then suddenly she backed out. Or they dropped her.

            Maybe she was hard to work with? I hadn’t heard anything about that, but it is odd that she dropped out of the industry for so long. Could have been just because she wanted a make-over, could have been that she was dealing with some issues that made her hard to work with.

            Or could be a Kaho Na Pyar Hai thing, she was too smart to take a role playing second fiddle to the producer/director’s son?

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          • Well, Kill/Dil and Dawaat-e-Ishq didn’t work and I remember she saying something about how she wasn’t really getting the more glamourous roles because of her image. So it seems like she put in time and effort into her makeover and planned to sign films after people see her results. But it’s kind of weird that she’s not been in a movie since Kill/Dil which came out in 2014. I was sure that she was going to do Judwaa 2 because it was produced by Sajid Nadiadwala who also produced Dishoom. Plus Parineeti did the song in Dishoom on Varun’s request. But It seems like she herself backed out of Judwaa 2 to be in Golmaal 4 which probably is a much bigger film and franchise. I think I may be right because Golmaal 4 started shooting last week and Judwaa 2 is going to fully take off now that Varun is wrapping up Badrinath Ki Dulhania’s promotions. I doubt that the fact that Varun being the director’s son made much of a difference because it seems like they have a friendly relationship. I think that Parineeti wanted to make a grand comeback and a big film like Golmaal 4 will benefit her more than a film with Varun who’s still a young, upcoming star.

            I would have liked to see Ileana in a movie with Varun again though, they were cute together in Main Tera Hero. An interesting piece of trivia is that Ileana and Kriti Sanon are the only two heroines who happen to have worked with both of my favorites, Varun and Mahesh Babu 🙂

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          • If I were running Parineeti’s career, I would tell her to take Judwaa 2 over Golmaal 4. Golmaal will almost certainly be a hit, but it is almost certainly going to be a multistarrer too. And Parineeti will be lost among all the other stars and characters. Whereas in Judwaa, she would still be less than the hero, but she wouldn’t be as lost in the crowd.

            Also, now I am thinking about Ileana and Kriti. Additional coincidence: they were in my two favorite Mahesh Babu movies and two least favorite Varun movies! Which I guess is a sign of how little heroines matter to a film, that I can love 1: Nenokkadine and find the Varun-Kriti track in Dilwale gosh awful. And same with Ileana and Pokiri and Main Tera Hero. I mean, I like Main Tera Hero, but it’s still the least interesting of Varun’s very short filmography.

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          • I would think that doing Judwaa 2 would be better for her too! Also if she works with Sajid Nadiadwala, she may be cast in his future productions as well. He keeps casting Jacqueline in his movies. But I do get why she might have chosen Golmaal instead. Wait, so is she going to be the heroine opposite Ajay Devgn? He seems waaay too old for her 😦

            I felt that Kriti’s role in 1:Nenokkadine was pretty important, well it was a bigger role than the heroines in Mahesh Babu’s previous few movies had. She was really impressive in 1:Nenokkadine, especially considering that it was her first time facing the camera. But yeah, she didn’t have much to do in Dilwale. In Ileana’s case, she didn’t have much to do in Pokiri but it was only her second movie at the time so people didn’t expect much and she kind of became a big deal after Pokiri was such a big hit. I really loved her in the Telugu version of Kick (starring Ravi Teja) and I was really disappointed when I saw how the character was changed in the hindi version. Ileana was better a lot better than the heroine in the Telugu version of Main Tera Hero so I liked her in it. It’s interesting that you think Main Tera Hero is Varun’s worst. I would say that it’s either Dishoom or Dilwale that’s his worst, I was really disappointed with both of these movies. I was expecting that Dilwale would match up to Chennai Express, and I quite liked Dezi Boyz but I didn’t really enjoy Dishoom that much. I personally would put Main Tera Hero after HSKD and BKD but before Badlapur and ABCD 2.

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          • I can believe Ajay would do anything after Shivaay! His romantic interest was 19! I would hope that Parineeti is playing his daughter or spoiled younger sister at least, but that is probably too much to hope.

            I would put Dilwale and Dishoom above Main Tera Hero, and then all the rest above them. I wouldn’t say Main Tera Hero is a bad movie necessarily, but it feels like his slightest film. Probably just because it was so early in his career, it was all songs and sexy ladies and silly plot. Which is kind of Dishoom too, but Dishoom has a little more style. And I’m knocking Dilwale up half a point just for letting him co-star with Shahrukh and having such star power.

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          • It looks like Tabu is also a part of Golmaal 4 so I hope that Ajay Devgn is pairing with her instead of Parineeti.

            The comedy in Dishoom didn’t really work for me, and I didn’t really like John Abraham in the role. I’d probably put Dilwale higher than Dishoom because some of the scenes with Varun and Shahrukh really worked. John Abraham’s been advocating for a sequel but honestly, I would only be excited about Dishoom 2 if Varun’s role becomes larger. Plus I would like them to bring Jacqueline and Parineeti back and expand on their subplots.

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  9. What’s your opinion on Khamoshi: The Musical? I started it but I didn’t really feel like continuing after the first 15 minutes or so. Plus I don’t really like Manisha Koirala so I don’t think I’d want to continue if the movie is mostly her. I think the only Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie that I’ve seen so far was Bajirao Mastani, so what is his best work in your opinion?

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    • Honestly, I think Khamoshi: The Musical is his best! It’s stripped down and simple and real. I cared about the characters and I appreciated the beauty of the images more than in his other films where it just gets more and more over the top. I’d suggest you give it a little longer, and don’t expect something like Bajirao. Think more 1942: A Love Story, or Jab We Met, or Socha Na Tha. Cheap but inventive with a great script. A really good first picture for a director.

      What I don’t like with Bhansali is when he falls so in love with his visuals that he loses track of his characters and his story. For me, the more money and freedom he has, the worse his films get. So I like Khamoshi the best, and I still like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, but after that I don’t really like any of them. And Hum Dil is more because Ajay puts in a brilliant grounded performance despite all the drama surrounding him, than anything to do with Bhansali.

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      • I didn’t really like Bajirao Mastani so if Khamoshi is different than it, then I will probably end up checking it out soon. Though I’ve only seen Bajirao Mastani, for me Bhansali movies sound really good on paper but not when I see them. Bajirao Mastani’s trailers were really interesting, but I didn’t like the movie much. Similarly I really like the trailer of Ram-Leela but I still haven’t actually seen the movie. Padmavati sounds really interesting but I don’t know how it’s going to turn out.

        You should read this blog post by Pankaj Sachdeva about his observations on a motif found in Bhansali’s films. I think you would find it fascinating. http://dichotomy-of-irony.blogspot.com/2016/05/weaving-lovea-motif-in-films-of-sanjay.html

        Here’s another blog post that I found interesting about the similarities between Befikre and DDLJ.
        http://dichotomy-of-irony.blogspot.com/2017/02/befikre-and-dilwale-dulhania-le.html

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        • I’m an unapologetic SLB fan and I’ve never seen Khamoshi. When I watched the trailer and looked at things online, I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it. Maybe because it is so unlike his other films? T.J., it does sound like you probably woudn’t like his other films if you didn’t really like Bajirao Mastani (it’s not my favorite of his either though). I saw Saawariya early on in my fandom and it was the first SLB I saw. I may be one of the only people that enjoyed it! Rani Mukherjee is incredible in it and I don’t really like Ranbir but I thought Sonam Kapoor was stunning in it. Stunning visually, not in the acting though…I will delight in a film for the little things…there’s a simple scene where she’s running through hanging carpets and it’s gorgeous. The story is overwrought but SLB’s movies always are. Still, I like the pictures that SLB paints with his art production and his music direction. Even in films like Black and Guzaarish which both portray minority communities in India (Anglo-Indian and Portuguese-influenced Goans…maybe even Catholics? if I recall correctly) and are both more serious in their subject matter, the visuals are always arresting…like he’s inspired by master painters like Vermeer, Goya, and others.

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          • I actually ended up watching the beginning of Khamoshi but it was kind of slow so I stopped about 10 minutes in to come back to it, and then I never ended up finishing it.

            How long is Rani’s part in Saawariya? She’s one of my favorites so maybe I would be willing to try it out just for her. I also like Sonam quite a bit as well.

            I still really like the passion and explosiveness of Ram-Leela based on what I’ve seen in the trailer. But I haven’t really gotten the chance to watch the movie yet. I do want to see it eventually though since it doesn’t seem like other SLB films.

            By the way, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is up on Einthusan which means that the DVD must have come out recently 🙂

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