Eid is on a Saturday this year, right? Which is very convenient for me! I can do a Tubelight first day-first show without having to take time off work. Even better, thanks to the time difference and convenience for theater owners, it might be playing in the US on Friday first show at the regular time I would see it anyway!
Happy Monday! As always, you can ask me anything, from the semi-personal (“What is your favorite Eid release?”) to the specific question if you are new to the films (“Why are Eid releases so big?”) to the general discussion question (“Is Tubelight going to be good, or disappointing?”)
As always, the only rule is that if you think you know the answer to a question, or have something to contribute to a discussion, you have to wait and let me answer first! It seems to go better if I set the tone a little before we all start talking. But after that, feel free to jump in and add whatever you want!
And, just to shake things up a little, I have a question for you! Moimeme pointed out in the comments that Bahubali is uniquely inspiring of fanfic, from me (you can see all my fanfic in the Bahubali index here) and thousands of other people on The Internet. What non-Bahubali piece of work have you found to inspire in you a desire to continue the story, or take it in a new direction? Either by reading or writing or just sort of wishing for fanfic?
I’ll answer first. It isn’t DDLJ or Sholay or any of those Great Films. Somehow those stories felt finished to me, I didn’t need to add or remove anything. I think it’s the films where it feels like there is a whole world created, it’s not just a few characters thrown into the “real world”, but the characters are new, the place is new, all the little one line other characters are new too, etc. etc. And of course, it has to be well-made so I actually want to spend more time in that world. So with that in mind, I think for me it would be Lagaan (not a film I usually list as one of my favorites, but very good at creating a world), and Jodha-Akbar. And Ohm Shanti Oshana, come to think of it, that village was so rich and so real, it felt like no place I had ever been before and I wanted to stay. Oh, and also Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. And Agneepath. And, of course, all those many many other movies I have used for my Sunday Speculative posts.