Monday Morning Questions Post, 2 Weeks Before Tubelight!

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.


6 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions Post, 2 Weeks Before Tubelight!

  1. Who wouldn’t want to live in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo world which is not only shiny and beautiful but also forgiving in that even the villains get a second chance to get it straight. It is India’s answer to Disney World.As for Tubelight, I’m underwhelmed by all the stuff released so far.But who knows? It could be another Bajrangi Bhaijaan.Incidentally it was your review that persuaded me to watch it.And I think it’s the best Salman film post Wanted.

    No questions this week.But a suggestion.Can you do a TGIF with all the left handed actors in Bollywood by August 13? I know that Abishek is one.I’ve seen Sonakshi in the Sawaar loon song in Lootera.But who else?


  2. I discovered Fan Fic because of one thing — Phantom of the Opera. I had seen the Broadway play but it was after the Gerry Butler/Emmy Rossum movie that I was part of an online community that not only introduced me to the concept of Fan Fiction, but also fan videos. I might have made a few myself. 😉

    You’re right — there’s something about a rich world, and a story with some unanswered questions at the end that lends itself particularly well to fan fiction. Baahubali is such a rich world, and I love all the fan fiction you’re writing — much better than Rise of Sivagami tbh.


    • I just started Rise of Sivagami, and I am enjoying it, but it definitely took a darker vision of this world than mine.

      I discovered fanvideos of the “full story” kind through SRKajol. It’s strange, no one wants to continue a particular story of theirs, their individual stories feel complete. But people like the idea of coming up with a totally new screenplay and putting SRKajol in it.

      On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 12:46 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Oh my goodness, let me see. Well, we wanted stuff that was soothing and low stress, so we did the two Nagarjuna movies that Niki recommended, Santosham and Nennunnanu. And 24, which she LOVED. And 1:Nennokadine, which she may show her husband because he likes those kinds of twisty complicated plots. And I made her watch City of God, which she acknowledged is a really really good movie, but is not exactly low stress. And there was one other thing that now I am blanking on which we watched on the last day. But my big goals were City of God and 24.

      Oh, and we also watched all the song videos for Kaatru Veliyidai, which are now up, YAY!

      On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 1:26 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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