Happy Wednesday! Time to talk about what all we have been reading and watching and thinking this week. Oh, and I have a fun question for us to discuss too!
I’ll start! Since there is the random holiday this week in America, I have taken advantage of it by working flat out and getting my apartment together for once and all. Which means, I can’t watch anything I really have to concentrate on. So, Friends! I am already up to season 3. Oh, and also a not-very-good Korean miniseries My Little Baby. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be one of those people who abandons India for Korea, it was fine for background while packing but it didn’t change my life.
For reading, I finished the Bahubali book! Yaaaaaaay! And now I get to write a post just eviscerating it (and also spoiling it so you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to).
Now, for thinking, Spandana issued a challenge on the Monday Morning post. The new Academy members list just came out and there were a smattering of Indian actors on it. But what Spandana pointed out is that the list had to give one or two roles that justified their inclusion in the membership. So, Spandana asked, “if anyone had to pick 1 iconic film of all the major actors and actresses that truly defined them, what would they be? And why?”
I’ll start, but just with 5 actors, and then you can feel free to add on other actors in the comments, or disagree with my suggestions, or whatever you want:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. I think this might be the part which best took advantage of her in her entire career. Beautiful, poised, confident, everything.
Salman Khan: A tricky one! Because he keeps reinventing himself. I think Bajrangi Bhaijaan would be the best. Because it brings together that sweetness from his earlier films, plus the action scenes and bigger concepts of his later films.
Amitabh: I’m cheating and doing two films. Because, it’s Amitabh! He’s special. Deewar and Piku. Amitabh as the young powerful supernova star, and Amitabh as the practiced brilliant older actor.
Jaya Bachchan: Heck, if Amitabh gets two, Jaya gets two! Guddi and Kal Ho Na Ho. As I said in my fanfic post for her birthday, she really needs more great roles now, as an older woman. But Kal Ho Na Ho was still pretty great, a lot more than the usual “mother” part.
Ranbir Kapoor: Wake Up, Sid. It’s still his best role, I think. And I can’t wait for him to work with Ayan Mukherjee again, because Ayan really “gets” him.
Okay, that’s enough to get you started, take it away in the comments!