Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking 2 Days Before Jab Harry Met Sejal?

Happy Wednesday!  A Shahrukh Week Wednesday!  So exciting!  These are the best weeks.

Here is the place to talk about what all we have been reading and watching and doing and thinking this week!  I’ll start.  I have found a new “background thing while writing blog posts”, Baby Daddy!  Which is TERRIBLE.  And not like “amusingly bad”, but like “this sitcom was written and shot in a month and we just don’t care” bad.  Because it was written and shot in a month and they just didn’t care.  And that’s why it is perfect for me, I can wonder in and out, get caught up in what I am writing, do dishes for a bit, and not worry about missing anything.

Also, I saw Angamaly Diaries for the 3rd time when I made my sister watch it, and then immediately regretted it and realized we should have watched An Evening in Paris together instead.  Oh, but then we might not have had time to also see The In-Laws, which was just as brilliant as I remembered.

As for thinking, I am thinking about Jab Harry Met Sejal viewing plans.  Showtimes still aren’t fully up, I’ve got 3 friends interested in opening night, and a 4th who has to wait until Sunday (stupid baby shower ruining everything, who schedules a baby shower for a Shahrukh release weekend?).  And I still have a faint hope for last minute American Thursday shows, in which case my friend/co-worker and I are canceling all our evening plans and going straight from work.

Now, tell me what you have been doing!  And, if you haven’t had a chance already (or if you have thought about it and decided to revise your answer), you can give me your answer to Monday’s question, “What Shahrukh is the hottest Shahrukh?”  I think I am sticking with my answer of Mohabbatein, Jab Tak Hain Jaan (second half), and Dear Zindagi.  Although I am tempted to add on Chak De Shahrukh for the whole monklike dedication in a well-fitting blazer appeal.

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(Monk like dedication in a well-fitting blazer)

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23 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking 2 Days Before Jab Harry Met Sejal?

  1. I have watched Lahoriye last week, but I can decide if I love it or hate it .
    I really liked romantic story shown in the movie (so sweet), but at the same time, my head was saying: you shouldn’t like it, they barely know each other and shouldn’t marry, don’t support it.
    The story about Partition was good, and I cried when grandpas have met after some many years. This days I was reading Bolti Khidki – The stories of Partition, and many of them are so similiar to the one shown in the movie.
    The worst part of this movie was how women were treated. I know that this is how it works in traditional families, but I couldn’t stand watching that women were only allowed in the kitchen, could not talk and nobody cared about what they want. In other movies, at least the protagonist is different and does something to change things. Here no. She is always there, in the women part of the house, waiting what the men will decide. And when they decide “you will not marry because I said so” she just agrees.

    Other news – I’m in the middle of Manam, and super excited for Sunday- Jab Harry Met Sejal day 🙂

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    • So happy you are watching Manam! That is just the best movie. And once you finish it, you have to report back as to whether you liked the middle-aged actor or the super young actor better. I fell completely for the middle-aged one, which is very age-inappropriate for me, and I am wondering if it is just me or if he really has something special.

      And you are so smart! Your description of the problem with Lahoriye is exactly what bothers me with these movies. Yes, this is a traditional society, yes yes yes. But you can still have the heroine (or the hero) stand up and say “I know this is how things have always been, but I don’t like it.” You can accurately show society and still criticize it.

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      • Yes, Lahoriye lacks this ray of light, the hope that things can change. Yes, there is a happy ending, they marry, and the girl seems to be happy, but it’s only by chance. And I wonder (as a western woman) is it really a HAPPY ending? Because the last scene is just the worst. The girl argues with her mother-in-law and her husband says: hey ,don’t quarrel, and cook the dinner, because I will not bring you to the cinema! And she is all like: oh the-best-of-the-husbands, please forgive me, I will be a good wife now, how could I (I’m sure these wasn’t the exact words, but it was how it felt).

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        • See, this is what I started thinking about with Ninnu Kori! Do we think this is a “happy” marriage just because we have lost the sense of what a “happy” marriage actually is/could be? Is the base line now “well, she doesn’t hate her husband, happy life!” Instead of “she is actually satisfied and fulfilled in every way”?

          And for me at least this is all putting more and more pressure on Jab Harry Met Sejal. I want my SRK rom-com where it is all about him fulfilling the woman’s desires, not the other way around! Or maybe I should just watch Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi which handled the whole marriage thing so beautifully.

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  2. I saw Mubarakan which was not the greatest, then watched Allu Arjun’s Race Gurram which was much funnier. Monday I saw the very good Fidaa. Sai Pallavi was just AMAZING in it. She owns the whole film!

    I’m behind on doing reviews because I made the big decision to launch my own Youtube channel, Pardesi with Kartik of Bollyfools. We picked Pardesi because I’m a foreigner reviewing Indian films and Kartik is an expat living in the US. I thought a new Shahrukh movie week was the most auspicious! I am also praying for a Thursday night showing, but none listed so far.

    Here’s my review on Pardesi of Vikram Vedha, which I saw with Margaret last week. Such a good film!! Please subscribe to my youtube channel, or follow us on twitter @pardesiYT

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    • I am so jealous of you being able to see Fidaa! I keep looking at showtimes hoping something will work, but it is less and less likely.

      And congrats on the youtube channel!

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  3. I just got back from my epic cross-country railroad journey, which involved more video time than usual. During the day, I would listen to music and watch the beautiful scenery. But when the sun went down, I’d fire up my tablet and watch an episode of Buddha or one of the movies I’d downloaded: Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na, and Veer-Zara. (I can verify that these are prime hot SRK years.) I also bought me first day, first show ticket for JHMS while the wifi was available as stopped at Pittsburgh. Best of all, I met Marvelous Margaret face-to-face on a stopover in Chicago! An awesome week, indeed.

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  4. I don’t know….I’m not at all excited for Jab Harry Met Sejal. I loved Raees. I’m a huge fan of Sharukh. But this film didn’t appeal to me at all. I felt the music was substandard and the visuals so far are fresh and colourful but that is all they actually are. I guess I’ll go watch the film and judge it better.
    I’m watching Spadikam and reading Game of Thrones

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    • I go back and forth on JHMS. I wasn’t that excited until the teaser trailers started coming out, the images and the quotes about it and all didn’t really excite me. But I am loving the chemistry between Anushka and SRK. If they don’t mess that up, I think it will be okay.

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      • They have chemistry? O_o I felt it a bit more in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
        Maybe I’m just biased against Anushka because of the fiasco that is As Dil Hai Mushkil and her acting seems to be pretty much the same in this too.

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        • No! I love Ae Dil Hai Mushkil! But I know what you mean about one bad performance ruining an actress/actor for you forever. For me it might be Ajay Devgn and Shivaay.

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          • Oh, that was a humorous exageration, obviously you can have a different opinion than me about a movie 🙂

            I was able to put up with Ranbir in ADHM, but I think Jagga Jasoos may have finally killed any remaining YJHD love in me.

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  5. I’ve been binge watching Person of Interest all through the week.Granted I started watching because of Jim Caviezel (who’s still so hot in his 40s) but the story line is gripping.But their specialty is the villain.I loathe each and every one of them.Yet I can still sympathize with them and understand where they came from and why they do the things they do.

    In between I managed to get hold of Takeoff on DVD.It’s a good film and Parvati has given a notable performance.No doubt about it.But I still don’t get the hype.

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    • Glad to hear I didn’t make a huge mistake by missing Take Off in theaters.

      I have heard that Person of Interest is great, glad to know that one at least lives up to the hype!

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  6. Is there any place one can legitimately watch Take Off online?

    I saw The Big Sick day before yesterday. As a movie it was fine, but it didn’t really delve into the cultural issues as I thought it would, so that was a bit of a disappointment.

    Anupam Kher is now the default dad in all western films with a South Asian character. I wish he’d do something radical and really break out of that trap.

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    • I can’t find a Take Off source that’s legit. So irritating!

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  7. Back from vacation! Only got to watch Barsaat (1949) and I’m still on a Raj/Nargis kick but this one was awwwful. I thought it was so tedious and the only good part was Cuckoo Moray’s dance scene.

    Also finished the Madhu Jain book on the Kapoors (great!) and Twinkle Khanna’s The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad (just ok).

    Still excited to see Mubarakan when it gets to DVD…and I’m kind of happy it’s doing so well because that means that Arjun gets more options in the future.

    Was going to see Jab Harry Met Sejal but saw the reviews and decided not to spend the money…I’ll probably end up buying it anyway. Glad you liked it, but I’m a little worried whether or not I’ll love the SRK sexiness or think he’s too skeevy in it.

    For me, the best he’s looked was in Chak De India hands down. I never thought he was really all that attractive until that one. There are, of course, moments in movies like K3G (the black outfit in the wedding dance scene), Paheli, and Raees where I thought he just looked good in the styling for the role. I think his looks (the beard and the tight shirts) in Dilwale, Dear Zindagi, and now JHMS definitely modernizes his overall vibe and I definitely enjoy it.

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    • I’m so glad you liked the Madhu Jain book! It’s such an easy read, but also feels more “real” than those gossipy books usually do. She did actual serious research before she started writing.

      Mubarakan definitely wasn’t the greatest movie, but worth a watch if you are an Arjun fan and have the patience for it.

      I would actually encourage you to see Jab Harry Met Sejal in theaters. If it’s possible for you (I know it may not be). I may be wrong and you will hate it, but I really enjoyed it, and so did most of the people commenting who ignored the reviews and went to see it. I just don’t know what the reviewers were watching that they hated it so much. It’s a simple love story with great performances and songs. What’s to hate? Dislike, not enjoy, sure, but hate? why?

      The big reason I am encouraging it is because the way the streaming/DVD market is going, I am beginning to no longer count on seeing a movie again if I miss it in theaters. So, if it’s playing at an easy to reach theater, maybe make the effort to see it there, because the DVD release may not be for months and months and months (if ever). If it’s not possible, at least we know it is a Red Chillies film and will be on Netflix eventually.

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