Secret Superstar Review (No Spoilers): An Odd Mixture of Fantasy and Reality

I finally saw it!  24 hours after most other people.  Stupid job, keeping me from watching movies in the middle of the week.  Anyway, I’ve seen it now.  There was a lot done really well, but there were also some things that were missing.  The message was holding back a little somehow.

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Friday Classics: Abhimaan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee Does A Star is Born

Kind of related to Secret Superstar, right?  Another movie about a female protegee of a successful musician.  But completely different in every other way.  Anyway, an interesting film to talk about!

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Last Minute Secret Superstar Post: Khamoshi: The Musical, and a Heroine Who Just Has to Sing!

Not much else to write about today, and I felt like I couldn’t just let it go with the Shahrukh birthday post and Happy Diwali, so let’s throw in a last minute post on the Secret Superstar theme!

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Happy 14 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday! 14 Best Performances

Yesterday I did “top characters“.  This is a post that pairs with it, top performances.  But is different, characters were wonderful people imagined by the script writer who Shahrukh was lucky to play.  These are characters that Shahrukh elevated through his performance. (part of this post is the same as last year, but most of it is new)

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Happy 15 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday!!!! 15 Best Characters He Has Played

Just to be clear, this is not best performances.  “Performances” would mean he brought something extra to the role.  Which of course he did, but here I want to focus on characters, characters as written in the script, who would have been interesting no matter who played them.

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Tuesday Telugu: Manmadhudu, Harmless Misogyny

Happy Tuesday!  And a return to Telugu, after a brief visit to Tamil over the past few weeks.  A totally silly soothing film that I could have on in the background while blogging/quilting/cooking.  A film that, I think, is ultimately harmless although it sure sounds harmful in description!

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Happy 16 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday! A Bit of a Silly One, 16 Bridal Adornments

I was running out of ideas, so I asked around, and a friend of mine from Delhi said I HAD to do this idea.  And I couldn’t resist!  So, Shahrukh and the traditional 16 bridal adornments (Solah Shringaar).

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Want to Know How You Can Help My Blog Grow? Read On!

Yesterday was the monthly reminder of how to donate, today is the monthly reminder of how you can help promote me.  Again, feel free to skip if you read this whole thing last month.

One of my greatest personal flaws is an inability to promote myself in any way (including to my own family, half of whom are unaware that I have a Masters.  And my friends, 100% of whom have no idea when my birthday is because I don’t want them to make a fuss).  Which means I am throwing myself on your mercy and asking you to help me promote myself.

So, here’s your monthly reminder that I have no money or time for promoting myself so, if you think more people should be reading this blog, I need your help to make that happen.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to help more people find me:

  • If you participate in any real life Indian/Indian film community (meet-up group, friendly movie night, a Hindi class, a dance class, just being alive and in India), please mention my blog.
  • If you participate in any other online Indian film community, message boards, or other blogs, or podcasts, or youtube channels, please mention and link back to me in your comments.
  • Re-blog me!  Or re-tweet me or re-post me on Facebook.  Or re-snapchat me or whatever else it is that the kids are into these days.
  • Message anything you think is particularly good directly to the people involved.  I’ve seen some of you already doing this, re-tweeting something I wrote directly to a director or a star or their fanclub.  And I appreciate it and that is a great idea!
  • COMMENT!!!  My view count goes up per post with every comment.  And, by the way, if you want me to write more posts of a certain kind (Malayalam, Tamil, shot by shot film summaries, etc.), commenting on them is the best way to make that happen.

News Round-Up: Dharma Turns Down Nepotism, Kangana is Still Working, So is Abhishek, Jacqueline Finally Gets a Leading Role, and Anil and Sonam are Co-Starring

Lots of little announcements today!  A few that I have many thoughts about, and a few I don’t care about that much but are still worth repeating.

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Monthly Reminder That You Can Give Me Money If You Want Me To Keep Blogging

This is the routine, on the 15th of every month I put up a little note in case I have new readers.  And if you are an old reader, you can just ignore this message on every 15th.

So, this is your monthly reminder that there are donation options if you feel an urge to pay me for providing content!  Because maybe you are a new reader, or maybe you suddenly got a raise at work and are wondering what to spend it on, or maybe you just forgot that there are ways to send me money if you want to show me appreciation for what I do.  So this is a reminder!

(I provide free content all day every day, so one tiny post a month reminding you that I am a real person whose work has value seems fair, right?  Please don’t hate me!)

There is a little button on the menu at the top, if you enjoy my writing and want me to keep going, you can always click there to give me a donation. If you don’t have the money, or don’t feel my content is worth paying for, that’s okay too.

Additionally, you can always buy my book, click HERE to purchase.  I get about 50 cents per book sale (exciting!  Means about $5 a month), but more importantly, every purchase drives me up on the Amazon/other website rankings, which means more people see me instead of other lesser books on the same topic.  Oh, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, then you get to read my book!  It’s very good.

For a straight donation because you love me and my website, here are two options:

Donate through Patreon, which will allow you to set up a monthly subscription donation.  And which can allow you to pick a reward, if you wish.

Become a Patron!

Or through Paypal, which allows for a one time donation of any amount you choose. Any time you particularly like a post, or appreciate something I am doing, just go over here and give me a dollar.  And feel free to add a note saying why you are donating, maybe I will write more posts like that.

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Silly Sunday: 18 Movies Shahrukh Should Make Next (Part 1)

Next week I get down to 11, right?  So I can go back in depth instead of these shorter ones?  That will be a relief.  This week though, another series of really short kind of idea sketches, since I have to do a full 18.

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Happy 19 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday! 19 Best Costumes

I know I already did a silly one yesterday, but I’ve got another looooooooong series of fanfics coming tomorrow, and I am worn out!  So another easy silly one today. Outfits!  Although I am going to try to actually rank them, so that will give you something fun to argue about in the comments.

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Friday Classics: Kaho Na Pyar Hai! The Movie That Makes Everyone Feel Like a Teenage Girl

A side effect of the whole Hrithik-Kangana madness is that it made me think about Kaho Na Pyar Hai.  Because that is tied with Koi Mil Gaya, in my mind, for Peak-Hrithik.  Agneepath is probably his best acting job, or maybe Jodha-Akbar, but this film most perfectly encapsulates his overall appeal.

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