Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking 29 Days Before SRK’s birthday?

Your response does not HAVE to be SRK focused.  This is a blog open to followers of all faiths, the SRKians and the non-SRKians.  But it also doesn’t have to be NOT SRK focused.  Just saying.

I’ll start!  For reading, Prem Chopra continues to be very nice and somewhat dull.

For watching, I watched the most recent season of Grantchester, which made me question once again if this is an accurate portrayal of the sexy danger involved in being a village priest, and the rampant scourge of murder that criss-crosses the 1950s British countryside.  Speaking of which, I also started up with Dr. Blake again, and now I have the same questions, only about being a small town doctor and the 1950s Australian countryside.

And for thinking, thinking about how great it is that fall is here!  I have so much energy!  I made all kinds of food this weekend, and did laundry, and finished my quilting responsibilities!  So much!

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81 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking 29 Days Before SRK’s birthday?

  1. I haven’t red ‘To kill a mocking bird’ yet and started it today because you mentioned about it in DDLJ post. I tried to watch ‘To kill a mocking bird’ movie but it was boring.

    I am continuing my Hindi learning marathon of watching Nimki Mukhiya every day. Heroine wants the bath tub displayed in the magazine, but settles for the cattle water tub. On surface level that serial seems very hilarious, but at a deeper level it makes the viewer think about Indian social settings, inequalities, struggle for survival in villages and so on.

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    • Oh, you need to go back and rewatch the film after you finish the book. It’s one of the all time American classics, not just in a “oh, I like that movie” way, but in a “one of the greatest most important films of all time” way. Yes, it is slow, but that’s because it is setting up the location, very Malayalam actually now that I think about it. After you finish the book and know where it all is going, you should go back to the film.

      However, I am THRILLED that a comment from me is making you read To Kill a Mockingbird! It’s such an amazing book, even if you never come back to the blog again and this is all you get from it, I will have done my job.

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      • I can’t give guarantees but will keep visiting this blog because there is so much to learn here on any aspect of life.

        I can’t generalize but I think we Indians are the products of education system where importance is on ‘memorizing’. I noticed that Americans give importance for ‘analyzing and researching’. So I always find that you see Indian movies in a different perspective and I am just like ‘wow I haven’t thought that way’.

        Bahubali 2 brought me and many more visitors to you. In future you will get many new visitors that will be reading older posts. I noticed some comments saying “you white people shouldn’t review Indian movies”. But, please keep up the good work and never be discouraged.

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  2. Yay fall! Since I live in a semi-tropical country, very very important season when we stop feeling like we are going to die of heatstroke! Tonight is the moon viewing festival, and I didn’t celebrate it traditionally with cakes and poetry but I did take a lovely cool walk along a river.

    Watching: Aarakshan and, just, what is up with Prakash Jha?? I looooved Rajneeti and Chakravyuh but this and Satyagraha feel like he’s just cramming a bunch of famous people in one frame and making them declaim debate points about current issues to each other. And come to think of it, I might only like Chakravyuh because of Arjun and Abhay. The performances in Aarakshan are fine (although how weird to cast Saif Ali Khan as a low caste son of a sweeper) but I don’t know if I want to stick around till the end. But I have to, because Hema Malini will pop out at some point. (Just looked up Prakash Jha and found he was the producer of two of my oddball favorites: Khoya Khoya Chand and Yeh Saali Zindagi, so this mollifies me a bit).

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    • Prakash Jha definitely feels like one of those directors who always does the same thing, with varying returns. Sometimes big cast and so on is a great opportunity to see a bunch of brilliant actors working together. Sometimes it is just odd.

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    • I have the same issue with Prakash Jha films. I feel like I should like them because they are somewhat serious, usually songless films that seem important with great ensemble casts. Haven’t been able to get through any of them! And I really wanted to like some of thing based soley on how good Arjun Rampal looks in them:)

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      • Arjun seems to be in Satyagraha for the sole purpose of wandering around in a kurta looking hot. I support this, but Aarakshan has no Arjun Rampal of any kind and it makes it hard to get through.

        I did genuinely love Rajneeti, because it was at the beginning of my Hindi film career and I had been watching all kinds of garbage on Youtube, and finally an Indian friend very kindly ripped a copy of it with subtitles, and explained about the Gandhis and the Mahabharat so I could understand it. Maybe I just thought it was deep, though.

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  3. Haven’t seen a whole Indian film since this weekend’s Malayalam doubleheader (Kali and Annayum Rasoolum). Tried Judwaa and couldn’t get past the first 30 minutes, also tried a random Fahadh Faasil film Oru Indian [something]…seemed somewhat interesting but I didn’t finish it either.

    I think there has been a really long lull in DVD releases and I continue to lament the availability of the newer releases. Many of them are available in unsubtitled torrent files on the interwebs (they must be showing on TV in India or streaming somewhere). Still waiting for Mubarakan and Half Girlfriend…I don’t expect either to be great (in fact, Shraadha will be torturous of course), I just want to see them! Also, for some reason…I’ve been checking for the availability of Freaky Ali forever!

    Instead, I’ve been reading more…some Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas romance novels. I definitely read more romance novels in the fall/winter for some reason.

    Still listening to lots of podcasts…Ali Fazal was on a Slate podcast where the interviewer asked him about the poor reviews of Victoria and Abdul, specifically around the valid complaint that it portrays British colonialism in a light-hearted manner, and his answers were a little weak. I feel bad that his performance is barely mentioned in most reviews…I was hoping this would be a jumping off point for him to get even more work beyond Hindi films. He finished strong talking about the new content-driven Hindi films.

    And I have to say Ranveer Singh’s look for Padmavati is the definition of smoldering sexiness. All three looks are fantastic and I’m hoping the film is better than Bajirao Mastani was. I do have a big weakness for SLB (I know you don’t, Margaret!), but I worry that this will just be a “remix” of Bajirao Mastani. I think if Shahid pulls off his role, he’d better get some real recognition for his versatility and star power. Ranveer will almost definitely overshadow him because he will eat all scenery available, but I’m still hoping. Plus Jim Sarbh (possibly playing Ranveer’s lover) and Aditi Rao Hydari…it’s a really good cast.

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    • Jim Sarbh!!!!! Yes!!! He needs to be in more things.

      I’m so glad Hotstar is now in my life, because that is what fills the DVD gap for me. And probably also created that gap, more and more audiences watching on Hotstar instead of buying DVDs. But now that HotStar is available in the US, I don’t care as much.

      I also watched Fahad’s Oru Indian [Something]! It’s not a great movie, but it’s fine. I wouldn’t necessarily tell you to rush around and try to finish it.

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  4. I’m making my way slowly through Life.Unfortunately it has only two seasons.But it is different from the usual sove-a-crime-in-45 minutes-procedurals.It presents a different side of law enforcement and the prison system -what with prison experiments in campuses, the psychology of badge bunnies,women who write love letters to convicts etc.It sure expanded my borders.On the Bollywood front, I caught an old Anil Kapoor movie Ghar ho to aisa which proved to be surprisingly funny.Anil Kapoor wants to punish his evil avaricious family who killed his sister-in-law.He ropes in Meenakshi Seshadri (his SIL’s friend) to play the role of his pretend wife and teach his family a lesson.

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  5. I was wondering if you only watch one move of each languages in a week? Just curious because you only post one movie from each industry in a week, and that too on their respective days. Also, would be nice if you will watch and review Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal for the coming monday malayalam. This is a cute romantic film, and a true classic by Padmarajan and Mohanlal. Also, you don’t have to worry about understanding all the expressions merely from subtitles. You can understand everything about this film just as a malayali can – a beautiful romantic movie!

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    • It depends on the week. Some weeks I have a lot of time, so I will manage to squeeze in 4 movies a weekend. And I get in moods, I will watch several Malayalam films in a row, or several Telugu. But then I will parcel the reviews out week by week. I just don’t have time to watch a movie for “pleasure” any more. If I watch something, it will be turned into a post eventually. I used to do a whole burst of reviews, so if I watched 5 Malayalam films in a week there would be 5 reviews. But then there would be a long dry spell when I wouldn’t have time to watch anything and there were no Malayalam reviews for weeks. So I’ve opted for making sure there is one review a week every week, even if my viewing habits don’t reflect that.

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  6. Oh Hotstar!!! They made it hard to find the subtitles, at least for me, but now that I have found them, I watched Mirchi and Om Shanti Oshana. My local public library just renewed their access to Hoopla, which has a boatload 70s and 80s classics, so now I need to go back and read your classics-related posts. And as mentioned in a comment, I watched My Name is Khan with a friend who had never seen any Indian film. Next up in my chronological journal is Ra One, which I LOVE except for the part where the old lady is killed. (Really? This is a family film?) and I have tickets to the Blade Runner movie FDFS, IMAX, 3D, which I will see with my feminist sci-if scholar friend, which means great list movie discussion.

    I have been reading Man Called Ove, and so far I just don’t get it, but I am hanging in there.

    Thinking about so much stuff my head feels three times its size. Violence, art, aging, family… thank heaven we are slipping into fall here in the mid-Atlantic, which makes thinking easier for me.

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    • Wow, Ra. One came after My Name is Khan? There’s a whiplash inducing change!

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      • Well, there was a long hiatus between them. My Name is Khan was released in February 2010, and then there was a LONG wait until Ra One (October 2011), with just his special appearance in Always Kabhi Kabhi in between. The build-up to Ra One must have been tremendous, and the expectations impossibly high.

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        • I remember that build up! At least the last little bit of it. My life was pretty hectic that year so I didn’t notice the gap as much, but I remember the huge excitement when the first RA.One trailer came out. And for myself, I wasn’t disappointed at all in the end result.

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    • Looking forward to hearing what you think about Blade Runner. The original is one of my all time favorite films. Sean Young in that movie was my epitome of female beauty for a while. It’s no wonder I find Madhuri so compelling also.

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  7. Last weekend watched Ramleela ( Liked it) and Tharangam starring tovino (Avg). This weekend dedicating my free time to Under 17 Football World Cup. Have booked tickets for all the matches in Kochi. Therefore may miss Solo on opening weekend. I here Solo releases everywhere tomorrow. Is this the first time a malayalam film open in USA as the same day in Kerala?

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    • I think Ezra opened the same day here? But I haven’t really been tracking that closely. However, excited to hear Solo will be playing somewhere near me probably!

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  8. I’m currently obsessed with Dulquer. I’ve been on a marathon of watching his interviews about his new movie Solo which is coming out tomorrow. It’s an anthology of 4 stories and he plays 4 characters. So it’s 4 times the fun of checking him out 😛 Can’t wait to watch it.


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    • Oh how fascinating! That makes me a lot more eager to see it, for one thing if it is 4 stories that means one quarter the stress. Instead of slowly coming to care about these characters and watching their lives fall apart, we get to have just brief glimpses and I won’t care nearly as much.

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  9. I watched Judwaa 2 last week which I did not find funny. Yes, Varun is sexy and shirtless and dances great, but meh. Some things should have been updated after 20 years. I had watched the first Judwaa earlier in the week, and the second did not measure up. The butt slapping! UGH!!

    Over the weekend, I watched The Jungle Book (the Jon Favreau one) and I had to google in the middle to find out who had done the Hindi voices! LOL Bill Murray is a perfect Baloo. Irrfan Khan did Baloo in the Hindi version which I cannot even imagine.

    I watched Maheshinte Prathikaaram which I will post a review later today. Margaret lent it to me, and it was a welcome escape to Kerala the day after the Las Vegas shooting. What a gem of a film!

    Last night, I took a chance and went to see the Telugu romantic comedy Mahanubhavudu. Never seen Sharawand before in a film, and the heroine is Mehreen Pirzada who was in Phillauri. She was just okay, but Sharawand was so handsome and SO funny! He plays a guy with severe OCD, and things come to a crisis point when he has a panic attack helping his fiance transport her father to the hospital. Nasser plays the father and he is vomiting blood on Sharawand and then the pristine car. That’s the interval. Then he has to prove his love by visiting the family home in a village, complete with no bathroom jokes and so on. My theater was full, and they were laughing super hard at all those jokes. Also, Vennella Kishore played his cousin/friend and was a riot. The final scene has him have to wrestle in the dirt with his rival. I talked to some people outside who said that they feel like that coming back to India from here — One guy said, “They don’t have so much hygeine in the villages like that.” It was just so interesting to have a romantic comedy centered around a guy with OCD! Since you’re busy, not one to run to the theater to must see, but put it on your list to look for on einthusan etc in a few months.

    I’ll be posting a video review of Mahanabhavudu later today, too. Here’s the trailer:

    I am SO excited that Solo is coming to Chicago this week, the same day as Kerala!! I’ll probably be going tomorrow night!

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    • I just saw my first Sharawand movie, Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju which is on Hotstar and is all romantic and stuff. Anyway, in my review for it, a few people mentioned that he tends to do slightly offbeat stuff.

      There’s a Farhan Fazil movie about a man with OCD and Aspergers which is very interesting, 22 North Kaddam I want to say.

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    • I’m so going to watch this one! He didn’t blow me away in Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju (partly because Nithya Menon always overshadows her leads in my opinion), but this plot sounds fun!

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    • I wanted to watch Mahanubhavudu but I haven’t gotten the chance to do so yet. I’m glad you liked it!

      The trailers and promos of Mahanubhavudu really reminded me of Bhale Bhale Magadivoy starring Nani which is one of my favorite movies. Both the movies have the same director, Maruthi. Bhale Bhale Magadivoy is a hilarious rom-com about a guy who is really forgetful. Here’s the trailer:

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  10. Just watched Anupama Chopra’s refreshing interview with Saif Ali Khan. I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb-kq07p_eE

    He admits how incredibly stupid his nepotism comments were and he very honestly and unapologetically admits that he enjoys money and privilege. I’ve always found him a fascinating character study. The privileged upbringing and the boarding school education, the marriage so young to a much older woman, the always playing second fiddle to the other Khans, his underrated acting and his disconnection from the industry, etc.

    I do also feel like his career may be turning a corner and we could have some really interesting roles coming up! The way he talks about his new commitment to acting in the FC interview is really promising. And his comments on his personal life are really revealing about his personality and he does come across as both naive/sweet and pretentious/intellectual in equal degrees which is so fascinating.

    I feel like I should try to watch all of his films from the beginning Joyomama style! Hrithik was my first favorite Indian actor, but I think Saif Ali Khan really is my enduring favorite…not like you love SRK, but on a smaller scale.

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    • Saif really has had a fascinating career. I could see him ending up somewhere close to where he started. The supporting actor who quietly steals the film. He had a few good years of playing the lead, but somehow I always like him more in the supporting parts, they seem to give him more freedom.

      And, if you go through his filmography, you will watch Main Khiladi Tu Anari! one of my all time favorite films!

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      • I’m really warming to the idea…I need a film watching project and this will force me to watch some of those 90s films I avoid (and I know I’m missing good things like those Khiladi films). And I would like to revisit films like Eklavya and others…I’ve seen about twenty of his films to date.

        Off to find Parampara….!

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        • DON’T WATCH PARAMPARA!!!! Save yourself!!! Just read my review instead. Or, if you do watch it, try and watch it double speed, it ill be much more amusing and painless.

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          • Too late! I watched it…and I kind of loved it. Sometimes I really don’t trust my own taste in movies!

            One of the first early Aamir films I’ve liked and Ashwini Bhave was wonderful. Saif was perfectly cast as the son of a Thakur and he proved that he could definitely never dance in that Age of Youth song.

            The ridiculousness of the plot didn’t bother me, in fact I liked how fast they moved through time…it was such a familiar story and it really felt kind of stagey at the end in a good way.

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          • I just looked at the list, and the first film of his that I think of as “Good” is Yeh Dillagi. So you’ve got 4 more like Parampara to get through.

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          • I have seen Yeh Dillagi (the Sabrina remake, right?) and I don’t think I paid close attention to it or something because I can barely remember it. I can’t stop thinking about Paramapara this morning. Aamir in the mom jeans and Saif’s glorious mullet. I am trying to forget Vinod Khanna’s rain sex though. If it were any other actor, I may have thought some of that was good, but no.

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          • Yeh Dillagi is very fun. Great Kajol role, great Akshay-Saif chemistry. Like, to the point that you start thinking “they are supposed to be playing brothers, right?”

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  11. You know based solely on the British crime shows, one would think the British countryside must have ridiculously high homicide rates. I really loved the first season of Grantchester though so I need to get caught up now.

    What films are you most looking forward to watching in the upcoming week?

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    • Solo is coming to the US!!! very excited about that, whenever I can manage to get out to see it.

      And the interpersonal drama really cranks up in season 2 and 3 of Grantchester. So if you are there for the cozy countryside mysteries, there’s not quite as much of that. But if you are there for the swoony romantic drama, a lot more of that.

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  12. Reading:

    https://bollywoodinbritain.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/bollywood-and-me-part-1/

    OMG Irna Qureshi is awesome!!!! I want a film made on HER life!!!!!!! I love how WP recommends blogs. This was amazing!

    Watching:
    Started watching Kammatipadam which was going great and then I had to catch up on some work so decided to have pilot episodes of Hemlock Grove and Fargo. Hemlock wasn’t all that great but Fargo blew me away!!

    Also watched Nevesta after waiting for subtitles for it. Russian horror is scarier when someone is writing something in cursive!

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    • Oh oh! Which season of Fargo? The critics like the second one best, but I like the first.

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        • Second is almost completely unrelated, another miniseries type thing. But isn’t first wonderful! I am in love with the heroine.

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          • I just want her to have everything good and happy in life!!! Just an amazing heroine, perfect and yet not infuriating in her perfection. Have you figured out yet what her “happy ending” is going to be? It took me like halfway through the series to figure out who is going to meet who and form a connection, because I am slow that way.

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          • And you end this statement with a smile-y face? You are a dark dark woman!!!!

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          • Well now I feel you might be disappointed in the surprisingly light ending for season 1.

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          • Just finished it. There was no other way they could have concluded the story. I’m going to read up on it now. I like this part the most. Reading up on a thought provoking series or film.

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          • So happy with that ending! Especially the way it comes full circle back to the original film.

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          • I haven’t watched the film and now I gotta. Had the funniest thought the moment Hanks is introduced in the series. I saw him and I thought had they been in Bollywood, he would never ever do TV. 😁

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          • Now that I think about it, Colin Hanks and Akshaye Khanna are kind of similar. Really great character actors with odd looks, who had to get out of their father’s shadow and past a big launch to be able to do what they really wanted to do.

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  13. Solo will be screened here (one show), so, after reading the comments above, I might see it.

    But I really came to ask for help regarding Victoria & Abdul, which is also screening here. I know Margaret or someone had seen it and there was some discussion about it earlier, but I can’t figure out in which thread, so am asking for those who have seen it to give me their comments again. I only have time to see one film, so it will have to be either Solo or Victoria & Abdul. I rely on the hive mind to help me out here. 🙂

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        • Probably a good idea. I haven’t seen either Viceroy’s House (Partition 1947) or Victoria and Abdul yet (though they are playing at a theater a few blocks away). I feel like both of them can wait until DVD.

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    • As for Victoria and Abdul, it opens here in Chicago this weekend so I haven’t seen it yet. It’s being made by an Oscar caliber team. Judi Dench is always fun to watch, and here she’s revisiting the part of Queen Victoria that she played in Mrs. Brown years ago. People are saying the part of Abdul is too mysterious and we don’t get any insight into his family life or inner thoughts.

      I’ll definitely be seeing the film, but maybe not till during next week. Solo is my first priority and I’ll be seeing that tonight. (W00t)

      I’m thrilled for Ali Fazal. Who wouldn’t want to act opposite Judi Dench? And he’ll get to hang out with her throughout the whole awards season. I’ll bet she’s nominated for an Oscar again. She would be a hoot to sit next to — gossiping and making snarky comments throughout!

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  14. Ok I’m totally bummed that the Tamil version of Solo isn’t releasing in Bangalore or elsewhere from tomorrow due to a strike by the Tamil Nadu producers and distributors. It was released in Chennai and few other places in Tamil Nadu today but will not be playing from tomorrow. The Malayalam version though has released worldwide, but I’m not sure if it’s playing with subtitles here 😦 I was so looking forward to it.

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    • Our one theater in Chicago is getting the Tamil and Malayalam versions of Solo. They share one screen and alternate showtimes. For me, it’s a really big deal that we’re getting it the same day as in India. More often, it takes weeks for new Malayalam releases to reach here.

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      • If they can release the Tamil version abroad, why can’t they release it here in India as well? Bangalore is a very cosmopolitan city where Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and even a couple of Marathi and Bengali movies are screened. Hence i was pretty shocked that the Tamil version did not release here.Apparently no new Tamil movies will be released until the issue is resolved. Mersal is slated to come out on the 18th, so hopefully the issue will be resolved soon.

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        • I can’t speak to much of this, but I can tell you that general territories each have different contracts and so on. So I’m not really surprised that this kind of strike would only affect certain areas.

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  15. Last weekend hubby and I watched Bahubali and the first 2 new Endeavors. This weekend we’re looking forward to Bahubali 2 and the last 2 new Endeavors. They’re a nice mix with each other.

    We enjoyed Bahubali except for the BS in the garden love song where the hero’s teaching the young warrior how to be a real woman by stripping her and putting make up on her. Ugh. Thankfully she went back to being a kick-ass warrior just after. So many great characters to cheer for or against! 🙂

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  16. I first rewatched Main Tera Hero on Sunday and I really enjoyed it again. I think I’ve watched Main Tera Hero already like five or six times this year 🙂

    Then on Monday night I watched Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu because it’s one of those movies that makes me feel like there is still good in the world. It’s a really sweet movie about family relationships.

    Then I saw Kill/Dil yesterday and it wasn’t a good movie. It had a couple nice moments but it doesn’t have the heart that Jhoom Barabar Jhoom had. Plus Ranveer looks really ugly while crying.

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    • I still haven’t seen kill/dill. I was excited for it based on the cast and stuff, and then I saw the first trailer and immediately lost interest.

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      • It’s not worth the time. I thought I would like it since I love Jhoom Barabar Jhoom but it doesn’t match up at all. Even the soundtrack isn’t memorable.

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        • Have we talked about loving Jhoom Barabar Jhoom? Because I love it too! It’s so magical and real at the same time. One of the great immigrant stories that feels like the people I actually know.

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          • Oh good! I am glad to hear I was able to pay back all your recommendations with something you enjoyed.

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  17. A Gentleman is on hotstar, so I was finally able to see a newer release! I absolutely loved it and thought Sid was really perfectly cast. I think as he gets older he’ll get even better in these slick action/spy thrillers. What I liked best about the film besides the slickness of it all was the brand of humor…I definitely enjoy sarcasm and darker comedy better than slapstick and crude humor and this one does it well. Actually one of the first Indian films I’ve seen that successfully does so.

    Also had a doubleheader when I realized that I could get a hold of Mubarakan with badly coded but still decipherable subtitles. Enjoyed it and am pretty upset that Neha Sharma didn’t get to do more press with the cast since she’s clearly the second female lead. I was undecided with Athiya Shetty after her debut, but this is several steps back. She’s got a striking face but that’s all I can say nice about her. Arjun was fine, but nothing special in this…so a little disappointed. Anil Kapoor was charming.

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    • Yay!!!! I am so glad A Gentleman is available!!! And that I am not the only one who liked it. Just such a clever fun movie!

      And yeah, your reaction to Mubarakan is similar to mine. It’s okay, nothing special, Arjun could be better.

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