Monday Morning Questions Post: Happy Shahrukh Month Week 2!!!

Happy Monday!  And Happy Start of Week 2 of 31 Days o’ SRK!!!!  You don’t HAVE to ask me an SRK question today, but you also don’t have to NOT ask me an SRK question today.

As always, you can ask me anything from the personal (“what was the first SRK movie you watched?”) to the specific (“what was SRK’s first movie?”) to the general discussion (“what is the best first SRK movie to show someone?”).

The only rule is, you have to let me answer first!  Because the discussion just goes better that way.

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29 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions Post: Happy Shahrukh Month Week 2!!!

  1. Can’t wait to read your take on the Padmavati trailer! It was an incredibly well-edited trailer and while I’m getting a little Bajirao Mastani deja vu, it does look epic. I do worry that the Alauddin Khalji portrayal by Ranveer Singh will create tensions along religious/political lines. He’s not known for restraint or nuance in his acting and there is a pretty strong good vs. evil vibe that makes me uncomfortable even knowing that it’s based on one particular historical moment.

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    • Oh, and my question: do you have a favorite trailer of all time? It doesn’t mean you have to like the film…just a really well-made trailer.

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      • Oh that’s an easy one! Darr. It’s just brilliant. Legend has it that Yashji let Aditya cut it himself, all on his own, and it was so brilliant that it proved his abilities and therefore he was given DDLJ to direct. Really, any trailer Adi touches is golden. Including the jab tak hain jaan teaser, which was just a tribute to his father:

        Oh, and here’s Darr:

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        • I haven’t seen the trailer or the film yet and I know I really need to someday. I’ll check out the trailer after I’m off the reference desk this morning.

          I think Padmavati is a great example of a trailer done well…it tends to be pretty easy to make a picturesque film like a historical epic look good. Recently Raabta and ADHM were effective in their own ways, too. I do have a weakness for those silly Hollywood movie trailer voice overs (“In a world…). I wonder why that style has never been employed in India (or it may have and I can’t think of one).

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          • Yep, that’s a great trailer for Darr…I’ve never felt the need to run out and see it but now I do!

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          • What I’ve read talked about is also how unusual it was. Trailers typically just showed the plot of the film, maybe a few songs. This kind of crazy montage giving you the feel of the film with no details, making you wonder “what happens?”, that was completely original. It works great now, I can only imagine it was even better when it first came out and no one knew what the film would be about.

            On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 12:36 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. My Monday morning question is–did you see the comments I left on the last JHMS deleted scene post about the wilted garlands hanging by the door of Harry’s bedroom? I know you can’t reply to every comment, but I’m excited about those garlands, so have to ask!

    We see them new and fresh in the deleted scene with Mayank in the apartment, and I was excited to see them in the “silence before parting” deleted scene, and then, on re-watching the movie, to see them behind Sejal post-argument when she’s talking to Rupen and her sister on her ipad. Excited because I don’t usually spot details like that unless people point them out to me, and excited because I feel like it telegraphs that they will end up together. As broken, confused, and hurt as they are both feeling at that moment, the (marriage) garlands are hanging next to one another in the heart of Harry’s home. Things will be ok. 🙂

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    • I did see! And before I had a chance to leap in with something wise in response, a bunch of other people had already responded, so I didn’t have anything to add.

      I guess here’s one small thing, along with the garlands being there in the background the whole time as a clue to the viewer, it also indicates how special the garlands where to them. We had that little moment when Harry was about to throw his away and Sejal stopped him. At some point after that, she or he must have carefully gathered them up and hung them in the bedroom.

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      • And to add to that, a Facebook friend posted something about fado songs, and the meaning of “saudade”, which is used to describe the feeling they express. It’s “the presence of absence”. Yaadon Mein!

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    • It was Sejal who put the garlands like that…it was Sejal who reacted the deepest to the Fado song…it was Sejal who sensed ShahRukh behind her in the tram…it was Sejal who went to sleep at Harry’s side and – in her sleep, so unconsciously – didn’t want to let him go…it was Sejal who said she would save him (as already he had saved her)…it was Sejal who had to establish the reality of this love…the movie was about Sejal (who would never had become Sejal without Harry to guide her).
      It is a movie of so much poetry and depth that the rejection by Indian audience pains me…they should know better.

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      • Yes to everything you said! I really wish the title had just been “Sejal”. I was thinking last night how much the line “what you seek is seeking you” applies to her. She was seeking her truest self, her freedom, her partner in life, her place in the world. And it all was seeking her.

        This weekend I’ll be watching JHMS with my mom and my aunt. I’m actually nervous that they won’t like it, haha.

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  3. What’s the latest on Madhuri’s TV series produced by Priyanka about her life in U.S?Do you think it’ll be popular outside the desi circles?

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      • Nothing new since the announcement in July/August that I’ve seen. It’s still not clear whether Priyanka is producing it and starring in it or just producing it.

        New rumors this week are that Katrina Kaif is now in talks for a Hollywood film with Jeremy Renner. Interesting…and I can’t wait to hear when and if Sonam’s Hollywood agent finds her something, too.

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        • I think Kat would do well in a Hollywood film. Beyond the simple “at least she can speak the language!”, she has a very western style of acting. Not as much set mannerisms, more natural.

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          • Yep, I agree. And everyone says she’s such a professional on the set and that will help her, too. There will be more and more of that silly press coverage making it a competition between all of these current actresses on who will really cross over big. Priyanka is, obviously, in the “lead”. What will interest me the most is the first mainstream (for lack of a better term) Indian actress to get really good reviews for her acting skills in a widely seen Hollywood/international project. Aishwarya and Priyanka are both seen as beauty queens first in Hollywood, I think…though I’m sure Priyanka is showing off her great business savvy now. I would place my bets on Deepika someday if she can get out of the XXX franchise gracefully, but I wouldn’t be surprised if its Katrina or Sonam even. Maybe Priyanka if she deglams for a role.

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  4. Not a question but a big THANK YOU for augmenting the number of recent comments, Margaret.

    As for the subject of an Indian actress to get serious acknowledgement in Hollywood, we may have to wait till Suhana is ready to display her talent in movies 🙂

    Thanks also for the Darr trailer…reminded me of what was/is possible 🙂

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  5. Have you seen the trailer of Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana? It’s starring Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbhanda. It seems to be in a similar tone of movies like Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. The story really reminds me of Badrinath Ki Dulhania though.

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    • I haven’t seen it! I saw it on twitter right before I left for work, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.

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      • Do watch it because it seems interesting. Kind of like what would happen in Badrinath Ki Dulhania if Badri was a different type of person.

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        • It is interesting! And another opportunity for Rajkummar Rao to try to win me over and forgive him for Queen. But no! Never! I see his face and I am right back to “I hate you!!!!” Which is really a tribute to his acting, but maybe he should have done a less perfect job with his Queen character and left himself open to other roles, where he isn’t the Worst Person in History.

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          • Maybe he is leaning into it? Has learned that at least one audience member will never forgive him and he might as well just give up?

            More seriously, I am kind of reminded of Shahrukh’s early days. He stood out by taking the negative roles and elevating them. Until eventually the audience came around to wanting him to be a straight up hero.

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          • Maybe Rajkummar Rao will end up doing hero roles soon. It does seem like he’s been doing more mainstream lead roles this year compared to the past.

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