Happy Monday! And happy 3 days to Diwali! Or 17 days to Shahrukh’s birthday. Or 4 days to Secret Superstar comes out. Or until Golmaal 4 comes out. Whichever is most important to you.
As always, you can ask me any question from the personal (“which are you more excited about?”) to the specific and factual (“what is Diwali?”) to the general discussion (“will Golmaal 4 or Secret Superstar do better at the box office?”).
The only rule is, you have to let me answer first! It’s more fun for me that way, plus the discussion seems to go better. But once I give my answer, feel free to jump in and give your own.
And now, as sometimes happens on Mondays, I have a question for you! Joyomama and Filmilibrarian have talking about watching every film of an actor or other filmmaker in order. It’s an interesting challenge, it can help you better appreciate the development of a particular actor, and if you choose the right person, it can also serve as a way to give you a guide through film history, a purposefully random view as a career rises and falls.
So, what would be an interesting actor to pick? Ideally not someone overwhelming (Anupam Kher, for instance, would be interesting but also prohibitively time consuming and difficult). But also not someone too simple, Aditya Chopra for instance has only made 4 films, all interesting, but not a very long journey.
Some thoughts I had: Shabana Azmi might be interesting, she’s had a varied career and is always excellent. Kajol would be another good one, a career that went from the wild days of the early 90s through to the sleek and sophisticated present day. Yash Chopra would be really interesting. Long, and varied, career.
What do you think? Who is a good artist to follow through a career of at least a few decades, but hopefully less than 100 films?