Indian History on Film: My 4 Favorite Films to Watch Instead of Padmavati

Padmavati is almost definitely certainly not coming out tomorrow (I have learned to not really count on anything with Indian film releases, but it does seem pretty certain).  So, if you are jonesing for a cinematic Indian history fix, what can you watch instead?

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Learn Hindi From Film Songs for Hindi Movies

My continuing series!  Which is half tongue-in-cheek and half serious.  If you truly are only interested in learning Hindi in order to better appreciate the films, these are the words that will help you.  If you want to actually learn Hindi to read books and talk to people and stuff, this is useless.  It’s very rare to need the word for “unfaithful” in common conversation.  At least, not my conversations, I don’t know your life. (first post here, second post here, if you want to learn even more words!)

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Starter Kit: Actresses, Part 2, Neetu to Diana Penty

I already put up one random actress post based on the first people I remembered off the top of my head. This time I want to bring together a whole bunch of random smaller actresses that I can cover quickly.  With some fairly random suggestions of films you could watch to get an idea of them, since all their films are kind of the same, one film is as good as another.  This should kind of fill in the background players of the industry, the minor artists who help bring it all together. Continue reading

Tuesday Tamil: Kadal, Mani Ratnam Loses His Way

This is a strange review, because it’s a beautiful movie with a lot of strong elements that somehow fails to come together.  But then on the other hand, the only version I was able to find was for some reason missing 8 or 20 minutes (depending on which source I see), so it’s possible it would have come together if I had seen the full version.  But I still kind of doubt it somehow.  It’s just an odd odd plot, a strange combination of Agneepath and Thalapathi and “Joote Bole” from Bobby expanded to full film length.  And also Christian philosophy which is never quite defined.

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Box Office: Padmavati is Needed to Unite the Global Market

Huh.  One of those weeks that makes you realize the NRI audience really is not the same everywhere.  In fact, it made me dig up that Karan Johar quote when he broke down the audience. (figures courtesy of Renttrack by way of Bollywoodhungama)

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Video Ad Problem Update

I know you’ve been suffering with video ads, and I’ve been working on it!  Here’s the last thing I heard from WordPress:

We’ve had several reports of video ads that are hijacking the browser window, and we’re working to track down the advertisers that are submitting them, so that we can block them.

Could you let us know the following information, to help us track down the advertiser?

  • Your browser and operating system.
  • Your IP address (you can go to to find this)
  • The exact URL of the page/post where the ad was shown.
  • What product/service was being advertised.
  • The URL of the page that the ad takes you to.

If you’re getting reports from site visitors, they can also contact us with that information by filling out the form here:

That will help us track down the bad-acting advertiser, so that we can block the ads.

Monday Malayalam: Ozhivu Divasathe Kali/An Off-Day Game, A Beautifully filmed Dark Movie

This was a “well heck, it’s short!” movie watching decision.  And it was, indeed, short.  But otherwise not the kind of movie I would usually watch.  Very film festival.  Which is strange, because Malayalam films already are kind of film festival-y, but this is really really film festival-y.

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Two Tamil Trailers: Richie and Tik Tik Tik

Two big Tamil trailers came out today (say that ten times fast!).  I am slightly more excited about one than the other, because it is a slightly better edited trailer and also has Nivin Pauly.  But the other one is pretty darn good too.  Most of all, they are both challenges to the Hindi dominance of everything.

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News Round-Up: Diljit Biopics, IFFI Hesitates, Siddharth Fashions, Deepika Deepikas, and Kangana Can’t Kangana

Happy Cyber Monday!  If my website loads slowly today, it’s not my fault, it’s The Internet.  Well, more accurately, The People on The Internet.  So, be patient, and load this whole story, and you can read a bunch of not very exciting news stories.

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 Happy Cyber Monday! You Know What Would Be a Good Gift? MY BOOK!!!!

It really would!  Especially if you have been trying to explain to your family and friends why you like these movies and take them seriously.  Let me make the explanation for you!  It will save you so much energy and anger.  Or, you can buy it as a Christmas gift to yourself, and then have handy talking points all ready for all the family gatherings.

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Christmas Giveaway Week 4! First One During the Actual Christmas Season!

This is just an American thing, right?  We have our American holiday of Thanksgiving, and then as soon as it is over, BAM! Christmas EXPLODES!!!!!  Anyway, now we are solidly in the Christmas season, whether you follow the SRKian calendar (as I do, starting my Christmas giveaway as soon as his birthday was over), or the American one.

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Hindi Film 101: Politics and Film, Politics and Hatred, and Padmavati

Well, the Padmavati issue has taken a slightly different turn, the release is actually delayed.  I haven’t seen that with a big Hindi film recently, although I know it has happened before, both in Hindi and other language industries.  And the delay and some other comments indicate that this is beginning to move into a different category, politics and violence.  Which means you are all going to get mad at me again when I try to address it, and I may lose a few more readers (well, a lot of readers).  And get a fair amount of notice by trolls and hate groups (don’t worry, I will block most of them).  But I also feel a bit of an obligation to address it.  And this is the toned down version, my original post was a lot angrier.

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Friday Classics: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, A Second Go Round!

My last review last week, that was the version I wrote for grad school, all about what it means for star studies and the higher level of meaning and blah de blah de blah.  But I found the need to write a second review after talking with you in the comments, that is more in my blog style.

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TGIF: Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Something I am Very Thankful for, Men in Blue Jeans!

I was all nice and daughterly and granddaughterly yesterday, now it’s time to be completely inappropriate and put up my TGIF post!  And as a special treat, I am posting it early in the day.  It should still keep you entertained all day, since I think this is my longest TGIF post ever.  And it also includes a complex and objective rating system, that you can feel free to disagree with, modify, or use for your own ratings in the comments

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Starter Kit: Rising Male Stars

I could give you an elaborate reason why I felt the need for this post, but there really isn’t one besides “my views are down thanks to Thanksgiving and I want something that will get us all talking”.  So, starter kit for male stars!

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Things I am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am in the process of beating myself up trying to organize my apartment, but I am also trying to be thankful for the good things in life.  Assume that family, friends, health, etc., are all taken as a given.  Here are the other things!

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