Hindi Film 101: The Three Phases of an Actress Career

This came up on yesterday’s News Round-Up post when we were talking about Dips and Padmavati and where she might go next.  The thing is, there is a standard route where she will go that is kind of an unspoken but accepted thing.  So I thought I might as well speak it, just in case you are new to the films and are unaware of the expectations for an actress.  Oh, and also give a comparison with Hollywood in case you are new to Hollywood and unaware of the standard route there.

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Happy Birthday to My Closest Friend!

NOT my best friend!!!!  She is pushing for that commitment, but I am holding film against it, because that is the kiss of death.  Once you say “best friend”, the relationship ends immediately (in my experience).  Like when celebrity couples get tattoos of each other (Saif and Kareena excepted).  But I will say “closest friend”.  And, weirdly, she has the exact same birthday as my father.  Which creates a little testing of loyalties every year as I try to schedule them around each other.  Also Mickey Mouse, but I never really do anything to celebrate him, so it doesn’t really effect my plans.

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Friday Classics: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, the Deconstruction of Shahrukh Khan

Get ready for me to be lazy!  I just dug up a paper I wrote for grad school on this film/Shahrukh’s star persona and wildly slashed out bits and rearranged and then threw it up.  But whatever, I haven’t done a Rab Ne post yet really, and it was time.  The post I really wanted to write was on Lucky: No Time for Love, but I’m not going to let myself, because that should wait for Salman’s Birthday Celebration time.

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News Round-Up: Abhishek Update, Padman and Sony, Sanjay Khan and Scandal, Shahid Kapoor and Comedy, Padmavati

Okay, I am going to try to catch up on every interesting news story over the past few days in one big post!  Some of these will be pretty short updates.  Also, be warned, I haven’t had breakfast and the Padmavati news is irritating me, so I am in a pretty bad mood about all of these stories with no time to be diplomatic about how I address them.

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What My Blog to Grow and Find More Readers? Here’s How!

Do you know what gains me 5 times as many new readers as anything else?  People recommending me on other sites!  Not in the actual content of the post, but in the comments.  Somehow if you are reading an article or watching a video or even just in a forum, and someone in the comments says “hey, check out this awesome post”, you are much more likely to click through to the post than if it is anywhere else.  Even celebrity tweets, not as powerful as normal people recommendations!  And it’s not exactly something I can do for myself, because then everyone knows it is the author of the post and just ignores it.

So, here’s your monthly request to please help by telling other people if you like something I wrote.

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.


Monthly Reminder That There Are Ways To Donate If You Wish To Give Money to the Blog! Oh, and a new way to help

I have a new thing!  Even if you feel like you just read this post last month (you did, it’s mostly identical), there is one new thing right at the start.

In addition to donating, there is something you can do that costs you nothing.  Please “whitelist” my site.  That is, turn off your adblocker when you are here.  I know ads are irritating and all that, but it’s part of what helps me pay for movie tickets and my domain name and all that.  Well, not really pay for it, but it helps me not lose quite as much money.  So if you have adblocker going all the time and don’t even think about it (as I do myself), this is a reminder to turn it off on my website because you like me so much.


And then the rest of this post is like usual! 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.


Donate to the site, $1 or $2 or $20 or $200, however much you want.



DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 36: Shahrukh is Cocky!

Welcome back to DDLJ!  Our lovers are still separated, but we do get some really cute Shahrukh faces in this bit.  And I am sticking with my theory that these paired sequences represent the male and female reaction to “love triumphant”.  Kajol was shy and eager to share her happiness with another woman and be a bit dreamy, but also a bit afraid to trust it.  Shahrukh is so proud of himself he is about to burst his buttons. (full index of DDLJ coverage here)

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Happy Birthday Juhi Chawla!!!! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!!!

I feel bad only giving her a dozen, but on the other hand I am also taking time from visiting my sister to write this post, and using my sister’s stupid mac computer to do it (the mouse only has one button!  What is this MADNESS!), so that should count for something.  Oh well, next year I will give her 2 dozen reasons to make up for it.

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Monday Morning Questions Post: Happy Last Day of My Vacation!

Well, I’m already homesick.  But then, I get homesick like immediately (which is why I don’t travel so much).  My own bed!  My own stuffed animals!  My own Ovaltine glass!  My own TV!!!!!  I miss it so much!  Although it is also nice being here, my sister has okay beds and glasses and TV and stuff.  No stuffed animals, but that’s just because I stole all of when we were kids, so I can’t blame her for that.  Anyway, distract me from missing my stuffed bear Helga by asking me questions!

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Silly Sunday: Knitting Fanfic!!! In Honor of Visiting My Sister (Including Shahrukh Sexy Sweater Story)

Happy Sunday!  Much later than usual.  Because I am visiting my sister and I was busy learning how to crochet and stuff.  Which brings me to this post!  In honor of my sister industriously knitting away next to me, and our conversation on the TGIF post of the lack of nice handmade sweaters in the world, a knitting themed fanfic post!!!!

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Happy Veteran’s/Armistice Day!

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month!  Very easy to remember, very hard to ignore.  That’s when WWI officially ended.  Over one million Indian troops served overseas, and 74,187 died.  2 million Americans served, and 116,300 died.  Although the majority of those deaths were from the influenza epidemic, not battle. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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News Round-Up: Bhansali and the Bachchans and Censor Versus Censor

Happy Veteran’s Day!  I bring you greetings from my sister’s living room while we watch Nagarjuna on the TV (we needed something nice to wake up to).  Very exciting to wake up to, SO MUCH NEWS!!!!  Including the continuing saga of Abhishek.

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