New YouTube Video! With a dog head in it for a half second. Oh well. Anyway, it’s the video version of this post here.
Happy Wednesday! I’ve got a follow up to Monday’s question for you, and also of course we can just generally talk about what we are watching and reading and thinking.
Happy Birthday Preity! Can’t believe this is the first year I am giving you a post! Sorry for the past two years, oh well. To make up for it, many many things!
What a fascinating movie! First, it was released in theaters and online almost simultaneously, which I always find fascinating. And second, it was really really good!
It’s like a whole genre, right? I think this every time I update my Saavn playlist. If you are a fan of light happy songs (which I am), a large number of wonderful light happy songs end up living within bad movies. Specifically, rom-coms that aspire to be light and happy but never manage to live up to their soundtrack.
I don’t do directors often with these birthday posts, but Priyadarshan is distinctive enough, and also crosses multiple language industries that all are addressed by this blog, that I feel like he deserves a post. If only a small one.
This film FINALLY made it’s way to einthusan. And it is just as wonderful as Angie promised me. Not as spectacularly well-made and imaginative as Ohm Shanti Oshaana, but that same totally satisfying feel of a female protagonist going after what she wants and getting it in a completely happy way. Everyone happy, really.
I’m not going to get into the presentation of Jahuar in Padmavat again, I touched on it in my no spoilers review, and I will get to it possibly tomorrow in my full SPOILER summary. But I do want to have a conversation about conversation, and how it works and how it starts and spreads, based on Swara Bhaskar’s open letter objecting to Jahuar in Padmavat versus the response to it that is being sent around today.
Angie and Niki and I started going back and forth on the Wednesday post last week about whether it is possible to be a fan of multiple people/sports teams at once. Which began to make me realize that there might be multiple ways of being fans. And I am curious, out of the 3 categories I am thinking of, which you might identify for yourself. Oh, and this is also the weekly post to bring up any general discussion topics you might want to talk about!
Part 1 came out yesterday, moving right along to part 2. This isn’t a real “scene by scene”, not the way I have done it in the past with every line and every shot considered. This is more a summary of the film with some minor discussion, similar to what I did for Bajirao. (full index of summary here)
Not a full scene by scene, more just a detailed plot summary with occasional tangents. But still interesting! And longish. Oh, and I also threw in my initial think piece about Orientalism and my “no spoilers” review.
Is it weird that I send greeting cards to my blog readers? It’s a little weird, isn’t it? Oh well, you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to. But you should! My cards are AWESOME and all you have to do is give me your address so I know where to send it.
This is a tricky one, on the one hand there is so much in it that I really want to go through step by step and make sure I don’t miss anything. On the other hand, there isn’t enough in it (and I don’t want to spend so much time) for me to do a “real” scene by scene, shot by shot, style discussion. So I’m gonna do kind of a half one. Sort of like I did for Bajirao. Go through everything that happened, but not in super detail. (no spoiler review is here)
Why is my dog journey somehow taking longer than my apartment journey? Or, like, applying for grad school? I think it’s probably me. I am way way way way way too picky.
I saw it! Not opening night, but soon enough. Theater was half full, half the audience was talking and the other half was shushing them, very odd dynamic. I’m used to all talking or no one, not this mix and match. Which kind of fit the mix and match I saw within the film.
I’ll be seeing Padmavat tonight, mainly because I haven’t been able to go see a movie in a while, and here it is. A large part of the reason it will no doubt get a big box office, here it is and there hasn’t been anything else for a long time. And also, my friend Dina is free to go with me and I haven’t seen her in almost a month. But, to counteract what I am beginning to hear about Padmavat, I am going to give us a little reminder of all the wonderfully strong female characters that there have been in Hindi film, and all the wonderful historical Muslim characters there have been.
This is just a fun happy movie that I felt like talking about because it is the complete opposite of the big dramatic movie that came out last night and which I will be seeing tonight. And they are both based on classic poems!
You probably haven’t noticed, but I am trying to be an “adult”, and do straight adult analysis and stuff lately, no fun TGIF, less sexy FanFic, and so on. And it’s HARD. I don’t like it! So my girly fan stuff is bursting out of me, and I have to do an all SRK fanvid post!
Finally, some interesting news stories! I’ve been checking for days, and there hasn’t been anything that I consider juicy (no, rumors of possible conflict, and discussion of something someone said that might be offensive are not juicy). But today, lots of actual industrial news! So happy!
I am always up for an excuse for a songs post! And Kavita is a hidden gem of a playback singer, not as famous and revered as Lataji or Ashaji, but an amazing singer.
Well, this turned into a whole thing! I started just wanting to establish Amrish’s character journey at this part in the film, and I just ended up going on and on until it went way beyond the usual Scene By Scene and turned into a screed on the tragedy and trauma of the immigrant (full index of DDLJ posts here)