I know this isn’t the best movie, in many ways. But it is a very enjoyable and memorable movie. And I’m sleepy and this is a movie I can write about without thinking to much. Because it doesn’t demand much thought. Unlike yesterday’s movie, which is part of the reason I was up so late and am now so sleepy.
I stayed up way way way way waaaaaaay too late reading funeral coverage last night. I think the last time I did that was for the royal wedding. Which made me start thinking how oddly public this event was, like a royal wedding more than a celebrity funeral.
Happy Wednesday! Fair warning, I got like no sleep last night. Stupid addictive Sridevi coverage. So I may be a bit disjointed in my responses today.
Moondram Pillai, so far as I can tell, does not exist with subtitles. So instead I ended up with Sadma with poor subtitles. A challenge for my Hindi skills! Luckily, most of the performance brilliance was in the non-verbal parts.
I put up a post yesterday related to Sridevi’s death about how there is a recent association in Indian popular culture between “skinny” and “healthy” and also “beautiful”. And then the comments section just went wild with people talking. Mostly people from the west, where the weight issue has been the dominant issue in appearance for years. But I started to feel odd talking about this on an Indian film blog without acknowledging the fact that in India it is in fact skin tone that is the dominant issue.
Just trying to get something positive out of this. Might as well use it as a reminder of what “healthy” actually means, versus how the Indian press and public figures (just in the past few years! It is still reversible!) have started to use it. And how the West has been using it for years.
I already reposted everything already in the archives, for at least the next few days I will also put up new reviews. Sorry, mostly Hindi, they are just more easily available, and/or I have already watched them and can review without needing to set aside time to watch. (all Sridevi reviews here)
This story is just going to drag on and on, I can feel it. And if I am already getting tired of it (not mourning Sridevi, just the logistical updates), can you imagine how exhausted her family must be? Waiting and waiting and waiting and putting all plans on hold over and over again?
Happy Monday! Extra happy for me, because I get to go on vacation on Friday (wee!). Not from the blog of course, I never take a day off from you, but from everything else. In the meantime, I want to give you answers, and a question of your own!
This is the second part of the story that always happens. After the twitter messages, the personal visits start, and the stories of people comforting or helping directly. And then tomorrow (probably) will be the final story, the funeral and wake. At which we will see what public statements are made by who attends and how. Well, not quite the final story. It doesn’t end with the funeral. These bonds we are seeing now aren’t just for show, they will be followed up by serious commitments and lifelong support in Sridevi’s memory for the people she left behind.
And now the tweets have started. Which is expected. Always the first reaction after a death. In this case, they are interestingly similar and interestingly wide-ranging.
This is really an unbelievable performance. As in, you watch the movie, enjoy the movie, then look it up and discover that it was Sridevi’s first adult role and she was only 13 and go “I don’t believe it”. (full list of Sridevi reviews here)
This is such a fun movie. And it is also the movie when I realized that what feels odd about Ram Gopal Verma’s Hindi films, is that he is trying to make over every heroine into Sridevi, and not succeeding. Because there is only one Sridevi. (full listing of my Sridevi reviews here)
This is the movie I stayed up much too late to see in theaters and review right away, and then left at 6am the next day for a family vacation. And it was worth it. (full list of Sridevi films I have reviewed here)
There was so much promotion for this film, it seemed impossible for anyone or any picture to measure up to it. But then, somehow, she did. (full index of Sridevi films here)
Happy Birthday Shahid! I have to admit, I am secretly a bit of a Shahid fan. And so he will get TWO dozen reasons I love you, instead of the usual dozen (this is an updated and reposted post)
Lamhe is where Sridevi showed she could play mother and daughter, lover and friend, woman and girl, all in the same picture. Truly, no other actress could have pulled off this feat. (full index of Sridevi films I have covered here)
Shahid! An old favorite of mine, who never really got the career he should have/could have. But he has a fair number of reviews in my archives anyway.
This is the post for people who aren’t sure if they know who Sridevi was, who she married, who her children were, and so on. If you want an unbiased (as much as possible) description of the basic facts of her life, this is it.