Happy Monday! I had a very odd weekend, all day in the sun on Saturday, then church on Sunday and lunch with my parents, followed by a 4 hour nap. You know those naps that are so long when you wake up it feels like a different day? Maybe that’s why I am writing this post on Sunday night and scheduling it for Monday.
As always, you can ask me anything from the personal (“what movie are you watching on the 4th?”) to the specific and factual (“Are there any Indian movies that acknowledge the 4th of July?”) to the general discussion (“What are the best Indian movies to watch on the 4th?”)
The only rule is, you have to let me answer first! The discussion just goes better that way. But once I have put up my answer, feel free to leap in with your own.
Now, question for you! Not 4th of July related (after all, it is an American holiday and most of my readers aren’t American):
Shahrukh did a video picking 26 films to represent his 26 years. I’m not going to make you pick 26, so let’s say 3. What are the 3 films you would pick to represent your favorite actor? Not his best films, but the ones that give the best few of the whole sweep of his career?
For me, for Shahrukh:
- Dil Aashna Hai: he took second place to a woman director, and 4 female stars, that willingness to let the women go first is what started off his career.
- Om Shanti Om: Shahrukh as the self-aware superstar, willing to play himself and make fun of himself.
- Chennai Express: A new version of Shahrukh, playing his age, making fun of his age, trying to find a new kind of self-deprecating stardom, a way to bring himself back down to earth.
For Nivin Pauly:
- Thattathin Marathi: A star is born! The perfect sweet real hero, young and innocent but with a big heart.
- Premam: Stardom confirmed, and also acting ability confirmed, he has more to him than just the simple young hero.
- Action Hero Biju: Taking control, playing a powerful hero and also acting as a producer.
For Vidya Balan:
- Parineeta: Obviously, her first big break role. And also one that showed a certain different feel to her onscreen right from the start.
- Kismat Konnection: Not a good movie, but a reminder of her wilderness years, when no one really knew what to do with her.
- Tumhari Sulu: strong confident leading lady, aging out of the heroine parts and into something much better.
I could go on and on, but I won’t! Instead, you should. Pick your favorite actor, what three films would summarize their whole career?