Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week! A short week for me, because I get to take Friday off to help my parents prepare for a massive house party (you will be hearing more about this).
Reading: Almost done with my Terry Pratchett series, considering something slightly more challenging afterwards. Or else slightly less challenging, my sister just sent me a link for a terrible “Christian” romance that involves a mail order bride and a grizzly bear.
Thinking: I placed a big order with eshakti and I actually measured myself and asked for customization this time. And now I am nervous, because I never trust measurements, and it is super depressing to get an order and try everything on and nothing fits.
Watching: last night I got together with a friend and, as almost always happens, we ended up just watching song videos instead of a full film. Although last time we did manage to get all the way through Talwar, so that should hold us for a while.
Now, question for you!
The Fault in Our Stars remake was just announced, the Sairat remake is coming out on Friday, and that got me thinking:
What remakes actually are good and deserve to exist?
If we consider the PC Barua 1935 Devdas as the original and all else as remake, then I would say that the 1955 Dilip Kumar version, the 1953 ANR version, and the Anurag Kashyap 2009 Dev D all deserve to exist.
Streets of Fire as Tezaab, yes, it almost feels like a Hindi film anyway, this is just helping it to meet its destiny.
Taxi Driver to Sadak, yes, it’s a complete reimagining of the story for an Indian audience with all but a few elements changed.
An Affair to Remember to Mann, YES! It’s already a cheesy ridiculous romance, why not put it in Indian dress and make it even cheesier?
Agneepath to Agneepath? Yes, again, the modern version simplified the story and made it so much more powerful.
Hmm, I’m having a hard time thinking of a remake between Indian languages that is deserving. I guess Salt Mango Tree and Hindi Medium? They have almost nothing in common besides a central problem, but Hindi Medium claims to be a remake. And Salt Mango Tree really wasn’t very good, I am okay with it being remade with a better cast and songs and script.
Oh, and if you need a lift to get you through the rest of the week, here is Dog Hazel showing us how to have a proper “things to do, places to see, no time to chat” kind of attitude towards life.