Monday Morning Questions Post! What Mysteries Do You Want To Get An Indian Film Adaptation?

Happy October!  Only 30 days left to Halloween, which means I need to start getting serious about my Christmas present plans.  Currently I am thinking about making 14 identical handmade gifts for everyone on my list, which should take me about a week per gift, sooooooooooooooooo I guess I am already running behind?

As always, you can ask me anything from the personal (“why 14 gifts?”) to the specific and factual (“are there any Indian movies about Halloween?”) to the general discussion (“what is the best movie to watch while doing crafts?”).

The only rule is, you have to let me answer first!  The discussion just goes better that way.  But once I have answered, you can go ahead and join the discussion if you have something to add.


Now, question for you!  Fall is traditionally my time to read murder mysteries.  The cool weather makes my brain work better than in the summer so I want something intellectual.  As I am browsing at the library for new serieses, I inevitably started to think: What mystery series should be made into an Indian film?

Here is what I have come up with so far:

Lord Peter Wimsey: Aristocratic sensitive detective and his romance with the difficult rude lady mystery novelist.  Plus murders!  It’s the perfect movie.

Campion: This is a less famous series but I love it.  Another aristocratic detective, but a poor one who is more of an adventurer.  And his spunky brilliant engineer female sidekick/love interest.

Mr. and Mrs. Pitt: A detective marries slightly above himself, and he and his wife and his wife’s very wealthy socialite sister all solve mysteries, him working up from below stairs and his wife and sister-in-law working down from above.

Miss Marple: I just want Waheeda Rahman to play her.  Is that too much to ask?

Columbo: Irrfan Khan


11 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions Post! What Mysteries Do You Want To Get An Indian Film Adaptation?

  1. Hmmm. Great question! Inspector Morse, Hetty Wainthrope Investigates, and something super dark (yet not utterly cynical) like Broadchurch would be great. I can only think of TV series at the moment, of course Morse is based on a book series. Ooh! PD James mysteries would work. I love Adam Dalgliesh. And the author who writes books that are all pub names. Grimes!

    I’ll bite on the crafts topic. How do you decide on what handmade gifts to do for Christmas? Are you good at estimating time to complete? And what do you like to watch while crafting, if anything?

    Will DH be getting a cute sweater for Fall/Winter?


    • I’d love Hetty Wainthrope investigates, with Kirron Kher and Amit Sadh.

      For Christmas, ideally I find a simple clever pattern and just make the same thing over and over and over again. And I never allow enough time for it. I should really be starting now, but I still haven’t even found the simple clever pattern to use, let alone bought the materials and everything else.

      And my sister plans on making a whole line of DH sweaters. She’s already thinking about improvements on the last one.

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  2. First, Ten Little Indians (And Then There Were None) an historical epic directed by SS Rajamouli. An evil Sultan (played by ??) invites ten neighboring princes to his castle as suitors for his daughter (Anushka Shetty) ostensibly because he has no sons and wants to insure his succession. In reality, he plans to kill them all to take their lands and rule the world. (or something like that) The princes are dispatched each in turn until one of them (Prabhas) is left. He susses out the plot, kills the Sultan and…well, you know.

    Second, Murder on the Orient Express ( you can tell I’m an Agatha fan). This one is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. People from all walks of life board a train at Churchgate Station in Mumbai. I see Deepika and Ranveer, Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Karina, Hema, Dimple maybe, Alia, Rani, Kaushal…just about anybody; it can be a star showcase. Shah Rukh plays the Hercule role, only he’s sexy, not poncy, and Amir or Salman can be the NRI who gets killed.

    Irrfan as Columbo, genius!

    Good luck with the homemade gifts. Don’t see how you’ll fit it in what with all you do.There’s always TJ Maxx.

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    • Conveniently, Ten Little Indians was already remade! Gumnaam, from the 1960s. But it was a traditional adaptation, a group of strangers invited to a remote island etc. etc. But I like your version a lot better! And I vote for Nassar as the Sultan.

      Love Murder on the Orient Express, except I vote for 3 detectives. Aamir is regular police, Shahrukh is the brilliant consultant, and Salman is originally a suspect later revealed to be a RAW agent on a case. If we are making it a multi-starrer, why not go all the way.

      I think the key with the homemade gifts is going to be making them handicrafts, not machine. Machine is faster, but I have to be home in my apartment for several hours in a row. Hand crafts, I can do at work while on phone calls.

      On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 7:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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      • Never heard of Gumnaam. I have to search out some of the oldies.

        Superb take on Murder on the Orient Express! I forgot to add that Farhan Ahktar will write both screenplays.

        I’m ham-handed when it comes to crafts. Please post pix of what you make.

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        • The problem is, some of my relatives who might be receiving these beautiful homemade presents also occasionally visit the blog. So look forward to a couple of months of me speaking in generalities about what I am making so as not to spoil the surprise. Maybe I can post a photo the day after Christmas 🙂

          On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 9:41 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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