Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening To Diwali Week?

Happy Wednesday!  I’m feeling bleak, mostly because the weather is totally overcast, partly because I put in soooooooooooo much work on the two reviews yesterday and no one read them (tip: if you want more Malayalam reviews, maybe read Malayalam reviews?  And comment and share?  Because otherwise I’m not gonna bother).  Anyway, I get to go over to a friend’s house tonight, so that will be nice.

I’ll start!

Watching: Nothing special, but I am debating what to watch tonight with my friend.  And trying to figure out how the heck I am going to fit in Thugs and Sarkar over this weekend.  Although why bother because NO ONE READS MY REVIEWS.

Reading: Well, I still haven’t had a chance to skim through the rest of the Confessions of a Thug book.  Finished the really good Bujold’s, considering what to start next.

Thinking: I need to do something to cheer me up this weekend.  I have to teach Sunday School, and lead a meeting afterwards, and I should see Sarkar, and I have to do a big load of laundry, and so on and so forth.  Maybe I go to the ethnic fair at the Croatian Cultural Center that I saw the signs for when I went to vote?

Listening: For Shahrukh week, I set up an SRK playlist.  It’s fun to revisit the older stuff in his career!  And a lot of it is surprisingly peppy and inspiring.  For instance, these two songs:

 

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75 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening To Diwali Week?

  1. I read your reviews! They’re great and I love the analysis you bring to them.

    I’m going to see Thugs with hubby this weekend (and he’s excited, go figure) and then I have a podcast with Melanie to review the film.

    The candidate I went door knocking for yesterday won and it was a narrow victory so my volunteering and financial donations made a difference! Yay!

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    • Thank you! And I know you do, because you also comment 🙂

      I’m jealous that you get to see Thugs with someone, I need to see it on Thursday so I can review it which means no one can go with me. I could see it a second time on Friday with more people, but then I need to see Sarkar sometime still and gaaaaaah!

      And congrats!

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  2. I love reading your reviews!!

    I am not planning on watching Thugs yet until the reviews come out. Not sure if I want to, to be honest!

    I am watching Spotlight – what a fantastic movie!

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    • I am going to try as hard as I can to see Thugs tomorrow night so I can get a review for you ASAP!

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      • Such a nice person you are 🙂 (well, honestly, you are!)

        I could go watch it here in Geneva but they have raised the ticket prices and it is on reservation only (both things I don’t accept easily…although, for Zero, I may question this procedure but comply nevertheless 😉 )

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  3. I think since it’s because of the festival week. Diwali and all, everybody is high on sweets maybe?
    We don’t celebrate Diwali with such fervor yet found myself neck deep in preparations. That’s the only excuse I think! Looking forward to your Thugs review the most! Maybe I’d even watch it if you like it.

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    • Maybe that’s it! But after losing sleep to make sure I get them out, it’s a wee bit depressing when the only comment I got was “why haven’t you done a review for the past 4 weeks?”

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        • Oh, I never get angry. I respond to criticism or complaints by just getting sort of sad and feeling bad about myself if I agree with it, or bad about the world if a don’t agree with it. I used to get so saaaaad when I was going to elementary school and the teachers would get mad at us.

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          • Hmmmm, yeah, I can relate to that after a lot of reading you…very sinsitive & empathising nature… I guess something you share with ShahRukh – in certain circumstances…
            Okay, next time put “go to hell” on speakers (loud) 🙂

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          • I am so bad at that! Although I should get better. Maybe a songs post idea? Music to listen to when you need to be strong and uncaring what other people think?

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  4. I’m feeling torn in half. So many good things happened last night, so many firsts for women, including marginalized groups of women. My state, Virginia, went blue in a pretty big way. But I’m seriously pissed off at my fellow White women who keep voting with their conservative daddies and husbands instead of as a voting block with our own interests, in solidarity with women from minority and marginalized groups. (White women in Texas, Florida, and Georgia, I’m talking to you!)

    Sorry I don’t read your non-Hindi reviews. I really can’t branch out beyond Hindi film and pop culture or I’ll never ever get anything done in my life! I read all your Hindi reviews though, whether I plan to see the film or not.

    How are you feeling about local Chicago voting results?

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    • I don’t look at voting results any more. I can’t handle it. I vote, and then I’m done. I know about the governor because I got an email from the campaign, but I don’t want to know about anything else. Although I agree that white women are, generally, horrible. Being second still means you are ahead of all the people who aren’t first.

      You don’t have to read the non-Hindi! I don’t expect that. That’s part of the reason I am thinking of cutting down on my non-Hindi coverage, because my nice Hindi readers are much better about commenting and reading and so on, and the non-Hindi coverage is far more time-consuming for me to write (because I can’t draw on 14 years of background, I have to research it fresh). I’m just depressed, one of those days when I’ve been doing a ton of work and wearing myself out and not really getting much reward for it (not just here, I’ve also got an article pending at another site that they are having me do a 6th massive re-write on for no reason, and church is nagging me to do more, and GAH!).

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      • Don’t surrender!!! Say “no”!!! They can find other people to do the work!!!
        Reading/watching Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam movies is time-consuming and I can only do it in an extended leisure-time. I’ve watched two of the Malayalam movies you reviewed (an two you recommended). Maybe once in a while one of those non-Hindi movies you fiercly would recommend (bengali, Maharathi, Kannada, Punjabi ones, too, which I could find on Einthusian with subs). In any way I can browse through your blog to catch your non-Hindi reviews 🙂

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        • It’s something I am so aware of as a person who has every conceivable privilege but gender, the complete invisibility of the struggles of the people who aren’t “us” in some of the conversations I have gotten to be privy too. It’s all focused on breaking the glass ceiling, looking up, and not looking down and lending a hand to everyone else below. Resenting that, because “why should we help? We have our own problems! We’re SECOND!”

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          • What people don’t understand is that either justice works for everyone or it works for no one. Because if you can accept that one group is disenfranchised for reasons that are immutable (race, national origin, etc.) then any group can be disenfranchised. So white women have a vested interest in promoting justice for those beneath them but instead they are settling for crumbs from the table. Same applies to all those blue collar white men who are fighting to keep their race status while allowing billionaires to flatten their wages and let their communities drown in opiates.

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          • Ugh, it’s so depressing! Although I am hopeful looking at my Sunday School class, 50% are part of a mixed race family (50% of the teachers too). You can’t avoid helping other races when your own family is made up of other races. I know there are other complications to the issue and racial identities and so on, but at a basic level those barriers are breaking down.

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  5. You must do what is better for you and your blog regarding Malayalam reviews. I like them and read them all, but comment only occasionally because of restricted availability of those movies. The new ones take ages to be online, and the old ones don’t have subtitles.
    You can do southern reviews from time to time when you feel it. I like your schedule, but I understand it can be hard and tiring to do it always on time. But please don’t get rid of them entirely.
    And don’t be mad at “4 weeks” comments. I read it more like, when you miss your friend, and so when you finally meet him you’re like: where have you been, it’s been so long 🙂

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    • Oh yeah, that’s how I read it too at first. And then it worked away at me with “wait a minute! I wrote this whole review of the exact kind of movie people were asking for and I got no substantive comments and fewer views than, like, anything?”

      Oh dear, now I want to try to stay on top of the regional too. But I just get so tired. It’s not the blogging that kills me, it’s that work has been busy and my church responsibilities are killing me this year. I really need more time to just do nothing, not blogging or watching a movie for the blog or teaching Sunday School or running a meeting but just sitting and not thinking. Or, like, cleaning my apartment. I hate having a dirty apartment, but I can’t find the time to clean it.

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      • My sister and I are the boundary-keepers for our mom at her church. Otherwise they would eke out every last drop of her brains, energy, and sweat equity. And it’s a lovely church, but like all churches, they can’t resist relying more and more on the ones who are willing to volunteer, actually keep commitments, and put some effort into things.

        Maybe a friend or your sister could be a boundary keeper for you. And yeah, why not rotate non-Hindi industries by week of the month? One week Malayalam, next week Telugu, etc. And then if a big one comes out that you’re excited about, you could either post that as the one coming up, or give us a bonus review?

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          • Haha, great! Last Easter, an elder in the church actually came up to my sis and me before the service to thank us for not talking Mom out of serving as a Trustee for a second term. 🙂

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        • I’ve been trying to get off of, or at least stop chairing, a committee at church for 3 years. I keep having people that I think could take over for me, and then they flit off to other committees and I am left holding the bag again. I know it’s the punishment of competence, they go off thinking “well, I’m not really needed, Margaret organizes everything so well” before I have a chance to say “no, wait, I can keep doing this but it’s KILLING ME!!!” Plus it’s really hard to explain the time suck that this blog is without sounding silly, “well, I can’t go to that extra meeting because I have to spend 5 hours there and back seeing a movie and then another 5 hours reviewing it. Not for pay, but not just for fun either, somewhere in the middle”.

          I’ve managed not to accept any more responsibilities the past couple of years, there’s just this odd sort of morphing of my current ones through competence, I’m now in charge of organizing services once or twice a month, and simultaneously also in charge of teaching Sunday School every single Sunday, because the 3 more active committee members went off from the services committee and they couldn’t find anyone else to teach class with me. It’s kind of like when a business is in trouble and they don’t replace staff members who leave, just add on titles and jobs to the ones remaining. Except it’s all volunteering.

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    • It is interesting! Just the watching with the audience part alone was fascinating. And I can easily believe Aamir does it before every film, not necessarily for changes in the film but for changes in the marketing. His Koffee appearance was so transparently trying to undersell the movie, it’s not intellectual and it doesn’t have a message, it is just fun. Which is the perfect way to sell it if it is a silly action film and nothing more. I was also wondering about Fatima’s role, just from the trailer I immediately was most interested in her, because we get enough to see that she has a childhood flashback and then is trained and adopted by Amitabh. Way more unusual and interesting than Kat’s role, or even Aamir.

      Have you seen Pacific Rim? Fun action movie, but what stuck in my mind was something I read somewhere from someone pointing out that the clear central character was the young Asian woman, not the white man. She gets the flashback, she has the immediately arresting perspective, she has the greater journey. But the narrative keeps yanking us back to the white man, and it damages the film. His character just isn’t as layered and interesting as hers.

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      • Could not agree more about Pacific Rim. She was the central character and the central relationship was hers with Idris Elba–NOT white dude brothers or white dude with Idris Elba. And trying to center someone as bland as Charlie Hunnam as the main character really did damage the film.

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        • Yes! And then at the end they brought in EVEN MORE WHITE GUYS with that father son team. I spent the whole movie more interested in Idris Elba and the heroine than any other characters and I think that is how the film was written too, considering they had this immediate unusual connection and flashback and so on. And then at some point some one said “no no, focus on the bland white guy!”

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  6. Well I’m seeing Thugs tomorrow with family on the first day! It’s my day off from work so all I want to do is lounge, but I can’t say no because it’s like a family outing and all. But I generally enjoy Aamir’s films so should be a good time pass.

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    • Oh what fun! Looks like I will be seeing it alone tomorrow, which has the advantage of letting me pick the best possible showtime and maybe put up an earlier review. Although it will still be super super late, just because I have to go after work. Almost tempted to call in sick to work, because at this point it feels like over-scheduling is the same as a disease, right?

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  7. Happy Diwali! Sorry I don’t read your non-Hindi reviews. I do love your Hindi ones though! I have a long comment to post on your Band Baaja Baraat review but I have been traveling for work non-stop and just haven’t had the time to draft it. I can’t wait to read your Thugs review. My decision whether to watch Thugs will likely be based on your review. On a separate note, I just watched Kaun Kitne Paani Mein based on a comment on your blog.

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    • Happy Diwali! You don’t have to read my non-Hindi reviews! I think of my audience as a Venn diagram, some of them are all southern and no Hindi, some are all Hindi and no southern, some are both. But for whatever reason (probably my own fault) the all southern crowd is shrinking and getting less and less responsive. But that’s got nothing to do with the all Hindi crowd!

      I can’t wait to read your Band Baaja Baarat comments!

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    • I’m going to assume the text speak in his Kiran message is an inside joke, but there is no excuse for not capitalizing the “i” in the next sentence. I hope Aamir is laying awake nights over that!

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  8. I read your Malayalam reviews regularly but I haven’t been able to comment and I think one reason could be(not sure, just guessing) are that for instance I hadn’t watched a lot of the movies you reviewed – for e.g. Oru Viseshapatta Biryani Kissa, Pullikaran Stara etc. Even Kannezhuthi I watched so long ago I don’t remember too much. Again not saying you should pick only the popular/new ones but maybe do a mix?

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    • That’s what I am thinking, maybe limit it to the newer bigger movies I manage to see in theaters instead of struggling with the classics.

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        • That’s the challenge for me! With Hindi, I can put together the clues and know what the popular films are/will be. But with Malayalam, I am kind of left hunting through the dark, trying to figure out which is the important film for me to see in theaters, which one I should try to catch when it comes to streaming, and so on. I think the Manju film yesterday was recommended to me a couple times, and it’s readily available on Hotstar, and Manju is enjoying that career resurgance, so I thought it was a sure bet. But no, only a few dozen views. I must be missing something obvious.

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          • Hmm that’s a hard one, I always try to recommend in the Wednesday watching posts. I think recommendations from peeps are the way to go though..

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          • Yeah, I’ll try that. I’m so ignorant in terms of southern films, I need guides.

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  9. First time posting here!

    But I’m watching Thugs this weekend with my (unofficial as of yet) boyfriend! He is very open minded about movies so we’re seeing this. First Indian movie we watched was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge on its 23rd anniversary day (might have influenced why I chose it), and he liked it, we laughed at the same parts and then later on we watched Daawat-E-Ishq (what I like to call a food movie, along with The Lunchbox, one has to eat before or after watching or you won’t survive!) and liked it as well.

    I’m hoping for big energy when Sir Amitabh Bachchan comes on the screen! The theatre we will be going to is mostly an Art House cinema but I hope there will be cheers at least. The energy level is so much higher, close to watching movies with friends, in a cinema full of South Asians (I am white, don’t let the name fool you, its odd even by Finland’s, my home’s, standards) and it was like that when I watched Baahubali 2. Hoping for the same here!

    I love your reviews and just felt the need to comment because I haven’t as of yet, but I refresh the feed everyday to see what you write about! It’s like a daily routine now along with listening to Indian film songs while doing my makeup!!

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    • Yaaaay, I love new commentators! Thank you so much for commenting! And hopefully your boyfriend turns official as a reward for your good deed 🙂

      I love watching movies in a packed theater too, I’m debating Thugs showtimes and it might be worth the bargain of doing a later show just so I can have a full theater to add to the experience.

      And please keep commenting if you are a regular reader! You can always comment on the low hanging fruit, like “which photo do you like best?” in the TGIF post.

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      • Aw thank you! 😀 (fingers crossed)

        I will comment more now on. One just has to just go for it when the time is right I suppose.

        And I truly hope you have a packed house, but then again this is supposed to be BIG so for it to be an event itself might draw in the crowd later on anyway.

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        • Good point! If it’s big enough, I might be able to go with family at Thanksgiving and still have a crowd, wouldn’t that be fun?

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          • That would be fantastic! Even better if its going to be a movie worth a rewatch which would make a guaranteed crowd later on.

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  10. Chiming in about reading reviews: I always read your reviews after I see the movie, which in most cases is years after it comes out. Malayalam, etc. movies aren’t really available to me, and Hindi and Bengali keep me occupied, so I probably won’t start watching those unless something truly spectacular comes out.

    Election day was exciting and I got to fully participate in the drawback of being a US expat in Japan: I can watch returns after people in the US go to bed, which means a day of trying to concentrate on work while I obsessively refresh MSNBC. I’ve already started worrying about how I am going to bear the stress two years from now. I vote in Colorado and was very happy with our new governor! (First gay governor–go us!) Disappointed with some other results, but the news from the progressive media is so optimistic that I think I’ll call it a win.

    So, I watched Mother India this week–still doing the bucket list thing. And, sorry, I really have to say: eh. It did not work for me. The visuals are beautiful, I loved all the music and the dancing, and I get that Nargis=India, demanding respect from other nations or whatever, but even as a person who loves melodrama this was a bit overwrought for me. I prefer Bengali classics–people slowly and quietly having their lives ruined in black and white suits me better than people screaming and crying in Technicolor. But this does make me feel a bit inadequate.

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    • I kept reading it as “people slowly having their lives ruined in black and white suits”. Which perhaps might also describe Bengali classics?

      Thank you for reading my reviews! I write them so consciously, and sometimes I get tons of views and sometimes I get almost no views and it seems to have no relationship to the amount of effort I put in, it just gets me down.

      Congrats on having successfully watched Mother India!!!! If nothing else, do you now get why Raajkumar was hot? Not Sunil, the son, but Raajkumar, Nargis’ husband?

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  11. I read your reviews and really enjoy them! I don’t reply very often because I either haven’t seen the movie or don’t feel like I have anything substantial to contribute. And things have also been very hectic of late.

    I am always amazed by how you keep up with so many different industries. I really only keep up with the Tamil movies and even then, its sketchy how many movies I actually get to watch. I completely understand if you have to scale back though. At the end of the day, this has to be something you enjoy- not an obligation. But for what its worth, I enjoy your writing!

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    • Thank you! That’s so nice to hear. And now I feel a little bad because it’s been a while since I did a Tamil review. Unless I am forgetting something? I am so tired. Anyway, still planning on Sarkar sometime on Saturday or earlier.

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      • I’ll be watching it on Saturday too. I’ve really tried to avoid all reviews so I can watch unspoiled. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

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  12. I love reading your reviews, even the ones for movies I haven’t seen or don’t plan on seeing but the main reason I come back to the blog everyday is to interact with you. It’s fun to talk movies with you and I think a lot of the other commenters feel the same way. So what I’m trying to say is that I’m sure it’ll be fine if you lighten your load if you’re feeling stressed out about it.

    Now that the luster of the NFL and NBA season has worn down a bit, I’ve started to get back on track with my movie watching. I’ve watched four movies in the past week which is something that I hadn’t had the motivation to do in a while.

    I first started watching Chalte Chalte because I wanted to see a Shahrukh movie but I did want to take a break from the Juhi pairing. Plus it’s been a while since I saw a Rani movie and I wasn’t in the mood for Hum Tum. I only watched about 30 mins of the movie before going to bed and then I haven’t gone back to the movie. I liked it so far but it had more of a YRF/Dharma vibe rather than the more grounded, desi Aziz Mirza style that I was expecting. I do plan on going back to the movie some time because I did like what I was seeing.

    The next movie I saw was Dolly Ki Doli which was so much fun! Sonam was perfect in her role and the movie had a fun, Khoobsurat vibe to it. The movie was only an hour and 35 mins long and it definitely could have been longer to establish the characters and such. Also the songs could have been much better. But Sonam and Rajkummar Rao were really good in this. Varun Sharma was okay and I wish someone else had played Pulkit Samrat’s role. But it was still a fun little movie where Sonam was the lead.

    I was excited about Sonam due to Dolly Ki Doli which meant that I was ready to see another movie of her’s. That’s when Thank You caught my eye on Netflix. I remember Sonam referring to it as one of her worst movies in an interview, and I found the description to be interesting. Plus an Anees Bazmee movie with Akshay Kumar couldn’t be that bad right? The movie was about how three friends (Bobby Deal, Sunil Shetty, and Irrfan Khan) continuously cheated on their wives (Sonam, Celina Jaitly, and Rimi Sen) and then their wives hired a private detective (Akshay) to help them. The movie was fun and all but the ending made me so mad because none of the men deserved to get back together with their wives but they ended up all forgiving the men. Also there was this hinting that Akshay had fallen in love with Sonam and I really wished they ended up together.

    I then moved on to NOTA which was a pretty interesting political thriller. Vijay Deverakonda played the main character but all of the supporting characters were pretty interesting as well. This movie really reminded me of a origin story that begins a trilogy. There was a lot of just introducing characters and their agendas but they didn’t go deep into some of the plots and kept the ending kind of open ended. I thought that all the characters were interesting enough that I would want to see a sequel to find out what they would do in the future. But I doubt it would happen.

    The last movie I saw was rewatching Daawat-E-Ishq which I liked more than the first watch!

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    • I watched NOTA too.Took me a while to realise that it’s a dubbed Telugu movie when the lip sync seemed totally out of place. And then it made sense that the characters,setup & politics is all essentially Tamil including some of the scenes that seemed straight out of recent TN politics. Agree that there just too many subplots without depth in any one of them and that gives the underwhelming feeling. Still way ahead of Bharat Ane Nenu.I think I will hold on to Leader as my favorite NRI becoming CM movie.Vijay D looks dashing in dhoti & well cut shirts.

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    • Well I like talking to you too! And all the other commentators. So that will be an easy way to keep busy for me.

      Chalte Chalte is definitely different, there’s still a little bit of wacky ensemble feel but a lot of it is more serious drama and stuff. But still worth watching, especially if you want a Rani fix, she’s great in it.

      Thank you for the Dolly Ki Dohli report! I’ve been meaning to watch it, but then someone said it is actually a lot darker than it looks which turned me off. But I will trust your judgement, short and fun sounds just about right.

      From your plot description, I want Akshay to end up with Sonam too! I almost want to write a fanfic making that happen.

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      • Hmm, I’m trying to think about how Dolly Ki Doli could be referred to as dark. The movie is a bit deeper than it seems but it’s still a pretty fun movie.

        I’m gonna assume that no one else plans to watch Thank You and kinda spoil it. So Sonam is so in love with Bobby Deol that she spends almost half the movie not believing that he’s cheating on her even though her friends and Akshay show her proof. Then after she learns the truth, she tries to commit suicide but Akshay stops her and tells her that he’ll help her get Bobby Deol back. Then Akshay convinces Sonam to pretend like he’s her new boyfriend so that’ll make Bobby Deol jealous. Since Akshay is the bigger star, I thought this was the point where they will fall in love with each other and Sonam will realize that Bobby is a jerk that doesn’t deserve her. But the ending has a fight where Bobby tries to kill Akshay on the day of his “wedding” to Sonam and this leads to Sonam and Bobby getting back together because he finally proved he loved her by “fighting” for her. Ugh, it was all infuriating because you could have easily made this a better movie. Plus the ending to the other two couple’s stories weren’t good either.

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        • I think that actually is the plot of Brahmachari! The one you want for Thank You. The saintly “Brahmachari” guy who runs an orphanage takes pity on a heartbroken woman who was rejected by her wealthy fiance. He gives her a make over and helps her get the guy back, but of course by then she is in love with the Brahmachari and forgets the other guy.

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  13. New kannada movie Katheyondu Shuruvagide has been added to Prime and I watched it. I thought it will be another “boy meets girl, than fights bad guys” movie, but it wasn’t and I liked it. It’s not a “must watch” film, but definitely better than other kannada movie I saw last month (Tarak). The main actor is cute and he was in Wedding Pullav, but I don’t think is good recommendation ;). The actress was weak in emotional scenes, and she had a lot of them. I kept thinking about Koode and how good it was and how Parvathy would be perfect in those scenes .

    Thinking: After seeing Mirzapur trailer, I can’t stop thinking about Pankaj Tripathi. I’m happy he has been appreciated and works a lot but, I don’t want him to become regular gangster in hindi cinema. He is very good in those roles, but he can be so much more. I want him in in a normal role, Simple man who has family, who doesn’t kill people everyday. Why good actors must play only bad guys? The same with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
    Vikrant Massey is in Mirzapur too, and again I’m happy for him, but I want a romantic movie with his talent not gangster series.

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    • Good point about good actors playing in crime movies! I don’t know why that is. And then I look at Anupam Kher, who has been in so many things almost always playing the father role, and his performances are varied and interesting and top notch. We need the new people to look at his career if they want to do something interesting.

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      • I dream about romantic movie with Vikrant playing Mr. Darcy type, and other movie with Pankaj playing husband cheated by his wife. But unfortunately I think those will never be done.

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    • 96 watched! Do you remember when you asked about our favourite things in romances and I answered: longing gazes and love that can’t be fulfilled?
      96 is made of those 2 things + excelent Vijay Sethypathi acting . And if we add that he not only acts good but also looks so cuddly and has beautiful hair, you can guess I loved the movie.
      How it is that in some movies he looks totally unatractive for me, and in some others I can’t take my eyes from him? And I love his skin colour. I hate how it’s treated as a flaw in the movie.

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      • Oh my, now I kind of want to watch it too! But I won’t, because I am trying to be a Good Margaret and not overload myself.

        On Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 8:21 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  14. The early reviews of Thugs are coming in and they are disastrous. Taran Adarsh of all people panned it. Aamir must be vomiting right now.

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