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

Happy Wednesday!  I am so excited to get through this week.  And at the end of it, 2.0!!!!  Probably on Saturday.  I am moderately interested in it, but not $25 ticket interested.  So I’m waiting for the cheap Saturday matinees.

I’ll start!

Watching: Not much!  I still need to re-watch Delhi 6 so I can write about it, otherwise I’ve just got sitcoms I’ve already seen a million times going on in the background while I blog and stuff.

Reading: Romance novels!  ‘Tis the season!  And oh my goodness in the past 11 months I have forgotten how baaaaaad some of them are.  Like, terrible fake dialogue and ridiculous character descriptions and bleh!  And then you run across a good one and it’s like “aaaaah.  Content!”

Thinking: Is it bad that I am about 2% done with the first of 9 homemade presents that I need to make before the 20th of December?  Nah, it’s probably fine.

Listening: ‘Tis the season, I have retreated to Christmas music.  So sorry in advance to all the many many readers who don’t care about seasonal music.  Two songs that stood out.  First, this is one of those songs that makes me go “OMG Baby Boomers!  Get OVER yourselves!!!!  Wa-wa, you feel like you lost your youth and whatever, at least you had HEALTH CARE!!!!  And JOBS!!!!”

(Okay, now I feel a little bad because Fogelberg died in 2007.  But still, when the song came out in 1981, my point stands that his life at age 30 was way way better than the life of my college debt ridden no healthcare generation at age 30.  Also, based on a true story!  Except she was actually married to a gym teacher, but I guess that doesn’t rhyme as well as architect)

And then this one is just fun and does not bring up within me hidden generational resentment:



Now, question for you!  Random one:

Desert island!!!!  3 songs, 2 movies, 1 movie star.  What do you pick?

3 songs:




2 movies:

Sholay and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.  Easy-peasy.

1 movie star:

Definitely Shahrukh.  Probably useless for stuff like building a shelter and finding food, but super energetic and very entertaining.  Never going to say something dumb or uninteresting.

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

  1. I would obviously take Madhavan on island. He looks like sombody who can built a shelter, and than talk for hours and would be perfect for other activities too 😉
    Movies – only Indian or international? If only Indian then Ohm Shanti Oshana and Veer-Zaara. If international Dirty Dancing instead of V-Z. Or some polish comedy that makes me laugh.
    Songs – O Re Piya for sure. And Falak Dekhon for some reason comes to my mind too, and Malare


    • Plus, Madhavan has that extra body fat you need on an island! My poor SRK would immediately hit heart stress danger levels of thinness.

      I have never listened to Falak Dekhon and now I am at work and I can’t!!!! Something to look forward to when I get home.

      On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 7:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Oh boy, the lack of scissors and razors is a major consideration. I hadn’t thought about it, but you would need to be sure to select a companion who can carry off the ungroomed look. A definite advantage for Maddy and Tovino. Shahrukh, maybe. He looks great with a beard, but I don’t know if I want to see him with long grey hair.

          On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 1:55 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  2. These pics made me realize that Nick is going to rub sindoor in Priyanka’s part and tie the mangalsutra around her neck it broke my brain a little.

    Also, this is happening which means the media coverage is going to be a zoo. An international zoo.


    • I don’t know, do people really care that much about The Rock? I mean, I like him, but I don’t know if he is “paparazzi go crazy” level.

      And yes, this whole thing is weird weird weird! I would assume we wouldn’t get much coverage of the wedding itself since it is a destination wedding and it would be fairly easy to limit access. But then, this is PC and Nick, so they will probably post minute by minute coverage on instagram and be “surprised” by paparazzi who somehow know exactly where to be and when in order to get the best photos.

      On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 8:21 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • The Rock is a huge star. He was People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2016. That’s about as mainstream famous as it gets.

        There is no way the wedding photos don’t get sent out everywhere. Nick’s bachelor party was sponsored by Lime scooters, among other brands. They will milk every tiny drop of publicity out of this.

        Of course today the puja photos are overshadowed by the Mumbai DeepVeer reception.


        • Yeah, if I were Priyanka I would have totally gone western with the wedding! Does she really want to invite comparison between Nick and Ranveer? In Indian clothes?


          • And on a more basic level, do we want to see Nick go jumpity jump trying to get tall enough to put the garland around her neck?

            On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 9:32 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. Reading: Just finished Hangwoman, an enthralling novel by KR Meera. In takes place in contemporary Calcutta and examines issues of death penalty, feminism, media worship, and ancestral legends. It’s a fantastic read. Now I’ve just started “The God of Small Things” and the magical realism in the first chapter alone is pulling me in!

    Watching: Watched Drishyam this week, going to look up to see if you’ve reviewed it. Not sure I’m going to be watching until after the long weekend…we are traveling to Salalah, Oman for the National UAE holiday

    Listening: EVERYTHING! Spotify is available now in UAE and I’m so glad to be connected to music I love and introduced to new (not top 40) music.


    3 Songs:
    Thaniye- from Guppy
    Paranne: From Koode (

    2 movies: Drishyam was incredible, I wanna watch again.
    Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha: Young Mammootty!

    1 star: Tovino Tomas :p (Though Nivin Pauly has won me a bit after finally watching Permam)

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    • WARNING: I did not like Drishyam. For feminist reasons, not that I thought it was a bad movie as a movie. So read the review, but be aware I am cranky while writing it.

      I also have opinions on God of Small Things, but petty ones. Arundhati Roy did not cast Shahrukh in her movie back when they were both starving artists in Delhi. So I have a little bit of irrational fan based resentment towards her.

      I still haven’t seen Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, but if it is your desert island pick, I should definitely check it out!

      And Tovino Thomas was super awesome during the floods, so seems like he would be helpful on a desert island.

      On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 9:44 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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      • I agree the mysoginist conversations and ideas in the film were a massive turn off. The first half was slow and I was annoyed about it. I did sit there long afterward upset how a girls life is so easily manipulated and what great lengths people went through to “protect her dignity”
        Also how can the IG be so forgiving and coddling to her useless son and so stern and encourage the beating of other woman …
        Yes its problematic 😦


  4. A lot of interesting watching for me last week – first Bucket list, which after made me think much more than I intended. Than my first nigerian movie – The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. Very pleasant, because sometimes the only thing a girl wants is a predictable movie with handsome, tall hero who is incredibily rich and wears great clothes, have golden heart and loves his intelligent, ambitious woman.

    After that I watched Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, and I’m so proud of me. I have had this movie on my “must watch list” for 1 year, but couldn’t watch because there wasn’t subtitles. Now I found one , terrible, terrible one (made with google translator I think because it was very bad e.g heroine name’s Aarti, and those subtitles translated it as artistic). It didn’t worked with my player, but this didn’t stop me. I was watching in parts, pausing every minute or two, read translation, contemplate what they wanted to say, and then go further. I spend 2 days watching it, but I succeeded! Now I finally know why he girl run from her wedding (I could just read about it on wikipedia but I’m crazy 😉 ). The movie was ok, the music was very good. And in fact it’s my soundtrack of the week. Especially this song:

    Oh, I watched Pitch Perfect and The Breakfast Club also.


    • I am proud of you too! But definitely not as strong as you, so I am going to wait until it is available with decent subtitles before trying to watch it. Instead, I just cheated and read wikipedia. Looks possibly more sympathetic all around than Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

      I still haven’t seen a full Nigerian movie, although I’ve been to talks about them, if that counts? And read a fascinating article from the late 80s/early 90s about the massive popularity of Hindi film cassettes in that era.


      • It’s similar to Badrinath. Rajkummar’s character becomes very unpleasant after they broke up. And OMG his mother was so annoying. She caused all this drama. First demanded very high dowry (her husband was against), and then decided (her husband and son didn’t know about it) that bahu must not work. I don’t remember the last time I cursed so much while watching a film. Terrible character but very good actress if she managed to make me so angry.


  5. Have had a whirlwind 10 days or so – various overseas relatives arriving in order to visit terminally ill brother-in-law and myself travelling to Melbourne for a few days to catch up with friends and my older son who decided to travel back with me in order to catch up with overseas relatives. Much making up of beds and changes of sheets and towels etc… Anyway while I was away, taking advantage of doing what I wanted when I wanted (ie getting into pyjamas at 5pm and lazing around in my hotel room) I watched Pataakha – really enjoyed it and will watch again on a bigger screen (bigger than my iPad mini). I also came across a cooking competition show on Netlfix, Final Table, which had Maddy as a judge in episode 5.

    Also came across a YouTube series – ARRived – a competition to find a new singer for a song from Zero – 3 episodes so far – the international version has subtitles. ARR, Shaan and Vidya Vox are judges.


  6. Watched this brilliant inteview of Sound designer Resul pookutty with Baradwaj and my expectations for 2. 0 raised… I would like to watch the film. Just to experience all the new technology he invented in sound design department for this film.. Also the film is getting all positive reviews after the first show…


    • That’s good to hear! Since I’ll probably be stuck paying gobs of money for the tickets, nice to know it will be a good movie after all of that.


  7. Finally done with the week(s) from hell; it remains to be seen whether next week will be another week from hell. At any rate, I think I will have some watching time this weekend. I would like to see Delhi 6 again. I really liked it the first time and now I won’t be anxious about the end. Then I’m wondering if I should catch up on Sacred Games with the rest of my time, or should I go Bengali? Come to think of it, I haven’t finished Praktan so I might do that.

    I am way too literal-minded for desert island picks, because I feel the point is just to pick your absolute favorite thing of a certain category, and I’m always thinking “Well, I need someone handy, so Nawaz? Because he hasn’t always been an actor/rich person and might be able to figure out how to build a fire and stuff?” I see Angie’s mind went in a similar direction, but I want to change the question to a resort island with no phone or wifi or books, and I have to stay for just one week because I and the star I picked have been exposed to a disease.

    So, songs: Agree about Ek Ladki Ko Dekha. Will add Aap ki Nazron ne Samjha and Waqt ne Kiya, although the last might be too depressing. See, thinking literally again.

    Movies: One highbrow Bengali and one popular Hindi: Nayok (the one by Ray) and Life in a Metro.

    Star: Rahul Bose. Interesting conversation, seems to enjoy food and wine since we’re at a resort, if it turns out we’re on a desert island after all he can build a raft. He was on the national rugby team, so he has strength and stamina.


    • I think your flip to a luxury resort with some not-dangerous reason for you to be completely isolated together might accidentally be the opening of a fanfic/porno that I am probably not skilled enough to write.

      But, I like your choices! Although I also think it is a sign of how very cool and artsy you are that “Live in a Metro” is your idea of “mainstream” 🙂

      I would also vote against “Waqt” partly because it may not be the best for thinking about your time draining away. Either that you only have a few days left with your Mystery Famous Friend, or that you have a lifetime trapped on a desert island.

      Rahul Bose, excellent excellent choice. Intelligent, mature, varied life experiences. But, and this is the big question, can he carry off the unshaven look? Although I guess that is less of a concern in the luxury hotel scenario.

      On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 9:30 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • I knew there was going to be a Bahubali series on Netflix, but not that Bose would be in it! This is very weird. I don’t think he is going to be a good fit. You need a sort of grand dignity for Bahubali and Bose always comes off as too smart for that.

      On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 5:43 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Maybe he’s going to play a wise counselor or a villain or something? It does seem like a real departure for him since he usually goes for small, thoughtful roles. It will be interesting to see.


    • Have you seen Jab Tak Hain Jaan yet? I’m not saying it will change your mind, but it will be a powerful exception that proves the rule.

      I think I can kind of see where you are coming from. Anushka has a kind of bland oatmeal calmness to her persona that comes through in every rule. I think she can put a variety of things on top of that calmness, but I can see where the underlying oatmeal could be so strong that she is boring to you.

      Kat, on the other hand, is a director’s actress. Movie by movie, she can be totally different depending on the direction. Sometimes terrible, sometimes brilliant, sometimes funny, sometimes sexy. So, exciting to watch in that she is always changing.

      Is that sort of what you are getting at?

      On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 6:39 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Your description of bland oatmeal calmness is accurate. I just don’t find her compelling to watch. While Katrina isn’t a good actress, she can’t disappear into a role and make you forget her Katrina-ness, but she’s a movie star. When she’s on screen you’re looking at her. She’s compelling to watch even if her Hindi is bad and she’s not the most amazing emoter.


        • Have you seen Mere Brother Ki Dulhania? It’s a really interesting Katrina role because it leans so hard into the “movie star” sparkle she has, she is the exciting crazy dream girl, but also a real person.

          On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 8:05 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • Oh I didn’t mean to giv ea recommendation! Wait wait! I can come up with something better! Give me a second!!!! Uhhhhhh……Shoot! My mind is a blank. Okay, go with that one.

            On Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 8:11 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • I’m really curious if Alisa will like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. I’m Katrina’s disliker 😉 (is this a real word?) but I didn’t mind her in this movie. She was good.


          • Now I want to know how you liked it, Alisa? MBKD is one of my favorite Indian rom-coms of all time. Madhubala is one of my favorite songs. I think this was the first time I actually liked Katrina in a film and it made me think maybe there is something there. She has comedic talent for sure.

            Anushka Sharma has always been one of my favorites but I agree with Margaret that she can disappear in her roles…the problem with an actress that gets pigeon-holed as the girl next door. I think roles like Pari, NH-10, Bombay Velvet and even Matru Ki Bijilee Ka Mandola (a must see for off beat comedy) have somewhat changed that perception.


          • But we were all so excited!!!!! Now you have to watch MBKD just so we can talk about it.

            Actually, that would be a good Friday Classic for this month, it’s one a lot of people here like and would be able to talk about without having to rewatch it.

            On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 9:59 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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