Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want To Ask Me, the Last Day of 2018?

Well, this is a depressing way to end the year. Fever of 100 degrees according to my funky thermometer. Or, possibly, 98.6. Or 93. I am not good at taking my temperature. Anyway, distract me and give me something to do as I wait for my body to burn out illness like a self-cleaning oven.

As always, you can ask me anything from the personal (“what is your favorite sick day Indian movie?”) to the specific and factual (“what is a good sick day film?”) to the general discussion (“digital or old-fashioned thermometers, which are more accurate?”)

And, I have a question for you! A simple one, what movie related change do you want to make in your life in 2019?

For me, get back to non-Hindi watching and reviews! I used to do it, why can’t I do it again? It’s just a matter of scheduling and successfully getting out of a few church responsibilities.

23 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want To Ask Me, the Last Day of 2018?

    • Now see, my resolution is the opposite! I’ve been reading far too much and not watching enough movies and youtube shows. I read 5 romance novels over Christmas week and watched no new movies, I am terrible.

      On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 9:09 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. I want to learn more about directors! I have followed actors and composers down various rabbit holes, but now I am getting more intrigued about directors. (This week I am watching Roja, Bombay and Dil Se, in that order.)

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  2. During the early years of our marriage, my husband and I lost out jobs within one month of each other. I had two small boys and we had just bought our first house, using up most of our savings and carrying a huge mortgage. What did I do every day in between job hunting? I took the kids to the library, set them up with books, and read every romance novel they had. I swear to Ganesh, those books saved my life. I forgot my troubles and lived in fantasy land. Forty years later, I’m going thru a similar rough period and found another panacea – Indian movies. Every night when my chores are done, I sit in front of SRK or Prabhas or what/who ever and lose myself in pure joy. I truly believe God sends us balm for our wounds, be it books, film, music. There’s no shame in taking advantage.
    Now, as to my 2019 question. I received my beautiful cards(another balm) and wonder how you make them. I have no talent in that area. They are perfect. Thank you.
    As for a movie-related change: Hmmm… I’m trying to learn Hindi but it’s a slog and there are so many other Indian languages that it’s like saying you’ll only eat bread for the rest of your life; too limiting. I mostly stream the films now. But I want to get out more and see the newer ones in the theater. I wonder if they come with subtitles.


    • I agree completely with the idea that God is sending us these saving moments. Now I am thinking maybe I should just go home tonight and read romance novels, not even try to go to a party or do anything else productive. And if God also chooses to send me a pizza, that would be okay too.

      Oh, and Indian movies almost always have subtitles in theaters. The only exception I have heard of is some of the more obscure non-Hindi stuff. And forgive me for playing a bit of a matchmaker, but if you are in the New York area, there are at least 3 other regular commentators who might live close to you and would probably love to help you along with your first theater experience.

      On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 12:23 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • I’m presently in upstate New York but moving close to Manhattan in a few weeks. I’d love to know who my fellow NY’ers are, if that’s permitted.


        • Sure, you can figure it out from comments anyway. Molly and Carol are in NYC somewhere, and Emily is in Jersey.

          On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 8:43 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • I haven’t explored enough to be very useful, I’m afraid! Just my local mall AMC in Jersey City, which always seems to have the biggish new releases. Small kids still, don’t get out to theaters much. How far upstate are you? Based on my college experience in the Hudson Valley, guessing anywhere closer to the city will give you lots more possibilities.


  3. I am so hearing you @Mariapaolettagil. Shahrukh movies got me through a rough time many years ago, like a guardian angel. It was a whole new world of love, joy, passion and comfort which was opened up to me. The trouble is that once the difficulties cleared a little the angel wouldn’t leave, but instead moved into the house and is still there. 🙂

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    • Guru Dutt! (I wonder if I can just give the same response to all the movie related resolutions people make?)

      On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 9:16 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. Happy New Year.
    Now that my second kid (son) turned 1, I would like to go to theater more often in 2019. In 2018, I watched only one movie in theater – “Awe!”, only because I wanted to watch reactions of regular Telugu audience to such a non-Teluguish movie and also, could not wait for 20-30 days to watch on TV.


  5. I’m presently in upstate New York but moving close to Manhattan in a few weeks. I’d love to know who my fellow NY’ers are, if that’s permitted.


  6. You know how you can make goals on Goodreads for a certain number of books you’re going to read? One of my friends on FB divided it into more specific categories: 10 books written before 1900, 15 translated books, etc. I’m thinking of doing that for movies. Maybe 10 Hindi movies from the 60s-70s, 10 Bengali movies from the 50s-60s, 5 Satyajit Ray movies and I can’t think of anything else (I think I’ve already watched most of Guru Dutt). Oh, maybe 10 movies in a language that isn’t Hindi or Bengali.


    • Oh, that sounds much more achievable! Breaking it down like that instead of having some impossible “200 films in one year” kind of goal.

      On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:47 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  7. Film-related goal of the year: watch more new (to me) films instead of re-watching or skim-watching ones I’ve already seen. Which seems very possible right now after 10 days of vacation and plentiful sleep! We’ll see if it holds up after I’m back to the work grind, when my late nights go back to being a fight between sleepiness and squeezing a bit of entertainment out of the day once everyone else in the house is asleep.

    Random question: I’ve been wondering what it means that Gauri gets top producer credit for all Red Chillies films. Is this SRK putting the woman’s name first, or due credit? Do we know how significant or active a role she plays, besides the obvious financial stakes?


    • I have way fewer excuses than you, and I struggle to get movies in too. So, total sympathy!

      For your question, my guess is a combination of elements. First, as outlined in my nepotism post, she would have a big impact just in her role as “wife”. I am sure she sits in on meetings that happen in the house (which would be a lot of them) and weighs in with valuable opinions. So giving her some kind of producer credit is actually accurate to her contributions.

      Second, I am guessing there is some kind of tax or other financial advantage built in, Karan does the same thing with his mother for instance and I’ve never heard of her even sitting in on a meeting. I think Salman has given similar credit to his mother on at least one film as well.

      I don’t think it is related to Shahrukh’s ladies first thing, because Gauri was getting producer credit before he started doing that.


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