Monday Morning Questions: I’m Still Feeling Sucky, What Do You Want to Ask Me to Cheer Me Up?

Happy Monday! Or, in my case, bleak and cold and depressed Monday. I need happy questions and maybe also happy movie ideas!

As always, you can ask me anything from the personal (“I missed it, why are you feeling sucky?”) to the specific (“is there a happy movie coming out this Friday?”) to the general discussion (“what’s cheering when you feel sucky?”)

And easy question for you! Now that romance week is over, I have nothing scheduled. And no idea what to watch next. Any ideas? Remember, I am deep in the February blues! So it has to be HAPPY. Chameli Ki Shaadi, not 96.

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43 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: I’m Still Feeling Sucky, What Do You Want to Ask Me to Cheer Me Up?

  1. Do you notice any common factor/theme (other than songs and dance) which is usually shown in movies of different languages in India but not in Hollywood?
    Movie reco. Kumbalangi Nights -a beautiful heartwarming film.

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    • What an interesting question! Thank you. And yes, I do, the narrative structure. There are language variations on the specifics (I have finally gotten used the looooooooooong time Malayalam films take to establish the situation before anything happens), but in general Indian films have a lot more space in the narrative. There are more characters, each with their own stories. And the central plot itself takes a lot of twists and turns. You can see it in remakes, if you look at Knight & Day versus Bang Bang, the original had a super spy who bumps into an average woman and they go off on an adventure. But the remake gives both the spy and the woman a complete backstory and motivation, and has about twice as many twists in the tale. In Malayalam, the remake of 50 First Dates did something similar, complete backstory, many more twists to get where it is going. One of my friends put it as “they like a lot of story in their stories”. I think of it as possibly related to the Mahabharata and Ramayana being the basic familiar narratives, with the focus on “where did it start” that requires a total backstory for all characters, and the way the stories bend around and go down side roads before getting to the end.

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      • With regards to the different narrative structure, someone on Twitter pointed out to me that Yeh Dillagi is split up into mirror images so you start with the relationship with Saif before the interval and then you have the relationship with Akshay after the interval and the relationship beats are very similar (both have a coffee date that features a dream song revealing the brothers’ inner thoughts and motivations, both have a sexy dance where they remove a shirt from Kajol). It’s very different from how a similar story might be structured in an American film with a three act structure.

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        • Yes, the 6 act structure! Except, from what little i have seen, the southern films don’t hold as closely to that. It’s more like a 4 act structure with the whooooooole first half being one long act.

          I love the mirror structure, especially when the characters go through the same beats but different in the second half. Jab we met is great that way, the hero doing for the heroine what she did for him in the first half.

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  2. Which is the common factor/theme(other than songs and dance) noticed in Indian movies (all languages) which are usually not seen in Hollywood movies?
    Movie reco. Kumbalangi Nights a beautiful heartwarming film..

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    • That’s what makes popular media different, right? The artists who have patrons and/or state grants, they just make art for art’s sake. But the ones who are trying to please the public, they have to find something universal to include in their art. Sometimes it makes it worse, but sometimes it makes it better.

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  3. Only 10 till March! I feel much better everytime I think about it 🙂

    Recommendation: If you want something like Chameli ki shaadi, watch Prem Aggan. It’s funny, silly and has the best bad dialogues ever (+ Fardeen who can’t act at all but is cute and handsome)

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Prince yesterday. That’s definitely an era and kind of Bollywood film that will always cheer me up! Also watched the first two episodes of Wynonna Earp and it could be my new supernatural fix after a long time. I used to love Lost Girl, but lost interest and never watched the final season!

    Hope you cheer up soon, but if not…definitely watch Luka Chuppi on Friday!

    You could also do a series of reviews of your favorite comedies? I have only a few favorites in that category myself: Andaz Apna Apna, Seeta Aur Geeta, Bol Bachchan, Dolly Ki Doli, Fukrey, Delhi Belly, Dostana and that’s about it.

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    • Wait, I just realized that Total Dhamaal is the only movie coming out this week! So I do suggest you go to that one, since it might actually be so silly that it will cheer you up.

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      • I was thinking about Total Dhamaal! I was going to avoid it, because it looks gosh awful, but sometimes a gosh awful comedy with a bunch of stupid jokes and remixed songs is just what is needed. I still remember how happy Mubarakan made me.

        On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 8:39 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • They are always cute together! It works really well when she is the glamorous beautiful one and he is the dopey man in love with her. I’m nervous with this film though, because it looks like she is trying to be “funny” and I don’t think Madhuri can do funny.

            On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 9:07 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Ooo, Comedy week! That might cheer me up! Or else, “so bad it’s good” week.

      On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 8:28 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  5. Helloooo.
    Please please please katch up with the koffee episodes. Because next week it is priyanka and karenna* aka the last episode.
    The promo is out and it is going to be fake as well

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  6. Yes I have a question (don’t even know if I asked already…I know, my memory isn’t the best):
    I came across your journey through ShahRukh’s movies. Did you ever finished it? And did you link to all his movies you’ve reviewed?
    Did you ever watch Oh my God?

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    • I’ve watched all of SRK’s movies, I just haven’t gotten around to reviewing them. I will eventually, I tend to do more of a picking and choosing as I am inspired and it seems appropriate than anything, for instance I think I reviewed Chalte Chalte first for Rani’s birthday. I was doing a scene by scene for all the SRKajol movies, but I got bogged down in DDLJ and took a break from that. I think the SRK movie list is probably out of date, all of my indexes are, I tend to do a big update of them once every couple of months when I’ve got time and don’t feel like doing anything else.

      And no, I never have gotten around to watching Oh My God.

      On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 12:01 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  7. If you want to geek out, how about the evolution of language in Hindi films, evolving from poeti Urdu-influenced Hindi to today’s Hinglish written by people who don’t speak Hindi as their first language. I recently watched Mughal-e-Azam and even though I don’t speak Hindi or Urdu I could hear the difference in the dialogues. It really jumped out at me how different the language is from what you hear today.

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    • Oooo, that might be an interesting topic! It was so much part of the early industry, finding people who could say the dialogues correctly.

      Did you get to see Gully Boy? What did you think?

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        • My sister is obsessed with a local news story near her, a neighborhood has recently acquired chickens, and shortly after rats, to the point of some people needing to move out of their house having been chased out by the rats. I am sure you can picture the heated community meetings and petitions and so on, and it has now turned in a hot board of health election campaign. Anyway, that was my immediate thought with your rats. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a never ending local issue. But if it does, you will have the reassurance that it is very amusing for uninvolved folks reading about it in local news.

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    • This reminds me, I watched a Zero promotional interview (I’m slowly making my way through all of them on YouTube) that Shah Rukh did with BBC Hindi. I think he’s speaking more slowly and using more basic constructions in his replies to the interviewer, being sensitive to the fact that viewers of BBC Hindi may not have Hindi as a first or even second language. So interesting! Of course I could be totally wrong.

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  8. I’m sorry you are feeling sucky. Is part of that the fact that you are grieving for Dog Hazel? If so I hope you let yourself grieve for her as you would for any friend who shared your life. Either way, I hope you feel better soon.

    I ventured onto Twitter today and was happy that some folks have started a hashtag in support of Shah Rukh, #stopspreadingfakenewsaboutSRK. Some nice defenses of him there, not that he needs them. And not just from fans/fan clubs. A little bright spot in an otherwise dark social media time.

    A question–a co-worker lent me Hum Tum. I started watching and was totaly turned off by Saif’s jerky behavior to Rani on the flight and in Amsterdam. But Rani is as lovely and interesting to watch as ever. Is it worth continuing or does Saif continue to be a caveman throughout? Is there ever a reason for Rani to like him?

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    • There’s a whole collection of reasons I feel sucky, grieving for Hazel is definitely part of it, and also separately from that just being dogless. I got a dog in general to make sure I got out of the house and didn’t spend too much time on screens and general got the de-stress advantages of petting a dog and so on and so on, and now I’m missing all that stuff, plus missing Hazel herself. And it’s February, which is never great. Plus, I kind of blame my trying to eat healthier, I’m cutting down on sugar and I think it released a big rush of emotions all of a sudden. Anyway, thank you for putting up with me!

      Hum-Tum is structured with big leaps forward. Saif goes from pushy and immature 20, to kind of dopey and funny but secretly sweet and understand 25, to a really kind of amazing 30. So, stick with him! It’s Rani’s character that ends up bothering me more, just because she changes a lot less over the course of the film than Saif does. Mostly stick with it for this song:

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      • Ok, I will give Hum Tum a little more time to win me over!

        We had a new dog within a month of our pup Bunny dying, because we also felt the absence of dog-ness as well as specifically missing Bunny. It did help, though of course we still miss Bun Bun. I took Comet to a dog park for the first time this weekend. She was too scared to walk into the enclosure, I carried her in and set her down in a corner far away from the other pups. She circled the perimeter, sniffing and watching, and generally not reacting to pups who came up and wanted to play. Then, after about 10 minutes, she got into playing with a little puppy, and pretty soon was running all over the place with the big dogs. (She’s 30 lbs and about knee height.) It was so fun, and she was so sleepy for the rest of the day!

        The down side is that our nearest dog park is about 6 miles away, and Comet gets car sick. Both directions in this case. So, I’m looking into home remedies, or doggy-adapted barf bags. 🙂

        Anyway–hang in there! Hope some of the movies other folks are recommending help. For me nothing does the trick like my Shah Rukh songs DVDs.

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  9. For reccomendations of some silly movies that are just fun how about Bol Radha Bol or Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977 also with Rishi Kapoor). Another one that has some sad elements but is still so much fun to watch is Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke.

    Question for you: what would a fanfic look like for a female super hero movie? Who would you cast? Would it be an ensemble of multiple female super heros or just one?

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    • Ooo, inspiring me to do a fanfic! That’s a dangerous game, next thing you know I’ll have written a 4 thousand word thing that no one will read.

      I love Hum Kisise Kum Nahin!!!!! It’s so awesome and stupid. Also, Yaadon Ki Baarat. The 70s were so fun. You are tempting me to do a 70s week, but only the happy movies, no Sholay and Deewar and blech. Ooo, Shaan! I haven’t reviewed Shaan yet!

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      • Yes yes yes to Shaan! I love that movie so much! It is one of my go-tos whenever I am sad. Also, if you decide to do a 70s week then I also reccomend Hera Pheri, Amar Akbar Anthony, Mr. Natwarlal, and Bombay to Goa. I am not sure why I am on such an Amitabh kick right now. 70s week would be soo much fun! And I like your idea of not including any sad movies!

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        • Yes, the 70s gets all lumped in with the classics of Amitabh sadness, but it also had Seeta Aur Geeta and Shaan and so many other wonderful kitschy happy things.

          Heck, maybe I do decade theme weeks! 50s, then 60s, then 70s, then 80s, then 90s (my era).

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          • 70s week/Amitabh week would be the perfect time to watch Inquilaab! It’s not exactly happy as far as the plot goes, but entertainingly bonkers in spots.

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  10. I see I was logged out for my last comment, but it was me, Miss Braganza. And I looked it up and it looks like Inquilaab was made in 1984, so I guess it won’t work for a 70s theme. And I also guess that this comment will post before my previous comment does.

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    • Nope. still logged out. I’m telling you, WordPress ceased functioning as a cool move to create mystery and romance for Valentine’s Week.

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