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

Happy Wednesday! I got through my insane day yesterday, looking forward to another insane day today. So prepare for more light posting and late comment responses. No idea what is happening at work this week, maybe it is a full moon?

I’ll start!

Reading: Did I tell you I finished Shashi’s autobiography? I did! And it just confirms he is awesome. Besides that, not much! More Wodehouse, more happytimes.

Watching: Finished season 2 of One Day at a Time, and took a break to hop over to Alexa & Katie. Netflix is returning me to the soothing family sitcoms of my youth! Before I found the clever surreal sitcoms of my maturity.

Thinking: When the heck am I going to do laundry? It’s cold and icey so I can’t take it down the backsteps to the laundry room, and the car is still all funky and so is the driving so I can’t take it to a laundromat. Oh well, my boss is out of town, so I can just wear weird clothes to work.

Listening: Ah! The fun part! I forgot how really great the entire Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani soundtrack is until I wrote the review yesterday. Here is the only song I forgot to include there.

Now, question for you! I am considering a 70s week, put in your nominations now!

Nothing classic, nothing serious, I’m looking for kitsch and kooky!

I’m already planning on Seeta Aur Geeta, obviously!

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

  1. I too am mired in insanity, selling one house, buying another smaller one. Packing, donating, tossing; it never ends. It feels like I’m under some kind of spell. At the end of a busy day, I think I’ve got it covered, everything organized in neat boxes and bags, etc., only a few minor things to go. And then I wake up in the morning and some gremlin has copulated with my stuff and reproduced. Have no time to comment, but I ALWAYS read DCIB. It’s like that morning cup of coffee; my heart won’t start without it. Moving day soon. Aaah’ll be baaack.

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    • I just got your lovely book yesterday! That was the bright spot of the day, while we were all dealing with ten million phone calls, we would flip through the book and look at cute doggie photos to cheer ourselves up.

      I really really hope I don’t have to move again for a while. I love my apartment and (unless my life changes drastically), I could easily see myself staying for 10-20 years. But I am terrified of the building being sold or rents going up or some other thing outside of my control driving me out.

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  2. Watching: In the last few weeks I’ve seen a lot of random films from various times and genres: Chameli Ki Shaadi, Mukkabaaz, Soni (an indie on Netflix about female police officers in Delhi – very serious but interesting), Phantom (I’ve been wanting to return to this one for a long time…never watched the whole thing…I liked it as an OK example of the spy/action/revenge genre and yet again Katrina is surprisingly the best part of a film), Gully Boy (loved it!), and Prince (1969 with Shammi…so much fun…I need more of these exactly like this one in glorious technicolor…I find I can quickly frustrated with a bad print of a film from this time period and that’s why I love the technicolor films).

    I’ve got a snow day today and trying to figure out what to watch now…I might watch more Wynonna Earp. But also might just read today…

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    • So jealous of your snow day! Even when I get a snow day (very rare) it isn’t a real “snow day”, it just means we work from home instead.

      Have you commented on Gully Boy yet? I don’t remember you giving your opinion on the romance, and I have been looking forward to that since I think of you as our resident rom-com expert. I was just fascinated (as I said in my review) by how different the Ranveer-Alia romance was, we didn’t get the “falling in love” part and we didn’t get the “happy ending married forever” part, we just sort of got a slice in the middle with the implication that none of the drama really mattered because their relationship was so solid.

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      • Yep, I commented about Gully over on one of your reviews. I do have opinions about the romance in the film. I loved the portrayal of their relationship and the realistic issues they faced. I thought their chemistry was a sweet, comfortable kind of chemistry without being too cloying like many a Hindi romantic film (it helps that she’s a bit mad and he messes up). However, I don’t consider this a romance film at all! It’s about desiring something better for yourself on a personal level and the traditional underdog story. The romance is tangential, I think, just a a part of their lives. Even though it’s a source of conflict in the film, it is very clear that their relationship is solid and this is a love that will last.

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        • Yes, I like the “just a part of their lives” way of thinking about it. I wish we had more movies that treated romance like that, instead of being the end all-be all, or else not existing in the film at all.

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    • I’ve been avoiding this story on Twitter but it followed me here! Thanks a lot, Alisa. 😉

      So I gave up and read it. It is depressing. I do like the phrase, “In our post-Cambridge Analytica hellscape of fake news and info wars…” a lot. I’m going to steal it. I hear it in my head in a movie trailer voice.

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  3. I finished watching Inside Edge. I think I wrote about it a lil bit on of your Gully Posts too. It has Siddhanth Chaturvedi – and I’d watched a few episodes but Oh my Gawd there was so much of bad acting that I gave up in between. Sidhanth Chaturvedi was really good – what a different personality compared to his role in GB, and Tanuj Virwani was excellent too. I had to skip all of Vivek Oberoi’s scenes – such hamming! Richha Chadha was disappointing too. This show is a good example of all the different kinds of acting. Sanjay Suri was subtle and understated. Angad Bedi – getting better but not quite there, but he does look like an athlete. SC and TV really on point, and VO and RC just over dramatic and OTT.

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    • I love Sanjay Suri. And looking at the cast list, it looked like he was kind of the “grown-up” of the group in terms of acting. He’s never been as famous as VO, but he’s been working as long and in a greater variety of things, I would believe him as the one person who really knew what he was doing in the cast.

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      • Honestly the young guns were better. Sanjay Suri was good but he doesn’t have an author backed role. Maybe he should’ve been given VOs role and then I wouldn’t have had to skip so many parts.

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  4. Trying to stop overthinking, clicking clicking clicking through all the movies, and instead just pick one and watch it. Thus Fashion, Socha Na Tha, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Not in a very deep mood these days, clearly.

    Young Abhay was fun, all puppy charm and dimples, and Ayesha had a Juhi vibe – whatever happened to her? Fashion I commented elsewhere tripped me out a bit with the Priyanka vs. Kangana drama queening; in some ways this is the exact right moment to watch that one, without the meta I might have lost interest. YJHD I liked okay, mostly it made me understand why Imtiaz cast them together in Tamasha – the chemistry was really nice, especially from Deepika’s side. I forgot you were reposting, I’ll wander over to that review.

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    • Socha Na Tha is tied for me with Jab We Met as Imtiaz’s two best romances (JHMS being more than a romance). Ayesha just sort of faded away after a while, married some nice guy and did TV hosting, had that kind of a life. I really love Socha Na Tha, check out my review for that too, it should be in the archives somewhere. Still haven’t seen Fashion, but I would also only watch it for the real life parelals!!!!!

      Check out my YJHD review, and also I just posted a proposed alternative ending. I’m really upset that Aditya never got an intervention!

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      • Yes, Fashion felt very CW drama to me, not generally my thing, and very predictable, but when I got bored I would stare at Priyanka and Kangana and try to see the seeds of the reality show they would become.

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  5. I watched DDLJ for Valentine’s Day for the millionth time last week. And then I took your suggestion and watched Ennu Ninte Moideen for Prithviraj. Wow! It reminded of a sort of subgenre of Japanese romantic movie that was popular in the 70s, in which the hero and heroine are separated and almost but not quite able to meet, again and again and again for as long as the movie makers figure the audience will put up with it. In that case, the point is that the lovers are separated by fate, and it doesn’t have the religious/political overtones in this movie. And then I was amazed to find this is a true story! When I googled it I found that Kanchana has started all sorts of charity organizations in Moideen’s memory; how she got from attempting suicide to doing this would make for me at least as interesting a movie. I was also amazed to find that Kanchana is the same Parvathy who was in City of God. She looks like a different person. What a great pair of actors, and a really beautiful (visually) movie. Thanks for recommending it; I wouldn’t have found it otherwise.

    70s movies: Do Anjaane and Daag both have the perfect mixture of unhinged plot and bananas costumes.

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      • This is so weird, you and Claudia are having this problem but not so much other people. I would say it is international commentators, but Angie’s fine.

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        • I’ve been having the same thing. WP doesn’t remember me any more, always have to fill in my name (and sometimes forget). Not sure what they changed, I thought it might have been my new computer.

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    • ooo, I still haven’t seen Daag! And it might be the only Yashji movie I haven’t watched.

      Glad you liked Ennu Ninte Moideen! And Parvathy is just weird like that. I can’t think of another actress who is such a chameleon. For a recent movie she had to play a heavily pregnant woman, and her co-star said she used to drink gallons and gallons of water in order to realistically give her face the bloat of water retention. You should watch Bangalore days sometime, no Prithviraj but a great movie and a great plot, and I promise you will not be able to recognize Parvathy in that at all. Oh, and also Koode! Koode is beautiful, really really beautiful, and also sad but happy in a strange way.

      In your googling, did you find that Kanchana also cast Prithviraj? She said he was the only actor who had the same look of the real Moideen and she wanted him for the part.

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      • Parvathy in fact changes so much from movie to movie. I’m going to watch Poo soon and she looks like this:

        I would never say it’s the same actress I saw in Maryan only few weeks ago.

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        • OK, then, on to more Parvathy! Maybe Qarib Qarib Single to see Irrfan.
          Daag is super. It’s all the bits of the plot of Aradhana shaken up and put in different places, plus wild costumes.

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          • Qarib Qarib Singlle is great! Except the ending is terrible. The exact last 5 minutes is perfect, happy ending and all that. It’s just the part right before that doesn’t work or make much sense.

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  6. I can’t help you with 70′ movies because I have seen only 1 film from this decade and it was Pakeezah so the opposite of what you want to watch.

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  7. You already know my main Amitabh nominations Shaan, Do Aur Do Paanch, and Hera Pheri, but others include Zanjeer, Namak Halal, The Great Gambler and Dharam Veer. Non Amitabh nominations include Jugnu, Andaz, Jawani Deewani, Teesri Manzil and Dream Girl.

    Also, my husband and I am watching the second season of One Day At a Time now and that show is phenominal!

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    • And now the title song from “Dream Girl” is going to be playing in my head all day! “da da da da da da-DA, Dream Girl”.

      I finished the second season and just started the first season.

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      • Hahaha it is such a great song. If it helps, after your Aamir post, I have all the Dil Hai songs stuck in my head. Galyat Sankali Sonyachi Hi Porgi Konachi. Tu Pyaar Hai Kisi Aur Kaa
        Tujhe Chahta Koee Aaur Hai, Tu Pasand Hain Kisee Aaur Kee
        Tujhe Maangata Koi Aaur Hai. Uff! And now I really really want to go home and watch this movie but likely can’t until this weekend.

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        • Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin is like Dream Girl in that the title song is the catchiest and by the time you finish reading the title, you are doomed!

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  8. Saw Kumbalangi nights (Starring Fahadh Faasil, Soubin and Shane), 9 Starring Prithviraj and Vijay superum pournamiyum (Starring Asif Ali and Aishwarya Lekshmi). 9 and vijay superum pournamiyum was good but kumbalangi nights was just brilliant. One of the best movie. The acting of fahadh faasil, soubin and shane was just brilliant. It just released in US, if you can watch kumbalangi nights in theatre do watch it.

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  9. Margaret I came to see if you had reviewed Ee Ma Yau (Malayalam), and you hadn’t yet and you should seriously see it. Same director as Angamaly Diaries, similar hectic direction, but much more somber, even overwhelmingly dark at times. Try to Mollywood form, there is dark humor and sharp barbs of satire in this village piece. Please watch it soon!

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