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

Happy Wednesday! Today is the day that maybe, possibly, I FINALLY get my car back from repair. I hate driving a rental!

I’ll start!

Reading: I finally figured out twitter a little and found an article Molly sent me on “Made in Heaven”. It’s critical of two aspects of the series, first that Kabir/Shashank is so judgey and perfect in his voice-overs, “teaching” everyone how they should be. And second that Sobhita/Tara’s use of a sex video seems to minimize the real issues surrounding sex videos in India. I don’t know if I agree, but I’m also not sure if I’m right. If I am reading the show correctly, the last episode forces a reconsideration of the Kabir/Shashank character, turns it around so that the show itself is criticizing his easy answers. And the sex video, I feel like it is less about minimizing sex videos and more about taking the power back. But I want to know what you think! Here is her article: http://www.deepanjana.com/blog/2019/3/17/cutty-snark-made-in-heaven

Watching: I sped through Sharmilee last night so I could write my review today and it is SO GOOD! And Shashi is SO HANDSOME.

Thinking: Okay, today the garage calls and tells me the car is ready while I am at work. Leave Albie Dog with my co-workers, take an Uber for the first time in my life because it is the only way to get over to the garage, pick up the car and drive it back. Then, I take the rental car and drive it over to the rental place and return it, and then walk back to the office. I drive home in my regular car. Tomorrow morning I load it up with dog stuff and the dog, go into work, leave early, take the dog and the dog stuff to the sitter, then drive back and park the car, call a cab and get to the airport my traditional 3 hours early. Have a snack, read my book, stroll to the plane. Phew!

Listening: Still on girl power songs! I don’t know, the sun is shining, I’m driving a stressful rental car, the combination of confidence boosting and happiness is really working for me. Plus, it gives me an excuse to post a fanvid here every week:

Now, question for you! I forgot how amazing the finale action scene in Sharmilee (a bomb and a gun on a plane and then the pilot gets shot and it is ABOUT TO CRASH INTO A MOUNTAIN), what is your favorite Indian film action sequence?

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

  1. After two weeks of not watching movies I finally started catching up. First I finished Awe, and Mikhael. The latter was pretty bad, but I was determined to watch it because it’s the second malayalam movie on italian Prime and I will support it no matter what (Unni Mukundan’s shower scene was a nice bonus)

    Then I saw Sammohanam, super cute and sweet telugu rom-com with Aditi Rao Hydari.
    It’s telugu movie but there is no stalking, no violence, no Brahmanandam (I like him, but I know many don’t), and the most important there is this: “Just like you have the right to confess your love, the girl has the right to reject you”. I loved this film, and I’m sure you will like it too Margaret. Please watch it.

    And the last one – Peranbu. Beautiful, but heavy and hats off to Mammootty for choosing this role (e.g there are scenes how he helps his disabled daughter with her period, and I was thinking about stupid and misygonists movies he does, and was all WOW).

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  2. Watching: Last 2 weeks, I covered all Telugu movies of last 2 years on Prime that I hadn’t watched. That included bearing Ram Charan’s Vinaya Vidheya Rama. Covered couple of Hollywood movies, waiting for my wife and kid to spare the TV so that I could cover Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

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    • I have a soft spot for bad movies and I heard Vinaya vidheya Rama is very bad. Is it true? I watched only first 10 minutes, and don’t know if I should continue.

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      • Remember Mikhael?Now replace Unni with Vivek Oberoi,all Malayali villains with Bihari villains(more sneering and shouting),sister with three or four decked up sister in laws,throw in couple of songs,Kiara Advani(or rather her body parts)and then multiply the stupidity & suspension of disbelief by 10 & the gore by 20.Also ripped,tatooed Ram Charan is more boring than chubby Nivin Pauly.

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      • It’s very very bad – the director was trolled a lot. To give a couple of examples, there’s a scene where the hero beheads the bad guys and vultures catch those heads and fly away; another where the hero’s brother calls for help from Bihar when the bad guys thrash him and the hero reaches from Dwaraka to Bihar (> 500 miles) by train within a short time (couple of hours) and fights the bad guys.

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  3. I just rebinged Made in Heaven. My favorite Steve is the love scene with Vikrant Massey. For me, possibly the most moving love or kissing scene since Broken Mountain. We don’t get such emotionally riveting scenes from heterosexual lovemaking in Hollywood films anymore imo, though the love scenes with lady gaga and Bradley Cooper in a star is born did a great job in conveying nonforbidden love and passion in a comfortable yet passionate way.

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    • Yes! That love scene was so good. The love scenes in the series were remarkably varied, Sobhita’s and Jim’s were intimate but strangely soulless. Arjun’s other love scenes felt more mechanical and lustful than loving. Jazz and her mechanic had a connection that was partly caring and mostly really good sex. And then Arjun and Vikrant’s scenes were the purest best expression of love. I want that for all our characters, I want Jazz and her mechanic to make a deeper connection, and I want Sobhita to find someone she can really love.

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  4. Oh I watched Mikhael as well! It comes in the “so bad it’s good” category. I have no idea what Nivin Pauly was smoking when he committed to the movie. He doesn’t fit the style of film making, and looked too heavy to be pulling off the stunts. Unni Mukundan’s role was funny rather than being sinister. And the scene where he takes a shower in Asokan’s hour – roflmao. Anyway, I watched the whole movie because I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much. Much fun!

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    • The first hour was very boring because there were so many characters. I wasn’t trying to remember who is who because I read that the script doesn’t have sense and the timeline is messed too, so why bother.

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      • Yes, so many villains! The directory probably lost track too cos at some point the villains were fighting each other leaving Nivin with little to do. Also, Siddique was hamming it in, looked like he was in a different movie altogether. I liked the lil sis, and her small fight with Unni was better than any of the fight scenes Nivin was in. But the movie was so silly that I actually finished it because usually I just quit midway.

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  5. Lucifer’s trailer is out. :

    Not my kind of movie because it’s about politics, but it looks very good. I have my fingers crossed for Prithvi. (the only thing I hated – Vivek Oberoi, I can’t look at him since I saw this awful poster of his upcoming hindi movie yesterday)

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  6. Nominating three SRK action sequences:

    – The final chase in Fan, especially the scaffold part. Also the first chase in Fan, the shutters and balconies.
    – The car chases in Dilwale, felt like Rohit Shetty was trying on a little Fast and Furious. The chase that ends with Kajol’s first betrayal is good, but it’s the car ballet at the edge of the cliff that I go back and rewatch.
    – The first big Raees fight scene, at the market.

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    • Oh man, the Raees fight at the market! I forgot how awesome that is.

      Although I think I might pick the Agneepath murder of Rishi Kapoor as my favorite, now that I think about it. I just love that sequence so much, anger and emotion and excitement all mixed together.

      On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 11:11 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  7. This past weekend I watched Wazir, which was OK. Fairly regulation Amitabh. I watched The Wife in the theater, which has a depressing message about how women sacrifice for men, so it was the perfect time to go home and rewatch the good bits of Aiyyaa. And I am really trying to finish Kabhi Kabhie, but Einthusan is not cooperating! I have an hour and 13 minutes to go, and so far I’m just pretty irritated with Amitabh and Rishi. I hope I’ll be able to finish tonight.

    My favorite action sequences are the ones in Main Hoon Na. I usually think running and fighting is boring, but I like the funny ones.

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  8. Have you been following the Karan-SRK controversy? I don’t 100% understand it all but basically Karan liked a tweet that insulted SRK and used a homophobic slur. Karan is claiming his account is having “technical difficulties” 🙄. And this was Shahrukh’s response, which is a thing of beauty.

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    • Ugh, i hate these “controversies”. Last season on Koffee, Shahrukh joked that Karan always has to defend his love for SRK the way Shahrukh has to defend his love for his country. And it’s true! I don’t know why, but it is.

      They have grown apart in recent years, that’s obvious, but that just means they aren’t spending every minute of every day together and putting their fingers in each other’s careers.

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    • I thought he sounded more exasperated with his fans for overreacting than at Karan. People in my corner of bollytwitter all saying some form of “KJo bullied SRK into tweeting that”.

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  9. Forget Karan-SRK controversy, something more important happened on twitter today 😦

    I don’t know what happened, but I must admit it affected me more than I thought. I’m curious what it means and if it’s for real. He was tweeting about reading Bhagwadgita lately and I was surprised. Maybe it’s all connected.

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      • Harshvardhan who changed his name is Anil Kapoor’s son, and this one is an outsider who was in Sanam Teri Kasam (beautiful Love Story remake. Many of us here secretly love this movie). I follow him since than, but unfortunately he wasn’t lucky enough with work. In hindi he was only in other one movie (war film, the one Abhishek Bachchan left last minute). I wonder if he quit because he wasn’t working or really found something better.

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          • How interesting. It seems reasonable that both of them could have been at the same party or read the same book or something that suggests this argument for why to get off of social media. But it’s still strange! I hope we get more of an explanation at some point.

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          • Or maybe it’s only for some movie or ad? It’s impossible they both had the same idea the same day.

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          • Yeah, that makes more sense. Or there was a really powerful lecture they both went to, and all 50 people who were there are getting off social media simultaneously, but only Aparshakti and Harsh happen to be famous.

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