An Open Letter to the Author of an “Open Letter to Shah Rukh Khan”

Let’s see if I can do this, directly respond to another writer without feeling like I am being nasty. Hey, Anonymous Author! I am going to be nice and start a dialogue, not mean. You can read this without worrying about feeling attacked. Oh, and everyone else, I am going to try to expand the conversation that Anonymous Author started and bring up some points he seem to have missed.

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Hindi Film 101: Filmi Babies (and a few older kids), the Adorable Little Munchkins That Will be Running the Industry in a Few Years

This is not a “oh boy, these are the next stars to launch!” post. This is a 101 post, it’s just the basic names and general ages of the children of celebrities, so when I (or other media outlets) casually refer to “Hrehaan” or “Nyssa”, you will know who we mean.

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I Will Now Fix Aamir Khan’s Career: He Should Remake Tootsie and Make Fun of Himself

This is really Catherine’s idea, at least she is the one who put it together for me that Dustin Hoffman and Aamir Khan have similar reputations as nice guys who take their acting way way WAY too seriously. Dustin Hoffman made Tootsie partly to make fun of that about himself, and Aamir really needs to do the same thing.

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Best/Worst Student of the Year 2 Song Releases, and Bonus Bharat Song Teaser

I don’t like this song teaser system because I feel like I should put up a thing for us to talk about it, but then I end up saying the same things about the teaser that I want to say about the full song and it is all just confusing. Luckily this time I can tuck the teaser in at the end of a post about an actual song.

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Final Election Day Post! Best 3 and Worst 3 Movies of the Top 15 Box Office Earners All Time

The final post! Not the hardest necessarily, just the longest. Of the top 15 Indian Box Office earners (adjusted for inflation), which do you think are the best 3 as films? And which do you think are the worst 3 as films? Don’t worry if you haven’t seen them all, you can just pick from those you have seen (I haven’t even seen them all). And remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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Election Day Post 3! Vote on Next Big Actor Tamil and Hindi, Most Promising New Hindi Actress, and Best Recent AR Rahman Soundtrack!

More important decisions! You can pick only the ones on which you feel confident, or make random guesses on all of them (just like filling out a ballot). Remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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Election Day Post 2! Vote on Best Shahrukh Movie, Best Malayalam Actress, Best non-Khan Hindi Actor

So important to participate in a democratic election! If you don’t vote, your voice won’t be heard. And the wrong Shahrukh Khan film could be chosen as his best ever! Or the wrong Malayalam actress, or the wrong Hindi actor. Vote in the comments, you can give a choice for each category or just the ones you feel confident about. Remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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Let’s Vote on Something Much More Important Than the Indian Elections! Handsomest Indian Actor, Best Recent Hindi Romance, and Best Middle-Aged Hindi Actress

Obviously, there is no actual election talk allowed. Because this is a safe non-stressful internet place. But it is a place were we can have fun respectful conversations about deeply held feelings related to movies! And with that in mind, I will be posting several important voting posts today. You can vote on all the issues, or only the ones you feel most informed about. Just put your picks in a comment and remember, most comments this month wins a poster!

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Upcoming Movie Reviews: Malayalam Communists On Wednesday for May Day, Badlapur on Friday 5/3, Yennai Arindhaal 5/5 for Ajith and Trisha!

Okay, big week! Lots of non-Hindi!!!! On May 1, for the International Day of Labor, lots and lots of Malayalam communists. Then Badlapur on Friday, and finally Yennai Arindhaal on Sunday. Even if no one else likes it, I really really like Yennai Arindhaal and I am replaying the review for Ajith and Trisha’s birthdays this week.

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Sunday ReRun: Dishoom! So Silly, So Fun, So Dishoom-y

This is a very silly, very fun, very stupid movie. It may not be as brilliant and complex as some other films, but by golly the time just flies by while you are watching it! Oh, and this review needs some formatting fixes, I’ll do it soon, I just want to throw it up quick now before I take the dog for a walk.

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Silly Sunday: Two More Noirs for Red Chillies! Leave Her to Heaven, and Murder My Sweet with Shahrukh. Plus Bonus Period Calcutta FanFic!

The problem with film noirs is that half the time they are more atmospheric than plot based. Makes it harder to remake them. I am going to remake another one with a good strong plot (Leave Her to Heaven), and another that I really love and which has a totally impenetrable plot (Murder My Sweet) but maybe also a role for Shahrukh. Oh, and that fanfic I wrote in the comments for Miss Briganza, in case anyone missed it. And this is a VERY LONG POST. But I hope you will read it, because there is good stuff in here.

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Saturday Small Talk: What Shall We Talk About While Albie Dog Takes a Second Try at Learning “Sit”?

Happy Saturday! Training class number 2 today, I’m excited! We’ve mostly got “sit”, and we sometimes have “down”. “Come” is still a misty dream though. The world is too exciting to drop everything just because I ask him to come to me.

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More Critiquing the Critics: What Artists Get Too Much/Not Enough Credit?

I quite enjoyed everyone’s responses to yesterday’s post asking what films were reviewed unfairly (and please keep adding on there if you remember more or this post reminds you of something!). Everyone gave delightful varied answers that went beyond saying “this film was good and they said it was bad” and instead into how exactly the film was misinterpreted and dismissed. Now, let’s do the same for artists! There are some actors and directors and composers that always get loads of critical acclaim and may not deserve it, and others that never get noticed and really should.

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Friday Classics: Baadshah Ho Baadshah! Shahrukh’s Wacky Comic Action Romance Detective Story!!!

This isn’t really a “classic”, but it sure is fun! And I am feeling like I want more “fun” in my life. Also, I was on the phone with my sister for 2 hours last night and I don’t have time to review a good movie (nothing terrible, we just simulwatched a bad movie over the phone because her husband is out of town)

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Discussion Post: (inspired by Shahrukh’s Speech) What Movies Do You Think the Critics Did Not Treat Fairly and Wish People Would Watch?

Remember, the person with the most comments before the end of the month gets a free Shahrukh-in-a-bathrobe-with-alcohol poster! It’s beautiful and I know you want it. Give a comment, or preferably many many comments (you can choose multiple movies and have a separate comment for each) on this post to help you win.

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Thursday Telugu: Mirchi Review Part 2, VERY VERY LONG

Like I said with Part 1, Mirchi was the first true Telugu film I watched, and I was super excited and wrote a very very long email to moviemavengal/Pardesi about it. And then a few years ago I took that email and turned it into a very very long review. Part 1 went up a bit ago, here is Part 2.

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Happy Varun Dhawan Day! Final Review, Most Recent Film, KALANK!!!

Well, that was fun!!!! If it had released 20 years ago, it would be a solid hit and forgotten in a month, and then it would pop-up on TV occasionally and people would say “oh yeah, that movie!” I don’t know how it will do in today’s world at the box office, but at least critically I want to treat it as the nice unambitious pleasant fairy tale it aspires to be, not as the Great Noble Brilliant Movie that it wasn’t even trying to be. I suspect other reviewers might ding it for not being the Great Noble Brilliant Movie they thing it should be without realizing it never wanted to be that.

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