Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me as I Work from My Sister’s House?

First time I have tried this, the cheap plane tickets meant my flight isn’t until this evening, so it just kind of makes sense to work from her house. But I don’t know, working from somewhere else? Trying to focus on work stuff like family is right there? It all seems difficult.

This is the place to ask me ANYTHING!!!!! Want to know about the actors in that movie you just saw? Ask here! Want to know the backstory for a song sequence? Ask here! Want to start a general discussion topic about anything? Do it here! And you can keep coming back here as well, all this week, any time you think of anything you want to know.

Now, question for you! Madhuri’s birthday is in two days, what is your favorite Madhuri movie?

This is a really hard question!!!! I think for me, Tezaab. It’s not just Madhuri, it’s also a great role and performance for Anil, and even Chunkey Panday. And a really fun twisted plot, and a happy ending, and great songs. Just a fun watch all around.

And, okay, one bonus fun question. Did we all process that Kangana/Rangoli is now spewing venom towards Richa Chaddha, her co-star in a movie that is currently filming? Any guesses on if they will be able to continue with the film?

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76 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me as I Work from My Sister’s House?

  1. I watched What’s Your Rashee over the weekend. A perfect example of wrong format – totally didn’t work as a movie, but could have worked just fine as a tv miniseries or a single season streaming series of 14-15 episodes of 30 min each, one for each Zodiac sign, and 1-2 prologue/epilogue episodes. The repetitive nature of its narrative structure wouldn’t feel as repetitive this way, and perhaps would even feel expected.

    So Ashutosh Gowarikar’s male leads have been Aamir, SRK, Hrithik,… and Harman Baweja? What happened? Was AG going through a low phase? Or could everyone smell a dud? Or did no male want to play second fiddle to PC for this (clearly she has the meatier acting role here)?

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    • I have no idea what happened with What’s Your Rashee!!!! I thought it was weird when it came out, and waited for an explanation to appear, and then it never did. Either Ashutosh just fell in love with the story for unknown reasons, or there was some massive pay out on the back end. What’s even weirder is that it came right between two movies, Ashutosh usually takes a couple of years between movies, but it went Jodha Akbar, What’s Your Rashee, and then Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Say. It feels like a director for hire situation, doesn’t it? No prep time, a story and style unlike all his other work, and not even a cast he likes. But why in the world would Ashutosh hire himself out after Jodha-Akbar?

      On the other hand, the first 5 minutes are filmed on location in Chicago! that gives me a thrill.

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    • I think im the only person on the planet who liked the film and the 13 songs and Harman Baweja 😂 I guess because it came out when I was in school and I watch it to relive the good old days.

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  2. What Rangoli have against Richa Chaddha? I just literally can’t wait Kangana’s career will be over!

    My question: Aftab Shivdasani, what happened to him? Why, despite a very good start, he didn’t make it big?

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    • Good question!!!! I just looked him up and I think he might have just kind of aged out of youthful roles. He never had a real big hit, or a role that showed off amazing acting abilities, just kind of charming decent parts that worked because he was young and charming, and once he stopped being so young there wasn’t anything for him. RGV is good at finding those people, young men with fresh faces and a lot of promise that doesn’t always pay off. Vivek was another RGV ind.

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      • Similarly to Aftab I think Amisha Patel was also one who had a huge start and I think many thought she’d be the top actress of the early 2000s but faded out and all her films flopped. She’s actually a pretty good actress I think, not amazing but she was good in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai and it was obvious that Hrithik was meant to have the more impressive role. I didn’t see Gadar but heard it was good. She made a lot of bad film choices after that (but still good songs lol). I think it’d be amazing to see her and Hrithik together in a mature romance.

        This is an interesting article about Rani and Preity’s careers. They both declined quite quickly after reaching the #1 spot which is so weird. If you look at actresses who had hit films and popularity in the recent years none of them lost their top position so fast. I mean even if they’re next film flops they still stay relevant. Maybe social media is a part of it and the competition felt more stiff back. But it’s still so weird how neither of them could stay at #1-3 for a while considering the huge success they had. They were both huge in 2003-2005 but by 2007/2008 they weren’t getting any good leading roles.

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        • That is interesting! Maybe it is just that people make fewer movies now? You can keep riding the hit and waiting for your next film, instead of doing a hit and then falling back down to something lessor just to keep working?

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          • Yeah that part is also true. I think today when someone becomes really popular they feel they have to now do some serious cinema or something more intense every now and then to prove they can act. But back then it was common for the top actresses to stick to just Yash Raj films and masala films. I think dance and Doug fun family type of movies was what was taken more seriously then and today it’s doing a darker film or a biopic or something. Who are the Yash Raj heroines today? Parineeti?? They don’t even interest me enough to see the movies

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    • Aftab was really good at the start of his career!! He and Amisha Patel both got stuck with the very lighthearted kind of movies for a while that were mainly only known for music. I wish he had done better movies after a really good beginning with Mast and Kasoor

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      • I feel like Shahid could have easily gone that same way, but he was smart enough to take a risk with Jab We Met and Kaminey. He still isn’t a top star, but at least he proved he is more than a boyish musical romance lead.

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        • True, those risks really changed his image . But I always find Shahid to be this actor who seems like he’s acting. He smizes too much and looks like he’s trying to model or look all attractive as he acts. He was good in Jab We Met but I just don’t like his resting expression

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    • Huh. Hard to know from a blind item, isn’t it? We have this version, the Anil version might be “I wanted to do the movie but I had a very specific schedule because of Sonam’s wedding and no other star could match that, so I suggested they just take Sonam since we would have the same schedule”. That’s just out of thin air, but it is one possibility. We could also have Taapsee’s version which is “I liked the script and was looking forward to working with [originally cast father actor] but once it changed to Anil, I understood why they thought Sonam would be a better match”.

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      • I wonder…I remember Taapsee mentioning, I think in her interview with Anupama last year, that she’d lost a role she’d thought she’d been given at the last minute to a star kid and that was one of the times she felt disadvantaged. She didn’t make a big deal of it, just brought it up in the context of a conversation about being an outsider and the whole debate about nepotism that was going on at the time. Based on timing, seems like it could possibly line up with ELKD? Even if it didn’t come from evil intentions, as you say, still a tough position. How would the movie have been different with Taapsee instead of Sonam? I haven’t watched it yet.

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        • Honestly, one of the reasons I really dislike Masand is because of his blind items. He writes a lot of lies too for eyeballs. Some stars like Ranbir have blatantly called him out for spreading fake stuff.
          This is why film criticism in BW is useless. What kind of nexus is this where you not only interview actors but release blind items and also review their movies? Are you kidding me? So if you end up disliking an actor or they don’t give you enough importance or refuse an interview, you can slander them through blinds? It’s ridiculous.
          The thing is, if you have actual sourced news, be brave and print the story with names and let the people involved respond to it if they want. Doing this is low and disrespectful.
          There have been so many blinds that point to Akshay Kumar and how he paid crores to Aditi Rao Hydari to shut up about #metoo accusations against him. I don’t like Akshay anyway but how is this fair for him, her or even the readers? Do your research and get a real story with multiple sources but how can you do this to someone without having proof?

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          • The blinds are weird to me, because the articles that name names barely have sources anyway. Why make it a blind item when people are printing the same things not-blind?

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        • It’s hard to know how it would be different. Purely in terms of performances, Taapsee would have brought more to the role. But on the other hand, with Sonam in that part, it became less her story and more the story of the people around her. I don’t know if that would be possible with Taapsee in that role. And maybe it would have been a less good film if it had felt less like an ensemble.

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  3. My dream scenario for Kangana is that she seeks and gets the help she desperately needs, establishes a healthy distance from her sister, gets healthy, then makes a fabulous comeback after writing a book apologizing to everyone she hurt, doing all the interviews, and getting back to acting in great stories with strong directors who aren’t her! I love her too much for Queen to let her go!

    I haven’t seen enough Madhuri movies to really know, but I like her best as an avenging goddess. I think to me she is just too beautiful and graceful to play an everyday person. So I have most enjoyed her in Anjaam, Koyla, and Gulaab Gang. She is close to supernatural in Devdas also–the sacred prostitute, much as I hate that role. But she plays Chandramuki beautifully.

    I don’t really have a question, but Mother’s Day, and watching Pari, got me thinking how good it would be for someone to make a Mardaani-like movie, but about surrogacy. The good guys and bad guys aren’t so clear cut in surrogacy. There is need, poignancy, sadness, love and hope for a better life, on the part of the people wanting to have children by surrogacy, as well as on the part of the women who agree to be surrogates. But there is a dark underbelly (pun intended) of the unacknowledged risks to women of pregnancy, the mental health consequences of delivering then giving up a child–well documented among women who have given up children for adoption–and the common occurrence of poor women being forced into surrogacy by family members, especially fathers and husbands. It is these unscrupulous middle men and women who would be the bad guys. A good movie about this wouldn’t try to answer all the questions, but would compel the audience to at least ask them.

    Also, I hope Zoya’s next movie has more of the wonderful aunty/uncle characters that Luck By Chance and DDD did. I finally watched Gully Boy, and enjoyed it, though I didn’t find it earth shattering, but it was so youth-focused. I’m an oldie and I enjoy seeing oldies living life in movies. Especially when they get to sing and dance and be silly. I didn’t realize how much I missed older people just having a good time in movies until I started watching Hindi films.

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    • Interesting comment about Gully Boy. I think it is kind of appropriate for that particular film and that story to keep it focused on the youth. India is very proud of quoting the statistic about how many of the population is under 30, but what that really means is that the average life span among the lower classes is extremely short. The young people in Gully Boy don’t really have strong parental influences around them, they have to raise themselves and take responsibility for other people, they are the “old” people, even if they are only in their early twenties.

      I am very curious if Good News is going to be a surrogacy story!!!! It seems likely to be an infertility story, or a pregnancy story at least, with that title and the rumors going around. But since there is an old and a young couple, it is possible that Kiara will be the surrogate for them. I also think about the surrogacy issues when I see Karan’s blond son. Often people criticize him for being “colorist” and possibly hiring a white surrogate. I don’t think it is really our business, but if Karan (or anyone) hired a non-Indian surrogate it makes me wonder more if it was because they wanted to be sure the mother of their child was legally and emotionally protected in a way that may not have been true in India. He also wrote a lovely note about her as part of his birth announcement. The only movie I can think of that dealt with surrogacy was Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, and that was hardly realistic 🙂

      I would add Aaja Nachle to your “Goddess” Madhuri options. She plays a regular person part of the time there, but when she is on stage she is definitely a goddess.

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  4. Hi there!! I have been visiting your blog pretty regularly this past month–and I love your posts and perspective. Your post especially about SRK’s PR was one of the best opinion pieces I have read in quite a while in entertainment journalism.

    I love SRK and am so heartbroken about some of the negative press and just negativity surrounding some aspects of his life in the last few years. Could you do a SRK as an actor and filmmaker appreciation post? Or a thread where we could just appreciate the quality of his art and his vision/desire to move Indian cinema forward. I loved the DDLJ posts too, wish you would start some of them again–but again I can understand how time consuming those might be and can imagine the time commitment that might require.

    Again, thank you for this site and your writing! It is a refreshing change.

    Best!

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    • I am so glad you enjoy my site! Thanks for writing.

      I think there are some Shahrukh posts similar to that back in his Birthday month,, if you search for them they will pop up and I know a new comment even on an old post will bring in lots of discussion from others 🙂

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      • Thank you!! I am going to go check them out :))

        I just read a news article that essentially compared SRK to newer actors/younger actors–all of it is just so annoying! Like no–there is no replacing SRK. Not because he is a better actor than any actor per se, but more because there is no other actor who makes you feel/ connects to an audience better than SRK.

        Even in Fan–you ended up feeling for BOTH–the star and the fan. In Darr and Baazigar–SRK romances audiences. I don’t think we could have had that if it was any other actor. Or at least I wouldn’t have felt it if it was just another character essayed by some actor.

        Off checking out some of your other articles!

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  5. Some of Cat’s questions in no particular order:
    — The “tree” house in Zamaana Deevana is in another movie, but I can’t figure out which one. Also, the lake house from Shakti is in another movie too …
    — How long did it take (for you/whomever) to get used to Kajol’s unibrow? And, why the hell did her makeup guy think it should be a thing??
    — How many movies and/or scenes does SRK wear his wedding ring? Total times, but I also want to figure out how many times it didn’t fit the scene/story; he’s wearing at the fair in K3G and it distracts me every time!
    — Did SRK let Anupama know he was throwing her under the bus prior to the critic’s speech? Or, was he just looking to be mean ‘cause she totally deserved it?
    — Does SRK have pierced ears?
    — Why oh why is/was the super high-pitched, only-dogs-can-hear-her voice of Lata so popular?
    —WTF Dil Se ending??? But then they filmed an alternate ending to Kal Ho Na Ho for SRK’s kids?? Um, I feel like they adddressed the wrong film ending. So many to choose from!
    —Expanation of hand gestures in dance songs. Ex: touch fingers from mouth to eyes to skyward. Or any others that occur to you.
    — How hard would it be to get Margaret to interview SRK from a U.S.A. fan perspective? (And invite all of us.)
    — I’m through SRK’s filmography, and I’m having trouble bonding with another actor. Help and/or suggestions welcome!

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    • -Can’t answer these questions, but I will keep my eyes out! There are only 3 or 4 studios in Bombay, and producers/directors tend to film in their own homes too. So there are quite a few reused sets. I am sure you have noticed the same old hospital corridor in almost every movie.

      -It took me about 4 movies! And I have an interesting expanded answer for that. Until the past 10-15 years, actresses were their own stylists. So if Kajol herself didn’t care about her eyebrows, no one else was going to. In Anupama’s book on the making of DDLJ, she talks about Karan and Manish running around straightening her hair and trying to make her presentable between shots because she just didn’t care. In a lot of the older movies, you will notice actresses not even bothering with make-up onscreen. Manisha in Mann, I notice it particularly.

      -I notice it more when he is NOT wearing it. I think he wears it all the time, unless there is specifically something to do with hands. Or I suppose if his hand is swollen or something. I think it isn’t there in Gerua, and I bet that was just because it was too darn cold. He wears it on his right hand I think, plus the wedding ring isn’t really a common symbol in India, so I think most of the time he just doesn’t bother taking it off when the camera starts rolling.

      -I think he didn’t let her know and picked her particularly because he didn’t have to let her know. They have been friends for decades, with Rajeev too. Someone like Raja Sen or Bardwaj Rangan, or Rahul Desai, he might not have felt comfortable roasting like that,

      -Yes, at least he did for a while. You can still see the dimple scar sometimes. He doesn’t wear earrings routinely but he has in a couple of movies. Although now he has a new stylist or something and is wearing more bling, so maybe it will come back.

      -You can’t really appreciate Lata if you’ve only heard her 90s stuff. Back when films started, actresses would do their own singing and there were a variety of voices. Lata came upon the scene right as that first generation of singers was going away. She had a remarkable voice, and a remarkable control of her voice. And a remarkable work ethic. Other singers came and went, but Lata kept singing for 50-60 years, and eventually all other singers began to imitate her, her voice was considered the ideal. There are other singers, Lata’s own sister Asha Bhosle has a slightly rougher lighter sound, and Geeta Dutt gave her some decent competition early on. Tastes are beginning to change now, and it is harder to find a classically trained female singer (you need classical training to do the kind of breath control Lata had), so you won’t hear that sound as much now.

      -Dil Se is semi-based on a true story, Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India who was at the time running for Prime Minister again, was killed by a female suicide bomber who approached him at a public event. Mani Ratnam didn’t and couldn’t soften the ending without being disrespectful to the real people killed, so instead he went for an argument of “if she was determined to die, perhaps it all could have been changed by someone being willing to die with her”

      -Mouth to eyes to skyward is a way of gesturing to God, you would do it in a kind of “What wonders has God wrought?” way. Like if you saw Niagara Falls, something that remarkable. If someone does it in response to seeing a woman or a man, it is a little more than just “you are beautiful”. The knuckle cracking against the head/hand sweep gesture is a warding off of the evil eye. In the same vein, you put a block dot on someone so they are not so beautiful that evil spirits will be tempted. Touching feet is touching feet, “you are so awesome that even your feet are worthy of worship”. On the other hand, aiming your foot towards someone is super insulting, for instance the scene in Baazigar when Shahrukh leans back and looks at Dilip Tahil’s picture through his feet. That’s all I’ve got at the moment, let me know if you think of something else!

      -It would be pretty darn easy, if I were a different person. You can check out my “White Privilege” post for more on that ( https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2018/04/21/hindi-film-101-white-women-white-privilege-and-the-feeble-no/ ). If I were willing to exploit my privilege, and if I were better at exploiting my privilege, I could easily connect with these folks. Anupam Kher just had lunch a couple of days ago with a friend of a friend. Bingo-bango, that could turn into me having lunch with them too as the sort of museum exhibit of the weird white girl who likes Indian film, and two more steps from there and I am meeting Shahrukh. But I truly don’t want that, I want to keep my analytical distance and be able to write a bad review of an Anupam Kher movie if I want to. Or any of the other people I write about. But on the other hand, this easy access does flavor my coverage (I hope) in that I really don’t idealize these folks as beyond my touch, because they aren’t. I could reach out and touch them any time. I think Shahrukh is a remarkable human being and artist and brilliant public thinker and all of that, but I don’t think of him as innately better than me, if that makes sense. Honestly though, if you want to meet Shahrukh, reach out to his fan clubs and tell your story, it’ll happen. Your story in particular, mother of 6 in America who is sick and loves Shahrukh would pop you to the top of the list.

      -I have so many suggestions! The first thing is to accept that you probably won’t bond with another actor in the same way. So don’t go out thinking you will just go through another filmography. Instead I am going to suggest you watch a bunch of really good films with a whole variety of actors and genres. And now I am just going to rattle them all off! Jab We Met, Daawat E Ishq, A Gentleman, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Hasee To Phasee, Singham, Ek Tha Tiger, Dangal, Ghulam, Raja Hindustani, Jaanwar, Vivah, Bang Bang, Jodha-Akbar, Dhoom 2, Dhoom 3, Aiyyaa, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Judwaa (not 2, the original). And I am sure there are more, but that is enough for you to get started. Come back and tell me what you liked and I can suggest more based on that! It’s a fun time, you know enough about the films thanks to SRK to really enjoy them, but you are also kind of starting fresh.

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      • These were great questions!

        -SRK hasn’t worn his wedding ring for a few years now. I can’t remember exactly when he took it off but it would maybe be around 2013? Around the time he had surgery for his shoulder or something. I think you’re not allowed to wear jewelry. Gauri wore his ring as a pendant on a necklace for a while but it hasn’t been seen after that. Maybe he forgot about it or lost it, who knows. People make lots of conspiracy theories about it.

        – I feel like Kajol’s eyebrows are a thing she’s using to separate herself from the pack. It must not have been the reason in the early days but it doesn’t make sense anymore when she’s dressing up all the time and doing her hair and make-up. She obviously removes other body hair so she must be keeping the unibrow as her special thing.

        -SRK’s stylist is Shaleena Nathani and she’s been with him for at least a few years so she’s not that new. She also styles Deepika and makes her wear hideous clothes. I saw an interview with her once where she mentioned that SRK is very particular about what he likes and doesn’t like and it’s hard to make him budge. He mainly wants to stick to black, blue and gray, does not like tight clothes, dislikes bomber jackets, won’t wear slippers or chappals ever, etc. She has a very visible dislike of Priyanka Chopra and gets into the news headlines sometimes for liking negative comments about her. hah.

        -Anupama Chopra deserved everything she got! I doubt SRK cleared anything with her. She’s not that important, even if it’s mean to say.

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        • Yes, around the time Shah Rukh stopped wearing his wedding ring all the time, Karan told a story in an interview that Shah Rukh was really scared of losing it. Who knows what the real deal is. I kind of miss it though, especially in scenes where it stands out/doesn’t fit the character.

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        • Agree about Kajol. Back in the 90s, it didn’t really stand out, everyone had such natural looks. But now she is all brushed and polished every which way, except the eyebrows.

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    • OMG! Kajol’s unibrow, an SRK replacement to obsess over, a DCIB/SRK interview! We are so on the same wavelength, Cat.
      Not only is Kajol very short and tending towards compact, but to me, the brow resembles the visor of a cap that only drills her down into the ground more. As to moving on from Shah Rukh, it’s hard. But I found Prabhas. Only he’s kinda drifting away as I wait for Saaho to release. I have to keep watching Baahubali and Billa over and over to remind me how much I admire him. And the interview idea? Wonderful! Do it, Margaret. Do it, do it, do it! I sent an email to Vidyut Jamwal once (before I found DCIB) and he responded. Well, SOMEBODY did. We actually went back and forth for a while until I decided he (or whoever) was a bit of an idiot. Point is, you, Margaret, have a lot more ammo that I did to reach out to a star, even tho SRK is waaay more protected that VJ was at the time.

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      • Yeah, that’s the other thing I know (from a random coworker who used to moonlight as security for Indian stars), Shahrukh is on a whole different level than the others. Very hard to reach. But not impossible if I really wanted to sell my soul to do it. Which I don’t.

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    • Four years into being a Shah Rukh/Hindi movie fan, there is no other actor or actress I feel the same connection to. Shah Rukh is the only person in the world that I will watch regardless of what he is in–movie, interview, parody video, whatever!

      But I have found some other actors and actresses very watchable in most things. Irrfan, Ranbir, Rani, Deepika, and Kangana. I enjoy Juhi a lot in her movies with Shah Rukh and in ensemble pictures. I haven’t ventured outside of Hindi films too much because I just don’t have time! Prabhas, Vijay, and Prithviraj have all been in movies I enjoyed.

      I tend to enjoy thrillers/dark police procedurals a lot, so I seek out those in Hindi films also. I’ve enjoyed Mardaani, Rahasya, Main aur Charles, and Rog–truly terrible but it’s Irrfan being sad and sexy so I give it a pass.

      I stumbled across this article in Filmfare today. I haven’t seen the last one, but the first four listed I can re-watch anytime. Really great performances by the leading ladies and supporting casts:

      https://www.filmfare.com/features/5-movies-that-showcased-women-as-everyday-superheroes-33456.html

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    • First thing I can think of, he’s not British. But if he wants to be James Bond’s local ally, I would be down for that! So long as he doesn’t die tragically and nobly.

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      • No dying, but I’m just saying … turn it into an Indian Independence thing. Perhaps even go retro and set it in that time frame? SRK as Bond with all the awesome gadgets and 1940’s clothing? Swoon!
        Plus, he still screams lady-killer for all ages. It’s funny, I’ve never been super into any American actor, but I do remember being wayyyy into Sean Connery as a teen. (I am at present 48, so he may have been a tad too old for me 🤔.) Now, I am fascinated how my girls watch his (SRK’s) movies. (Anyone else sometimes feel it should be capitalized His? 😃) They are entranced by him and the love stories. Dil to Pagal Hai was last night, complete with pink cheeks and “Please would you all shut the hell up I am watching a Shah Rukh Khan movie!” directed at the family members arriving home inconveniently. Amazing how those older movies hold up so well. Clearly, well done love and proper romanticism -minus the totally unnecessary overly-naked people and clumsy sex scenes – crosses all ages and times. It fascinates me.

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        • We have discussed his lady killer status here quite a bit 🙂 I feel like a lot of it is that he is just so focused on the other person. Whether it is a child or a dog or a woman, he is fully “present” as a scene partner. He makes you believe he is really in love with them.

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  6. Margaret, I have much to address regarding “white privilege” and such, but I’m far less fuzzy-headed in the mid-morning, so I shall write it out tomorrow. I think I have a unique perspective to share.

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    • Yeah, India is one of those places where mental illness is still seen as shameful. Like more shameful than it is in American and other western countries. I am assuming that her family is preferring to pretend she is totally fine than shame themselves by acknowledging the problem. Or maybe they are privately trying to address it and so far she hasn’t agreed to it?

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  7. Question: are there any classic Amitabh films on Google, from his peak star era, that you would recommend? Here’s a list:

    Silsila
    Kaala Paatthar
    Anand
    Kaalia
    Jurmana
    Kabhi Kabhie
    Namak Halaal
    Namak Haraam
    Shahenshah
    Don
    The Great Gambler
    Nastik
    Satta Pe Satta
    Chupke Chupke
    Amar Akbar Anthony
    Mili
    Bemisal
    Khakee
    Guddi
    Mahaan
    Suhaag
    Hera Pheri

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    • Oh wow this is fun! And my answer is going to give you far more detail than you need.

      Romantic Classics/Yash Chopra Films:

      Silsila (swoony infidelity romance)
      Kabhi Kabhi (complex two generation romance with a fun ending)

      Human Comedy Classics/Hrishikesh Mukherjee Films:

      Anand (early Amitabh, role that helped him get noticed, VERY SAD)
      Chupke Chupke (later Amitabh, great cast, silly comedy of manners and romances)
      Mili (later Amitabh, small subtle romance that tugs at the heartstrings)
      Guddi (although it’s just a cameo, really Jaya’s movie)

      Fun Masala classics/Manmohan Desai Mostly:

      Kaalia (revenge drama)
      Shahenshah (superhero!)
      Don (crazy twisted classic)
      Saata Pe Satta (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, but nuttier)
      Amar Akbar Anthony (Best separated brothers movie classic)
      Suhaag (Not classic separated brothers movie, but still fun)

      All the others are fine, but those are the top ones. Now, give me another actor! This is fun!

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      • And how about Agneepath? It’s the only old hindi movie on Prime Italy, and everytime I see it on the list I feel tempted, but never watch it. Should I?

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        • Agneepath is a really interesting one. It came at the end of Amitabh’s career, he was older and losing relevance. They brought in new young Mithun Chakroborty to kind of prop him up, and added a bunch of big action props like a helicopter and stuff. But on the other hand, Amitabh gave more time to that performance than any of his earlier films. He even changed his voice, made it rougher and deeper. And there are moments of great power. Mixed with a few moments of kitsch.

          Mostly, be ready for unrelenting misery, Amitabh has no moments of happiness in his life, only torment and vengeance.

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        • Mughal-E-Azam and Mashaal would be the good Prime options. His movies are older, so harder to find with subtitles.

          The one I enjoy most, and which really shows his range, is Andaz. You might even be able to find that through your local library. But make sure you get the 1949 version.

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    • I saw it and didn’t even bother reading the article. What could they say that we don’t already know already? Before Zero, there was talk of possibly another Aanand L Rai-SRK movie. After the way Zero turned out, that’s probably not going to happen. It’s not really super exciting.

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  8. Good morning! Popping up again after life got in the way of my movie watching (I hate when that happens). I’ve been thinking I’ve gotten through a big chunk of the must-see, Hindi 101 films and now I’m looking for new stuff to see. I’m craving big, big songs, big stars. Masala would be great. Don’t care about era, any era would be fine. I know you have posted before on “you’ve seen this big film, now watch these films,” can you point me in the right direction or maybe suggest some more?

    Also, welcome to all the new folks! I was you almost two years ago.

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    • Stupid life! Always doing that!

      Boy, big Masala movies! That’s a fun question. There’s so many that I am just going to rattle through in chronological order all I can think of. Sikander, Awara, Shree 420, An Evening in Paris, Jewel Thief, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Waqt, Suhaag, Qurbani, Hero, Ram-Lakhan, Tezaab, Parampara, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Zamaana Deewana, Dil To Pagal Hai, Deewana, Khalnayak, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Jaanwar, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Mujshe Dosti Karoge, Bachne Ae Haseeno, Band Baaja Baarat, Bunty Aur Babli, Mirzya, Singham, R…Rajkumar, Desi Boyz, Dus, Dostana, Chennai Express, Dilwale, Happy New Year, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

      I know you have probably seen a lot of them already, but you can weed those out and focus on the ones you haven’t seen yet 🙂

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  9. Completely inane question, but it’s driving me nuts: WHAT is the source of that Vidya Balan meme that’s all over the place, with her hair and makeup smeared and disheveled and her eyes all crazy? The meme is like “me at 8 in the morning” (Vidya looking beautiful) “me at 5 at night” (Vidya looking like she just crawled out of a dumpster).

    I can try to find a link if you don’t know what I’m talking about. About half my FB friends are South Asian and I see this meme on the regular.

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    • Found it, recognized it immediately. Bhool Bulaiyya, from her final dance number when she is (SPOILERS) completely insane. Don’t watch the movie, it’s not that good and it has Shiney Ahuja which is automatically gross. Here’s the dance:

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      • For me the worst part of BB is that they casted Vineeth, who is excelent dancer and made him dance at 5% of his capabilities to not overshadow Vidya.

        Bhool Bulaiyya is a bad version of Manichitrathazhu, which is on youtube with subtitles, and is worth watching

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