Upcoming Movie Reviews: Veer-Zaara Friday 5/31, Guru 6/2

Catherine in the comments gave me permission to be a Shahrukh fangirl instead of trying to cover other folks an equal amount, so I’m going to! HA! Also, I kind of don’t like Veer-Zaara? (don’t hate me!) So this review will be minimal fangirly.

Veer-Zaara! Yash Chopra’s second to last movie, Shahrukh and Preity and Rani all together, Amitabh and Hema in a cameo, and a ridiculous plot and really lousy make-up. So it’s good and bad all together. And like all Yash Raj films, it is available on Amazon Prime with possibly worthless subtitles, or on youtube for a small fee, or very likely at your local library on DVD.

And then Guru. I loooooooooooove Guru. And as my review will show, I try to justify that love by claiming it as a romance more than a biography. Feel free to disagree. Anyway, this weekend Mani Ratnam, Madhavan, and Anil Ambani all have birthdays, so it seemed appropriate. Oh, and it’s on Netflix, which means GOOD subtitles (woo-hoo!). Plus googleplay and youtube in case you don’t have access to Netflix.

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25 thoughts on “Upcoming Movie Reviews: Veer-Zaara Friday 5/31, Guru 6/2

  1. I’m shocked you will review Veer-Zaara. I know you don’t like it and didn’t want to spoil it to all us who love this movie. I can’t wait to read your thoughts.

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    • I’ve decided it’s time! After tackling Zero again, I am on a role with promising-but-flawed SRK movies.

      On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 2:12 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. ITA re Guru = a romance using a biography as its narrative structure. Looking forward to your review of one of my favorites Hindi films, esp among my favorites upon first watch in theaters. Also a movie made even better re its in-theater experience by its excellent resonant soundtrack.

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    • I really love Guru. I was okay with it the first time I watched it, but then it kind of stuck with me and the more I rewatched it, the more I liked it. I can’t remember what my original review said, if it isn’t as well-written or well-thought out as it could be, I may need to rewrite it!

      On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 2:55 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. A Shahrukh fan who doesn’t like Veer Zaara? That’s interesting. My aunt is a huge SRK fan who cries buckets even now whenever she watches it. And she used to write down all the dialogues that he says in the Court Room 😀

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      • For Paheli, is it just because of the ending? Didn’t we decide that the two versions merged rather than dumb hubby version getting imprisoned in a water skin? That’s my head-canon now. It’s hard for me to see Juhi as the sister-in-law rather than Shah Rukh’s love interest. Only Rani could make that ok for me. 🙂

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        • It’s the ending and it’s also the little voice in my head that says “wait, so there’s no PLOT? It’s just magic ghost sex for two hours and then a flurry of activity?” I know, if I were a purer fan I would be able to enjoy the ghost sex and not crave some kind of conflict and forward movement, but I do! I really really do!

          On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 6:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Haha, I’d be fine with magic ghost sex for 2 hours, but I think, like in JHMS, the conflict is internal. Rani has to decide if she’s going to be an adulteress, and poor dumb hubby Shah Rukh has to decide to be his own person, not just his daddy’s employee. One of my favorite songs when I’m feeling melancholy is Khaali Hai Tere Bina. But yeah, it’s not exactly a barn burner, is it?

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  4. Thank you so much for wanting to review Veer-Zaara! Even though I disagree with your opinion on it I still can’t wait to read your comments on specific things about the movie 🙂

    Also Guru, I always wanted to watch it but never really made the time or felt interested. Maybe your review is going to change my mind – Thanks to you I gave several movies like “Jab Harry met Sejal”, “Bazigaar” and many more a try!

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    • I really love Guru, and I am pretty sure I love it for reasons other people will love it. always a worry! But really, it is a lovely movie and a very well-made movie.

      On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 1:41 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  5. My favorite things about Veer-Zaara are Shah Rukh’s interactions with Amitabh, Hema, and Kirron. The scene where Kirron begs him to leave Zaara and they both end up crying is pure gold. And I like the songs, apart from the endless courtroom one when they see each other for the first time after years. I generally skip the courtroom scenes. 🙂

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    • Oh, you do that with another movie too! And now I can’t remember what it was. Anyway, you are a BAD PERSON who only watches the fun parts of movies instead of forcing herself to slog through all the dull bits along with the rest. Oh right, the important political/class section at the end of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, you already admitted you just watch the happy in love bits and fastforward those parts.

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      • Haha, it’s true. Every 3rd watch or so I’ll watch the sad bits, because it does make the ending feel more earned.

        I also skip several bits of PBDHH (aka, the rape scene, the yellow face scene, and most Johnny Lever scenes). And sometimes I skip the Arjun Rampal subplot of Don. Too sad! I just pick him up when he beats up Boman Irani. This way I can also fit in more re-watches! 🙂

        And, you would make a great blackmailer. Just saying.

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        • Nah, I would rather use my powers for good and just surprise you all with really really perfect birthday presents.

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  6. I think I love Paheli because it’s all about Rani making her choice, the colors are beyond gorgeous (wayyyy prettier than Devdas even. Hats!!), and it’s got Anupam Kher and SRK as father and son (which should always be a thing anyhow). Oh, and I really love the music
    The thing that bugs me about people hating on Paheli for not being more up-to-date and going further on the female rights issuesis that it makes it seem like choosing your own mate, being happy in bed, and generally being able to make decisions that affect you *with* your husband rather than by him is too small a thing to count. But really, it’s everything! Yeah, she doesn’t have much to do as a rich wife – that’s why she was painting around the fountain. She didn’t have to cook or clean or scrub laundry. Hierarchy of needs and all that. She is literally free to live any life she chooses.
    As far as having nothing really happen, why does it have to? A lot of what “happened” was Ghost teaching people how to behave with women, with each other, how to do for each other, how to love and appreciate love. It’s the same argument made about JHMS,no?
    I’m guessing character studies don’t do well in theaters because they make people uncomfortable, particularly when the realize the behavior they’re enthusiastically judging on the screen is *totally* just like their own behavior, or more likely, when they get an elbow in the ribs and the wife is hissing under her breath, “that is sooooo you!”
    As an aside, this kind of thing happens all the time when we watch movies, but that’s cause my husband is actually a lot like SRK. Very smart, hardworking, and way too in touch with his feminine side, even before we had 5 daughters. Gay men have always been into him.🥰 It amuses me.
    Paheli is definitely not a guy-centered action-adventure flick. Maybe that’s why those movies don’t do well in theaters; women don’t tend go without the men and the men don’t want to go because, “Yeah, there’s a race, but the camels don’t explode or anything when they crash. So boring.”

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    • I think you are completely right.

      One quick thing to add in the Indian context. For a lot of women, it is not simply a matter of preferring to go to movies with their husbands, they can’t actually go to movies without a male escort. The single screen theaters and cheaper tickets are not really a safe place for a woman alone. It happens of course, school girls skipping class and going as a group and so on, but most of the time it is a matter of men being able to go to theaters alone, and women and children being able to go with men, but not women and children going alone. The children are also a big part of this, something like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Hum Aapke Hain Koun could do very well because women and children would enjoy it and fathers/husbands would go along with the majority. But as you point out, Paheli and JHMS are really very focused on the female audience, the adult female audience, and that is not a group with a lot of freedom or influence.

      That’s also, I think, why certain films tend to do much better overseas. In America, women actually can see films by themselves. Veere Di Wedding (female friendship comedy) did amazing business overseas, and I saw it in a theater that was maybe 4/5ths female. Similar story with JHMS.

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