Upcoming Movies, Kabir Singh to Mental Hai Kya

Second time for this! I was gonna do 3 months the first time, and then I realized that release dates change way too last minute for that. So I’m trying about a month and a half at a go.

June 14: Khamoshi

This is an interesting one! Prabhudeva in a horror movie with Tamannah as the lead and Bhoomika Chawla as….something. Ghost? Horror as a genre can give us these unexpected combinations and unusual leads, I kind of want to watch this movie just to see how they all come together.

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June 21: Kabir Singh

A shot for shot remake of a Telugu film. But a perfectly cast shot for shot remake, maybe even better cast than the original. So still worth watching!

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June 21: 99 Songs

This is a mystery film! AR Rahman is producing a movie for the first time, obviously is also doing the music. And that’s kind of the only thing we know about it. Obviously, I will be seeing it opening night. Did you not hear the part about the AR Rahman soundtrack?

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June 28: Article 15

A crime drama about a lynching of two lower caste girls. Very gritty, very confrontational, and starring Ayushmann Khurrana in his first police role. All kinds of reasons to watch it! Unless you don’t want to spend 2 hours thinking about 3 teenage girls who were raped and lynched. Then you can skip it.

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July 5: Aruvam

Yet another horror movie! This time with Siddharth. Boy, Tamil films are really going after horror hard! This is probably worth watching if you like horror (Siddharth picks good scripts), or if you like Southern Sid.

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July 5: Malaal

Little love story, the local gunda and the new woman in the building. Looks like there is also some ethnic/caste/something that will drive them apart. And it stars SLB’s niece and Javed Jaffrey’s nephew? Son? Something. anyway, he has deep set eyes and looks good with long hair, that’s what matters.

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July 12: Jabariya Jodi

Finally, a movie for the Hasee To Phasee TruFans! All 5 of you. Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra are reunited. But set in rural Bihar? I am excited about the plot, Parineeti hires Sidharth to kidnap a groom for her, but nervous about their ability to pull off Bihari characters.

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July 12: Super 30

Oh Super 30! You poor troubled film. The director was taken down by #MeToo, replaced, and then brought back. The filming has been done and redone multiple times. And, most concerning for me, the whole thing is based on a conman so I am going to have a bit of a hard time buying into the message. It’s supposed to be a biopic of a “mathematician” who turned his back on fame and fortune in order to teach slumkids how to pass the IIT entrance exams. Only, a) he isn’t really a mathematician because that’s not how math works, and b) he didn’t actually get all his slum kids to do well on the test and really the whole story does not pass the smell test and sounds like he just lied in order to get more folks to pay for his test prep classes. On the other hand, Hrithik has a beard in this movie and he looks good with a beard.

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July 19: Arjun Patiala

Kriti Sonan and Diljit Dosanjh, quirky small town Punjabi romance, I am SO there!!!! And the director made Sardaarji in Punjabi films? I am there times two!!! And you all should be also. Skip Super 30, watch this.

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July 19: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

Sunny Deol’s son is getting his launch! I don’t really care, but you should all watch the classic Dharmendra film that the title comes from, because it is beautiful and lovely. I am going to post the song the title comes from so you can all have it going through your head the way I do.

July 26: Mental Hai Kya

Oh dear, the hard one! I like that Rajkummar Rao is getting a big interesting role, I like that Ekta Kapoor is producing it directly, I like that it is a rom-com. But the controversies around the release, the mental health organizations objecting to the title and Kangana’s crazed attacks, are making me kind of NOT want to watch it.

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18 thoughts on “Upcoming Movies, Kabir Singh to Mental Hai Kya

  1. Hm, some weird goings on in Maula Jatt land. Went to check up on it and found this:

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    • Huh. Super weird! Ignoring the strange politics of a rumor of a fake stay order, I guess I can kind of see why it might be delayed for regular reasons? It’s a very ambitious concept, could just be editing and effects and stuff causing the delay.

      On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 10:19 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. 99 songs is so interesting. Will watch it for sure, but I doubt it will release in 3 weeks if there isn’t any information or trailer yet.

    My must watch from the list:
    99 songs
    Malaal (I was super excited till I read it’s a remake of 7G Rainbow Colony. I will still watch it for Meezaan, but without great expectations)

    Probably watch:
    Article 15
    Arjun Patiala

    There are also this Fastey Fasaatey (21 June) and Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna (28 June) I may watch because I have a thing for those strange little known films

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    • I can’t tell if 99 Songs release process is a fumble on the part of a first time producer, or Rahman’s faith in himself and the power of his name alone. I don’t think any of the songs have released yet. On the one hand, that’s really strange for a movie that is about to come out. But on the other hand, it makes the buzz around Rahman’s music that much higher.

      On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 2:38 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. I am feeling meh about all of these movies. I will probably watch Kabir Singh if it shows up on Netflix.

    Regarding Parineeti’s ability to do a Bihari accent, Priyanka’s mom is from Bihar and I have seen her (Priyanka) switch fairly effortlessly to a natural Bihari accent when speaking to a contestant from Bihar on some reality TV show. As a Bihari myself, I absolutely hate the fake Bihari accent in Hindi movies but maybe Parineeti has had some exposure to the accent through Priyanka’s mom and might not butcher it completely.

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    • Here’s hoping! And if Sid can manage it too, that’s half the battle. The other half being somewhat realistic hair and make-up and clothes for their characters, that’s a whole other issue.

      On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 5:18 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • The problem with Parineeti is that she thinks acting = posing for a picture, a nice smile is enough. I’m 99% sure she didn’t work on looking or sounding more Bihari.

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        • And on the other hand, Sid always puts in the work and works hard but sometimes just doesn’t have the skill or talent to manage it.

          On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 8:43 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. The film Kabir Singh apparently has the hero raping the heroine and then she falls in love with him, which is a hard nopity nope nope for me.

    I know Kangana is awful but she’s a great actress and Rajkummar is always good even in terrible films (Fanney Khan, ahem), So I will likely see that one.

    The others, eh.

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    • That is DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY not in Kabir Singh. If you saw that, it is a misinterpretation or a rumor that is being spread. 100% not true. And I am seriously offended on the part of the filmmakers and horrified that this rumor is going around. Every sexual encounter is initiated by the heroine, that is part of what makes the film so radical. The hero kisses her cheek the day they meet, and later takes her hand to show her anatomy. That is the extent of it. She makes a move to kiss him on the lips and then suggests sex.

      It is a difficult film because it questions our assumptions, the heroine is silent and seemingly shy, the hero pursues her aggressively. But she initiates sex, she starts a long distance relationship, and we learn she has an oppressive misogynistic family. The filmmakers want us to question our assumptions, to think about whether women really are more repressed and “good” then men or if they have just been taught to be that way by society. In the same way that our heroine is silent and proper and “Good” but also initiates a 4 year sexual relationship, our hero is drunk and angry and “bad” but is also unable to have sex without love and possibly is a virgin when he meets her. We spend most of the film with the hero who is arguing the entire time that it was a mutual relationship, she fell in love at first sight just as he did, they slept together for 4 years, he knows her and knows she loves him, while his friends and family say “no no, women aren’t like that, she doesn’t feel the same way, she is married, women are saintly and good and pure”. And then the ending finally lets her speak for herself and she says, essentially, “I am furious at you for ever doubting me, doubting our feelings, listening to society that told you to forget me and that women get over these things”. Every movie that has the hero fall in love and the heroine be married off and disappear into the ether receives an angry question, a demand of “Why do you assume the woman can get over love and passion but the hero cannot? Why is the common wisdom that you should forget her because she has married and moved on? Why can we not accept that a passionate sexual relationship is a mutual one? Why do we assume the hero ‘forced’ her to love him and her natural state is asexual virtue?” And saying this film has “rape”? That is just saying, again, that a “good girl” could never want sex, it couldn’t have been mutual, and she would have been better off marrying the stranger her father chose.

      Oh I am all riled up now! That’s a great little punchy start to Monday morning! I don’t even need my coffee.

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  5. Jabariya Jodi has been postponed (again)! Looks like Mental Hai Kya is what Ekta has higher expectations from. Feel bad for Sid and Pari – they just don’t seem to be able to catch a break. I actually most excited about Aparashakti in the movie, he’s been really good in everything he’s been in.

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    • Yes! As soon as I put up this post! It’s like I have the power to curse Jaberiya Jodi into re-scheduling just by hitting “post”.

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  6. I was quite dubious about Kabir Singh, because I was worried it was going to show this controlling angry dude taking advantage of a shy young woman, despite how much I like Shahid (and how much I fell in love with the Bekhayali song), but your description in the comment above makes me SO happy! I can enjoy what seems to be some brilliant acting 🙂 (I have not seen Arjun Reddy because I really dislike watching subtitled films when I don’t have at least a small knowledge of the language; the subtitles for Hindi films on Netflix are HORRID, and miss so many subtleties of dialogue. German, my other familial tongue is slightly better but not much; they just skip tons of dialogue. 😡. Makes me want to punch stuff like Kabir Singh ;))

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    • Yeah, Kabir Singh/Arjun Reddy is a tough balance because the audience is supposed to go on a journey of seeing the couple as a controlling angry dude and a shy young woman, to realizing that is just their own blindness and prejudice and relationships can’t be shoved into a box like that. But since we have to go on that journey, the film has to start from the superficial place, and that’s what the trailers and posters and stuff make it look like. Really, it’s a brilliant movie, you just have to stick with it and take it seriously.

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      • I overcame my abhorrence of subtitled films and watched Arjun Reddy this afternoon and … I still didn’t like him at all at the beginning and I didn’t like that he threatened her physically at one point after the confrontation at her father’s house but … I was sold. And I think Shahid Is going to be amazing in this role (and I will know what he’s saying ;)) It really is a frame by frame doubling of AR, though, I recognized some scenes from the KS trailer and the Bekhayali song which has *such* beautiful lyrics in Hindi!

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        • Oh, I am so glad you like it! I really appreciate that the film doesn’t sugarcoat his behavior in the beginning. That doesn’t take away from their relationship, or the meaning of their love, and him being a jerk certainly doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve love.

          One thing I find really fascinating is that the film purposefully only shows us the big dramatic moments of the relationship. That’s what films always do, and that’s why everyone in the movie is treating it like the usual relationship, dramatic meeting and courtship, dramatic ultimatum ending, etc. etc. But as the hero keeps arguing and trying to point out, they had more than just those big high points. They had 4 years together, it’s not something that can be minimized to just “oh, love never lasts” or something stupid like that.

          Anyway, here’s my review: https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2017/09/05/tuesday-telugu-arjun-reddy-spoilers-is-paro-feeling-devdas-pain-or-is-it-the-other-way-around/

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