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

Happy Wednesday! I have had such a weird work week, highlights so far include a customer yelling at me because I dared to take a vacation day when she needed me, and my boss telling the story of when he passed out while running a marathon and ended up with short term amnesia. Weird!

I’ll start!

Reading: Not much, and that’s kind of a problem. I’m going on a trip this weekend and I need airport reading. What do you all suggest?

Watching: My friend came over last night and forced me to watch the first episode of Good Omens. It is quite good, but I am saving it for the airplane, I can download the episodes and watch them all then.

Thinking: Right, so, this weekend! I have a family wedding to go to. I’m out of vacation days so I am skipping all the events except the actual wedding. It’s just a very odd weekend, late flight on Friday, a day to kill in upstate New York on Saturday (although my Mom already scheduled foot massages for us, so we have one thing to do), wedding Saturday night, then up super early on Sunday for a flight back home. The good news is, I have the perfect dress. The bad news is, I’m flying super economy so I don’t have the luggage space to pack it and have to trust my parents to bring it in their carry on. Oh well, if they forget it I’ll just wear my schlubby airplane outfit to the wedding and hide behind potted plants.

Listening: In honor of Super 30, I’ve got the Hrithik Roshan station going on Saavn. The Kaho Na Pyaar Hai soundtrack is way better than I remembered!

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

  1. It looks like Saaho is probably getting postponed again. There’s been no official announcement yet but two medium/smaller budget Telugu movies have suddenly announced that they are coming out on August 15th. Both the lead stars of those movies, Sharwanand and Adivi Sesh, are close friends of Prabhas so it’s unlikely they would purposely clash with Saaho. My guess is that Prabhas told them about Saaho’s postponement or something so they can take advantage of the holiday weekend.

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    • I’m SHOCKED (not really). The trailers, the songs, everything still hasn’t been released which just felt like they weren’t ready.

      Is this kind of last minute delay common in the Telugu industry and I just don’t usually know about it? Or is it special with Saaho?

      On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 11:53 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • It is not uncommon in both Telugu and Tamil industries. While some of it has to do with financial issues the producers run into, the others are because of delayed post-production work. For movies that have a lot of CGI it unlikely that they are released on time – Eega, Bahubali 2, 2.0 were all delayed.

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          • Last minute delays like this aren’t common but they aren’t rare either. Usually I’ve seen this happen when there are multiple star movies trying to come out during the same time and the teams discuss and move dates so there’s a two weeks gap.

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  2. Catching up with non-work things, but also still have a lot of work things since it’s the end of the semester. I did intend to get some movies watched, but it did not happen to the extent I had hoped.

    Thinking: freaked completely out when Einthusan did not work earlier this week. I thought, that is totally my luck, that they would go down the very nanosecond after I paid. However, one of the perks of paying is I soon got an email clearing things up.So, still happy I paid.

    I finished another episode of Made in Heaven, which I posted on there. It was a bit of a challenge as I don’t know the Japanese word for dowry, but context soon made it all clear. Stupid Amazon Prime.

    Also finished Delhi Crime, and I still recommend it. I’m looking forward to the second season–I wonder if it will deal with a fictional crime this time? The characters really stay with you and the acting is first rate.

    Started but did not get a chance to finish a very old (1959) Bengali film with Uttam and Mala Sinha called Khelaghar. It feels very unusual because Uttam and Mala are on the run–he’s an escaped revolutionary and she of course is a runaway bride–and the movie clearly depicts a really seamy Calcutta, with beggars and drunks, despite being a happy comedy.

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    • Oh oh! You should watch Balu Mahi! Similar plot to the Bengali movie you mention, only happy happy.

      I am so happy you continue to plow through Made in Heaven! And I am curious if you will have a different feeling at the end of it after having seen the episodes slowly and individually instead of zipping through them in a few days like I did.

      On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 10:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Reading: did you see this news about Netflix greenlighting more Indian originals? I find all of this intriguing. Historical horror (did not even know that was a genre!) from Red Chillies, a cozy crime series with a female protagonist from Anushka’s production house, and a fictional series based on real life designer Masaba Gupta starring her mother.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-greenlights-indian-horror-series-betaal-shah-rukh-khan-blumhouse-1224298

    Watching: Kumbalangi Nights. I found the first half hour slow and turned it off but it got interesting quickly when I went back the next night. The brother relationships were great, realistically rocky, and I liked the female characters as well, and the beautiful setting. The bad husband and his mustache were both impeccable, though the dread music they played behind him bugged me, I kind of wish SPOILER they had just let his acting do the foreshadowing and not hit the audience over the head with the bad things are coming ominous notes END SPOILER. The ending, though, was nearly perfect. I enjoyed it, though maybe not quite as much as Sudani from Nigeria. Soubin Shahir’s character in KN was a little deeper, but I missed his relationship with his mother in Sudani – and really all the old women, they were the best.

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    • I don’t like horror so I haven’t really seen that many Indian horror movies, but I know historical horror is a thing. I wonder why? I am sure there is some kind of deepseated social thing that explains it, but I don’t know what it is.

      The bad guy in Kumbalingi Nights is played by one of the top name actors in Malayalam film. Isn’t that interesting? That he chose to take the smaller villain role while the lead brother actors were all less famous than him?

      On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 11:29 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I felt like I’d seen him before. But then I thought it might be just that he reminded me of a Spanish actor, only I haven’t been able to figure out which one. Now I have a mystery to solve.

        The contrast in style between him and the brothers was great, and the creepy perfection of his character was really well played.

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        • I’m blanking! I can’t remember which Malayalam movies you have watched! my super powers have deserted me.

          Anyway, if you’ve seen Bangalore Days he plays the husband in that.

          On Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 8:34 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Oh great! I searched for Ishq just last week and couldn’t find it.

      On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 11:26 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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