Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Women Directors Week?

Happy Women Directors Week! Which is randomly starting with a review of Khandaani Shafakhana because I watched it yesterday and turns out it has a woman director! Look for those reviews to go up in a bit once I finish them.

Happy Monday! This is where you ask me anything you want to ask me any time this week. Curious if I saw a particular film? Ask here! Wondering what I thought about a movie news story? Also here! Need recommendations for films by a new favorite actor? Also here! Anything you want, ask here!

Now, question for you! I just saw Paap yesterday, and it may be the sexiest Indian movie I have every seen. Have you seen Paap? Is it the sexiest ever or is something else the sexiest ever?

To help you make the decision, see below (possibly NSFW depending on where you work):

16 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Women Directors Week?

  1. I know you don’t watch kannada films, but if it will be played in Chicago, any chances you’ll watch Kurukshetra? I read they are doing this film in 5 languages. Sonu Sood is playing Arjuna, and I think I’ll watch it for him.

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      • From other trailers, have you seen the one with Sunny Deol’s son? I like those simple love stories with nice visuals (if the trailer reminds me about Tum Bin 2 I’m in) but this one doesn’t look very attractive. This Karan has 5 sec long scene in the trailer and I could already see he is not good.

        Btw Are you doing montly post about upcoming movies?

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        • Oh shoot, I forgot the upcoming movies post! I think the last one just ran out so I am due.

          I haven’t seen the trailer yet, I’ll watch it when I get home.

          On Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 1:22 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. What do you know about Komal Nahta? I know–I think–he reviews films, and mostly in Hindi? Last week I saw a tweet and a link to an online version of a publication he is (newly?) editing called Film Information. I guessed from his tweet that it is a publication which may have been in print but is now online. From my brief look at the website, it appears that you have to sign up to get the videos and that the podcasts are in Hindi but the written material is in English. So it might be worth a look.

    Just wondering if you have any idea if this is yet another Bollywood film publication full of drivel, or if the reviews are likely to be serious and worth reading. I find there is so little in the Indian press I trust on anything related to the film industry and it would be great to have another solid source.

    Here’s a link: https://filminformation.com/

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    • Thanks for the heads up! I just took a quick look at the website. The writing is pretty bland, a summary of the film and no analysis and same with the industrial news. Basically they are cutting and pasting press releases and calling it new content. On the other hand, they do have a story about the Essel group and Zee which I am not seeing on Bollywoodhungama. So they may have slightly more hard industrial news. Not reporting, but at least reprinting the press releases.

      It’s a new site, and it appears that they are going with quantity over quality, a lot of bland filler stuff just to look busy. But maybe they have a few hidden gems and as they expand, those gems might get more numerous and the filler disappear.

      On Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 10:48 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Even though this is women director’s week, i have a question regarding male directors. With women directors, you get(supposed to get) realistic portrayal of female characters, i.e how do they react or say etc to certain situations rather than an image projected by male director. My question is which male had portrayed women as close to how women directors potray?

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    • What an interesting question! I may steal it for Wednesday. There are loads of male directors who have generally good female characters, Yash Chopra for instance, his heroines tend to be about as well-rounded and believable as his heroes. Commentator MKP here really likes the director Aashiq Abu and his way of portraying women, I generally do to I’ve just seen less of his stuff.

      It’s not like it is a hard thing, you just have to treat your female characters as human people the same way you treat your male characters as human people. What I have been thinking about more as I watch these female directed films is that female directors tend to be more fair to their male characters, make them less heroic and more human and capable of fear and mistakes and so on.

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      • I am not that nuanced in observation between female characters, but below are 2 character examples i find striking;

        The one i like : Vicky Kaushal(Male) character in Raazi
        The one i think was badly potrayed : Kalki’s(female) character in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

        both above were by female directors.

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        • Yes! Vicky in Raazi is one of those male characters that I think a female director is able to do better than a male would. He is kind and sensitive and falls in love and makes mistakes. A male director might have turned him into something more perfect and less human.

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      • Looked up, he seems to be malayalam dir, havent seen much of them except anagamaly diaries, will check. Ya female dirs tend to be fair; one of the reasons they are very few in TFI , which is sad.

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  4. Which female directors do you plan to include in your coverage? Might I suggest Aparna Sen, Konkana’s mom? Her movie 15 Park Avenue is my go-to reference for an honest and accurate dramatization of schizophrenia and its affect on both the patient and their family. This is the topical movie I tell people to watch, in any language or industry worldwide 🙂 She’s even more famous for Mr & Mrs Ayer.

    Other more recent suggestions would be Meghna Gulzar and Alankrita Srivastava. Also Kiran Rao – has she directed more than 1 film? Ironically in Dhobi Ghatt she did a far more nuanced job in portraying the men than the women imo.

    You finally watched Paap!! I hope you review it for your Friday classics sometime? It’s in my top ten list of nudging-the-envelope game-changing movies within the Hindi film industry. The sexuality is sexy and sensual, nudging but not crossing over the line into that mahesh-bhatt-style performative sexuality. And what movie Indian movie *starts* with the heroine in a bikini, before or since this one? And because of her then-taut physique (I.e not curvaceous or voluptuous), the bikini looks very tasteful, doesn’t make her look nude somehow.

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    • Right now, this is the list of directors I am definitely including (yes, Meghna is there): https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2019/08/01/get-ready-for-a-week-of-women/

      I haven’t actually written any of the posts yet, I’m waiting for inspiration. That list was more to help me remember who all I absolutely definitely wanted to talk about, plus give a heads up to folks to watch Anjali Menon movies. I will probably do a whole career analysis of the folks on that list list, recurring themes and stuff. And then maybe thrown in shorter posts talking about directors who have done less, or who I am less familiar with.

      And yes with Paap! It was fascinating, the way it handled female desire as something healthy and natural and good that was should be allowed to express itself. Even the title, late in the film there is a meaning switch between her father talking about the “sin” of her bodily desires, and John arguing that the true “sin” is to try to kill those natural desires. Definitely a movie that I would expect from a female director.

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