Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to During Female Films Week?

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the work week and it is really dragging me down this week. Sooooooooo many conference calls.

I’ll start!

Reading: Moved on to the next Cormoran Strike book. It’s okay. But I’m considering jumping ship and going back to reading Devdutt Paataniak. He’s a great summer read, very easy and short.

Watching: These two videos posted in the comments by anonymous. Anonymous and I talked about it yesterday and landed on a theory that there is going to be a Badla-style 5-20 minute promotional video featuring Shahrukh for Emraan’s show Bard of Blood. Oh, and also a gabillion American limited streaming serieses, as discussed in this post.

Thinking: Did anyone notice my Female Films Week announcement? It’s just kind of weird there are no comments. But probably just means people are sick of theme weeks. You can relax, it will be all Saaho all the time pretty soon, no more themes.

Listening: Obviously Khayyam songs. I forgot how pretty this one is.

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36 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to During Female Films Week?

  1. No no people still like theme weeks. It’s just that people like me forget to enjoy the present time and go with the flow. I’m planning to start reading books again it has been a long time since I’ve read a book. Also i don’t think the movie Saaho will be that good.

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    • Nice to hear theme weeks still work! I like them myself, it kind of helps me understand the films better to have a bunch of similar ones to compare.

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        • Doggie is good, I am trying to teach him not to jump which is very hard because he gets excited and can’t help himself.

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          • Oh dogs are meant to be excited as compared who are very civilized. Plus that is a sign of a very friendly dog. Relax he’ll learn fast.

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  2. You sacrificed and watched Mission Mangal for us, so I also watched some bad movies and can warn you all now (even if I’m sure nobody considered watching them) 😉

    Chritralahari (telugu 2019) . It took me 2 months to finish this one so imagine. The story isn’t that bad – a brillant engineer invents a device that can save lives, but nobody is interested in buying his idea and he gets frustrated. Unfortunately the actors are bad, dubbing ladies sound like they abuse sleeping pills and the worst thing – female characters are teribly written. One is no-nonsense lady who sees things as they are, and obviously she remains alone in the end, because as she said: no man would tolerate her. The hero chooses the other girl, the one who always bow her head when she sees him, has no character at all and call herself “not smart”.

    Mogra Phulaalaa (marathi 2019) – I watched it because it was supposed to have good acting and good romance. It’s about 40-something bachelor who loves his mom so much he lets her decide what he should wear, eat, drive (and how fast). The mom says she seeks a bride for her son, but everybody knows she will never make him marry, because she wants him for herself. One day he meets a beautiful widow, and falls in love. Of course mom is against this rishta and starts preparing the wedding with some other girl. Guy does nothing. The widow (who already has a lot of problems) is heartbroken, because he doesn’t even had guts to inform her. Fortunately somebody has talked with the mother and she agrees (maybe because she was told he liked the widow because he saw his mom in her – creepy). I was watching this story waiting for the guy to rebel, to do something, or for somebody to throw this terrible woman off the stairs, but in vain. Nothing happened. She was despicable, and remains the same. Will probably treat the new daughter-in-law (who had abusive mother-in-law earlier) like she treated the other two, and nobody will say nothing because nobody has guts in this family.

    Neeya 2 – this one was fun because it’s about shape-shifting snake-woman and it didn’t pretend to be something else. Raai Laxmi is gorgeous but poor Jai has lost all his charm. I had a crush on him in Raja Rani and now does movies about snakes :/ It’s sad.

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    • I appreciate your sacrifice!!!!

      It sounds like your feeling about the mother in law in Mogra is the same way I feel about the “noble patriarch” in my movies, waiting for someone to stand up to them and tell them off instead of constant forgiveness-forgiveness-forgiveness.

      Maybe the female dubbers sounded like they were drugged because they hated the characters so much in Chitralahari?

      And I will totally watch a snake movie! Snake movies are the best. Another theme week?

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      • I was thinking about your reviews while watching Mogra..And yes it’s the same. The only difference is that here the mother was the strict, terrible person nobody questions ever. In the younger generation sexes were flipped also – instead of usual girl, here the man was the one who should be dutiful, listen and can’t leave the house (there really was one scene when the guy wanted to leave but was told he can’t till the wedding).

        And yes for snakes movies.

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        • Now that I think about it, it’s usually the man I get angriest at in the younger generation too. Actually, the woman is more likely to rebel. And then be “taught” to be better by her man of the same generation as they both respect the patriarch of the family. Which brings me to my Bandini review from yesterday and why it makes me so angry!

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    • Okay, this is ridiculous. We had two mini ads yesterday for this trailer for a fuller length trailer for an actual product. If we were sane people, we would all ignore it and just wait a week and see the full trailer instead of getting excited about the trailer for the trailer for the trailer for the thing. But of course we aren’t sane people. we are people starved for SRK content.

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      • Imagine if it just turns out to be a trailer at the end too! I will be very annoyed.

        Also Bard of Blood is a thriller but SRK is playing his part like a comedy. I don’t get it.

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      • Made me laugh, for some reason reminded me of his character in Chennai Express. It is good to see him doing something on screen again, even for a few seconds.

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  3. Also, a wonderfully detailed and explanatory interview of Karan Johar by rajeev masand went up yesterday. Among other things he explains his take on the failure of kalank.

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  4. A new podcast – An American’s Guide to Bollywood. Here’s the description: “Welcome to An American’s Guide to Bollywood. We’re two Americans who love Indian movies and want to help others do the same. Each episode we review an Indian movie from an American perspective, tell you how accessible it is to a westerner, where you can watch it, and if you might like it.”

    These are my daughters so I like it, but wanted to share it in case you know people who would like to know how to get an easier entry into Indian movies. 🙂

    The website is here: https://guidetobollywood.com/thepodcast/
    The iTunes link is here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/an-americans-guide-to-bollywood/id1476947896

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  5. I have also been listening to Khayyam’s music..discovering many songs of his that I missed!
    Oh, and I saw Sooraj Barjatya interview with Anupama Chopra…it’s really fun…he explains why he can only make saccharine movies!

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    • I like feeling like part of this great global community of folks going “oh yeah, Khayyam!” and rediscovering his songs.

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    • Well, it made Emraan’s character look really good! So that purpose was achieved. But it’s kind of odd to have all those SRK in jokes when I would assume they were trying to reach a massive potential audience.

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  6. Bard of Blood trailer just dropped

    Emraan Hashmi
    Sobhita Dhulipali
    Vineet Kumar

    I think my respect for SRK and Netflix just went up a notch for utilizing some of India’s best underrated star talent. What taste levels!

    Also, nice to see he’s made a story set entirely in the Muslim world – leaning into it instead of pretending it doesn’t exist (I’m looking at you, Bollywood).

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  7. Re: ‘The interrogation’ – hated it! It’s the same SRK making fun of himself and his movies he has done numerous times in movies and real life. It was cool in the beginning but now it’s tired, netflix couldn’t come up with anything new? Emraan didn’t have to do anything, anybody would have looked good since SRK was acting so silly!
    Re: the trailer – it was good to see all these actors, but it felt generic, like every other spy show. Maybe I’m just jaded! I hope it doesn’t fall into the same rhetoric of Muslim bashing. It’ll be interesting since the author is Muslim – thinking about reading it.

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    • Well Pakistani twitter has already cancelled SRK and are calling him an Islamaphobic warmonger. It seems like he’s going to be the next target after Priyanka. It’s predictable now.

      I mean.. the producer, star and writer are all Muslim so what’s with the faux outrage from these people? Ridiculous.

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      • To play devil’s advocate, I can understand the frustration among Pakistani people when they are constantly portrayed as terrorists in movies and TV shows. Even if it’s the actions of a few people, the whole country gets labelled as such, it’s unfortunate!
        Also, apparently SRK is also being attacked for not speaking about the Kashmir issue. Have they forgotten what happened when he earlier made political statements? He’s been clear that he will not give opinions on contentious issues, I don’t blame him. It’s not like the US, where celebrities can be much more open without having to worry about repercussions.

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