Monday Morning Questions Post: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Columbus Day?

Happy Columbus Day! I am working, as are most people in America. Which is kind of okay really, considering Columbus was a rapist slaver. Although the Ohio town that is named for him is pretty great, I would happy spend a day celebrating that. Or, “indigenous people day”, which is the more popular alternative and really a generally good idea.

This is where you can ask me anything all week, bring up any topic you want, and so on and so forth. Fun times!

Now, let us celebrate the holiday! First Columbus Day.

And then indigenous people day!

And finally, a question. Totally unrelated to the holiday, just related to my post yesterday where I suggested recasting War with either two women, or an older woman and a younger man. What movies with an older male and younger female lead would you recast with the genders flipped?

Just throwing it out there, what about Dear Zindagi? Rani as the charming attractive wise therapist, and Aditya Roy Kapoor as the troubled young person?

Okay, now you go!


35 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions Post: What Do You Want to Ask Me on Columbus Day?

    • Yes! I am less excited than I thought I would be. Jersey looks like an okay plot idea, but I was interested in the original because I thought Nani was perfect casting and could make our every man hero really feel like an every man. I don’t know if Shahid can do the same, will I buy him as a sadsack who’s dreams have passed him by?

      On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 7:58 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. Since I’m currently obsessed with Hrithk (which will no doubt pass because he’s ultimately not that interesting) I found this compilation of all his movies and I find it interesting that he hasn’t been in many films compared with the Khans. Even Aamir has way more movies under his belt than Hrithik.

    I mean, this is a similar compilation for SRK and it’s 23 minutes long compared with Hrithik’s 10 minutes.

    I watched the beginning of Kites last night and whoa Kangana plays an unstable woman obsessed with Hrithik and watching it is so uncomfortable in light of how it all played out. 😬

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    • Kites and Krrish 3 were both soooooo similar to the narrative Kangana created, I am assuming the stories of the films became somehow part of the narrative she hallucinated. She’s so creepy.

      I am fascinated with how few films Hrithik does. As I said in my Hrithik posts, he was kind of betwixt and between since he was the first of the new breed of actors. A whole bunch of movies in a row in his first 3 years, including a lot of trash, and then switching to only a few films with a lot of prep work. It’s normal now, I think Ranbir after 10 years still has fewer films than the Khans did in their first 3-4 years, but Hrithik straddled that dividing line.

      Also, I sometimes suspect the “I am fascinated, oh wait there isn’t that much there” journey is why Suzanne divorced him. Hot boyfriend, good father, nice husband, but at a certain point you just want more.

      On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 9:41 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. Hrithik was sooo good in war , why do you think it took soo much movies and tome for hrithik to realise he is so good in this henre rather that kabil or guzarish? I expect him to do more such roles. He blows salman out of water compared to tiger zinda hein etc , this movie is gold and salman should amp up if he wants to comeback.


  3. I would love to see Dear Zindagi flipped, maybe Juhi and my brother from another mother (Indian Jews in the house!) ARK. I really would love to see more women closer to my age in roles where they still have sex appeal…you know I love Shah Rukh and the 30 year olds but I’m annoyed at the ever present double standard…Rani is the ‘older woman’ at 41; Juhi is 51, Madhuri 52…let them have some fun with a 30 year old guy!


    • Ooo, I like Juhi and ARK! What about Jab Harry Met Sejal with Rani and Vicky Kaushal? Happy New Year with Juhi (so good at comedy) and Shahid Kapoor (so good at dancing)?

      On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:04 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. Also how about Shahrukh and an age appropriate co-star? I know he had said at one time he wanted to do a mature romance with Kajol; I don’t know if Dilwale was supposed to be it. I would love seeing something fully developed!


  5. Film Companion wrote about the gay subtext and it turns out Anupama Chopra thinks the real love story is between Ashutosh Rana and Hrithik:


    • Huh. I could see it I suppose, but I find Hrithik-Tiger far more sexy. In a way the Ashutosh-Hrithik relationship is more the one I would expect to see in a Hindi film, minimal sexiness, minimal evidence, but if you really really try, you can imagine it. They even un-sexied Ashutosh, compare him in War to him in Humpty (where I could actually have seen a love story with him and Varun, or him and the fiance).

      Also, as always when reading Film Companion, I have that irritating feeling of “you are almost smart, and you write like you are smart, but you just barely miss the mark”. Like, this line from the article, where the heck did it come from? “Most gay relationships have a wide age gap, the older partner playing both mentor and lover to the younger one who is often coming to terms with their sexuality”

      “some gay relationships” or “often fictional gay relationships” or “it is not uncommon for gay relationships…” But “most”????? That’s weird, right? And if it was in TOI or Bollywoodhungama I wouldn’t care, but I expect more of FC and I am so frequently disappointed.

      Along those same lines “Yash Raj was finally coming out of the closet”. But, this is the studio that produced Silsila??? And Gunday??? Again, I wouldn’t care if it was TOI, but I just get so frustrated with FC for not trying to be better.

      And this is why I don’t read FC, because why make myself miserable?

      On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 3:19 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • You know how the school photos liked to put everyone of the same height together? I am assuming that is how Jackie, Shahrukh, and JCVD ended up all together. And then Jason Momoa photobombed them.

      On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 10:30 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  6. I don’t have anything of substance to add except that your mentioning of Dear Zindagi prompted me to post this video which I must have watched half a dozen times today.


    • It’s the female-female erotic buddy comedy we have been waiting for!

      On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 5:03 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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