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

Happy Wednesday! Half way through the work week. I’m having one of those weeks where it is too busy to feel relaxed, and yet also not busy enough for the days to go by fast.

I’ll start!

Reading: I have an actual link to share! An in depth interview with American pop star Taylor Swift which has a lot of interesting things to think about in terms of celebrity, internet fire storms and perception, fan relations, and the things that women struggle with as they become successful. All very relevant to Indian film! Highly HIGHLY encourage you to read it and then think about how universal everything is: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/taylor-swift-rolling-stone-interview-880794/

Thinking: I’m going on a car trip with my Mom this weekend! We are going to the tiny town where one branch of the family is from in order to take a last look at things before we sell the old family house. We are going to hit up TWO churches on Sunday, plus the historical society on Saturday, and maybe a cemetery if we really want to have fun. Most importantly, I checked out 10 cds from the library for the car trip. 6 hours there and 6 hours back through the most boring landscape known to man (I don’t mean normal boring, I sincerely love cornfields and farm houses, I mean just muddy nothingness), we need a lot of music. I’m mostly going with Great American Songbook, but I’m gonna throw in my Yo Yo CD too just in case.

Watching: I’ve found a new BBC mystery series, Foyle’s War! Really great history, in that it takes an honest view of stuff that happened, warts and all. And at the same time shows that people living in that moment had an opportunity to be better and often managed to truly be better. Also rewatching Jeet for my Friday review, you all really MUST watch it. Especially if you like ridiculous over the top action movies.

Listening: I randomly ran across this song on Saavn, and it is so much better than I remembered!

Now, question for you! In the very theoretical and unlikely event that there is an evening at the hotel when my Mom feels like watching a movie, what Indian movie (not counting Hindi films between 2005-2015 or Bahubali or Dhanak because she’s already seen those) should I watch with my mother?

UPDATE: Angie just posted a link in the comments which is so so good and I have to add it to this post. Especially if you know southern actors a little. Click the link to see the full thread.

For an example of the goodness in the full thread:

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

  1. Reading ‘Dolce Vita Confidential’ by Shawl Levy about the Italian Cinema scene in the 1950s. Fun book with a fun cover.

    Watching all of Yash Raj films since Amazon Video (UK) put them all up there and I added them all to the watchlist. Lamhe was first and going from there. We don’t have Hotstar in Europe so this feels like an early Christmas present streaming wise.

    Maybe watch ELKDTAL for fun times, Badla if in a thriller mood and I can only say them because I watched them with my mom and she liked them a lot.

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    • Already showed ELKDTA to my Mom, she did like it, but she got very stressed out at the ending when it looked like people were going to attack the play. Badla might be interesting, but she’s not a thriller person. Hmm.

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        • Hmm. Saw A Gentleman, liked it already. Manmarziyaan and Veere, a little too explicit to watch with my mother. Bareilly Ki Barfi, maybe, although she will get worried again about the potential sad ending.

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    • Early Christmas for me too! I was so happy when I saw all those Yash Raj movies in italian catalogue. Not only, 1995’s version of Persuasion too! I was like: Is my birthday today?

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      • I know! It was completely unexpected.

        Amazon Video really is the best since Netflix, at least in Finland, sucks in terms if new content, the best are the few SRK films there, a couple of thrillers, art house stuff and Lagaan and the documentary about it. Not many things added in the long run.

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        • Italian Netflix has exactly the same movies. Once, only once they were going to add something I wanted to watch (Malaal) but guess what – they never added it! I was waiting like stupid, believing that if they announced it, sooner or later they will add it. But no. Amazon instead, always add something interesting especially southern.

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          • And Amazon has the newest movies come out as soon as they leave theatres like SOTY2 and Kalank and southern movies. Truly a treasure trove for old and new, for movies that can’t be found on YouTube or Einthusan in HD or at all with subtitles!

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          • I hate Amazon!!! So strange how things change depending where you are. Netflix has an equal or better selection in America and a far far far better platform. The Amazon subs don’t work over half the time, and the Amazon videos don’t play on every device.

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  2. To watch with Mom, Badhaai Ho? Yay for the song. I watched the movie on a plane this year. Grim but interesting. I discovered on my commute this morning (on a train, not driving), that Vijay Sethupathi is very gifable. Please send help. 🙂

    Watching–Karthik Subbaraj movies as an extension of my current VSP obsession (I’ve noticed that V. Sethupathi’s official communications use VSP, not VJS, for an abbreviation to distinguish him from other Tamil Vijay–whom I know is bigger and has been around longer.) I think Iraivi would be a really interesting one to watch and discuss here, though it is a bit violent and a bit unhappy. But I think the themes of how complicated relationships are–whether brotherly, parental, friendly, or romantic–and how because of disparate power in society, men’s decisions and actions can have disastrous consequences for the women they love and who love them. I enjoyed Pizza. I watched my first Rajnikanth movie–Petta–and, um, I really don’t get him so far. Didn’t like it as much as Pizza or Iraivi though it has a similar feel and style. Karthik is quite the auteur.

    Enjoyed ALL the coverage of SRK for his birthday, and I’m glad he’s tweeting more often for now. In a bit of a hangover though, missing the daily news items and updates. Good thing I can always read back through Shah Rukh month for a refresher.

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    • Already saw and enjoyed Badhai Ho (you guys are suggesting such great movies, with the flaw that they are so perfect I already showed them).

      Don’t watch Petta! Kabali is the perfect Rajinikanth movie, especially if you read my review and the page linked from it for background on the oppression of the Tamilians in Malaysia and how the film is a revolutionary cry to arms. Pa.Ranjith directed it, speaking of auteurs, he is Dalit and quite the outspoken revolutionary. I think his film style and message would really speak to you. His next movie (if it ever gets made) is supposed to be a Hindi language biopic of a tribal who lead a violent revolution against the British in the 1890s.

      Check out last night’s post! I stayed up way too late writing your Shahrukh-Juhi dramedy for you.

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      • Ok, Kabali is cued up, metaphorically. Heading over to read the dramedy. Thanks! 🙂

        If your mom likes low stress movies, what about Vivah? A friend at work is a big Shahid fan and this is the entry movie she recommends to people.

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        • I think I may have showed her Vivah right when it came out? And (believe it or not) she fell asleep!

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  3. I have an SRK related question: Did he seem off / weird on his cake celebration party in the hall or am I imagining things? I might be seriously projecting—and my apologies in advance if that’s the case—but I didn’t get the feeling he enjoyed any of this. Maybe just a bad day or depressed or whatever. I got a similar vibe on Letterman and am comparing these to all the other interviews of late. I have seen him being funny, angry, chatty, loving, annoyed, aggressive, sweet but the birthday chat felt different to anything, almost phlegmatic in a way and strangely absent. Like I said, I might be projecting. I just hope he is okay.

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    • He had burn marks under his eye and on his hand during the birthday celebrations. He hid his right hand in his jacket most of the time and fed people with his left hand. Maybe he was just uncomfortable. Even small burns hurt.

      I do think he’s gotten to the point where he doesn’t enjoy these fan celebrations anymore but feels he has to do them as part of his job. It really is a lot of work.

      He didn’t have a party either like he usually does. But I think there might have been a quiet dinner. Atlee and his wife posted some pics.

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      • Was that definitely that day though? I can’t tell from the post if it was a “happy birthday, we had such fun the last time you invited us for dinner” or a “happy birthday, thanks for dinner last night” message.

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        • I’m pretty sure it was that day because the South Indian media reported that Atlee was there for his birthday. SRK is also wearing a silver chain that I’ve never seen him wear before. He had it on during the birthday celebrations with fans earlier in the day. This was at night afterwards. The timing also works out. I think Atlee posted pics as soon as they left and around the same time, SRK wrote a reply to Salman.

          I also think this is as much confirmation as we’re going to get that his next movie is with Atlee though he has already said he won’t announce it until they have already started filming.

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      • Thanks, anon. Ja, I did read about the incident and also saw all the controversy surrounding it with some people claiming it was a PR stunt and all that gibberish. Ah well. None of this is likely new to him but it is to me (conspiracy theories created whenever something happens or doesn’t happen).

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      • I talked with a friend who was there at the fan meet up. Her take on it was he seemed happy but not too well. She saw the burns on his hand and face. She said the feeling in the room was like a family get-together after a long separation. He was on the stage for an hour and then met all 450 people in the room.

        So I think it’s hard to say if he no longer enjoys these things. We know fan interactions help fuel him It may simply be that he wasn’t feeling great physically that day/night.

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  4. Watching old Aamir movies because I miss old Aamir. Tried watching Drive on Saturday and Sunday and kept falling asleep through parts of it and waking up to realize nothing much transpired during my nap. Somehow it took the worst, most boring parts of Fast and Furious and Ocean’s movies and absolutely none of the clever, fun, witty parts of those movies. Now that takes some effort! The best thing about the movie was Sapna Paddi saying to Jacquie, “It’s difficult to say if you are more sexy or your driving skills!” That scene is right in the beginning of the movie. You should check it out and then stop watching and write a fan fic based on that scene.

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    • Ugh, did you see the Christmas 2020 release announcement for Aamir’s next movie? There’s a feather, there’s blue sky, I can already feel the pained and over emphasized visual metaphors to teach us all Valuable Lessons. What happened to foofy haired funny aamir?

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      • I did! UGH!!!! I am so sick of all these annoying movies. I don’t want another historical movie based on a battle where someone dies. I don’t want another long-winded lesson on life. Seriously, I wish everyone would learn from War, and just make fun movies again. I need something to cheer me up.

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          • I saw that trailer and while I am happy that Salman is finally starting to look better, I think I prefer an older Salman to a young Salman.

            Also, while I am happy that he is giving his old friends’ children a start, a 53 year old romancing a 21 year old is just kind of icky!

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          • Have you seen Afsana Pyar Ka? It’s Aamir’s 7th or 8th movie. I had not seen it in 20 plus years and just watched it after recommending it to Alisa. It is sooo good! Maybe for Aamir’s birthday or if you decide to do a theme week, would you consider reviewing some of Aamir’s films you have not reviewed yet. I plan to watch Daulat Ki Jung and Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke over the next couple weeks and see if they live up to my memory.

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          • I haven’t seen it! And shoot, Salman’s birthday is coming up before anyone else. Should I spend Christmas week watching obscure Salman movies? Do I want to spend Christmas week watching obscure Salman movies?

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          • YES!!! Oh oh… Maybe you can ask the DCIB community which Salman movies you should review that you haven’t already reviewed.

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          • But I watched Tubelight! I’ve suffered enough!

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          • I am thinking old school Salman. Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Hum Saath Saath Hai, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge.

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          • But I’ve already reviewed all of those except Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge! And maybe HSSH? I know I did a twitter watchalong of it which was HILARIOUS.

            Instead of watching a bunch of old Salman movies, what if we did another tweet along of one terrible but fun Salman movie?

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      • You do know Aamir’s film is a Hindi remake of Forrest Gump, right? A movie I hated but I could see how it might be adapted. I won’t see this one in theaters but maybe once it’s online.

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        • Yeah. Sigh. It’s the perfect film for Aamir to let his morality flag fly. He already played the “innocent but secretly wise” character in 3 Idiots and PK.

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      • Aamir’s movie is a HIndi adaptation of Forrest Gump, a movie I disliked intensely. But I could see how it might be adapted in Hindi, and if Shah Rukh and/or Salman are doing cameos they could well be playing themselves, I doubt I’ll see it in the theater but I may once it’s available to stream.

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    • I didn’t read it that way, but then I am bad at recognizing insults, so maybe?

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    • What’s the shade though? That he’s a better dancer?

      Tiger looks so similar to Hrithik. I haven’t seen War but did he turn out to be his son as a twist or something? The resemblance is uncanny.

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      • There were rumors that Hrithik and the War director bullied Tiger and also a rumor that Tiger got so mad at one point that he refused to leave his trailer. So I can see this video as hahah old man, I can do your dance better than you.

        The thing is even though Tiger is a great dancer and clearly able to execute more athletic moves, everyone is talking about Hrithik coming out of the film which just shows you that experience and charisma win out over acrobatics.

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        • I don’t know about the rumors but I think Tiger just likes dancing. A few days ago, he danced to Karishma’s song from DTPH so it’s not like he was trying to compete with a middle-aged woman. To be honest, he looked foolish overdoing it and shaking his whole body when there was no need for it. His dancing is over-choreographed as if he’s exercising and not just grooving to music.
          The Hrithik song that Tiger danced to is actually a lot better done than the Karishma song.

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        • Remember my screenshot post? To do that, I had to slow the Jai Jai dance down to half speed and find the shots I want. The interesting thing was, at that speed it became obvious that Tiger was always off-beat and Hrithik never was. Tiger was always a little behind or ahead in his gestures, while Hrithik was tied with the music and the back-up dancers. And in this video, I watched it at work so without music and I found myself just kind of uninterested in Tiger. His moves felt like watching a gymnastic routine more than dancing. Anyway, this is all too say that I agree Tiger is younger and more flexible than Hrithik, but I don’t actually think he is a good dancer. Just a good athlete. While Hrithik is always an amazing dancer, even when his body is breaking down.

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    • Oh great, another horror movie, just what I wanted (NOT!!!!). Also, it looks like maybe Maddy will disappear or die or something leaving Anushka on her own? Meaning this is yet another movie where Maddy shows up to be hot and charming for 10 minutes and then we are stuck with the other people the rest of the time.

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      • Exactly my reaction! I don’t mind thrillers (alt I wanted this particular film to be a love story), but horror? Really? From a guy who already made some horrors nobody heard about? But there must be something in this script that Maddy and Anushka decided to do it. That’s my only hope

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  5. SRK is on the cover of the French magazine So Film. I can’t tell if it’s an article or interview. If there’s anyone from France who has access, let us know.

    http://www.sofilm.fr/sommaire

    They have a short description of the cover story but google translate doesn’t make much sense:

    Original French:

    Couverture. Il est la plus grande star de cinéma au monde. Pendant plus de vingt ans, Shah Rukh Khan a incarné le héros romantique de Bollywood et révolutionné le cinéma indien. Dans son sillage, des centaines de millions de fans. Mais voilà, depuis quelques années, SRK, 54 ans, ne fait plus autant recette. Rencontre sur ses terres indiennes avec un acteur à travers lequel on peut comprendre beaucoup de choses : l’histoire d’un pays, celle de son industrie, mais aussi celle d’un roi qui ne veut pas abdiquer.

    Google Translate:

    He is the biggest movie star in the world. For more than twenty years, Shah Rukh Khan has embodied the romantic hero of Bollywood and revolutionized Indian cinema. In its wake, hundreds of millions of fans. But now, in recent years, SRK, 54, does not make as much recipe. Meeting on his Indian lands with an actor through which one can understand many things: the history of a country, that of its industry, but also that of a king who does not want to abdicate.

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  6. Just like Kirre, I also started exploring Yash Raj’s movies on Prime. I watched Aaina, and I loved it. And now I started Kabhi Kabhie.

    I also saw Luca (malayalam). The movie had hardly any subtitles but could I miss a film in which Tovino plays sensitive and sexy artist? Sure not! It’s not a perfect movie but OMG it was worth watching because Tovino looks super sexy, (+ I also learnt a new malayalam word 😉 ) If you look for your next malayalam review, please watch this one and tell me if the girl was good or not. At first I thought she is good, and I liked her voice, but later when I finished watching and knew all the story I started thinking the movie would be better with more expressive actress.
    If you need more incentive the posters look like that:

    Reading: This thread (very funny)

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      • There are rumors that both SRK and Salman and doing cameos in the movie. Whenever I hear things like that, I cringe. It always comes across like a desperate attempt to bring in crowds. The only movie where it worked well and was needed was OSO. In every other movie, it just ends up being distracting and takes you out of the story. It’s also worrying and makes it look like the filmmakers are insecure if they are adding such sweeteners.

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  7. Reading: Tanzanian recipes online (for themed potluck coming up). I found a simple one that includes frozen spinach, canned tomatoes, and peanutbutter (that’s it). I’m in a quandary about laughing at how awful it sounds, versus eating it so I can swallow my own food snobbery that doesn’t have to survive on poverty food. http://www.foodbycountry.com/Spain-to-Zimbabwe-Cumulative-Index/Tanzania.html

    Thinking: There is a lot going on in my little town. Recent decisions have been made that our good for our community but bad for my husband’s school. Close friends are now in positions of power, and I really hope it goes well.

    Watching: Everyone gave such awesome recommendations for action films but my family isn’t able to see any of them for a week as so much is going on. And it is my fault so much is going on. I invited people over for dinner, I said yes to the party, I organized the book club, I decided this was the week to do linoleum cuts with all my children and their friends. The most immediate thing we will be watching is friends performing in a musical production about food. I hope the singing is okay. When the singing is bad I have a hard time sitting through productions, even if my own children are in them.

    Listening: I was listening to This American Life while folding laundry – it was on true scary stories. And one story was so scary I had to stop folding laundry, and stop the audio. Then I read what happened in the transcript, but my heart was still thumping. So looked at your blog thinking dontcallitbollywood is NEVER SCARY. And I saw the music video on this post, so much anger, it’s intense. So I guess everything can be a little scary sometimes. But the post you just wrote, with Amir dressing as a chicken, that was funny! I will now be listening to my youtube playlist of SRK songs so I can get this laundry done.

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    • I never want to be scary! Although I did put up a Halloween post of the scariest songs. And I put up a whole post yesterday about angry songs like this one. But mostly, Happiness! You can check out the post yesterday about potential TV shows for SRK and today’s grumpy chicken post for a smile.

      Or just listen to your SRK playlist, that always cheers me up!

      Oh, also, Tanzania always makes me think about Errol Flynn. Birthplace of Errol Flynn is all I know about it 🙂

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  8. S. Shiva Kumar tweeted the scans of the Interview with ShahRukh she did for Stardust in 1998 (when ShahRukh just had completed the shooting of DilSe). It has been some years ago that I read it…it was a nice 2nd read…very interesting (and loooong):

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    • Thanks for posting! He’s the ultimate unreliable narrator. Not that he’s out to deceive, but his version of any event or story, or how he describes himself, is flexible and open to reinvention depending on his audience or his mood or the effect he wants to create that day. (“I’m monogamous because I’m too tired to sleep around.” ORLY?) It adds an extra layer of entertainment to reading interviews, probably for him giving them too.

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      • And he is such a convincing actor! All of these people falling for whatever he is saying in the interview, despite the clear evidence that it is false. Whether it is about his marriage or his parenting or his career, they all nod along and buy the “I’m just a funny idiot who doesn’t know what he is doing” act.

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  9. Reading: old interviews from ShahRukh (among them the one I posted…mostly about his thinking about acting)
    Watching: portraits of ShahRukh I haven’t seen yet…among them the 8-part telling of Vivek Vaswani about ShahRukh’s beginning in the Hindi filmindustry

    Listening: to ShahRukh’s voice
    Thinking: guess!!! 🙂 (repercussions of the birthday month here and the fan celebration on Twitter)

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  10. Randomly came across some earlier pictures of Janhvi Kapoor and boy, it’s so obvious she’s had so many things done to her face (lips, nose)! It came back to me that years ago when I had seen her pics with Sridevi she struck me as so beautiful, but I’ve never felt that way since she started in the industry. Now I know why, everything about her looks generic! Why don’t people realize all these procedures make them look like plastic clones of each other, I can’t think of a single celeb who looks better after doing those!
    And to think that Sridevi felt that her teenage daughter needed to change her face to make it in the industry, it’s all so messed up!

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    • That’s how I feel about Sara Ali Khan! I remember photos since she was a teenager and thinking what a striking look she had, and then when she was ready for the launch, I didn’t even recognize her.

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      • Sara I don’t think did anything to her face – lips look same and that Sharmila nose is instantly recognizable! With the weight she lost it’s expected that her face would be affected.

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  11. I don’t know if I mentioned this lately but I rewatched Humpty Sharma recently for the first time in 2 years and it still holds up as one of my favorites! I was sort of afraid I wouldn’t like it as much if I saw it now but it’s such a good movie. My only problem with it is that the transition to the Saturday Saturday song happens too abruptly after we see Humpty and Kavya embrace.

    I also saw Drive but it was pretty bad, dull, and had predictable twists. I really like the Prem Pujari song but I think that’s just because I like watching Sushant dance.

    Also another song Ala Vaikunthapurramlo, Allu Arjun’s next, is out and it’s really fun! I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this movie and you should check it out when it comes out in January.

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    • Yes! I need you to keep me updated on southern films! Since the Hindi releases look so bleak. When I am excited about an Anees Bazmi film, I know the Hindi options are really bad.

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      • Lol, the southern (at least Telugu) movie releases look bleak as well. I was just thinking about how I’m not really excited for anything that comes out until the Sankranthi releases in January. There’s three big movies coming out then: Darbar (Rajinikanth’s next), Sarileru Neekevvaru (Mahesh’s next), and Ala Vaikunthapurramlo.

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    • My Pardes wisdom: watch the Kabaddi match and skip everything else in the first half. The movie really really starts at intermission, the first half is just set up. IT gets SOOOO much better.

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  12. I was at a conference over the weekend and didn’t see much of anything. Since I got back I put on Drive for about 8 minutes until I fell asleep, which seems to be the common reaction. (It’s just, all those vrooming sounds are so soothing!) I do seriously like Sushant so I may try to watch this in small, non-annoying increments. But I just finished Bard of Blood, you know? I deserve to watch something good. Three-day weekend coming up, so I’m planning to watch something excellent and I haven’t decided what it will be. Is there anything good with Prithviraj that I haven’t watched? I’ve seen Mumbai Police and Ennu Ninte Moideen, and Koode and City of God and everything he’s done in Hindi.

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    • For Prithviraj, Ranam and Urumi? How do you feel about troubled Detroit Gangsters and period films with swords?

      Or you can expand to Vijay Sethupathi and check out 96.

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      • Both of those look interesting, and I can choose cop film or historical epic depending on my mood.

        Is Vidya actually in Urumi or is it just a cameo?

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        • Short cameo (and kinda odd) in a song, if I remember correctly. But the rest of the movie is good, and Prithviraj has few super sexy scenes.

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  13. Looks like Gang Leader is on Prime now. I don’t know if that’s a mom movie, but you liked it, right? The set up made me curious to check it out.

    There is also a bunch of new Urdu stuff on Prime (thanks to Access Bollywood for keeping up with all of it). Do you know if any of these are any good?

    – Chhappar Phaar Kay
    – Nazar Kay Samnay
    – Honey vs. Money (not a promising title)
    – Shilai Maseen
    – Aap Kay Kaneez (TV series)
    – Hiddat (TV series)
    – Mohabbat Tumse Nafrat Hai (TV series)
    – Tere Bina (TV series)

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    • Gang Leader is the last movie I had her see in theaters! And it is definitely a Mom movie, it is WONDERFUL. Everyone should watch it.

      I know nothing about any Pakistani options on that list, but if you check them out, report back!

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  14. This doesn’t directly address your prompts in this post, but the sub-discussion about Netflix and Amazon Prime got me thinking about a comment you made in the Letterman post. It was about the DDLJ references and Yash Raj Films.You said you hoped this means Netflix is making a move to get those films. I sure hope you’re right!

    As a follow up I searched Amazon Prime for Shah Rukh movies. (Not directly relevant to my point here, but amazon makes it so hard to search this way. Many, if not most, of the films that come up when searching Shah Rukh are not even his films!) I made a list of Yash Raj–SRK movies supposedly offered on Prime. Here are the ones that are currently listed as “unavailable:”

    DDLJ
    Mohabbatein
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Darr
    Veer Zaara
    Rab Ne Bada De Jodi
    Jab Tak Hai Jaan
    Chak De

    I think these are all the films with SRK that Yash Raj produced. So maybe there’s something to your theory?

    Also, other SRK films listed as unavailable:
    Baazigar
    Dil Se
    Chennai Express
    Deewana
    Trimurtri
    Anjaam
    Swades
    (Some of these are on Netflix, of course, but if you only had Amazon you couldn’t see these films which are theoretically part of their library. Why, I wonder?)

    Not to mention other Shah Rukh films that require an Eros Now subscription in addition to your Prime membership:
    Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Kabhi Alveda Naa Kehna
    Devdas
    Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
    Duplicate
    Main Hoon Naa
    Chalte Chalte
    Billu
    Paheli
    Ra One
    Om Shanti Om
    (Again, some of these are on Netflix)

    That’s a lot of SRK films listed in Amazon’s library that are either unavailable right now or require an additional outlay of cash for the Eros subscription. And I didn’t include those films that you can rent to stream.

    Is there anything of significance going on here? If there is, I’m not sure what it is.

    Also, apologies if my lists are incomplete or incorrect. I double checked but it started getting late here and I may have messed up. But it is mostly, if not completely, correct.

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    • Thank you!

      I think one of the biggest issues with Amazon is that they treat their streaming movies the same way they treat their for sale item. If a book isn’t currently available from any seller, they keep it in their catelogue so that, once it is available, there is a place to put the item. But with a streaming movie it’s not like there are millions of small bookstores in the world who MIGHT have it some day. There’s one outlet, and either you have it or you don’t have it. So why keep the listing active when you don’t have rights to the film any more?

      With Eros Now, I’ve had issues signing up for the trial membership for a particular film, and then getting the “unavailable” message once I am past the “available only to subscribers” message. The ErosNow listings you give are mostly films that are also on Netflix, which make me think they may not actually be available (at least to an American audience) since I think the Netflix deal is exclusive.

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    • She does indeed! Also, you have yet to weigh in on the “would we rather a morality lesson Forrest Gump remake or a 3 hour feather sex romp?” question

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      • I didn’t weigh in because I figured everyone would know that of course I think feather sex >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> morality lesson. God Aamir, you are trying my patience with this crap. Unfortunately I think ToH really freaked him out and when he’s feeling insecure he gets ponderous. Kiran needs to reassure him that he can be sexy and funny on film again. Also, whoever styled her for this shoot needs to work on Aamir so he can do his hipster schtick without tipping over into ridiculous.

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        • “When he’s feeling insecure he gets pondorous” could be said about SO MANY middle aged men.

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  15. Any plans of Amitabh themed post/s as he completed 50 years today? Maybe best of each decade kinda thing, though I don’t know if you’ve watched many of his movies.

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    • I’ve got a lot of posts in the archives I could pull out, but I never seem to hit the timing of these anniversaries correctly.

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        • Yes! And I am so pleased that my secret thought she might be smart is increasingly justified. She’s been doing stuff all along that, if she were a male performer, or just less “girly”, would have made people fall all over themselves. Like, writing her own SNL intro, or holding out on the Spotify deal for a better artist cut, or handling the VMA thing with grace. Not to mention that her songs, to me, fall into the same category as romance films. They seem shallow and useless, but actually they have empowering messages that tell women to believe in herself and have faith that someone is out there. And again, Taylor is Shahrukh! Female fandom, female focused products, makes the critics write them off as “shallow” or “useless”.

          Also, have you seen this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQVEQMnG2HQ&t=11s

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          • I definitely agree with all your points on Taylor, and the comparison to Shahrukh is making me a little more emotional than necessary. But I have not seen that video and now I’m gonna go watch it and cry.

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          • Whole post of fanvids just went up a few hours ago! Check it out and cry!

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  16. Amitabh Bachchan is sick again. He and Jaya were supposed to be in Kolkata today for a film festival. It was advertised for a long time. They made an announcement that he was ill and could not make it. Jaya didn’t go either.

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    • I saw a thing he tweeted a couple of days ago that made it look like he was out and doing stuff. So whatever this is, hopefully it is a mild sudden thing, not related to the last time he was in the hospital.

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  17. I saw Housefull 4 yesterday. I seriously disliked Housefull 3 and I normally avoid Akshay’s movies – that blatant and repeated jingoism is a bit sickening, and I hate that its working so well for him. However Housefull is a bit of a family tradition and I felt compelled to go.

    Hate to admit it but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was probably written by 7 year olds and there are still moments when I cringed at potentially sexist/homophobic elements, but they didn’t go full-blown as they did in No. 3. The plot points tied up neatly, there was plenty to chuckle at and for the first time EVER I enjoyed Johnny Lever’s role. It was also good to see Rana, who I had only seen in the Bahubali films. It looks like they had fun making this, it has that sort of silly vibe.

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    • Oh man! Now I really want to see it! And I will probably miss out since I am sure it is leaving theaters near me if it hasn’t left already.

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  18. I hope you get to see it, I think you would enjoy.

    However I did have one moment of despair about the state of cinema and audience appreciation ( and it probably applies world-wide, not just India). Watching this song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oCBDl58lBoU
    I remembered reading somewhere that Akshay will become the highest earning Indian actor in a single year when his next film comes out in December.

    Sigh……

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    • I choose to think that Akshay will be the highest paid actor purely because of the quantity he works, not as a reflection of audience taste.

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