Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Do Household Stuff

Happy Saturday! After having my wonderful DCIB adventure last weekend, this weekend I am having a wonderful “take my rugs in to be cleaned and buy groceries” adventures.

Things to talk about!

The Ali Abbas Zafar-Katrina Kaif action movie is getting increasingly confirmed. It’s still not a real-real story, until filming actually starts anything could make it not happen after all. But I’m still excited! Especially because AAZ has given her some of her greatest parts (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bharat). AAZ has an action-comedy to finish first and then, maybe, Kat will get the starring role she deserves.

Also, the backdoor pilot for the Priety Zinta-Vir Das show is airing (has aired?). Anyway, clips! Preity looks lovely but doesn’t get any of the jokes, more of a straight-woman to Vir Das. Hmm.

And finally, unrelated to movies, do you understand how percentiles work? My nephew is in the 32% percentile for weight and I thought that meant he was 32% of a real baby. But he is also in the 80-something percentile for height, which would mean he is a freakish stick figure baby because he is 80% the height of a real baby, but only 32% of the weight. And while asking my sister about this, it became clear that I have no idea how percentiles work. The baby is chubby and adorable, and numbers are meaningless is what I’ve got now.

14 thoughts on “Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Do Household Stuff

  1. He’s in the nineties for height, not the eighties. Which doesn’t affect the central point of “the baby is chubby and adorable” but I wanted to set the record straight.


  2. On percentiles: He is in the 90th percentile for height, meaning that he is taller than 90% of babies of his age. Similarly, about 30% of babies his age weigh less than he does, or, another way to put it, about 70% of babies of his age are heavier than him. It doesn’t mean anything about his health, it just means he has a long lean type of body (or will have, when he grows up) — like Prabhudeva. 🙂


  3. I am having a really terrible Saturday for very long reasons that I don’t want to get into, but Jee Ve Sohaneya from JHMS was the first song that came up when I turned shuffle on Spotify, and I cried real tears. I couldn’t think of any other place to say that but here.


    • Oh Courtney! Feel better! There’s a fun TGIF post to read, and a new Humpty review.

      And on a more intellectual note, one of the things I think is best about Hindi film is that it doesn’t run away from raw emotion. That’s something people need, permission to cry and feel things, and it’s great that there is an artform dedicated to giving you that emotions catharsis.

      On Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 1:34 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. Speaking from the shallow end of the pool – I’d be interested to know if anyone else has a secret love/lust object in Indian movies. You know, the nerdy, geeky, basically unconventional looking character.
    Mine is the actor Vijay Raaz. Scrawny, flexible as Gumby and equally adept at comedy as well as drama, he is a very unlikely source of romantic pining. Even in the one movie in which he was the hero – Raghu Romeo – he was….unusual. And I found him bizarrely attractive.

    Anyone else have unexpected yearnings? (Does Johnny Lever curl your toes or curdle your stomach? Is Anupam Kher your idea of a good romp in the hay?)


    • For me, Mohnish Behl!!!! Although that’s surely not even weird, right? I mean, to me it feels like everyone must love him because he is Mohnish Behl. But maybe I am just blind to outside opinions.

      On Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 5:22 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Not at all weird! My theory about him is that he is just too handsome to make a viable hero. Tall, well dressed, cultured, gorgeous? Yeah, who’d want him? A hero needs some flaw or struggle to get the girl. Mohnish Behl is the complete package so he has to be the villain.


    • I see it.

      I don’t know, I have things for old school villains a lot but I’m convinced that’s normal. I only like Johnny Lever when he’s flirting with Govinda though (happens more than you’d think).


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