Monday Morning Questions Post: What Do You Want to Ask Me Valentine's Week?

Happy Monday before Valentine’s Day! I am either going to be hosting people, or going over to my friend’s house to hang out with her and her baby.

This is where you get to ask me anything you want, from what my favorite movie is to my favorite actress to my favorite sex scene.

Now, two questions for you! First, what do we think of my new living room? I made my coffee table, and put on the sofa slipcover, and I think the dog is fine with it.

Second, question suggestion courtesy of Patricia Merry; what non-traditionally attractive Indian actor do you find sexy?

Vijay Raaz? Om Puri? Naseeruddin Shah? Or if you are really kinky, Anupam Kher? I suggested Mohnish Bahl, but opinions vary on whether that is even kinky or just common sense.

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43 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions Post: What Do You Want to Ask Me Valentine's Week?

  1. I never really know who I’m supposed to find attractive, but I guess Prithviraj Kapoor, Govinda at any time past his chocolate boy prime but especially when fat, Narendra Nath, Pran (does he even count? everyone likes Pran), Ranjeet, Danny Denzongpa (again, does he count?), and various random goon actors from the 70s. Considering it’s me, I feel like I should have weirder ones.

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    • Yes, only he mostly plays character parts, so he isn’t “supposed” to be sexy. There’s another commenter here who has long been pushing for Pankaj to get a dark sexy leading role.

      On Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 8:15 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yes, he deserves a role like that. I’d watch the hell out of it.
        Have you seen Mirzapur? He’s so hot to me in it, no offense to the younger guys in the show.

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    • I still don’t understand why but I found Pankaj was super sexy in Aanarkali of Aarah. His character was the opposite of what I consider sexy, he wore outrageous clothes, and yet I couldn’t take my eyes of him.

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  2. Kay Kay Menon
    Sanjay Suri
    Manav Kaul
    Vijay Verma

    Agree on Danny Dengzongpa

    Pankaj Tripathi is very “dad-hot”, he’s the hottest dad at your elementary school kid’s curriculum night or soccer game.

    Questions for you – thoughts on the Oscar results from last night?

    Parasite win reminds me of The Last Emperor. An all Asian cast, the movie wins best director and best picture, but not a single actor/actress from it was even nominated. Did the movie act itself? Was it an animated film? Was it a documentary? Did this happen to Slumdog Millionaire too? At least this was considered a bit of a scandal in 1988, whereas now no one seems to have noticed in 2020. Too busy patting themselves on the back for their inclusivity to notice.

    Doesn’t Laura Dern just play herself in every role? She got some delicious lines in this film, but was her acting anything special?

    Renee Z was something special in Judy. Richly deserved.

    Last week I caught myself up to Malayalam Beginner level by watching 1 film a night – Bangalore days, Ohm Shanti Oshaana, kumbalangi nights (India should have submitted this instead of golly boy), premam, maheshinte prathikaram (which I had trouble following), ustad hotel.

    In premam, are we supposed to empathize with the hero every time he tosses a woman aside when she doesn’t meet his needs or expectations? Sai pallavi gets amnesia from a car accident, and Nivin can’t spend 10 minutes with her without walking out of her life forever, the camera following him as he runs out crying, even though SP had a debilitating car accident, lost her memories and human connections, and lost the love of her life, all in one night. Or was the self centeredness the point, i.e. it wasn’t real love, it was only an immature boy crushing on a fantasy, because when shit got real, he ran. I felt like I was watching a Ranbir Kapoor movie, except that at least there is a subtle self-awareness that a Ranbir kspoor movie has about the Ranbir Kapoor character (which the fanboys don’t pick up on but the rest of us do), that self awareness was lacking in Premam.

    Just wow at how captivating nazriya and farhad are as actors in BD. They felt like the “soor” of the film, just like akshay & Dimple in DCH. But the coincidence at the end was too much for me, major eye roll. Given that they went that far to bend the plot, I was actually expecting them to tell us that parvathy == natasha, that the accident is how she became a paraplegic, that she changed her life, name, identity so as not to be a burden to farhad, letting him and her family assume she had died instead.

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    • My favorite part of your comment is the typo of “golly boy” for “gully boy”. I want to watch “golly boy”! The cheerful colorful musical about a silly poor driver who is torn between his musical dreams and the girl he loves, with lots of misunderstandings and disguises and stuff. It could even have the same cast, only be directed by Rohit Shetty instead of Zoya Akhtar. Or it’s a 60s Shammi Kapoor movie with Tanuja as the rich girl he drives who has a crush on him, and Sharmila as his doctor fiancee, and RD Burman did a groundbreaking musical score.

      Kay Kay Menon is a good one! He’s got very untraditional looks, but so powerful onscreen he just draws you in. Especially when he is being Evil.

      I haven’t followed the Oscars closely, like, at all. So my thoughts are just sort of surface thoughts and I am probably missing stuff. In general, it seems like there are these random Best Pictures with no other nominees involved, and I am kind of fine with that. I do believe that there can be an art that is greater than its creators, that something can happen which makes the end result greater than the folks involved. And conversely, you can absolutely have an amazing performance or amazing directing or whatever in a film that is not all that great on its own. And those people should be acknowledged. However, yes, it feels like often there is more going on than just “the final film is a combination of multiple talents and beyond any one person”. I haven’t seen Parasite or even read that much about it (like I said, haven’t been following), but it does feel like less than a coincidence that a foreign film also failed to get any recognition for the artists. In the most generous interpretation, I could say it is pure unfamiliarity. Is this a brilliant directing job or just the standard of directing for this industry? Is this actor turning in a great performance, or are they just playing themselves? It’s hard to know with no context for the greater industry. We see that All The Time with Indian films, right? People giving credit to someone as a great director when really they are just doing what everyone does, or not seeing the truly great director because they don’t see what he/she did that is new.

      I think Premam is intended to be a coming of age story with a flawed hero. I didn’t see that on the first watch, but I watched it from that side on the second watch and it fits perfectly. Also, what I have been told is that a lot of the untranslated, or poorly translated, Malayalam dialogue points in that direction. The film wants us to be laughing at these stupid young man who can’t figure out their lives and are too immature to function, not cheering for them.

      Agree about the BD coincidence! I would remove the whole motorcycle racing part of BD if I could, it’s just silly start to finish. And there are so many other ways they could have had the same storylines for the characters. Let Nithya die in a motorcycle accident and Fahad be tormented by guilt and fear of opening himself up to love again and so on. But let it come out because Dulquer goes to a cafe that Fahad had recommended, and sees a photo of them on the wall, and the cafe owner tells the story. Something a little more connected and less random.

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      • I didn’t like Premam either for the same reasons.

        kumbalangi nights (India should have submitted this instead of golly boy)

        I’m having a long discussion on Twitter about this and it boils down to money and connections. Oscar campaigns are very expensive and involve a lot of meetings with potential voters. Parasite had a very wealthy and influential backer (oh the irony) and also South Korea has invested a lot of money in raising the international profile of its film industry. Gully Boy was chosen because a) the filmmakers submitted it for consideration (unlike the filmmakers for Kumbalangi Nights) b) Zoya is an Academy member c) They had the money to spend on an Oscar campaign.

        One of my twitter followers said that “the Indian producers who are capable don’t make the movies which would go the distance. Those who make those movies don’t have the financial capability.” And I think that’s pretty accurate.

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        • Lagaan came closest. The little I have been able to glean about Aamir’s campaign is really interesting. He knew exactly how to position himself from long long before the Oscars, getting the film into critics’ screenings so it would be reviewed in the mainstream Western press, and showing at the right film festivals, and all of that. The thing that leaped out at me was Rachel Dwyer (I hate her so much) talking about the useful information in a booklet handed out to reviewers at a screening. She just quoted the booklet and didn’t think it through, but someone involved was smart enough to realize they had to give digestible packaged background information before people would give the film a chance. He must have spent (and lost) soooooooooooooooooooo much money on getting that film to the finish line, and then it lost after all.

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  3. Are you planning on watching World Famous Lover, Vijay Deverakonda’s new movie, that comes out next weekend? The trailer has a lot of Arjun Reddy vibes but so did the trailer to Dear Comrade so I’m thinking that producers are wanting to market his movies like that rather than showing what’s unique about the movie.

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    • Maybe! I should see Love Aaj Kal 2, but it looks sooooooooooooo bad, I’m not sure I want to.

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      • I have a feeling you’d get more blog interest in this than Love Aaj Kai 2…

        By the way, this directed by the same guy that made Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju. I loved that movie which is the main reason I’m excited for WFL.

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  4. I have already answered this question but will repeat that my obscure crush is Vineeth. And man what a odd movies he does.

    I also have a little crush on Jaaved Jaaferi now because I started following him on twitter and I love what he posts.

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  5. Popka: saw this on Reddit and thought of you!

    https://preview.redd.it/g1smfy32f5g41.png?width=378&format=png&auto=webp&s=143fff7c6532b812498f37b3375c8e676b791387

    Govinda, who met Rani Mukerji on the sets of Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000), became quite close to Rani Mukerji, and reportedly got into an extra-marital affair with the heroine. Their affair turned out to be a scandal as Govinda was once spotted in Rani’s room in a night dress, when a journalist had gone to visit Rani at her place, as reported by Masala.com.

    According to the rumours, Govinda had spent a lot of money in gifting her high-end car, diamonds and a luxurious flat. Later Govinda’s wife Sunita moved out of their house and Govinda, unlike Boney Kapoor, was not prepared to move out of his marriage and marry Rani and they broke up. Although Rani and Govinda never officially admitted that they were in a relationship, Rani went on record to say the two had maintained a distance due to his wife Sunita.

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  6. Beyond my unhealthy obsession with Vijay Raaz, I am ashamed to admit that another unseemly crush I have is for…..Amrish Puri. Yes, the deep voice and blazing eyes of the world’s greatest villain would make me weak in the knees. Take the movie Deewana. Up until SRKs entrance, Amrish Puri and Monish Bahl (for you, Margaret) were the sexiest actors in the film. (Poor old Rishi.)

    And I have to repeat my love for Vijay Raaz. Playing comedy (Run) or drama (Gully Boy), His talent plus his very unconventional looks make me…want him.

    And don’t get me started on Prakesh Raj!

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    • Oh, you HAVE to watch Qurbani! Amrish as the young hot villain, not the old father villain.

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  7. One more embarrassing admission – Rahul Dev. Especially in Pornami and his ballet/fight with Prabhas. I guess that I just have a hankering for scrawny men with big noses.

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  8. I’m with Alisa on this one. I want actors to be traditionally attractive. And even with the traditionally-attractive men, I am not a fan of watching movies that make them look unattractive (Hrithik in Gizaarish, Sid in Maarjaavan). The only exception to this rule is maybe ARK in Daawat-E-Ishq. He was decidedly not attractive but the movie was so cute, I could get over it.

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    • How dare you say ARK wasn’t attractive in DEI!!!!! Just picture him, and then remove the shirt, and he’s fine.

      Anyway, if you are all about the pretty boys, you can contribute to the “him or him?” post I just put up.

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      • Nope. The hair is is still too weird. I hate to state a cliche but he has a great personality in the movie that somewhat makes up for his unattractiveness.

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