Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to Valentine’s Week?

Happy Wednesday! I’m having a tiring week at work this week, the days are just packed, it’s Wednesday and it feels like Friday already. Thank goodness for Valentine’s Week of Sex to cheer me up!

I’ll start!

Reading: Plug for myself, the fanfic I wrote imagining sex scenes for couples that don’t have sex during the movie. Don’t worry, it’s still pretty PG rated. And it’s GOOD! Here Oh, and second plug, for the brand new Kabhi Kabhi review I wrote, also good. Here

Watching: The best bits of Kabhi Kabhi, and also Aa Gale Lag Jaye. I’ve been on a bit of a Shashi kick. Stay tuned for another post later today.

Thinking: I’m doing PUZZLES!!!! I have so enjoyed reorganizing my apartment, and I was trying to think of a similar screenfree activity, and I thought “jigsaw puzzles”. They really are fun, only downside is my back hurts because I don’t have a good table arrangement. Which brings me back to reorganizing my apartment again. Such a fun February I am having!

Listening: I switched from Pritam to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Every song is good. Every. One.

Now, question! Two questions: Do you have ideas for any theme posts for Week of Sex?

My only idea right now is a ranking post of “couples who had hottest sex within the film”. But there must be more!

Second question: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

I am going over to hang out with my friend and her baby. The baby is now 2 and apparently a bit of a tyrant so we may end up watching Star Wars (her favorite movie) or Elmo (her favorite everything). But if we manage to throw off Baby Dominance, I may make her watch Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga. Or, Aa Gale Lag Gaye.

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    • THEY ARE REMIXING SONGS FROM WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE!!!! I AM SO OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Also, not just nostalgia speaking, this video is sooooooooooooooo much worse than the original. There was something super cool about Abhishek just fake singing while he sat back and made eyes at the camera, Tiger doesn’t even come close to that panache. And I am distracted by his heavily painted abs again.

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      • Lol, you are! Just kidding 🙂 But it’s so weird to me that they’re remixing songs from like just 10-15 years ago. That’s not that long ago and people still listen to the originals.

        Right! This just seems like they’re trying too hard. I think it’s because of the original, I can’t understand why they decided to have actual dancing in this; I just feel like it doesn’t work for this song.

        What songs do you think are so iconic and untouchable that they won’t be remade? Or do you think that there’s no song that’s untouchable at this point? I think my guess is Chaiyya Chaiyya won’t be remade but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.

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        • After they remade “Ho Gaye Hum” I decided nothing is too iconic. Although “Ho Gaye” and “Mukabla” and “Urvashi” they made sure to involve the original people (Ratnam, and Prabhudeva). So maybe it is songs that you can just remake without thinking, versus songs where you need some kind of acknowledgement and permission from the original artists because they are iconic and it is weird.

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          • Yeah, that makes sense. One thing that’s interesting to me is that none of Aamir’s or Shahrukh’s songs have been remade as far as I remember. They probably need to get permission to remake a song of a star that powerful.

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  1. I had a pretty free week so I got a chance to watch quite a few movies. I got a chance to rewatch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Always Be My Maybe. I still love the first half of ADHM but I don’t enjoy the second half much. I also saw Pati Patni Aur Woh which was a one time watch and Running Shaadi which was sweet. I finally saw Kandukondain Kandukondain which I enjoyed quite a bit. I now started How to Get Away With Murder at my cousin’s insistence because it’s her favorite show. It’s actually been interesting so far but not something I would try to binge.

    I’ve been waiting to see World Famous Lover. It’s actually playing in College Station so I’ll probably see it this weekend if the timings work.

    Also, I just saw this song and they all look so cute and now I’m mad this is a horror movie where it looks like Bhumi and the little girl die.

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    • I am so sick of horror movies! Not even watching them (because I don’t) but that they are sucking up all the actors I like for a movie I don’t like.

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  2. Reading: Trying to catch up with your Valentine posts (especially those which aren’t about ShahRukh 😉 ).
    Listening to: still audio books as it gives me pleasure during my ironing work (in a household of six, there never is a ‘lean period’) 🙂
    watching: just rewatched MNIK (+ Berlinale videos + other related YouTube videos) because of the birthday (I love, love, love this film)
    thinking: no time, no inclination, not feeling the need to think about something apart of things of my real life.

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  3. This Valentine week I saw 2 romantic movies:
    – Marudhar Express. It’s with ARK’s brother Kunaal. I didn’t even now this guy exists. I knew ARK has a brother who is married with Vidya Balan, but never heard about this other guy. I felt bad for him because he is handsome, but no competition to his younger brother. The movie wasn’t terrible, but it was so low-cost! (the other reason why I felt bad for him – the other brother is a producer, and he works in those unknown films)
    It’s about a very simple and boring guy who has an arranged marriage but because he has inferiority complex and never had a grilfriend he doesn’t know what to do. The wedding is an important part of the story and imagine that there weren’t any marriage scenes, just some stock pics of mehendi decorated hands and flowers. I’ve never seen something like this.

    Chi La Sow – I LOVED IT, please watch it. For years Bomarillu was my favourite movie, and here I found some of the things I loved so much in Bomarrillu – a strong, intelligent heroine who has some family problems but is not ashamed of it, and wants to be loved as she is. I keep watching indian movies for stuff like this. And unlike many other telugu movies which pretend to be forward but instead have backward messages (Dear Comrade I’m talking about you!) , this one has everything right.
    The only flaw of the film is Sushanth. I would prefer other actor but it could also be worse – Nagarjuna could cast one of his sons and they would destroy this film.

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    After having discovered Kunaal Roy Kapoor existence I can’t stop thinking about a thriller about those 3 brothers. One rich and married with a beautiful actress, the other one beautiful, and the last one jealous and a little oversized living under one roof.

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    • Yes Kunaal! He plays Kalki’s fiance in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, he was also in Delhi Belly, and then he got a leading role in Nautanki Saala with Ayushmann Khurrana and it sank without a trace. He was real famous for a second, and then nothing. I agree it is sad that Kunaal doesn’t get as many opportunities considering what a big deal Sidharth is.

      And I also really want to see a movie or sitcom or something based on their family! Just to add on, their father was/is a small time producer and their mother was a beauty queen and an item dancer.

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      • Yes, it’s true. I heard about this movie long time ago and wanted to watch it since then but it was nowhere. Only recently I managed to find it in one of those not-so-legal sites.

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  4. Have you done the worst sex scenes yet? I’m not sure it’s appropriate for Valentine’s Day week, but it can be funny. I can already vote for this horrendous song with Vinod Khanna, Madhuri and soap (I don’t remember the title. And did they have sex in it? I’m sure yes, but my poor brain canceled almost all the footage, except the shower and the soap)

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    • Ooo, worst sex scenes could be GOOD! Although I think Madhuri-Vinod are gonna be the best/worst, no contest. Here’s the song:

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  5. I watched Bangalore Days as I posted before, and liked it a lot. I’ve decided the fact that I never recognize Parvathy is a tribute to her acting skill and not because I’m dotty. My previous Malayalam movie experience is limited to a brief Fahadh kick I went on a few years ago, and my favorite of that time was North 24 Kaatham. Have you seen that one? I did like it, although at times it seems to forget the characters and plot in favor of beautiful scenes of Kerala. Also, it breaks one of my movie rules: if people vomit onscreen they should have a really good reason.

    I also binged Leila on Netflix which is notable mostly for bringing Southern Sid to my attention.

    For Valentines Day I am going to skip my usual watching of DDLJ and fly to New Zealand to see a bunch of friends I have there and play with some greyhounds.

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    • I have seen North 24 Kaatham! It was early in my viewing, and I was very confused by everything. I should really go back to it.

      And you should watch Bommarillu! If you haven’t already. One of Southern Sid’s early break out roles, rom-com classic of Telugu. Or Enakkul Oruvan which is just a brilliant movie, and also Southern Sid, and very dreamy and unclear and sort of sadly beautiful.

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  6. Watching: Sholay, finally! This is definitely my favorite Amitabh of all the Amitabhs. I knew I needed to watch more young Amitabh but I think I chose wrong by starting with Silsila. Action adventure Amitabh with his cool hand Luke attitude is much more my speed. Question: I could search this up but instead I will ask you for extra background color…were Amitabh/Jaya and Dharmendra/Hema already married when this was made? I have managed to go into watching this with my ignorance nearly perfectly intact.

    Also finally, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Wasn’t sure I’d like it but it’s charming. The writing is so stagey, it feels like a musical.

    Sex week: I’ve dig your thinky sex posts. How about a comparison of the same situation in two or three eras to show how norms have changed in terms of what/how you show? Or alpha vs. beta sex scene face-off would be fun. Or tropes of what is shown lieu of sex – did they really used to do two flowers? You have your mountaintops, your waterfalls…

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      • You had me at belly shirt.

        I was curious about Silsila because of the real life parallels but I should have known better. I tend to hate infidelity plots. Fight scenes and horseback chases much more fun.

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        • I deeply disliked Silsila, except for the bit where Shashi is still alive. I can’t stand cheating being glamourised, and Amitabh’s character was reprehensible. I saw it at a theatre showing and the crowd (rightly) openly laughed at him.

          Amitabh is super hot in Deewar, and then Shashi’s in it too, also being hot. I should rewatch it. Trishul is another good one.

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          • I think Silsila, and Kabhi Kabhi, work best if Amitabh’s character is seen as the misguided villain. Still means you have to watch a whole movie about a misguided villain, but at least the film judges him in the end.

            In terms of my personal fun and favorite films, I go for Trishul over Deewar, but I feel obligated to point out that Deewar is also the best written film in Hindi film history, and on the list for possible Greatest Indian Film Ever options. Fun Masala stuff, sure, but also really deep statements about morality and duty and blah blah. Trishul isn’t quite as deep.

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          • That’s a valid reading, but for Silsila is ruined for me because I really don’t think you’re not meant to think he has redeemed himself at the end. And he so hasn’t, to the point where the whole crowd was laughing at him.

            You’re right about trishul and Deewar, but I don’t know if I agree about best written. There have to be better ones, though I can’t think which right now, loool. So maybe not.

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          • “Mere Baap Chor Hai”. “Mere Paas Maa Hai”. “In my body is my father’s blood, my mother’s milk, and my brother’s sweat”.

            Come on, it’s the best written!

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    • Amitabh and Jaya got married right before Sholay started shooting. They both signed the film partly because they were dating and it would be fun to go on a location shoot together. They had just finished another movie together, Zanjeer, and Amitabh promised Jaya that if Zanjeer was a hit he would take her on vacation to London. It was a hit, Amitabh bought the tickets for their week together, and then Jaya’s Dad said “You’re not going on a week’s vacation to London with your boyfriend! Are you insane? you have to be married first”. So they had this very rushed tiny wedding at Jaya’s parents’ place just so they didn’t have to refund the tickets. And then they came back and Jaya was already pregnant. I know it seems like she might have been pregnant before the wedding, but the timing doesn’t line up, she really did get pregnant on her honeymoon.

      For the first half of the Sholay filming, Jaya was pregnant, and everyone was thrilled. Dharmendra and Amitabh and she used to go out in the middle of the night driving around looking for pickles or sweets or whatever she was craving. But then the director decided to halt filming, because Jaya was just too happy looking! And he needed her to be a Sad Widow not a New Bride With Pregnancy Glow. They paused and came back after she gave birth to finish up the film. And then by the night of the premier, she was pregnant again. Because Amitabh is just that good.

      Hema and Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar were trapped in a love triangle during filming. Both men wanted her, supposedly I think Sanjeev had already proposed, but Hema was torn. Dharmendra turned on the charm like gangbusters during filming and won her over. The “shooting lesson” scene, supposedly he paid off the cameraman to mess up so they had to do it over and over again. It was all very messy, because Hema and Dharmendra ended up in love and a little unstable with it, and Sanjeev got progressively more depressed and alcoholic as he was forced to watch them together. By the end of the shoot, Hema had to do the dance on glass scene and the director decided he wanted realism. So they shot it at noon with minimal breaks, and she really was fainting with exhaustion and heat stroke by the end. Dharmendra was really in agony watching her and hated it, and at one point the Gabbar Singh actor grabbed her as part of the performance and shook her hard enough to leave bruises, and Dharmendra attacked him and they had to be separated by the crew.

      I like your sex ideas! I just posted a fanfic (so, not that thinky), but the intro is a bit thinky.

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        • Oh yeah, Sholay is fascinating because not only was it this epic record breaking movie, the drama on set was as big as the drama off set.

          Although I guess it was a little bit related, the shooting was really really unusual because they wanted a really special film. It took far longer than films usually take to film, and it was mostly on location, so you had this little petri dish of drama for months on end. It was also part of Salim Khan and Helen moving towards being together, he wrote in the Mehbooba dance just to throw some work her way because he felt sorry for her. And the “proposal” scene with Amitabh where he says stuff like “but Dharmendra won’t drink after the wedding, I’m sure!” was partially based on Salim talking to Daisy Irani’s family to arrange their engagement which also happened during filming. Salim was Javed’s only “family” in Bombay, so he spoke for him, but he was also against the engagement so it was lots of backhanded insults.

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  7. Hi, everyone. I miss you all and hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

    I watched Ayyappanum Koshiyam in the theater and really enjoyed it. My first Prithviraj on a big screen. Biju Menon, Prithvi, and Ranjith are big messes of toxic masculinity, but 2 of the 3 of them are capable of learning and evolving. And the women characters have short screen time but are very memorable and each richly drawn, distinct from the others. And I just love Jakes Bejoy’s way of using music to heighten movies. He did the music for Ranam too. Not very subtle which works for me because I’m a bit of a musical dummy.

    Vijay Sethupathi tweeted that a radio station in Chennai will be playing the audio of 96 at 9 pm on Valentines Day. Lots of sweet and happy tweets with the hashtag #96AgainOnFeb14 if anyone feels like looking.

    Just a work day for V-day, but going out for a nice grownup dinner with some nice grownup friends on Saturday night.

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    • Hi! And thank you SO MUCH for the Prithvi report. There are a ton of moves at my Indian theater this weekend, and I am trying to juggle scheduling and couldn’t decide if I should through his newest movie in the mix. I’ll see it just for the soundtrack if it is the same as Ranam.

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      • It is super duper long, even for an Indian movie, but it didn’t feel slow. Just a big time commitment. The music is much more “folksy” than in Ranam, but still beautiful and used really well in the movie.

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        • Hmm. maybe I dump it then. I already killed Friday night by choosing to hang out with a friend instead of going to a movie. The rest of the weekend I could either go to church, go to a board game marathon event, organize and take a ton of stuff to donate at the Salvation Army, or go see Love Aaj Kal 2 and/or the new Vijay Deverankonda movie.

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  8. Sorry about the long post. I am having a really rough week and I have worked approximately 1000 hours over the last month and a half, so I am also a bit exhausted and delirious and just catching up on your posts. Your reviews of Kabhi Kabhi and Band Baaja Baraat and all the other Valentine-y posts made me start thinking of subjective reactions (likes or dislikes) toward films/characters. And the beauty of film is just that ten people can see the same thing and view it completely differently. Which is why reviews are so fascinating and discussion is so important. To me, I would rather read a reviewer’s point of view of the film than have the reviewer try to be or worse argue that they are being objective, because a film review, IMO, just cannot be objective and if it is, then it is boring because it would just focus on technical aspects of the film.

    Specifically, I started thinking of three categories of subjective opinions:
    First, one might have preferences toward or against general themes. I am generally not a fan of movies about cheating spouses, so even if Silsila – or for that matter KANK – were good movies that I am glad I watched once, they are never going to be my preference, or something I would ever watch again. Also, in the same vein, I never found movies like Biwi #1 or the old Pati Patni Aur Woh very funny or enjoyable. But, I watched the new Pati Patni Aur Woh and really enjoyed it and didn’t find it offensive– primarily because of the women in it. And even though I was not a huge fan of Karthik’s or Aparshakti’s character, it didn’t illicit a strong negative feeling I would normally have toward people with the traits they portrayed.

    Kabhi Kabhi falls into a second more ambiguous category. To me, it is one of those films that I can acknowledge is a good film. Yet, every time I watch it, I strongly dislike all the characters in it besides Shashi. At the same time, it is one of the few movies that I have watched multiple times, so maybe on some subconscious level I kind of enjoy it?!

    And then there are other movies where I should be very offended (or should not be offended), based on my past opinion trends, and yet, I don’t feel that way. Examples of this include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It should offend me that SRK only falls in love with Kajol after she is traditionally feminine and wears a sari, yet, I find nothing offensive about the movie and love every bit of it. Or Band Baaja Baraat. My husband feels the same way you do and actively dislikes Ranveer’s character for the same reasons you do, yet I can completely and totally see how two people who are close friends would have sex. Sex changes things, and without communication, there are misunderstandings, and you bring out the worst in each other until you finally communicate. Another movie is Kabir Singh. I was surprised at how much I disliked him, yet objectively, to me he is not any better or worse than Hrithik in Mujse Dosti Karoge and yet, I can somehow find cray cray Hrithik hot and Kabir Singh wildly offensive.

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    • I love long comments!

      First and most important, I wrote an R-rated MDK sequel about Hrithik and his quest for sexual fulfillment, in case you need to have that in your life.

      What I really love about this comment is that it expresses the way I try to review films (I don’t know if I succeed, but I try). I don’t want to write formal reviews with formal statements, I want to write chatty conversational reviews so everyone knows that it is a mixture of objective information (“AR Rahman is a good composer”) and subjective response (“OMG, this scene is so sexy!”). But then, you also want to find a reviewer/friend/whatever whose subjective responses are kind of close to yours. Like, I felt very confident recommending ELKDTAL to all the readers here, because this subsection of humanity would also enjoy it in a subjective way. While Angamaly Diaries, which is objectively a far FAR better film, I am not recommending to the people who would read this blog.

      I know what you mean about the random “why does this bother me and that doesn’t?” films. I sometimes think we need past life regression to figure it out. But that’s the beauty of humanity! That we have these strange inexplicable responses to things. Why don’t I like Randeep Hooda’s face? WHO KNOWS!!!! So long as I can acknowledge that it is just a random weird thing on my part, and not worry about convincing anyone else or explaining it, that is okay.

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