There are so many great looks in this movie! Shahrukh, sure, but also Boman Irani and Sushmita Sen and Percy and pretty much everyone. Who is best?Continue reading
Monthly Archives: April 2020
It’s Main Hoon Na’s Sweet Sixteen! Who Was the Best Dancer in “Gori Gori”?
I was thinking about making this movie-wide, then decided to just focus down on “Gori Gori”. So we can all really analyze closely and be fair.Continue reading
Watch JHMS With Us Right Here in 24 Hours!!!!
Woo-hoo! JHMS!!! And a late Friday Watchalong, 4pm California time and 6pm Chicago time, and Other Times in Other Places.Continue reading
Main Hoon Na Sweet Sixteen Celebration: Rank the Songs!
(interrupted by Rishi, but not canceled! We deserve a happy silly celebration today, don’t we?) There’s no “right” answer for this, that would be impossible. Just in your personal preference, how would you rank the songs?Continue reading
Rishi Kapoor: Song Master
Saying someone is “good at lipsyncing” sounds as silly as an air guitar contest, but it is an actual thing! There is something about being able to sell a song, even if you aren’t the one singing it, and Rishi was truly the master.Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Rishi Kapoor, A Lifetime Spent Struggling Against His Father’s Legacy
I already wrote my farewell post to Rishi, what he meant to me, but I want to put together a post about Rishi the person. As a Kapoor, we (the public) know a remarkable amount about him personally, and Rishi in interviews and his memoir has made even more available. I’m not going to try to rake up scandal or demonize him, but I want to do my best to give a fair and balanced look at the life of this man we have just lost.Continue reading
Rishi Kapoor: An Honest Man
Once again, sad news to wake up to! There was a similar year in 2013, death after death after death. I found that kind of touching because it was the 100th anniversary of Indian film and all of these greats went on their way out with the anniversary. But 2020? I don’t see any meaning to that.Continue reading
Happy Sweet Sixteen to Main Hoon Na! It Still Feels So Young
Happy Sweet Sixteen Main Hoon Na! You may be the perfect movie to watch right now, so happy and joyful and all that. To start off the celebrations, here is my review explaining all the reasons you are nice.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: New Review! D-Day, His Saddest Greatest Film That No One Talks About
This movie released, a few select critics applauded it as one of the best films they had ever seen, and then it disappeared a few days later. I saw it, and I know a few other people here on the blog watched it, and we all think of it as a really remarkably good movie. One of those films you find yourself thinking about at surprising moments. It’s one of Irrfan’s few films where he is good, but the rest of the film lives up to his performance. It’s also extremely sad. Not tragic exactly, just sad. Be warned.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: Qarib Qarib Singlle, Irrfan’s Rom-Com
Such a sweet movie, nice and happy and warm. That’s Irrfan as the love interest, nice and happy and warm, making the whole movie feel good.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: Piku, Irrfan Versus Amitabh
This is one of the few movies where I enjoy Irrfan, but I don’t mind it when he isn’t onscreen either. It’s such a good film with such good performances all around, for once the movie lives up to Irrfan.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: Aaja Nachle, Irrfan Khan and Madhuri Dixit
This performance isn’t even on some of his official filmographies, and that’s a shame. He is very very good in this movie, and he plays the main antagonist, not a small role. Also, it’s the only time he shared the screen with Madhuri Dixit.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: Talvar, Irrfan as the Sane Man Surrounded by Madness
This is not a happy film. It’s based on a real life tragedy that was compounded by more tragedy. Irrfan holds the film together, gives the audience something to grab on to in the midst of the mysteries of life.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: Billu, Irrfan Khan and Shahrukh Khan, to Character Actors Turned Leads
Someone in the comments mentioned they think of Irrfan Khan as what Shahrukh’s career could have been without DDLJ. And it’s true, both started out as TV actors, then film villians, and then Shahrukh suddenly hit it big while Irrfan struggled away for a decade before his break.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan Fest: Karwaan, Irrfan and His Character Steal the Movie From the “Hero”
This is a slightly frustrating movie, because Irrfan is so very good in it and his character is so very interesting, but instead the film expects us to care about Dulquer and his boring character. Still worth watching though, mostly for the Irrfan of it.Continue reading
Irrfan Khan: He Always Left You Wanting More
What sad news to wake up to. Truly, just sad. There is no drama or excitement in this death, just sorrow.Continue reading
Wednesday Watching: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening the Last Week in April?
Happy Wednesday! Day two of homemade cold brew coffee, I’m excited! Also, day before Main Hoon Na’s sweet sixteen, oooo!Continue reading
Late Movie This Friday! Jab Harry Met Sejal Starting at 6PM Chicago Time!!!
At this time on Friday, so 6pm Chicago time (7pm Eastern time, 4pm California time, 9am in Australia so Sal had better join us. Oh and Miss Braganza too!), we will watch Jab Harry Met Sejal! YAAAAAAY!!!! And if you can’t join us, you can always check out the post later and read through the comments. But I hope you can join us!Continue reading
Imtiaz Ali and Highway and Love Aaj Kal 2020: Why the Audience Can’t Relate to Female Lead Films
Love Aaj Kal 2020 is on Netflix and if you don’t like it, it means you are secretly a male chauvinist. No, not really, that’s a terrible game to play with movies. But I do think a lot of the response to the film is because of anti-female prejudice.Continue reading
Love Aaj Kal 2020: An Internal Character Drama About Modern Women Dressed Up As a Love Story
Yep, it’s a good movie! And Karthik and Sara both do wonderful jobs, especially Sara. Once again, Imtiaz’s vision failed to be captured by the trailers.Continue reading
RACHEL! What Movie Do You Want to Watch This Friday?
Hey Rachel! In my charmingly creepy stalker way, I have remembered that you have a special day this weekend! So you get to pick ANY MOVIE YOU WANT for us to watch on Friday. Oh, and also the time so you can join in, I know you are Pacific time (again, charmingly creepy), so mid-afternoon my time may be tricky. We can bump it later or earlier just this once 🙂Continue reading
Love Aaj Kal 2020 is On Netflix! WATCH IT!!!!
FINALLY!!!! One of the most interesting movies I have seen this year is available for other people to watch. I am desperately anxious for more folks to see it and then talk about it with me. There is a good chance you will really really love it. Or else really really hate it. But I suspect strong emotions will be involved either way.Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Happy Birthday Zohra Sehgal! You Had a Long Fascinating Life, Let’s Talk About the Amazing-ness!
I love thinking about Zora Sehgal, because she is a great person for “you are never out of time to try something new”. Right now we are all going “oh darn, I missed my chance to do ____ (trip, graduation, whatever)”. And here’s Zora to go “no no no! Whatever it is, it can still happen, at any point. Your life is full of opportunities, always.”Continue reading
Monday Morning Questions Post: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Week of May Day?
Happy Monday before May Day! When most people will celebrate Labor, and my family will celebrate the pagan spring festival by giving away flowers (Mom can’t get real flowers this year so she is going to make them out of buttons and pipe stem cleaners). Anyway, a fun week!Continue reading
Shahrukh Khan Discussion Post: What Hair Do We Want to See Him Try? (Please Provide Picture Examples)
I feel our community, during these Trying Times, should be giving back more. So in a gesture of generosity, let us all offer hair advice to Shahrukh Khan. Because surely he isn’t able to get it from his usual sources at the moment.Continue reading