Wednesday Watching: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening to on Madhuri Week?

Happy Madhuri Wednesday!!!! I have been having a weird week, I think I’m a little homesick. One more weekend to go before I get my apartment back, and I miss it. Or maybe I just miss my total alone time. Anyway, point is, weird week! Very much looking forward to our Friday movie, even more than usual, so I can kind of have a party with my friends without leaving my parents’.

I’ll start!

Watching: I showed my parents both Kumbalangi Nights and 24 this week. They liked them both, but I think my Mom liked Kumbalangi Nights a little better because 24 was too violent, and confusing.

Reading: Oh oh! I have a great news source for you all! “The Daily Excitement”, written by a 7 and 8 year old leaving in the greater Seattle area. Here is a link, you will want to bookmark it: https://www.thedailyexcitement.com/posts/2020/05/06/

Thinking: Living with my parents has given them the time to pass on parental wisdom of the ages more than usual. My Dad in particular has passed on one pearl fatherly wisdom and advice to me that I recognize is correct, and yet do not follow. And I bet none of you follow it either, so I shouldn’t feel bad. How many of you empty the dishwasher as soon as it finishes the cycle so you can immediately start loading in dirty dishes and therefore never have dishes piling up in the sink? Versus how many of you recognize objectively that is the best thing to do and yet somehow can never make yourself do it?

Listening: Watched 24 last night, so then I had to show my parents my favorite Suriya song, which is not from 24.

Okay, now a Wednesday question for you for Madhuri week! What is your favorite Madhuri movie?

42 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening to on Madhuri Week?

  1. I saw only one indian movie this week and I swear it was the most boring movie this year – DQ’s Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal. People praise it for twist and turns and I love movies with good twist but this one was so boring. One of the biggest twists was easy to predict and about the rest I couldn’t care less because SPOILER everybody was terrible and conscienceless and I didn’t care if they will have a happy ending or not.

    The rest of my free time I waste with 90 day fiance. I was addicted to this show months ago. Later I managed to stop watching it, and then I started again. First only the newest season, but now I watch everything I can find. I admit, I have a problem.

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    • Well, you are confirming my decision not to watch that DQ movie, and also not to watch 90 Day Fiance!

      What I have heard about 90 Day is taht it started out mostly with sincere couples, and then as the seasons progressed they increasingly turned into total train wrecks. Is that right?

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      • Oh yes, in the beginning the couples were more normal, now it’s all so over the top. In the last season we had: a 60 y/o man who has been talking with his Ukainian fiance (28 y/o) for 7 years and never saw her in video or talked to her. The woman who talks with a guy who says he is from England but has Nigerian accent and telephone number, and when she bought the tickets to visit him, he delated his ig account full of stock pics. It’s cleary a catfish and I don’t know what she is doing in this show.
        There is also 54 y/o Big Ed “in love” with 23 years old girl from Philippines met 3 months ago online, an obnoxious middle age woman in relationship with 20 years younger rapper from Nigeria, a fake lesbian and a guy accused of kidnapping, domestic assault and other crimes who pretends to be sad poor boy who needs love. Oh there is also an australian guy who says he is couple couch but we all think he is a gigolo.

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  2. I watched two Marathi movies this week and they were both incredible. GharaBaher (Sonali Kulkarni is reluctant politition, Reema Lagoo is an evil thug, one woman unapologetically uses her body to increase her political standing.) It is so so good and it was released in 1999 and is so much better than the recent strong female led movies. I am going to reccomend this to everyone and hope one day you will watch it!

    The other Marathi movie I watched was a recent one from Einthusan called Bonus. It’s a cute movie about a rich kid who finally learns how the rest of India lives without being poverty porn and with a cute romance. Also, the heroine in it, Pooja Sawant, is fantastic!

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    • Pooja Sawant! From Junglee! Did you watch Junglee? If not, why not? Vidyut Jamwal is stupid ripped. And Pooja Sawant plays his childhood friend who rides elephants and shoots slingshots and stuff.

      Where’d you watch GharaBahar?

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      • Of course I watched Junglee! I watched it the day it came on Hotstar. I unapologetically love Vidyut Jamwal and have seen every single Commando movie as well.

        GharaBaher is on Amazon and Einthusan.

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        • I started other marathi movie with Rema Lagoo recently. Don’t remember the title now, but she plays a classical singer who has problems with her talented but rebelious daughter.

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          • Aai Shappat! It is a weird movie that I had to watch by fast forwarding through many parts but the overall message is good. Just skip the first half of the movie and watch the last 1 hour. Start where Reema and the daughter go to the temple. I think it is almost exactly 1 hour from the end.

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  3. Started Bharat last night and watched through to the interval. It’s more of a typical Salman movie than I expected. I’m kind of amused imagining Priyanka in Kat’s role and noticing the parts that were written with Priyanka in mind. It’s nice enough to pass the time.

    I also skim re-watched DDD, vetting movies for my next movie night with friends. I wanted to check that the dog narrator wasn’t too much but it’s OK and all the couple storylines and great actors in secondary roles is as good as I remember. I forgot how charming Ranveer is, the whole movie basically hangs on us liking him. I’ve decided that for this friend I can do different time periods and genres but there can’t be regressive patriarchy. That and length are the main limits. It feels high stakes every time I pick now with the husbands hanging around too, because movie nights are really fun but I feel like they’ll only keep going as long as everyone likes every movie. I made a list that I obsessively add to and edit…

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    • I felt like Bharat was 100% Kat’s movie, PC would have been terribly miss-cast, but maybe that’s more in the second half? Her character needs a certain warmth and unquestioning unconditional love that I feel like Kat can play really well (especially opposite Salman) and PC not so much.

      I know what you mean about the movie night pressure! This is why I try to let you all pick the Friday movies as much as possible, so I won’t make a mistake. I’ve got a friend I watched Bahubali 1 and 2 with an she would probably be down for another movie, but I am terrified of picking a bad one. I may have to fall back on JHMS as a never fail option.

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  4. I am obsessed by the Swiss made movie Tandoori Love.
    Synopsis:
    A gifted Indian cook, Rajah (Vijay Raaz) arrives in a rural Swiss village as part of the production crew for a Bollywood epic.Despite the attentions of the film’s spoilt star, Priya (Shweta
    Agarwal), he falls in love with a local woman, Sonja (Lavinia Wilson), and is hired by her unaware fiancé, Markus (Martin Schick), to turn his family’s traditional tavern into a gourmet restaurant.
    The movie is mostly in German (which I don’t speak) but also has Englsh and Hindi. Repeated watching has given me the gist of what the German speakers are saying. I just wish it were properly subtitled.
    The hub of the movie is the food. It starts with some shots of typical Swiss food that quickly become kind of revolting. Then, there are numerous scenes of Indian food that look delicious. The film really sold me when the tomatoes started to dance.
    It is a super fun mix of a staid Swiss town being overturned by the Bollywood crew. And there is a dog. Who over indulges. And the necessary “burst into song and dance,” in a supermarket.
    There is singing, dancing, romance, stabbing, cooking and a touch of sex. Everything you want in a movie. Here is a trailer:

    The movie is on Youtube. One posting has the complete movie but is badly transferred – the heads are cut off in a number of scenes. It is, however also on Youtube . divided into 10 parts. The quality for this is much better. Just don’t expect any reasonable subtitles for either posting.
    Here are the links for the first 2 parts of the better Youtube posting:

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    • Oh it is so frustrating when you can’t get good subtitles or good movies!

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      • It is. But, after watching this movie 10 or 12 times, I got the gist of it. The facial expressions helped. It also helped that the movie is only about 90 minutes long. Swiss Bollywood. Who’a a thought.

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  5. Your post got me watching European musicals again, not that I already didn’t, but just minimizing the Indian musical section. GAH! I love them so much. Sorry if I will type all this and scream to the void about these, but hey, I have nothing else to talk about currently.

    From the 2003-2005 Wien cast, Mate Kamaras and Maya Hakvoort in Elisabeth, they are my absolute favourites. This is the moment when Elisabeth has been crowned Queen of Hungary and is feeling powerful, but Death has other ideas:

    Multilanguage, because it’s always interesting and the editing is top-notch:

    Her child is dead (within the musical), but damn if this voice work here isn’t beautiful in Act 1!:

    This is called ‘Gay duet’ just for the homoerotic overtones within the song (so many near kisses!). It’s basically Death seducing Crown Prince Rudolf with the idea of death, so not a happy thing, but the song itself is somehow so great it minimizes the scary thing implied within it. And also, Der Tod was originally described in the libretto for Elisabeth as an ‘androgynous pop star’, hence the look of the earlier versions shown here:

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  6. Watching: Bangalore Days – it’s great.
    Reading: I read a teen book about a U.S. internment camp for Muslims set where I live, because I had to. My biggest gripe is that the author had never visited the area and kept talking about all SPACE – when it is a long, somewhat narrow desert valley set between two tall mountain ranges that you can walk across in a day (a long day). I’m not claustrophobic, but I definitely have the sense of being hemmed in. However perhaps that would be different if I grew up in a crowded city, or perhaps it would be different if the author had visited the area before writing about it.
    Thinking: I had planned to visit my parents tomorrow and the kids were beyond excited and now I’ve come down with a fever and my hubris is an extremely bitter pill washed down with children’s tears. But at least I know we don’t unload the dishwasher immediately not because we are lazy, but because the dishes are wet and despite living in a desert environment, stacking wet dishes on top of each other causes problems. So we open the dishwasher door and let them dry for one to five hours.
    Favorite Madhuri movie – that is a hard one, the one I watch the most is Dil To Pagal Hai, but it has SRK in it, and their chemistry is terrible. I really liked Gulaab Gang, but it wasn’t a happy film so it isn’t like I want to watch it over and over. I liked Aaja Nachle, but it needed something, more of a love story for her I think. But I can say that my favorite MOMENT in a film is Dola Re Dola, it is a good dance number outside of the film, but within the film I just adore it.

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    • Yaaaaay, Bangalore Days! It is great, isn’t it? And after you finish it, I have so many other movies to recommend.

      Oh boo, fever! Well, we have Friday movie to look forward to and it looks like it will be Aaja Nachle, which is all kinds of happy, so hopefully that will cheer the household.

      SRK and Madhuri chemistry really is terrible. Except in Koyla for some reason. Maybe because it’s all non-verbal? Anyway, watch Koyla! If you can find it!

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  7. SRK’s new video. He has definitely done something to his teeth. I think they are straighter. It makes him look a little different.

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  8. Margaret! I watched Shubh Mangal etc. and I think I agree with you? I don’t dislike it as much as you did, but I do think Ek ladki was better??!! I never thought this would happen but here we are. I will probably write a proper review because I have a lot of thoughts but wow.

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    • Yes! What is wrong with that movie? Is it that I am supposed to laugh at homophobia that crosses the line into no longer being funny for me? Or because the central couple gets so little of their story told? Or just this overall sense of settling in life and being happy with half-happiness instead of whole?

      Or is it that Anil Kapoor > Gajraj Rao?

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      • I have a deep thesis in two parts for why it wasn’t good, but I will link you the review when its done because its really complicated. Which is why it’s so hard to pinpoint, but I have used my knowledge of 70s masala to get to it.

        You have to help me though, what is this genre of film called? Local issue? Is there any writing on that? Reflections of Life said it was a kind of nostalgia cinema for NRI’s, who’d be its audience in India?

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        • It’s a new genre, I don’t know if there is a term for it yet. In discussions here, we’ve said “social issue drama” “middle class comedy” or simply “Ayushmann Khurrana style movie”. I just reviewed Mukherjee’s Bewarchi from back in the 70s and ripped it apart, and realized that it feels really similar to these new movies. So maybe “middle class film” would work?

          i think Reflects on Life is right and the diaspora likes these movies because it is nostalgia. I’m gonna guess maybe the Indian audience likes them because it is brainwashing them into thinking this is “normal”, this kind of unsatisfying bickering combined family life style.

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          • Oh no, I love Bewarchi. You should watch Hero no.1, it’s basically an undermining of that movie.

            You’re right though it has that kind of emerging parallel cinema feel to it.

            I thought it might be because it’s aimed at slightly higher class, more educated audience, who could feel superior.

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          • Oh, yeah, “middle-class”. Which in Indian English would be the ones who are “better” than the rich who just desire wealth, and “better” than the poor who have no education. They are educated, they watch clever movies, not ones about violence or crime, or a fantasy of wealth. Or (worst of all), romance! Only fools watch romance movies!

            Bewarchi needs to be undermined! I’m okay with the general idea, but I cannot swallow “faithful servant only exists to make his betters happy” conclusion. If he was a thief, or in love with someone, or just was allowed any selfish motivation at all, I would be happier. Being a servant just because he loves to be a servant and do horrible jobs for richer people is an ugly idea.

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  9. Yesterday I needed something to watch while I was getting ready to bed, and I recalled I still have my free subscription to Eros Now. It’s almost over and I haven’t seen even one movie. I started many e.g Ki and Ka, and you know what? I’m not able to finish it! It’s the first Arjun Kapoor movie I can’t finish. You won Ki & Ka, I surrender.
    I also abandoned Ra. One, and many other films they have because of the lack of subtitles or bad quality. But yesterday I saw they have Devdas in Polish and I thought I will watch the songs. And now I’m here rewatching the entire movie. It’s so absorbing! And I knew Devdas is a jerk and good for nothing but I forgot, or better: 15 years ago when I saw this movie I didn’t realize how big of a jerk Devdas was! So obnoxious. Why those women loved him? He had absolutely nothing attractive in him.

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    • This is like a little present for me! Popka didn’t enjoy Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan, and you didn’t enjoy Ki & Ka! My two movies that I hate but on paper should like, someone else had the same reaction!

      Devdas is just the worst. I hate the way Bhansali made him into a tragic hero instead of an anti-hero. And he villainized Paro’s family! In the book and other versions, her husband is a nice guy and her stepchildren adore her. Clearly he had to make them terrible so Dev would look better in comparison, since otherwise Dev is pretty terrible too.

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      • Yeah, Dev is the worst. Paro dodged a bullet. She wouldn’t be happy with Devdas because the guy was violent and had so many unresolved issues. Good for her she married the rich guy. Where’s the tragedy in this?

        And for Ki & Ka. What an odd movie. It has Kareena so I’m sure it was big-budget movie but it felt so low-cost. The scenes are so short and abruptly cut. I saw it till Arjun proposed saying: I don’t love you and you don’t love me but I want to be a housewife so let’s marry. I was like: Ok, bye then.

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        • Ki & Ka is so bad! It’s by R. Balki who also did Mission Mangal. And his wife Gauri Shinde made English/Vinglish and Dear Zindagi! How is she so talented and he so…not?

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  10. Have you heard that because of lockdown some movies will go directly to streaming e.g Shakuntala Devi? I read INOX cinemas response and also what producers answered them. Will you write post about this situation?

    And other, more important news: MALANG IS ON NETFLIX FINALLY!!! It was supposed to be available before my birthday, one month ago, but it was postponed. And now it’s here, also in Italy, with the title: Vagando por ai, which makes me laugh.

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    • Yeah, I saw the announcement from the producers and from the theaters. It’s not surprising, the industry exists on such a thin margin already, they would have to get money while they could for a lot of these producers. I am curious how the digital releases will be handled, since I don’t think Prime and Netflix are ready to promote these movies in the way they have to as the primary release source.

      Also means I will be back to a busy review schedule! If I can figure out how to track digital releases so I can watch them on time.

      And yaaaaay for Malang! It’s so dumb!

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          • Ugh, I hate this! Stuff like the Disney+Hotstar releases, how can we access them overseas? Hotstar? Disney? Nowhere? It’s limiting their audience so much! I used to be limited only by how far I was willing to drive, everything was there for me. Now it may just straight up not be available to me, or else I have to get a subscription to some other expensive service just for one movie.

            YEs, I will be writing a whiny post, once I am off work and can focus.

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          • I totally understand where you are coming from, but I feel the opposite. While, going to the movies was a big family event, we NEVER had access to hindi movies in the theaters. We lived in such a small town that the closest theater that would play a hindi movie would be hours away. We had to beg our relatives in india to send as many bootleg copies of movies as we could afford with our money (I used to have a special collection from the paper route I did just for Hindi movies). So, while I am not excited to spend more money on subscriptions, I love the access streaming has provided for me.

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      • It is terrible! But it will make you love Sid M even more. Good character for him, but also he is really really trying to do his best while Pari is just lazing around dimpling.

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  11. Some celebs are sharing their favorite 90s movies on twitter as #90slove. It’s all good till Ranveer drops in with Judwaa and Raja Babu!! Hilarious and completely on-brand for Ranveer 😀

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