Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the First Day of June?

Happy Monday!!! I am not ready for work. Albie Dog woke me up at 6am to take him for a walk, and now of course I can’t get back to sleep. I’ll finally get the sleepies just as my work day starts, I am sure.

Here is where you get to ask me anything at all! What is my favorite song, how is Albie dog doing, or what is the backstory on your favorite actor. You can keep swinging back here all week to ask me questions whenever you want.

And now, question for you! It’s Maddy’s birthday! Are you a Maddy fan or not? If so, why or why not?

I am a Maddy fan, and it’s hard to figure out why. I saw him in Guru and Rang De Basanti and loved him in those movies, but it’s more than that. I think it’s that he just has such a relaxed vibe as a celebrity, which comes across even in the smallest interaction. I was never super aware of him as an actor or as a star, and yet I still got that sense of smiling happy relaxed not taking himself too seriously from him.

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42 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the First Day of June?

  1. Good morning. What is the name of the website that you had once mentioned that preserves Indian cinema and it’s legal? It even have copyright dates.

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  2. Have you seen Kuch Naa Kaho with Abhishek and Aishwarya? I had not seen it in such a long time and I am about half-way through re-watching it and it is so charming! I like Aishwarya but find her annoying many times in movies, and I don’t mind her at all in this movie. Plus, the songs are wonderful, which makes sense because Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics for all of them. I hope the second half does not ruin it for me.

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    • Oh also, I watched Professor and Dil Tera Aashiq and Professor is WAY better than DTQ but I still found Madhuri in DTA to be super cute. And I remembered it right that Anupam Kher is a giant abusive jerk, where as Lalita Pawar was not so much.

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      • Yeah, Lalita Pawar was more just messed in the head than actively cruel. But isn’t Shammi irrisistable?

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        • YES!! So damn handsome and again, weirdly sexy! And the songs are just so wonderful and I could sing along to every one of them!

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          • Yes! Shammi shows up onscreen, you think “oh yes, Shammi, I have seen old photos of him. Huh”. And then you go along just sort of enjoying the historical experience of Shammi-ness, until suddenly he looks straight at the camera and you go “Oh my!” and suddenly understand why the teenagers of India were a bit mad about him.

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          • I know. I was mesmerized by him in the movie! Also, was Shammi into “controuing” his face well before it became a make-up trend or does he just have really good cheekbones and natural contours even when he is a bit chunky?

            Also, have you seen Singapore? It is one of the few Shammi movies that I have not seen and it is on Netflix.

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          • I have not seen Singapore. And I vote, Shammi has naturally high cheekbones. He is Shashi’s older brother, after all.

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          • I remember exactly when I realized Shammi was damn attractive – the song ‘Ehsan Tera Hoga…’ from Junglee. Such longing in his eyes and expressions, sigh! Can’t decide who looks more beautiful there, him or Saira Banu!
            Have you guys seen Prince? It’s with Vyjayanthimala, very fun as I remember.

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          • I remember that song so vividly even though it’s been a while since I have seen Junglee. My goodness he was alluring there! I have seen Prince, and he is great in it. I think I am going to watch Bhramachari and Bluffmaster next since I have seen them in a while since I have seen either movie and remember enjoying them.

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    • I love Kuch Naa Kaho!!!! And the soundtrack is one of the rare Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy soundtracks, which is why I think it is so spectacular, Javed Sahib comes second.

      Wait for a great Aish speech at the end, after getting irritated for a bit. And also, one of the best end credits bits EVER.

      Here’s my review, an old one so watch out the spoilers are scattered through out: https://dontcallitbollywood.com/2016/04/21/happy-anniversary-aish-and-abhi-i-hope-your-relationship-in-real-life-is-as-good-as-in-guru-and-kuch-naa-kaho/

      On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 2:44 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I have seen it, so I remember the basic storyline but just can’t remember if Aishwarya will annoy me in the second half when Arbaaz comes back into the picture. The reason I liked her in the first half is because she didn’t play the sad damsel in distress or the overly “modern” woman that Aish – bless her heart – just can’t play. Looking forward to reading your review! And YES, to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. I have loved them since Mission Kashmir! I just didn’t know if I was just weirdly obsessed with them.

        Looking forward to reading your review!

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        • You are not weirdly obsessed, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are a TREASURE! And also really rare, it looks like they can pick and choose their projects because they are so good, everyone wants them. Have you watched Mirzya yet? The soundtrack for that is just mindblowingly good, and also a fascinating challenge to their skill.

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          • Yes, I have watched Mirzya and agree about it’s soundtrack. Their music is the only good thing about Armaan (I do not recommend the movie, if you have not seen it).

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          • I love the Armaan soundtrack! Have never bothered with the movie. But the Preity seduction song, and the happy Anil-Gauri bikes song are delightful.

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          • I know!!! The movie is TERRIBLE. But the songs are just great. I love that others love SEL as much as I do. I don’t know about music as much as most other people here, but to me, they really are special. There isn’t a song of theirs that I havent loved. And, then yes, Javed Akhtar is an amazing lyricist. So over all, I am looking forward to watching the rest of KNK tonight and reading your review. It will be a mini dessert for me to brighten up my day!

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          • So glad! Oh, and I just remembered to take my D3.

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          • I just finished the movie and I have so many thoughts. My goodness I love this movie. It is going to go up there on my top ten movies to watch when I’m sad. I am trying to gather my thoughts and will post a likely very long comment on your review.

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          • Yaaaaay! Looking forward to the comment.

            I also am quite fond of this movie. And I got the soundtrack in a double cd with Kyun! Ho Gaya Na, so now they are all mixed up together in my head. You should watch Kyun! Ho Gaya Na next!

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          • So, this is purely subjective, but unfortunately, Kyun! Ho Gaya Na does not do for me what KNK does because I just don’t like Vivek Oberoi’s face as a hero. I don’t mind him in villan parts but his cockiness in KHGN just annoyes the heck out of me. And I know this is purely subjective because if that role had been played by literally anyone else, I would have probably been fine with the character. However, I do like the music in the movie, so maybe I will just watch youtube videos of the songs.

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          • The music is great! And I think another SEL soundtrack.

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          • To me that’s how it should be, who cares about what’s considered ‘good’ as long as it makes you happy! I was just surprised since SEL are in the same league as say Vishal-Shekhar, Pritam, pretty beloved. Now if I were to say I like Himesh Reshamiya, I might add such a disclaimer 😛

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          • Music is always a subject I am very unsure of in terms of my knowledge and preferences. I actually am tone-deaf, especially with English music, and really don’t know much about the intrinsic understanding of music, composers, or lyricists, and definitely I don’t always trust that my preferences are actually good. But I like them nonetheless and generally just go by gut instinct on what makes me happy.

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          • Same. I took piano lessons for ten years, which just confirmed I have almost no ear. But I really love Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

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  3. I have an SRK question. I was rewatching parts of K3G and reading through the more than 800 (!) comments, and I started thinking about how some of my favorite SRK roles are when he’s embedded in a family and we get to see him play off of parents and grandparents and siblings. Especially the brother roles, they seem to bring out a special poignancy. Which got me thinking about his real life brother role. Which got me wondering, has he ever played a brother to a sister? All of the brother roles I could think of were brother-brother.

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    • Josh! West Side Story remake, he’s Aish’s twin.

      I am sure there are other brother-of-sister movies, I just have to remember them. Oh! King Uncle, that had a lot of brother stuff. And Kahi Haan Kabhi Naa, that sister-brother relationship was really cute.

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  4. Something about the new Mindy Kaling show is bugging me. After having watched bits of episodes, I do not like the show. On talking to my friends there is a clear divide – those who are of Indian origin but did not grow up in India loved the show. Those who grew up in India think the show is just a collection of stereotypes. So I started to think if this show is meant for people of Indian origin and not people who live in India then what will others make of it. So if some one who does not know much about India watches this shows will they end up thinking everything in it is true when in reality a lot of it is not. As I was thinking about this I became curious about what people in South Korea think about Kim’s Convenience, which I really liked. Then the question is – which parts of Kim’s Convenience are real and which are exaggerated for laughs. So this might be case for many people watching the Never Have I Ever who might find the show entertaining. I am confused what to make of this.

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    • I haven’t seen the show, but based on other work of Mindy Kaling’s that I have seen, and what I know of the Netflix strategy, I don’t think this show as made for an Indian audience any more than Kim’s Convenience was made for a Korean audience. Their central characters have a particular ethnic heritage, but the setting for the shows is North America and they are talking about particular North American experiences. Netflix had a big hit with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, where the heroine was partially of Asian heritage but it was an American teen romance more than anything else. Mindy Kaling had a hit with The Mindy Project where her heroine, who she played, happened to be of South Asian descent but the show was aimed at an American audience and based on American rom-coms.

      Something else I am wondering from what you say, again without having seen the show but having seen Kaling’s other work, is if it is partly that she is using a certain kind of extremist humor to poke fun at stereotypes which may not land as well without having them as part of your every day life. If you grow up somewhere where you are the minority, you quickly become aware of how you are perceived by others and learn how to navigate that and make fun of it.

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      • Yes, the extremist humor part makes sense. Like the jokes about seven hour long movies etc. So these shows are intended to be seen through the lens of some in North America. This explains why people in India are not liking the show because they think it is not true. Now I am beginning to think what this means for people who the shows? Can they separate where they come from and watch the show or where you come from will always influence how you perceive something. Hmmm.

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        • Speaking as an American fan of Indian film, yes I think you can! But it is really really hard. You have to accept the things you can enjoy, the universals, and try to understood fully and specifically the things that seem odd to you. Or else just ignore them.

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  5. India question – Do Indian women of the south have more freedom of movement than women in the north? This question is based off the very few non-hindi movies I’ve seen.

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    • I don’t think there is one broad answer to that. It depends on your particular family and background and so on. And whether you are living in the city or the country, and whether your particular village has a high quality school and internet access or not, and whether your particular city is party of the new tech boom or not, and so on and so forth.

      Kerala in particular, the state where the Malayalam industry is based, is The Best in all ways across all of India. Highest divorce rate, highest female education rate, blah de blah de blah. And one particular caste/community within Kerala is even a traditional matriarchal. Kerala is special in general, they are a natural seaport surrounded by mountains so they are this little slice of land that developed kind of on its own, unlike the rest of the country. People arrived from all over the world for centuries, and influenced Kerala culture only. For instance, Kerala learned Christianity from Thomas the Apostle who, I guess, came to India, landed in Kerala, and hung out.

      But beyond Kerala, there’s just too many factors. In a city like Bangalore, there is a rising young white collar community, leading to a lot of young woman who are living independently, and an acceptance within the city for woman living independently. I am sure there are other cities that are falling a bit behind economically and react by retreating to older cultural values and trapping their woman. Generally speaking, the extreme right wing is more powerful in the north than the south, while the communists are more powerful in the south, but that is really just a continuation of the cultural divide that has always been there. You can find plenty of northern woman who were raised to be outspoken and free and independent, and plenty of southern women who were raised to be polite and obedient.

      I was trying to think of a good comparison for it, and then I realized you are living the comparison right now. Generally, California is considered the most liberal state in America, right? But you live in a small town in California where your particular experience may not match the majority. It’s a lot more complicated than that, seeing as each region of India has its own complex history, religious practices, traditions, and so on and so forth. But the idea that a super super progressive feminist city might be just two miles from an incredibly dangerous and regressive village should be familiar to you.

      Thank you, you always ask the most interesting questions!

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  6. Watching Dostana and it gave me a John Abraham question. John seems like some actresses you see who clearly got cast because of their spectacular looks, in roles that don’t require any strenuous acting. Some of them stop there, others, like John, work at their craft and make a career of it. What female actor would you think of as a parallel to John’s career?

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    • What a fascinating question! John is a former model and beauty pageant winner, who definitely got his first few roles because of his looks and his willingness to do sex scenes. He was a Bhatt discovery, they put him in sexy movies with good songs and plots ripped off from American films (Double Indemnity was his big break). And yeah, he was just a himbo for years. But like you said, he worked at his craft and was serious about doing a good job and slowly got better and better parts. He was in Water, the fancy Mira Nair movie, which caused much hilarity in India because it was still when he was kind of considered a himbo, but it indicates that he really wanted to be better.

      What really sets him apart more than his acting is his producing. He is the one who discovered Ayushmann Khurrana, and started the whole “Ayushmann Khurrana type movie” craze with Vicky Donor. He’s a really smart producer, he’s not looking to build up a studio or make a blockbuster or anything, but he is steadily churning out movies that make a decent profit, and deal with unusual topics. I think he is not necessarily the most talented actor, but a very very smart businessman.

      Anyway, I would say as an actor he is the same as his former girlfriend Bips. They were an IT couple for years partly because their careers were so in sync, both former models, both famous for their body and sexuality as performers, both slowly becoming more popular and getting better roles in better films. But as a producer and public figure, I think he is a lot like Dips. Both very private about their private life, both with a core of intelligence behind their career decisions, both smarter than their original “pretty model turned actor” origin story gives them credit for. I would say Anushka as well, since she is as good a producer as he is (I would love to see them work together on something), only Anushka never was considered “just a pretty face” and had to overcome that.

      Here’s the song that made John and Bips the sexy craze of the nation. Watch out, there are many many scenes of poor vehicular safety:

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      • Oh my gosh. It seems like it would be distracting trying to not drive your car off the road? Like hard to focus on the sexy?

        Deepika is an interesting comparison. I would have pegged her as brainier than John. What has she produced?

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        • She’s only produced Chapaak so far. John I suspect is the classic “person so hot no one notices their brains”. Like a male Elle Woods. He got an MBA before he started modeling, and has produced 7 movies in 7 years, all of them profitable, and Vicky Donor (his first movie as a producer) even won a National Award. He’s also quietly active in human rights groups (UN Council on Refugees, and Habitat for Humanity). And he is married to a successful New York based banker. Very much not what comes to mind when you hear “male model who became an actor”.

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      • I initially read this as you saying that Bipasha and John were the IT couple, i.e. the information technology couple, and now I’m very disappointed that is not true. Can we have a reunion movie for them where they play computer experts?

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