What Happy Happy Movie Should We Watch Tomorrow?

My mind is truly a blank. My first thought is Raabta, but I think that might be sad now, so NO. We need something happy-happy.

Birthdays this week:

Rahul Khanna

Reema Lagoo

Lisa Haydon

We had that wonderful food-themed day, anything super foodie and fun you can think of?

It’s coming up on Pride, anything Queer themed?

We’ve got about 9 hours to figure this out, I have faith the DCIB community will come up with something WONDERFUL.

16 thoughts on “What Happy Happy Movie Should We Watch Tomorrow?

  1. We can do an old fashioned homoerotic masterpiece like Hera Pheri or Namak Halaal or something?

    He dies in Raabta so I think it’s too sad but in general I think that is a really perfect watchalong choice.

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    • I have had Raabta in my back pocket since we started the watchalongs, it is such a delight. But yeah, probably too sad.

      Problem with older movies: different edits! Heri Pheri in particular, I already ran into this while watching it witha friend, we had to be sure we were both watching Netflix because Netflix and youtube and other versions don’t sync.

      On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 7:01 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yeaaah that’s a real problem. I just watched a version of Ilzaam that cut at least 15 minutes out, including the item song that the plot hinges on. But you can pick a platform, a lot of those movies are available on several.

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        • Sorry, you lost me at the idea of a plot hinging on an item song.

          On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 9:15 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • It’s a Govinda film, that’s what they’re like. Anyway, it’s one of the particularly hilarious and delightful elements of Ilzaam, because it’s even stupider in practice than it sounds. Shame the song itself is kind of racist. I don’t think that’s why they removed it though.

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    • ELKDTAL is happiness in a bottle, it’s true. I know we’ve all seen it ten million times, and I just wrote a second review on top of that, but is that really bad?

      I have to admit, I have never seen Aisha. And every version of Emma (including the book) just makes me squirm and squirm and squirm. But then, it would be better with other people, right? I could close my eyes when she is about to embarrass herself and you all could tell me what happened?

      On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 7:03 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • No, it’s not! Especially since we are going on the last full week of Pride Month as well. Thematically appropriate in both food (Anil), happiness (everyting). It is the perfect movie!

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  2. Basically any Ayushmann Khurrana film,especially Badhaai Ho.That film is simply delightful.
    Chandni and Lamhe,I think you have watched,but they age like fine wine especially the latter.
    khubsurat,both the new one and the original,but I prefer the original because Rekha just oozes effervescence in it.
    Maybe Satyajit Ray’s films,if you come by a dubbed version(I don’t think you know Bengali,but I was engrossed in Charulata with just subtitles).His films give a certain satisfaction and relief,and they might be thoughtful but never melancholic.
    Maybe watch Mandi(1983),an attempt at dark comedy by Shyam Benegal,and it offers a very honest and balanced perspective on a very controversial issue-every tawaif is a Pakeezah,but who gives this society the right to set the parameters for pakeezagi?
    I would suggest Fire except I didn’t watch it till the end because it was very tragic.

    Post scriptum:I tried to suggest light movies,but somehow my list progressively got heavier,so there you have it-3 Idiots whenever you are feeling low.

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    • Khoobsurat (the new one) was actually one of our very first watchalong choices! It is great, it’s true. And I saw Charulata in a film class in college and that still makes me angry. That was supposed to be our week about Indian film, and all we saw was Charulata and all we read about was Satyajit Ray.

      On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 7:18 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Well, I’ve already mentioned Nina’s Heavenly Delights as both food-related and queer. I feel like it’s cheap enough to be made fun of a lot.


    Though of course it violates your rule of only doing movies you’ve already seen, Margaret. And I’m not sure how much NRI counts as its own Indian film industry. But I’d really love to be able to finally discuss it in depth with a few like minded people. I’d even get my wife to give me the evening off.

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    • I really really want to do Bollywood/Hollywood for Rahul Khanna’s birthday, which is also an NRI movie, but it is impossible to find. Very frustrating. Loins of Punjab would be my other NRI choice, that one is pretty easy to find. OH! And it’s QUEER! I honestly forgot, because it’s not a thing. Two of the characters are a couple, but they are so many other things as well that it’s not even a plot point. Oh man, I may have to do Loins of Punjab.

      On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 7:43 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. Always up for ELKDTAL and agree that it fits nicely with this week’s themes and Pride. Other happy movies: Rajkumar, Professor, Love Aaj Kal (the first one), Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Judwaa, Dil, Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke, One 2 Ka Four, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Yes Boss, Dil Toh Pagal Hai.

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    • I refuse to watch Dil To Pagal Hai! It lasts a MILLION HOURS. It is somehow 4 HAHKs put together. At least, in my mind.

      On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Ha! For some reason I knew you were going to focus just on DTPH and almost didn’t include it in the list, but then I thought meh, it’s sometimes fun to annoy Margaret. 🙂

        Well there are a gazzilion other movies before DTPH that you can pick from.

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        • And I ended up picking none of them! Partly because they aren’t streaming access easy in most cases. And also, I realized it has to go shorter this week because I’m gonna be driving and getting home late and stuff.

          On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 2:07 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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