Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Try to Catch Up on Sleep

Happy Saturday! My flingin’ flangin’ foot is hurting and I can’t sleep at night and all I want to do is lie in bed and watch sitcoms and drift in and out of consciousness. So I’m gonna do that while you all talk to each other.

Things to talk about!

Gunjan Saxena trailer! I am not planning to watch the movie because I am at the point where anything even vaguely patriotic turns my stomach, but I did force myself to watch the trailer, and now I feel sick. Or I feel sick because I only got 5 hours of sleep? Anyway, BLECH!

Oh look, her Dad supported her, that makes me feel better because I couldn’t handle a movie about a young woman going against her father to pursue her dreams, that would just be WRONG, fathers always get to gift their daughters their lives. Oh look, her fellow officers teased her and told her to leave, but of course they didn’t sexually harass her or rape her, that would be actually wrong and the Indian army would never do that. Oh look, in the end she was inspired by patriotism and serving her country, another woman who un-womans herself for the greater love of country which makes it okay. Oh look, more guns and battle and war sequences, because war isn’t a terrifying blasphemous nightmare which no sane person would want to see but Fun Happy Movie Times.

Eid Mubarak! It’s Eid al-Adha which celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismeal to God. Oh that’s cool, just yesterday I wrote a little about Abraham Lincoln without even realizing it was an Abraham holiday. Come to think of it, Abraham Lincoln sacrificed his sons as well, 2 out of 4 dying before him, 1 dying after, and the last one being sent into war by him (although he survived). Death and misery is all around us at all times, is what I am saying. Oh, and Shahrukh did a tweet.

Speaking of death and misery, it’s Meena Kumari’s birth anniversary! Which came up on my Shakuntala Devi posts as an example of someone we really REALLY do not want a biopic of. Which brings me to a question, looking at August birthdays alone, which of these people do you most want NOT to get the glossy biopic treatment? If two out of three are going to get a biopic complete with made-up history, silly song sequences, and a conclusion that “Success Makes Women Bad Wives and Mothers”, which one would you save?

Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari - Wikipedia


Why Sridevi Was an Icon to the Indian Queer Community

Nutan (cheating since it is her son’s birthday in August)

Nutan - Wikipedia

15 thoughts on “Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Try to Catch Up on Sleep

  1. I’d rather film my own biopic in which I act all the parts and send it to film festivals under my own name where it is screened as punishment to me than have that happen to any of those three, but I will save Nutan.

    Who do I have to bribe/sleep with to get a total ban on patriotic films in India? OR who do I bribe to make such an annihilating parody that they stop making them?


    • And Nutan is so ripe for the plucking! Evil Working Mother forces her to work, Saved by a Noble Indian Officer, True Happiness in Motherhood, Saintly Early Death. On the other hand, if the biopic is made it could feature her granddaughter Pranutan and I love Pranutan and want her to get work.

      That spoof exists and it is dark and brilliant and more people need to see it. It’s called Kammara Sambhavam, it’s about a bunch of alcohol distributors getting together to invent a political party so they can control the liquor laws. First step, hire a filmmaker to invent history and pretend their party was their all along. Of course the “freedom fighter” they find was in real life a coward and terrible person. Here’s the song from the movie-within-the-movie:

      On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 8:55 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • That is excellent. It looks 100% like a serious movie. In the context of that movie that is what you need, too because then you see how that cloaks reality. Maybe I should watch this, although obviously it’s a message I already know.

        What I reallly want is a movie where a bunch of Inspirational Heroes all try to fight windmills because someone said windmills kill Hindu children or something. After windmills, rice fields. After rice fields, asphalt. Etc. Then the country is dead and empty, now it’s pure!


        • How about a movie about a bunch of patriotic heroes who try to move India forward with capitalism and self-confidence but it turns out they are causing massive poverty, polution, and violence? Oh wait, THAT”S REALITY.

          (I really need to get some sleep)

          On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:29 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  2. Still debating whether or not I’m going to watch Gunjan Saxena. Not in the mood for another emotional death movie, and the arm wrestling sequences hurt me more than anything else, strangely.

    Here’s some happy! I might have mentioned in a previous Saturday post that a very good friend of mine finally got engaged to her boyfriend of 8+ years. She’s going wedding dress shopping in my area because there’s a plus sized bridal shop that has a style she really likes, and since it’s near me, she asked me to come with her. But it’s an hour and a half from where she lives, so I’m both impressed and surprised she’s making the trek, and I think I’m gonna buy her cupcakes because there’s a cupcake place in my town that we would always go to whenever she would visit me.


    • Gunjan Saxena is still alive, so at least she will survive the film. But I am sure there will be other Tragic Deaths mixed in, because for some reason filmmakers think we want them now.

      Your wedding dress day sounds so nice! And also, cupcakes! Yum! My Mom walked over to get us donuts this morning, which is good, but not the same as cupcakes.

      On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 2:24 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • I have an idea on what flavor to get her, but I’m stuck on what flavor her mom would like, since I’ve only met her a few times.

        And in more news, very soon after I posted this, one of my very best friends who I’ve known since I was 2 and now lives in Canada told me she also got engaged!! Next summer is gonna be wedding season for me I guess.


  3. I remembered a thing I was going to share. There was an article in the NY Times about how Hamilton got made into a film, and it had this part about the decision to release for streaming:


    Obviously a unique situation and not the same as a movie movie, but probably some of the same calculus involved in terms of earnings.


    • Aw, man. It disappeared the excerpt I tried to post. Trying again.

      “I’m getting messages every day from folks who had tickets to ‘Hamilton’ and can’t go because of the pandemic, so moving up the release so everyone could experience it this summer felt like the right move,” Miranda said.

      Disney has no current plans to show it on the big screen, but the “Hamilton” team remains optimistic. “Absolutely,” Kail said. “I hope at some point, when people go back to movie theaters, there’s an opportunity for people to experience this in a group, sitting in the dark.”

      The move to streaming has implications for Disney and “Hamilton.”

      “It is a very different financial proposition than if we had put it in movie theaters,” Iger said. He declined to share a specific estimate for the movie’s box office potential, but said, “We felt it would get extremely well reviewed, and that people would love it, but it was also unclear how it would do globally, so our estimates were relatively conservative outside the U.S. and bullish inside the U.S.”

      Now the company hopes to benefit via new Disney Plus subscriptions. In the run-up to the film’s release, the service has stopped offering free trials in the U.S., although it says that change is not tied to “Hamilton.” And Iger said the benefits to Disney are not entirely monetary. “We don’t really view it as a pure financial proposition for us at all actually,” he said. “We view it as something really great to be associated with.”

      As for “Hamilton,” there is some financial downside. Iger said the initial deal has been “adjusted” to reflect the lack of a theatrical release. Seller declined to discuss details, but said he thinks that the film will further whet the appetite for the stage productions. “I’ve looked at the effects of audiovisual performances on live theater over the last 20 years, and they’ve all been positive,” he said. “It’s a calculated risk, but I believe it’s going to help.”


  4. GOOD NEWS!!!


    • But Abhishek is still at the hospital


      • And now I feel bad for all of us snarking on why he was in there. Doy, we should have been considering what mild medical issue he may have that we don’t know about because it is none of our business. A touch of asthma, a mild blood disorder, diabetic, could be loads of things that don’t affect his day to day life so long as he manages them but mean that he should be hospitalized and observed.

        On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 6:24 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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