Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening to on KAJOL’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Happy Wednesday! And Happy Birthday Kajol! To celebrate, I am hosting a virtual movie night where we will not be watching a Kajol movie. Oh well, at least we will probably do a Shahrukh film, which is almost the same.

I’ll start!

Watching: I’m supposed to go to an online film discussion group about Spike Lee in two weeks, so I am trying to finally catch up on Spike Lee films. Good Golly he is a GOOD director! Not like splashy and fancy good, but like “wow, I can’t stop watching this movie” good. Also, Denzel Washington is possibly the only man on earth with as much onscreen charisma as Shahrukh. Tonight I have my friends’ movie night and I’m gonna do Don 2, because watching it with y’all on Friday reminded me how good it was. Friday Dina and I have our regular weekly movie date, but haven’t decided what to watch yet. Any votes? We like funky Masala old movies, and it has to be on Netflix.

Reading: While I had a headache this weekend, I borrowed a bunch of board books from the stash my parents keep for my nephew. Did you know Where’s Spot? is NOT about Spot? I always thought it was about Spot! No, it’s about Spot’s Mom Stella searching for him. It’s like Rebecca or Laura or Waiting for Godot. The center is the absence.

Thinking: Quarentine/Schmuarentine, I just want to go OUTSIDE!!!! My parents live in a second floor walk up and going up and down the stairs for my weekly foot doctor appointment is tedious and painful and exhausting and risky (very hard to balance on a stair when wearing an enormous medical boot). Which means except for the doctor’s appointments, I can’t justify leaving the appointment at all. I want fresh air! I want to smell trees! I want to see something besides these 4 walls! One more week until I graduate from the clumsy boot that makes stairs impossible to the clumsy shoe where things are ever so slightly easier.

Listening: Still celebrating Kishore Kumar’s birthday! And more of you should read my 101 on him, he’s a really interesting dude. Anyway, “Main Sitaaron Kaa Taranaa”!

And now, question for you! It’s Kajol’s birthday! What is your favorite Kajol movie?

No duh, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange. It’s a great movie, but it’s also a great role for Kajol and she gives a great performance.

12 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Watching and Reading and Thinking and Listening to on KAJOL’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  1. I’m watching A Suitable Boy, which is lovely to look at but I was expecting to have more depth. But I haven’t read the book so I have no idea what that’s like. I mean, it’s fine, but honestly 70s masala movies have more to say about partition. Maybe it’s all still to come though.

    Have you seen The Great Gambler and Namak Halaal? If so, Salaakhen and Khoon Khoon are both supposed to be good.

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    • My friend’s seen Namak Halaal and I didn’t want to make her do a rewatch, but I TOTALLY watched The Great Gambler with her. Salaakhen looks really good, maybe we will do that one.

      Thank you for taking the A Suitable Boy bullet for all of us! The Americans don’t get to see it for ages, so hopefully that will give you time to finish the whole thing and tell us if it is worth it.

      On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 10:04 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. My favorite Kajol performance is My Name Is Khan. Of her movies that I’ve seen, which looking at the full list is a small number of them. Not my favorite Kajol movie, though, I might go with KKHH for that. Between that one, K3G, and DDLJ, I find her character most sympathetic in KKHH. Like first half K3G Kajol beats first half KKHH Kajol, but second half KKHH + overall character arc beats K3G Kajol.

    You must be going stir crazy if you’re digging into Spot books. Please don’t fall down the stairs. 2020 is already enough. Is the foot feeling any better?

    Can you help me come up with something to watch? I’m so uninspired, probably like all of us right now with the drought in new movies. I need a little joy jolt. Thinking something with real human emotion but not too sad. I keep going back to Fidaa as a comfort watch the last couple of months, I would totally take Telugu or Tamil recommendations, or anything really that’s good! I’m still in Colorado for another couple of weeks but this house has Prime and Netflix…

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    • Stupid foot feels almost totally fine now, which makes it a lot harder to keep resting and elevating and wearing the enormous boot that makes it almost impossible to go up and down stairs. I saw the doctor today, he confirmed I’m supposed to continue rest/elevation/boot. But next week, MAYBE, if I am very good, he will have new rules for me. Anyway, Where’s Spot! A twist ending! And then I read a book about trucks that was also quite good.

      Things to watch, YES! Kumbalangi Nights is a great one for ending up feeling inspired and happy. Ohm Shaanti Oshaana is as close as you can come to Fidaa without actually being Fidaa, but I’ve probably already recommended it to you. June (Malayalam) is another pretty good Fidaa like movie. Oh! Godha! That’s a great one. Ok Kanmani is Tamil and lovely. There’s this little subset of family comedy romances from the early 2000s in Telugu, if you are up for it. Ninne Pelladata is boy falls in love with girl next door and then complications. Santosham is widower feels guilty when he falls in love again. I absolutely ADORE the movie Manam, but Angie and my parents hate it, so I’m nervous about giving a whole-hearted recommendation.

      Many of these are not going to be available on Prime or anywhere else easy, I’m just listing titles without thinking right now. So, sorry if you end up only being able to find one of them! Or if they are all available for pay only!

      On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 11:01 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Thank you! I’ve seen Kumbalangi Nights, OSO, and OK Kanmani was one of my first loves (and I was very sad when they disappeared it off Netflix and now it’s nowhere I can watch). I’ll check the others, that should keep me going for a bit.

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        • I hope you can find the others! The ones you’ve already seen are unfortunately the easiest to find of my list I think.

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  3. In some light news, Sid is once again so precious with his posts. I love much he reads!

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  4. I know its not Wednesday, but is anyone watching Bandish Bandits? I binged it this week and it was very interesting. Im not sure how good it is but it is absolutely enjoyable and I have LOTS of questions..PLEASE watch!!

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    • I didn’t even know about it, but I love the cast and I really love the music directors, so I may have to check it out. For sure I am recommending it to other people.

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  5. GOOD NEWS NUMBER 2!!!!

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