Shahrukh Birthday Countdown: Yes Boss! Shahrukh and Juhi, in Full Flower

There came a time in the late 90s when Shahrukh hit this string of light comedies that had a lot of darkness at the center. Odd films that flopped when they released but are fascinating rewatches.

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Hindi Film 101: The Feroz Khan Family, Qurbani and Zeenat Aman’s Eye Socket

There are so many Khans around! Because it is a very common name/title in the northern regions where Urdu is spoke and men are tall and handsome and refugees fled in droves to Bombay in the 1940s. But there’s only one Khan family in Hindi film, all the other little Khanses aren’t actually related to each other. Isn’t that interesting?

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Big Thinky Post: What Makes Universal Religious Moments on Film?

I suppose this is related in that religion is a factor of every human society, and this blog is about cultural artifacts (Indian films). But mostly this is a question I have been wondering about and I am curious to hear what you, my intelligent and varied and original commentators, think about it.

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Social Media Round-Up: Tiger Sang a Song, Alia Birthday Wishes for Her Dad, Kajol Posted an Embarrassing Photo, Harsh Posted a Ridiculously Long Video,

Let’s check in on the world of light celebrity content and see what we can find! Nothing will ever be as good as Harshwardhan’s essay about “sneaker culture”, but I can always hope.

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Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Review (SPOILERS): Are Male-Female Relationships Inevitably Toxic? This Film Says YES!

Well, this was kind of a downer of a movie! Happy, in that I am glad these stories are being told. Sad, in that BLECH! These stories have so little hope! Anyway, if you don’t feel like being depressed, you can just read my summary and discuss below instead of watching it for yourself.

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Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare Review (No Spoilers): An Indian Woman’s Life is Constant Misery and Pain and Compromise

Well, this is a total downer of a movie! The posters and even the title sell it as more fun happy women together sort of thing, it’s more of a “life sucks and then you die, having scratched out one small piece of happiness for yourself” kind of thing. Watch if you want a very well made and well performed version of a woman’s life in modern urban India, don’t watch if you want escapism.

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Shahrukh Birthday Countdown: Early Movies He Should Remake Now! Part 1

This is an idea from Catherine who pointed out that Koyla, for example, is ripe for a remake, all silly action and strong heroine and all that. Which made me think about how many of Shahrukh’s early films had solid original ideas at the center that could be redone now in interesting ways, for instance flipping the genders, or aging everyone up to middle-age.

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