Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to on Shammi Kapoor’s Birthday?

Happy Wednesday! Today is my last x-ray for my foot, yaaaaay! And then I get to have my weekly friends movie night, double yaaaaay!

I’ll start!

Reading: Oh! I have a GREAT reading link this week! Shreyans posted a wonderful link to a funny website. It does synopsis of Hindi films in cartoon format, but it’s not mean or superficial or easy, it’s great! Check it out: https://thevigilidiot.in/

Watching: Let’s see, I saw a silly old black and white movie with my parents, and a documentary about guys running a dog rescue out of their house. I’m also watching the NXIVM documentary on HBO, which is confirming for me again that all these things from OSHO to NXIVM to Scientology use the same playbook.

Thinking: Ugh, the last few weeks before daylight savings ends are so HARD!!! I walked the dog in the dark this morning, and it’s still dark now while I write this. Cannot wait until the time changes.

Listening: Shammi week!

Now, question for you! Not gonna overthink it, in honor of Shammi’s birthday, what is your favorite Shammi movie/song?

An Evening in Paris! It’s just so delightfully silly. And favorite song is “Aaja Aaja Main Huin Pyar Tera”

22 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to on Shammi Kapoor’s Birthday?

  1. Oh hey, thevigilidiot is back! Great. I’ve hardly watched any Shammi films, because none of them ever seem appealing. I feel like I could find him attractive if I found the right movie, but weirdly, he hasn’t done it for me yet.

    I’ve watched Julie and the Phantoms and that was really cute and fun. Now I’m finishing Rhinestone (on recommendation from here), which is not as fun as I want it to be, but it’s still pretty good. After this I am absolutely watching Disco Dancer on Netflix. Then probably it will be Govinda films.

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    • I just rewatched Disco Dancer, and it was even more amazing than I remembered. Definitely you should watch it!

      For Shammi, all the movies I have seen are as good as each other, so I would recommend them each equally! As I said, I like An Evening in Paris, but it’s probably just as good as any other option.

      On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 8:02 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I will give that one a go, maybe it will do something for me.

        Disco Dancer gets better the more you watch it, because the insanity and incompetence (and also the stuff that’s sincerely good about it) is so layered. It’s like the Persuasion of bad movies. I started rewatching and it’s just so endlessly great. They improved the subtitles though which is a shame.

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        • It’s not even a bad movie, I would say! It is exactly the movie it set out to be in the best possible version of itself. You can watch and enjoy it exactly as it was intended to be watched and enjoyed. They didn’t set out to make great realistic drama, they set out to make a silly movie about a Disco Dancer.

          On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 1:10 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • I don’t know, they did well at creating a sweeping, entertaining masala plot for disco dancing, and I think parts of it do land, but they do want you to empathise with Jimmy and think he’s a good person and good at disco dancing, and think it’s at least a little sad when he gets guitar phobia and a guitar kills his mother, which they fail completely at. Then there’s the Internationalne Dance Competition with the Disco King and Queen of Paris, Africa, and India, which is a glorious cornucopia of mistakes. There are chunks of weird framing and camera work, too.

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          • I don’t know what you are talking about, I was DEEPLY MOVED by his mother’s guitar death and his guitar phobia.

            On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 9:29 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Cute rom-com alert!!! Cute rom-com alert !!!
    I saw Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna and loved it. Such a nice, feel good movie. I don’t remember whan was the last time I watched a movie and was all: Awwwwwww . Ginny weds Sunny was supposed to be like that and wasn’t.
    Telugu industry is the best when it comes to those simple and cute rom-coms. Recommended! Really Margaret (and all romance lovers) you should watch it and write a review. It’s cute.

    I also finished Putham Pudhu Kaalai and it wasn’t bad but Suhasini Mani Ratman’s part was terrible. It looked like badly written school play. Everything was explained , nothing was left to the imagination. I can’t believe Mani Ratnam co-wrote this. There is a scene when one of the women tells her family that her son is dyslectic and she acts like if he was a serial killer who also eats little kittens for breakfast. Later her family comforts her with dialogues that sounded like copy-pasted from wikipedia. This segment should be removed because it ruins the other nice parts.

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    • So, skip the high profile Tamil short films collection, but do watch the short cute direct to streaming Telugu rom-com? DONE! Where did you watch Bhanumathi? I can’t find it available anywhere. einthusan?

      On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 12:37 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yes, it’s on einthusan.

        Tamil short films are good, just don’t watch the central part. It’s not only bad but also has Shruthi Hassan 😉

        I also think about Rajiv Menon’s part. People liked it but I didn’t because it has 3 actors: Leela Samson who is famous Bharatanatyam dancer, Sikkil Gurucharan who is carnatic singer and Andrea Jeremiah who is actress and playback singer and the movie is not about the music! And nobody dances in it! Why?

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        • And Rajiv is so amazing with music! If anyone should include it, it would be him.

          On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 2:00 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Yes, the Suhasini part is bad. The person playing mother is actually her mother in real life. Suhasini, Anu, and Shruti being related (cousins, I think) was the only interesting part of the movie for me.

      I agree that Bhanumathi and Ramakrishna is such a pleasant watch. Did you watch Raja Varu Rani Garu? It is another movie which is a feel good old school Telugu romance. It is playing on Prime.

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      • I have seen only the beginning of Raja Varu Rani Garu. It didn’t engage me and I quit, but will give it another chance if you say it’s worth watching.

        And have you seen Amaram Akhilam Prema? People say it’s nice and I started watching but the father of the heroine is creepy and I don’t know if I will like the movie.

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        • I might have oversold Raja Varu Rani Garu. There is as such not much romance but the characters in the movie are endearing. My family is from the region where the movie is set in and that made the movie more special.

          I have not watched Amaram Akhilam Prema. That person is Srikanth Iyyengar. He is now a fixture in all RGV movies, which he made or at least released trailers of in the last six months. In this interview (mixture of Telugu and English) he talks about his entry into movies and more – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwpoGVCnt3o.

          I am looking forward to watch Colour Photo releasing on Aha. It has Suhas who definitely deserves a lead role and Chandini who acted in Manu. Trailer here – https://youtu.be/T-R3h9va2j4

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          • Now I’m also excited for Colour Photo. I must admit, I have a little crush on Suhas, he was the best part of Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya and he definitely deserves more than being just hero’s friend.

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  3. Reading:More like reading about,Abrahamic religions,and how little films show of them.I never understood my own religion in the first place,so reading about others makes me feel “gah!why is everything so complicated!”I wanted a simple understanding and books throw all the history and geography at my face.Is there an easy introduction,like Devdutt Pattnaik is for Hinduism?
    Watching:Mulan,from pirated sources.Is it just me or Liu Yifei is bad bad BAD?She just cannot emote,especially compared to the screen goddess Gong Li.
    Listening:Raga Kedar.It has been used in films for everything like Hindu Bhajans,Islamic Naats and 19th century mujras,but suddenly it is used less and less.Everything nowadays is Bhimpalasi(try to hum “Shape of you” and “Khilte hain gul yahan”together),Yaman(SLB has a fetish for it,even Margaret likes his Yaman compositions unknowingly)or Bhairav/Bhairavi(sad Arijit songs).Certain Ragas are not used nowadays at all,everything sounds so repetitive.Some like “Ghar more Pardesiya” sound new until you hear the PardesiyaaaAaaAaaaAaa and it becomes a lackluster rendition of raga Bihag,done much more efficiently in ‘Dil Cheez Kya'(listen to PardesiyaaaAaaAaaaAaa and LeejiyeeeEeeEeeeEee together and notice how similar they are).
    Thinking:Is it possible to start a campaign to end Twitter and Facebook?Everything nowadays is so toxic,the “ye olden days”of telegrams when people interacted in just’!’ and ‘?’ seem better.When your domestic helper knows about Twitter trends,things seem ominous.

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    • Oh, I wish I had a good Abrahamic Religion recommendation for you! It’s one of those things where I just grew up knowing stuff and I never had to learn it from a book. Except for Islam, that I did learn from a book (recommended by SRK himself on twitter), The Life of Muhammad by Tahia Al-Ismail. It’s respectful, but written like a biography, lays out how he grew up in an area with multiple pilgrims from multiple traditions, including Christianity, and how all of that influenced his philosophy. And then the rise of his followers and so on. You could always try to read the Bible, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Very slow going.

      I could watch Mulan for real (Disney Plus) but just wasn’t that interested. Sounds like I’m not missing anything!

      You know so much about music! It’s amazing. I am next door to tone deaf, I can enjoy listening to music, but I took piano lessons for ten years which gave me a very clear idea of how little I actually hear it (like, I literally can’t tell if two notes are going up or down if they are too close together). I’m trying to remember the last time a song really stood out for me as something new and exciting when I heard it. Probably the Saavam Thala Mayam soundtrack, especially the title song.

      I don’t think you need to start a campaign, pretty sure it’s already out there! Twitter is finally responding and in the past couple years has made major policy shifts. Facebook, not so much. Oh Zuckerberg! His sister is married to my sister’s college roommate’s ex boyfriend, I feel like that should give me enough cachet to meet with him and say “just stop it all! you’ve made enough money! Go away!”

      On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 12:50 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Thanks for the recommendation!I thought it is a laborious read,but will check it out now.
        The great thing about Hindustani classical music is,it is very melodious but can be used to create songs that ‘sound’ good without putting in much effort on lyrics,much like SLB does.Ragas are music templates without copyright troubles,so it is good to keep a tab on soundtracks and see how little effort they make sometimes just because they have a readymade example.

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    • Thank you for your updates about music. I know nothing about Indian music, but I like listening to it. I find your posts very instructive. After having read your comment I found some videos about Raga Kedar, and later youtube lead me to some other videos till I found Baiju Bawra with subtitles and started watching. I don’t know why I haven’t watched it earlier. A revenge, musical duels, love – 100% my kind of movie.

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  4. I finally watched Cargo, thanks to your review. I really liked the movie but would have wanted little less of people on the television screens and more of the ‘cargo’ coming in or more conversations between Vikrant and Shweta about nothing important.

    Started watching some anime on Netflix where people hunt dragons. It is the first anime I have liked and actually finished the first season. It is dialogue heavy, which is maybe I liked it.

    I did not know that Netflix blocks VPN. I started using an i-pad to watch things, which has VPN running all the time and I kept getting errors. Then read up about the error codes and figured it had to do with VPN.

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