Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me Exactly One Week Before Shahrukh’s Birthday?

Happy Monday! I had to get up and out the door before 7am to move the goshdarn car. Next weekend I am tempted to have my parents pick me up and drive me back because it is just SUCH a hassle finding parking by them! Why do they have to live in such a hip happening cool city neighborhood?

Here is where you get to ask me anything you want! From “Margaret, but wouldn’t your parents them have to find parking?” to “how should I celebrate Shahrukh’s birthday?” Just keep swinging back to this post all week as you think of things you want to know about!

Now, question for you. Shahrukh and Halloween themed, if you had to make a Shahrukh based Halloween costume, what would it be?

I’d have to figure out how to do it, but I think I would go as his eyebrows. Maybe something like a shirt where there is a picture of the eyebrows printed on the sleeves and the nose is on the torso?

33 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me Exactly One Week Before Shahrukh’s Birthday?

  1. Is there a big budget Hindi cinema movie that you think had amazing potential,and you had expectations because you had seen something similar done brilliantly,but the movie was so poorly directed(I could say poorly written,but director can sometimes blemish the script with his vision)that you wish you could remake it with the same cast and same budget,but different director and script?For example,a movie based on a concept,a folk story,a novel,or a remake,that does no justice to the source material,but deserves a good adaptation.
    Halloween Shahrukh costume-find a mullet wig which looks like a dog’s tail,a feathered cap if budget is not a constraint and a leather jacket with lots of guitar design(maybe go over the top and just slap a guitar sticker on a brown leather jacket that you normally don’t wear).If you are feeling cheeky,something in the style of 90s grunge aesthetic for Asoka,but it looks undeniably ugly in real life.
    Margaret,people are once again rallying “don’t call it Bollywood”but refer to it as Hindi cinema.
    I sometimes wonder why Nawazuddin doesn’t speak up against his family who never did him any good,but always created problem in his life.Feels weird why he would remain complicit after a second failed relationship because of his family,despite the fact that he personally never did anything remotely wrong,but is facing everyone’s ire by not speaking up against his toxic family members who brought him nothing but infamy.Not to mention he lives alone in Mumbai,not like he depends on them.Relationships fail,but when someone else is responsible I wonder why people would be complicit and suffer for it.

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    • Thanks, interesting question!

      The actual historical story that Padmavat is based on could have been an interesting film. The idea of Khulji as a hero to the region where he was holding the Mongols back, but a villain to the areas where he was fighting to raise funds for the Mongol fight has some dramatic tension. Plus Ratan Singh being killed in battle by a different ruler while Khulji was attacking his kingdom has a kind of dramatic irony to it. And the nice thing is, since those are the only historical facts, you could right anything you wanted around the rest of it. Make Khulji bisexual and include a love story with his best friend/general. Or dig into his romance with his second wife. Give Ratan Singh any sort of personal life you want, and any kind of conflict with his neighbors you like. Heck, make the guy who killed Ratan into the hero, make Ratan the villain, and end with Khulji and Ratan’s killer making peace between them. There’s a lot of fun tension there you can play with.

      Also, any of the recent Salman films except Bharat. I don’t know if that is the director exactly, because part of it is being able to control Salman. But I guess that is the director, because a director should be able to control their star. Tubelight, Race 3, these could have been entertaining movies but somehow they turned into messes.

      I wonder about Nawazuddin too. I guess he is still a bit of a traditionalist at heart, not willing to speak out against his family. According to his niece, she went to him for help for all those reasons you mention, and he still refused to believe her or protect her from his brother.

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      • I sort of had the same feeling about Padmaavat.I read up the English translation illustrated by Devdutt Pattnaik,which ignited my curiosity and I ended up reading the original Padmaavat and then watched the movie(through piracy,I am a miser).The original poem is an outright romance.And the best part is Khilji(NOT Khulji,which comes awfully close to Khujli which means itch)is just present in one third of the last third(ie 1/9)of the story and the romance is so beautifully blossomed between Ratan and Padmavati that the Jauhar(which is completed in two couplets literally-women perished in the fire,men died on the battlefield)is treated as a tragic end to an epic romance,not an act of “honor”.Padmavati in the poem is a phenomenal character.Not a meek Sita,but a self assured Draupadi like character whose at times acerbic tongue mirrors Devasena from Bahubali.She is sarcastic in a way like Elizabeth Bennett,and unapologetically haughty like Emma Woodhouse.She doesn’t just flirt with Ratansen,but tests his love because if he could cheat Nagmati,she won’t take any chances.There is a huge section about Nagmati scolding Ratan Sen for his disloyalty(and this leads to the pinnacle of Awadhi literature-Nagmati’s Baremasa,which cannot be replicated in a film)and Padmavati also learns about Rajasthan,a foreign land to her.There is an arc in the entire first half of her just moving from the Sinhalese island to a barren desert brimming with silent beauty of a wide,empty space and this is possible only with Padmavati herself describing the varying vegetation and ponds,the cool ‘purvai’ compared to the humidity of Sinhal.And Gora Badal are not just commanders but vassal rulers.This means she doesn’t just order them to go and save Ratansen,but politically negotiated with them.Khilji should be avoided at all costs,maybe just have Padmavati being told “there is a Sultan who wants you,the Sultan has captured Ratan Sen,the Sultan has attacked the fort”instead of directly showing Khilji because he was history,but Padmavati is a legend.(And anything to do with Ratan Sen and Khilji will be equally offensive to Rajputs and Khiljis,since they were at least people who existed).
        If the movie were to follow the poem,the first half would be like Bahubali and Devasena’s romance(complete with disguise,local battles,and PIRATES who attack their ship)followed by a Lamhe like middle act about a princess from the sea adapting to the life in a desert(which is much more than just dancing a Ghoomar)and the third half occurring too suddenly for anyone to grasp,so it feels like a tragedy not a moral battle.I would leave out any personal details and even a minute of screenspace for Khilji as it is difficult to pack so much history with a legend(I refuse to acknowledge Padmavati as a fact,James Tod who perpetuated this myth as history was just a British official trying to rewrite history).And *maybe* tweak the accepted account of jauhar.It happened behind closed doors,how can we be sure of its details?What if Padmavati had secret doorways through which all the civilians were escorted out,and only she and Nagmati committed jauhar to put an end to the madness,while other women and children and farmers were saved through her common sense?Makes for a much more compelling narrative,I guess.Imagine Padmavati giving the women a speech urging them NOT to end their lives but use their brains,follow her plan and escape the fort.
        I think Gulzar would have been able to put this story on the screen beautifully,his films about flawed human morality are so beautifully non judgemental which is equally applicable to Bengali historicals(that are more like quasi historical,but still present a bygone era)but Hindi cinema loses track.And a sort of advice if you wish to read about anything about Rajasthan-ignore anything by James Tod.He was a hate monger who codified ballads(that were known only locally,and never taught as history)as real facts and fueled Islamophobia and pushed for divide.Bengalis since the beginning disagreed with his views and resisted the oversimplification but were ignored as overly intellectual know it alls.Unfortunately his lies spread like fire,even you quoted some of his opinions in Jodhaa Akbar review.

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    • When I read the question I thought most of the recent Akshay kumar films qualify.. But when I tried to reframe them, i always ends up thinking the movies will work way better if the charector of Akshay Kumar was the jerk., Be it toilet or mission mangal or padman…

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      • Imagine Mission Mangal directed by R. Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde instead of Balki. Wouldn’t that be great? Her light touch with how women struggle in a patriarchal world on this story?

        On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 10:40 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Only the Halloween question! I’d either have one of the KKHH ridiculous college costumes (what is up with those colors and the shades and all the GAP) or the funny matching shirt-tie combination he always has on in K3G as a married adult. I always wondered how they matched so perfectly. Did they come packaged together or did he hunt for the same color all over London? Is he doing it because he likes the colors to match or is he too lazy to think of things like contrasts and patterns? What do the store managers think of this?

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  3. The first scene in Zero, the Hindi western, where they speak French. I love that scene. I was so sad when it ended and the real world snuck in. I suppose I have a soft spot for the cowboy who rides in and saves the day, which is like a good many Hindi films that I love, so pair it with actual cowboy scenery and I’m in heaven. Are there any cowboy Hindi films. I don’t mean actors riding a horse but small town hero film with that old west kinda feel?

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    • Well, Sholay of course. There’s actually a lot of them, Dabangg would be another. Rowdy Rathore. There’s a whole genre of “dacoit” films, where some bandit is terrorizing a village and the hero has to defeat him.

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  4. Kajal Agarwal is getting married at end of the month. I am wondering if she will continue getting lead roles? Right now she still has a movie with Chiranjeevi to complete. Samantha might be the reference in terms of what roles Kajal might after marriage.

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  5. I’d be a duplicate of the Duplicate characters, obvs….I don’t know, actually, that’s the first thing that popped into my little head.

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    • Oh, yes! Sanya and Vikrant are perfect together, very similar feel onscreen.

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      • Yes, and also Bobby is working again ๐Ÿ™‚
        I wonder if he also asked Shah Rukh for help like he did with Salman, or Shah Rukh heard about his problems and decided to help him. Anyway I’m happy he works.

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        • Red Chillies already used him in Class of ’83. He did an okay job in that, and was clearly working hard (onscreen more than anyone else). Maybe he’s just a reliable contract employee they like working with?

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  6. Bommarillu remake “It’s my life” with Harman Baweja and Genelia, will be shown in Tv after being in cans for 13 years. Do you know why it was never released?

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    • Because Harman Ba-whosa-whats is a terrible actor and nobody was willing to buy it?

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      • He isn’t the first untalented actor. Worse movies release every year. I find it strange that it was ready but never released, especially because it was produced by Boney Kapoor and directed by Anees Bazmee.

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        • Love Story 2050 was such a big big flop though! And Boney has a history of making bad decisions and stuff. Remember when he was gonna remake Arjun Reddy and then didn’t?

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          • Oh man! There’s so many of them! Paani for the longest time, and now it looks like Takht might be another one.

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          • I saw recently the phots of Bhumi and Ayushmann on the sets of Manmarziyaan. They were wearing almost the same costumes Tapsee and Abhishek wear in the movie. I was shocked because I didn’t know the cast was so different in the beginning. I’m happy that version was shelved because I can’t imagine better trio that Tapsee, Abhi and Vicky

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          • I’m so happy too! If it was Bhumi and Ayushmann, it would be just another middle-class whatever movie. Taapsee and Abhishek brought such difference to it.

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