Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me TEN DAYS BEFORE SHASHI DAY!!!!

Happy Monday!!! Yesterday was so stressful and agonizing, I ended up taking an extra day at my place instead of my parents and finishing a puzzle. Aaaahhhh.

Here is where you get to ask me anything you want from “what true crime show are you watching now?” to “are you going to watch any of the new Netflix releases?” Just keep swinging back here all week as you think of new things you want to ask!

Now, question for you! It’s International Woman’s Day!!!! Who is your favorite Indian film woman????

Ekta Kapoor! So shoot me! She is the most powerful woman in Hindi film entertainment, she sneakily produces out there feminist films, and she has provided employment and increasing power to dozens upon dozens of other women she mentors. Also, single mother!!!

Ekta Kapoor reveals the face of son Ravie on his first birthday; a look -  Times of India

15 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me TEN DAYS BEFORE SHASHI DAY!!!!

    • It’s true! Talented, smart, outspoken, and supporting of other women.

      On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 8:33 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. Hmm, my favourite Indian women change everyday. Currently it’s my mom (obviously). As for public figures – I would say Madhubala in the north – luminous, warm, talented, beautiful; and Urvashi from the south – I think she is the best actress in South Indian cinema (apparently even Kamal Hassan was nervous about acting with her because her comic timing was incredible and she was so spontaneous).

    Also – have you seen the sitcom Metro Park? It’s on EROS Now (I subscribed to Eros just to watch it), and it’s absolutely fantastic. It stars Ranvir Shorey who is the head of a Gujurati family settled in New Jersey, and I am recommending it to everyone. It captures the NRI experience really well and its fantastically acted. There was one scene where I was laughing so hard, I was crying.

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    • I love Urvashi!!!! She is so amazing. I wish she was doing more now.

      I refuse to subscribe to Eros Now again! They are so sucky with their subtitles and streaming rights and a million other things, I am just tired of giving them money. Even for a great product.

      On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 8:45 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Rhea Kapoor! She was young when she started producing and took chances with interesting female led films. She picked female directors for her movies and other women on her team. I love her!

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  3. Oh! I watched Eve’s Bayou and totally forgot to tell you about it. What a great movie! I didn’t realize that the director was the same person who directed Harriet, which is also excellent! Here are my thoughts and questions.

    1. Louis was grooming Cecily and sexually abused her, right? There were so many scenes that point to that but the one that stood out was when Cecily freaked out when she got her period the day after the incident and lost her mind when she thought Eve would tell her dad. That to me was Cecily showing that she was worried she wouldn’t be “loved” by her father anymore or thinking through what the period would mean if he continued to sexually abuse her.

    2. Did the mother (Roz) know what was happening between Cecily and Louis? I feel like she suspected since she told Cecily that she is no longer allowed to stay up and wait for Louis at night. Is Roz a good mother given that she only really dotes on her son? If the son continues to get undue importance with potentially no accountability, is the cycle to repeat with he gets older and sees how his father acts?

    3. Mozelle was also interesting to me. She continues to defend and protect her brother and his dirty little secrets because she think they are the same and she should be forgiven too. But they are NOT the same.

    Thanks again for the recommendation.

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    • Yaaaaay!!! So glad someone else saw it! Such an amazing movie.

      1. Yes!!! I watched it most recently for a film discussion group on Zoom, and what I landed on was that the film is purposefully unclear as to whether or not anything physical actually happened. But it is very clear that Cecily is being groomed, and that the unhealthy interaction between her and her father is causing all kinds of other issues in the family (our heroine feels isolated, the mother clings to her son since she can sense her daughter belongs more to the father, the whole household is just WRONG). It’s a fascinating way to tell the story, focusing on the grooming and the effects that has on the other daughter more than any potential actual act.

      2. I feel like the mother knew there was something wrong, but didn’t have the words or understanding to see what it really was. She knew Cecily was too close to her father and vice versa. She knew it was affecting the whole family. She knew she wasn’t paying as much attention as she could/should have to her children because the oddness between Cecily and her father was capturing so much of her attention. I think she wasn’t the best mother, but she was a sympathetic mother. The film showed how the situation in the household was beyond her control and she couldn’t fix everything. A different movie would have made her the heroine who throws him out of the house and takes the kids in the dead of night and so on. But this was more realistic, I think, showing her trying to fix the problem somehow without completely destroying their lives. Also, I was forgiving of her behavior with her son. Because I felt like that was another symptom of the abuse. Her husband was “taking” her daughters away from her, so she clung to the one child she knew would always be hers.

      3. What I loved is that Mozelle 100% believed the girls. It was her own brother, but as soon as she got even a sniff of abuse, she was right there standing behind her nieces. Even before that, she was standing beside her sister-in-law. It felt like Mozelle was the one person who wasn’t blinded by the patriarchy, if that makes sense. She was the outsider who saw truly, and that included seeing truly the flaws in the brother she loved.

      Also, the fortune teller guaranteed a happy ending eventually, right? She told the Mom that she would be happy in 2 years? I can live with that. Take the kids and move back north, meet a nice man, go back to working, be happy.

      On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 2:40 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Mozelle is so interesting, isn’t she?! Yes, I’m glad that she believes her nieces at some point. But I am conflicted about whether she sides with Roz. When Roz confides in her, she tells her to just wait it out and that Louis will come around eventually. She also doesn’t want to see what Eve knows and lets go of her hand immediately after touching it. To me, she can’t clearly see through the patriarchy because she is so consumed by her own guilt. She can’t see that she and Louis are not the same person. They offenses are not similar.

        The only thing I would change in the movie is to make the grandmother have a bigger role. To me, she saw through the dysfunction but was helpless to do more about it. Again, stupid patriarchy!

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  4. Question: what kind of movie event would make you excited again? I feel like Netflix/Prime “originals” so far isn’t it? Big release in the theaters? A particular actor or director? A certain kind of film?

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    • I just want to be able to go to theaters again!!!!!!! That’s all. I am not even watching the new trailer of Sandeep Aur Pinky because it’s going to depress me because I can’t see it in theaters. I think I am consciously NOT getting myself excited about movies because it is soooooooooooooooooooo depressing that I can’t see them. Instead I am letting myself get excited about new jigsaw puzzles and new documentary series and new things I can cook, stuff I can actually DO.

      When it is a real high quality full attention needed kind of film, I can’t enjoy it at home, there are too many distractions and it’s just not the same. So, UGH!!!! Until I can go to theaters again, I gotta get excited about other things instead.

      On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 7:14 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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