Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to the Week of Veteran’s Day?

Happy Wednesday!!!! I woke up EARLY today! It was GREAT! I went on a little driving adventure to drop off an SRK Birthday gift at a friend’s house before work and felt all awake and happy instead of depressed and sleepy.

I’ll start!

Reading: I just started a new cozy mystery series, Catherine Aird. I think it is okay. Even though it is “modern”. That is, post 1950. Not in my comfy Christie-Wimsey-Allingham between the wars era! Oh, and Paul Rudd is the Sexiest Man Alive. Thank goodness People made a good choice this year!!!!

Watching: Well, my murder shows, obviously. Pick a murder and I have watched something about it!!!! And also I just started King of Comedy for my film discussion group. And I watched Hum Do Humare Do, and tonight at Friend Movie Night I am going to show Student of the Year. I loooooooooooooooooooooove Student of the Year.

Thinking: It’s gonna be dark and rainy this weekend, I think I may cozy into my bed and read my new book series! Find out who killed the nice girl’s school science teacher spinster with the mysterious money.

Listening: It’s fall in Chicago! We gotta look at the best fall in Chicago song EVER!

Now, question for you!!! Yesterday was Harsh’s birthday! Which Harsh performance? do you think is best, Mirzya, Bhavesh Joshi, or AK vs AK?

As a movie, I think Bhavesh Joshi is the best. But as a performance, absolutely his Himbo playing himself in AK vs AK!

I'm Not Actually Like That": Harshvardhan Kapoor On His Character In AK vs  AK

30 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening to the Week of Veteran’s Day?

  1. I went off Harsh after his performance in that thing earlier this year. Just thinking about it makes me angry. I wonder what he will do next and if it will restore him to my good graces.

    Govinda did a new song and it’s pretty sad because he really can’t move any more. He had a good run, I think he did some of his best dance work in the late 00s/early 10s but it’s definitely over now. On the other hand, I liked his new mattress ad.

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    • Luckily, I never watched that terrible thing from earlier this year, so my most recent memory is the delightful performance in AK vs AK!

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  2. I know you and most other DCIBer are sick of Ayushman’s issue movies, but I still like them and like that they get people to at least talk about generally considered tabboo topics.

    With that, here is the trailer for Ayushman’s new movie, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. Based on the trailer, it looks like a love story with Vaani playing the role of a transgender woman.

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    • It’s strange because Ayushman has a beautiful body here, and is always shirtless, but still I don’t find him sexy. Vaani, on the contrary is super hot, but kinda flat in acting. What a strange pair. Either way I’m putting this film on my Must Watch list.

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    • Huh! That is a TRICKY topic to handle well! Like, I don’t want a dark serious kind of movie about it. But I’m also gonna have a hard time laughing at “anger in response to discovery” or anything like that. Because, NOT FUNNY.

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      • Agreed. I have a feeling it will show anger but also the realization that being angry is inappropriate, insensitive, and bigoted. I think it will be a journey. From the trailer, they have clearly taken the Ek Ladki approach and kept it very vague about the transgender part. I do like that they show romance and sex more here, which is the one thing I wished was more in Ek Ladki. I am hoping they handle the road to acceptance the way Ek Ladki did.

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    • I like this! Maddy looks good! I have questions though. Is the whole thing going to be in English? Surveen is too young to be a mother of a teenager no? I’m torn because I’m liking them together, but also wish they had an older actress.

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      • Not sure if I like it. Could be an interesting idea if it was more of a straight forward “separation and therapy is good for long term couples and they can come back stronger”. But I don’t know if I like the whole winky smiley thing. On the other hand, Maddy looks GREAT

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  3. I can’t remember watching or reading much of anything in the last some time (go grammar), because of creeping burnout, but bursting into tears randomly and this post is inspiring me to not do that!

    So let me tell you what I plan to finish! The Dress Code, a book on fashion, and…that’s it. I can’t think of something to watch – any recs?

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    • You still in grad school? It is SO HARD!!!! Not in a, like, actual amount of work you have to do way, although there is taht too. But the constant struggle with imposter syndrome and challenging yourself intellectually and all that. I found undergrad was a lot more work, like more reading I had to do every week and more quizzes and stuff, but way less emotional struggle.

      Anyway, I coped with The Golden Girls, and coincidentally I am forcing you to watch an episode this week!

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      • Haha no. Although I am curious as to where it seemed like I was in grad school! I graduated from there in May 2020 (a few months after I found DCIB actually, so thank you for getting me through the last few months!). That burned me out too and on a different level (much much worse).

        This is just me working 3 jobs, two of them pretty much full-time, trying to get at 5 hours of sleep and also trying to keep household peace when visiting my parents and also keep several other things intact (excluding fitness. That’s just…gone out of the window).

        So it could be much worse, but it could also be much better.

        …re-reading the above, I think I’ve just put a lot here. Just tired and need sleep!

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        • Oh, poor you! I must have gotten stuck on some comment you made right when you started commenting that indicated you were in grad school. This sounds hard in a whole different way!!!! Thank goodness DCIB has basically no challenging content.

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  4. I finished Only Murders in the Building and I really enjoyed it! It was a lot more goofy and fun than I was expecting going in to it.

    Also I saw Eternals and I loved it! I really want to watch it another time to see what I missed the first time. It’s one of those movies that I just can’t stop thinking about. One thing I will say is that the “bollywood dance” scene looked like a parody but that was probably because Kumail can’t dance and they tried to get around it.

    The new Rajinikanth movie is out and even though the trailer looks kinda outdated and cliche, I want to see it in the theater because I haven’t seen a rajini movie in the theater before. This is probably one of my last chances before he retires.

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  5. Harsh was like my favorite part of AK vs AK! He was probably fine in Bhavesh Joshi, but I watched that one on a plane and kept dozing off, and now I think I should watch it again but I don’t want to because it was sad.

    Finished Mimi last night and am still gathering my thoughts. It was a waste of Supriya Pathak, that’s for sure. I wanted to Mimi to keep her ambitions instead of turning into a totally different person because she gave birth. Pankaj Tripathi was right there. Give the baby to him and his wife and go be a star.

    Also finished Meenaskhi Sundereshwar and it was so oddly empty. I think the movie concentrated on being a single guy with friends comedy while simultaneously being an extended family comedy. The latter was much more interesting to me, probably because I love Sanya and can’t stand the crazy boss trope. A long distance relationship that happens at the very beginning of an arranged marriage is super interesting in itself and I wish it had explored that more–the couple getting to know each other over text and skype and the inevitable gap between the person they imagine to be their spouse and what the person is really like. This is a lot of bells and whistles and nothing at the center. That said, it’s pretty funny at times.

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    • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay, I don’t have to watch Meenakshi Sunderreshwar! Based on what you said. And you watching it for us.

      I can kind of get the point of Mimi, that she rose to the challenge and did what needed to be done in order to be a good parent, while the white people were just sucky cowards. But then the white people were redeemed? Just confusing.

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    • Okay. I has a similar empty feeling about Meenakshi Sundereshwar. I really enjoyed Sanya’s character. I liked her journey but then the end just counfused me. Also, I kept thinking Abhimanyu Dasani’s character would do something that would make him okay, but for some reason I just kept loosing patience with him. I get that this is another one of those movies made in the Imtiaz Ali style where nothing actually happens and it is all internal. But I still didn’t feel like Abhimanyu deserved Sanya at the end. Or that Sanya would be happy in that relationship.

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  6. I saw an interesting movie last week – Aafat-e-ishq. It’s Zee5 movie, a remake of a hungarian film Liza the Fox Fairy. It could be such a interesting cinema movie if only done better! It’s different, it’s funny, a little romantic, a little scary (unfortunately this part was very badly done).
    It’s about very nice and simple spinster Lallo (Neha Sharma) who works as a caretaker. Her only friend is a ghost only she can see. Tired of being alone she decides to find a boyriend, but every man she encounters dies during their date. The girl starts beliving she is cursed and will never find love. In the meantime, a police officer who suspects Lallo, rent a room in her house to keep an eye on her and of course falls in love with her.
    Isn’t this story interesting? There are few problems in the movie (Lallo – policeman love story should be better, background music was dull and scary scenes were not scary at all) but I still enjoyed it a lot and recommend it. I’m also angry when I think they could make it so much better.

    I also saw the most boring movie ever, bengali Robibaar. It has Prosenjit, and a plot that goes like this: “Fifteen years after a messy break-up, former lovers Sayani and Asimabha meet again”. Off course I had to watch it! I was expecting long gazes, the passion in the air and who know what else. I think I thought it will be like bengali 96. Unfortunately it wasn’t ! The guy hardly talks. The girl is still pissed with him and can hardly look at him. They pass a day just going from one place to another in the car. To prolong this torture, the writer added scenes with other people who have nothing to do with our protagonists. Definitely the most boring movie I have seen this year. it even beat Harsh’s Kapoor segment in Ray and that’s something.

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      • Watch, watch and tell me how it was. I read it was a big hit in many countries, but I just can’t stand european films’ aesthetics anymore and I will always choose indian copy (even poor) over european original.

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  7. Hello! Just dropping by to share this fascinating (I thought!) post about the subtitle and dubbing industry. It explains do much about how translations can go wrong – the unsurprising part about how no one wants to properly pay translators, but then also how they keep costs down and get work done faster by translating non-English language movies and shows first into English then into other languages, and last the fact that there’s a huge content surge with all the streaming platforms launching and producing like crazy and this is yet another supply chain that is maaaxed out.

    https://restofworld.org/2021/lost-in-translation-the-global-streaming-boom-is-creating-a-translator-shortage/

    I have very few Harsh opinions, can’t bring myself to care that much about shoes. I did enjoy AK vs. AK.

    Listening: Fidaa soundtrack. Work has been kind of hard and confusing lately but Sai always cheers me up.

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  8. I finished Namaste Wahala and it was truly one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time. Cheesy in a bad way, predictable, boring, no character development, used every single romcom cliche in the book, I didn’t care about the couple at all, it was kind of racist in moments? I sped through the second half of it because I couldn’t take it anymore. I’m sorry to anyone else who’s seen it.

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