HAPPY BIRTHDAY FILMIKUDHI!!!! (I got the day right, right?)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Yes, you get to pick the movie this week. But also, you get a birthday post!

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Filmikudhi was born! And also, WWI ended. But not in the same year. I assume.

Enjoy Rani being inappropriately sexual as she sings “Happy Birthday” to you!

Watch Johnny Walker, your Birthday Twin, be absolutely perfect and delightful!

Boy, today is all about awesome Bombay songs! It’s Raghu Dixit’s birthday too!

And finally, of course, the end of WWI!!! That’s just SUCH an auspicious day to be born!!! Let’s celebrate by looking at a ridiculous Hollywood musical version featuring Gordon MacRae, a ridiculous Hollywood musical person!



40 thoughts on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY FILMIKUDHI!!!! (I got the day right, right?)

    • Oh Sal, I’m sorry! My Grandma died right before her 95th birthday, something about birthdays.

      Also, historian in me is distracted, your Mom must have spent her childhood in the height of 11/11 celebrations, pre-WW1. And then watched the day become more and more her birthday over anything else as the years passed. IT’s like the opposite of my Grandpa whose birthday is Sept. 11.

      On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 2:34 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. Happy birthday, filmikudhi. Make sure you get pampered today.

    I never knew this was such a busy day. To me, 11/11 at 11:11 is the start of the carnival season. And, more and more important with a kid in daycare: Saint Martin’s day. Where children craft individual lanterns and then go for a procession with special so gs once it gets dark.


    • German still does 11:11 stuff? My Grandparents talked about when they were in school, there was always a moment of silence at 11:11 on 11/11 and they looked towards the East (Europe). But then WWII happened and 11/11 isn’t even a national holiday any more, it’s whatever Monday is closest.

      Also, festival season for Christmas? Or something else? Sorry, I know I am asking a lot of questions, but I love learning things about modern Germany and then sort of backwards tracing it to my family traditions as German-Americans.

      On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 4:56 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Ah no, no looking east. This really is about the lead-up to the carnival that actually happens in February/March, 40 days before Easter. It’s where the most dedicated clubs of costume-wearers (definite regional differences there) march on town hall with their marching bands and dance teams and get the mayor to give them the metaphorical keys to the city. And I guess then they start practicing their new programs.

        I really like sharing stuff like that, no worries. Just keep in mind that my version of things is just that and may very well be tinted by my origins in the very West of Germany, almost Netherlands, close to the Rhineland.


    • Thank you, Eva-e! I love that it is the start of carnival season. We don’t have that here, but I wish we did. I hope you are staying sane and getting enough sleep.


        • When my nephew was born, my Mom told my sister “my biggest regret, looking back on when I had babies, is: I should have slept more”. For real though, so much better to let the house go and let the dishes go and be an awake alert happy Mom.

          On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 1:50 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. Margaret – You are the absolute BEST!!! Thank you so much for the watchalong, and this wonderful birthday post. But even more importantly, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the most thoughtful baby gift ever!!! To give others some context, Margaret got me three beautiful baby books in Marathi and Hindi from India! I seriously love them so much. I feel very pampered already and so happy to be a part of this wonderful community! You are amazing!

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    • You are welcome! And just try to get through the day without giving birth, because no one should have to share a birthday!

      On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 9:52 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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      • HA! Thank you! Is your mom’s and sister’s birthday on the same day? I have told the baby that he can come out anytime after tomorrow, preferably next weekend, and no later than the Friday after Thanksgiving. Let’s see if he is an obedient son!


        • Right next to each other, first my Mom then my sister. And she was in labor FOREVER. So started out as “okay, this is fine, my daughter’s birthday will be the day before mine.” And then “Dang it! I have to share my birthday!” and then finally “Yaaaay, baby! And I get to keep my birthday!”

          It really is hardest on me and my Dad. Because we have to come up with two separate birthday presents bang bang right next to each other.

          But the most important thing, a November birthday means he will be one of the oldest kids in kindergarten therefore giving him a lifelong academic advantage!!!! HA! You are beating the system!!! This kid’s gonna go to HARVARD! Or some other school that has fewer jerks.

          On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 10:13 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • Oh man, that is a LOOOONG labor process. Your poor mother. But yes, you and your dad have it the hardest with having to get multiple back to back presents.

            So, yeah, because of how the American school system works, he will be the oldest but the way I was enrolled in India, I was always the youngest. So, I didn’t get to drive until my senior year of high school. And I didn’t turn 21 until almost my second semester of my senior year of college. Booo!


          • My Dad back in the 1950s was always the youngest with a November birthday. Which was a nightmare because a 4 year old boy is really not ready to sit still for kindergarten. And of course he was also always the tallest so teachers had this weird expectation of him when in reality he was a little bitty baby. And he left home for college at 17, which seems crazy to me when I think about it too much.

            Thank goodness your baby gets to grow up before he has to sit still!

            On Thu, Nov 11, 2021 at 11:51 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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          • I can absolutely relate to your dad!!! I was also the youngest and the tallest. You see class pictures of me as a kid and everyone else is tiny and cute and I am this tall lanky looking person in the background. It also affected my center of gravity, so when I came to America, it was easier for shorter kids like my sister to pick up rollerblading, ice skating, or skiing, but I could never do it because I was all legs and could never get the balance.


  3. Happy birthday!!! Hope you had a wonderful day and got some celebrity treatment from your nearest and dearest.

    My first kid was 9 days past due. Wishing somewhat less than that for you!


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