About mredlich21

Author of book Don't Call It Bollywood, Indian film obsessive, recently graduated Masters student in film studies, person who bores everyone in her real life with her out there theories and thinking on any and all pop culture topics

Hindi Film 101: Tubelight Themed AND Nehru-Gandhi Family Part 2!

Isn’t this fortuitous?  I didn’t plan it at all, but I think I am going to get up to the Sino-Indian war in my regularly scheduled Nehru-Gandhi post today, which makes it also Tubelight themed!  Yay! (part 1 of Nehru-Gandhi here)

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Happy Day Before Tubelight!!! Final News and Predictions (WARNING! Dangerous Cuteness Levels!!!!)

Happy day before Tubelight!  I think I have picked my optimal showtime.  Later show, but closer theater, so I can still be home at a reasonable hour.  Same theater where I saw Bahubali opening night, Sultan for the second time, and Fan opening night.  You will notice from that list that this theater only plays the biggest releases.  Which allows me to make some box office predictions!  Oh, and I also needed to do a post because Salman just released a video of Epic Cuteness.

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Bahubali Theme Post: Character Study, Sivagami

Welcome back to another Bahubali Theme Post!  Now that I’ve gone through the big themes I could think of (Dharma, Male and Female, the Elements), time to really dig in and look character by character.  And why not start where the films start, with Sivagami. (yes yes, I will use the character names for these posts, because it’s not about the finished film and the actor’s portrayal, so much as the characters conceived in the screenplay) (full index of all Bahubali posts, including this one, is here)

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Happy Tubelight Week! Veer, and Sohail and Salman Playing Brothers

This is a bit of a stretch of a connection, but I’ve been wanting an excuse to write about Veer without really writing about Veer (really writing about it means re-watching the film, making mental notes, going through every moment of the plot in detail, etc. etc.  Not just picking a few themes to discuss), and this is as good as any.  It’s not just Sohail and Salman playing brothers, it’s also Sohail and Salman in a historical setting, so I guess that’s good enough, right?  It’s kind of Tubelight related.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal, FIRST SONG!!! Pritam Writes the Sound of Sunshine Again

No subtitles though.  Which, following my theory from yesterday, means that Shahrukh used to love me and was telling me through subtitling his videos.  But now no longer loves me and is breaking up with me through NOT subtitling his videos.  WHY SHAHRUKH????  WHY????  I’ll change for you!  I’ll do whatever you ask!  Just take me back!

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Two Non-SRK Trailers, Baadshaho and Mubarakan, Which Just Make Me Think of Other Better Films

Well, that’s not really fair, I don’t know yet if they are better films because these films haven’t come out.  But I can suspect they are better films, because the films they remind me of were really really good, and it showed even in the trailer.

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Tuesday Telugu: Janatha Garage, Mohanlal Does Telugu, Jr. NTR Does Hero

I was at my library checking out yet another DVD set of Murder She Wrote (it’s the perfect “have the TV on in the background for company while you unpack/blog” show), and there on the “recently returned” shelf was Janatha Garage!  So odd!  I took it as a sign and checked it out and watched it.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shahrukh Saw My Tweets and Added Subtitles! He Does Love Me! Also, New Teaser

Well, apparently the promotion train is moving at an express pace, and I will need to put up one of these posts every day for the next month and a half (last one here).  I guess I am okay with that.  Anyway, New Teaser!  More importantly, Subtitles!!!  Most importantly, Shahrukh loves me and wants me to be happy and is showing it through subtitles on his trailers!  I should take this as a sign of his undying devotion to me and go be a Gaurav outside Mannat, right?

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Monday Malayalam: Ramante Edanthottam! A Love Story That Takes a Twist

Isn’t this amazing, that there is a whole Indian genre of “women escaping relationships that aren’t terrible, but aren’t what they deserve”?  I watched this movie and could compare it with Queen, English/Vinglish, How Old Are You?, and plenty of others.  But this film has a twist, this film ends with the “unthinkable” actually happening.

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New Jab Harry Met Sejal Trailer, STILL NO SUBTITLES!!!! I am Mad at You Shahrukh!!!! Also, French Kiss?

Really quick post, just so we can all discuss.  And so those of you who need this information ASAP can get it.  New JHMS teaser!  I am still cautiously optimistic.  Although slightly less so than I was after the last two teasers.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Teaser: Red Chillies!!!! SUBTITLES PLEASE!!!!!! But even without them, I still like it

I was putting this off and putting this off, hoping subtitles would be added so I could do a comprehensive discussion, not just a sort of discussion.  But, no luck!  So I will put up this kind of placeholder post, and all you lucky people who know Hindi can discuss it in depth, and the rest of us will just leap in once someone at Red Chillies gets around to hitting the magical “English Subs” button on their youtube account.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Father’s Day Edition! I Want More Father Plots! With Varun, Ranveer, Ranbir, Shahrukh, Arjun Rampal, and Rana Daggubatti

Happy Father’s Day!  I am celebrating by doing nothing!  Probably.  I might go out to lunch with my parents after church if they want to.  But we have all had very exhausting weeks, and his Father’s Day wish may be to just go straight home and take a nap instead.  But I am excited at the idea of doing a Sunday speculative post that is fatherhood themed!  Such a rich source of film plots, that is very rarely used.

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TGIF: One Week Before Tubelight! In a Moment of Cultural Openness, HOT CHINESE GUYS!!!!

Whenever I say “Chinese”, I have that knee-jerk moment of “wait, is that right?”  Because of course you don’t know if a person is Taiwanese, or Taiwanese who prefer to be called Chinese, or ethnically Chinese but from Cambodia, or just straight up American/British/Norwegian/Indian, whatever other country they were born and raised in, despite a Chinese appearace.  And then with languages, there’s the whole Mandarin versus Cantonese thing, and with films there’s the whole Chinese versus Taiwanese versus Hong Kong, and so on and so on.  But in this case, YES!  Chinese!  I am talking about attractive men who were born and raised within either Hong Kong or the People’s Republic of China, and who openly identify as Chinese and nothing else.  Because it’s Tubelight week, and Salman Khan is teaching us all about peace and openness.  And also I had about an 18 month period of being really really into Hong Kong cinema.

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Happy Tubelight Week! Who is Zhu Zhu?

Happy one week before Tubelight comes out!  And welcome to my week of coverage.  If this is your first time here before a big release comes out, what I usually do is a loosely related post every day for a week before.  Stuff like, the director’s last film, or a similar film from the same star.  Just sort of discussion topics and background reading for stuff that might end up being relevant for the final film.  And for this film, let’s start with the co-star, Zhu Zhu!

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Pardes: Less “Pardesi” versus “Desi”, more “Classy” versus “Massy” or “Femmy” verus “Manny”

What a good movie!  I hadn’t watched it in ages, and this time around I noticed all kinds of themes hidden under the surface that I hadn’t appreciated last time.  “Pardes” versus “Des” is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Hindi Film 101 One-Off: Box Office, What it All Means or Doesn’t Mean

I was going to do a box office report for Raabta earlier this week, and it turned into this very very long post about what box office is and why I look at it the way I do and so on and so forth.  And I thought “heck, I should just turn this into a 101 one-off so people can easily refer back to it later!” (don’t worry, I will come back to my Nehru-Gandhi family history and finish it in a bit)

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News Round-Up: No RK Films Revival, No Arbaaz for Dabangg 3, and No Indians at the Top of the Forbes List

Boy, it’s been awhile since I did a real news round-up, isn’t it?  Partly because the releases have been going boom-boom-boom for the past few months, so with my weekly southern reviews, and new movie news, and then Bahubali, there just hasn’t been time.  But this week it’s kind of slow, I don’t have another review ready yet, might as well do a quick news round-up.

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