Friday Classics: Swades, True Happiness Comes From Working Together to Do Good

Reflects on Life was talking about this movie in the Wednesday Watching post and suggested it for a Friday Classic.  Which made me realize I hadn’t actually written about it yet.  I think it’s one of those Big movies that I was avoiding, ones that are really good, and I also really like and I want to be careful to explain why I like them in a way that makes you like them too, not just appreciate their quality.

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New Shahrukh Interview! FINALLY!!! Full Text, Annotated With My Thoughts

Well, it’s been a long drought, but now with Zero on the horizon, and Suhana to protect, Shahrukh is finally coming out of his time of silence and has given us one little nice interview to talk over.

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Eid Report! From Aamir, Shahrukh, and Randeep Hooda

Salman didn’t give us the big family Eid photo, which is fine, it’s not the big big Eid.  Although this sounds like a nice one, remembering the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by sharing food with the needy of your community, your friends, and your family.  And it is also a moment for one of my favorite traditions from the Indian film industry, the holiday greetings and messages to the fans from the stars.

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Quick Discussion Post: Multi-starrers, how do we rank the heroes as potential husbands? Amar Akbar Anthony to Kabhi Alveda Na Kehna

It’s Monday, I feel the need for a distraction from work.  And anonymous and I have just been discussing an important issue that I feel deserves the full attention of us all: Is Jimmy Shergill or Jugal Hansraj better in Mohabbatein?  And, on the other end, is Uday Chopra or Amitabh worse?  This made me realize that we really need to hash this out for multiple films.

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Friday Classics: Don 1 and 2, a Late Birthday Present for Priyanka

You have all been delightfully patient with my incredibly dull history of media series that I’ve been obsessed with for the past few days, but now it is all over and as a reward, I will do an intensive review of two movies that I suspect most of you have seen, and have opinions on.

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Hindi Film 101: Priyanka Chopra and Shahrukh Khan

Apparently, this is going to be a story again.  So I will try to address it again.  The first time I tried, I got so much anger in the comments (by Priyanka defenders who misread it as the strawman version below) that I had to pull down the post, but maybe it will be better now.  Mostly because I will try to be more clear in my writing.

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Autism Pride Day, My Name is Khan

I just randomly felt like writing about this movie.  I’ve been avoiding it, because this is one that is really close to my heart and I know it isn’t close to the heart of most people, which is going to be heard for me to take when you comment.  But then on the other hand, I should write about it for that very reason, so you can understand what I am thinking, and I can understand what you are thinking.  And anyway, it’s Autism Pride Day today, and it was Eid a couple of days ago, so it seems like the perfect time.  Plus, I am planning to cover Vishwaroop tomorrow and the two kind of go together.

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I Just Watched Another Malayalam Movie That Could be Remade for Shahrukh! Or Aamir or Salman

Mamootty picks the BEST story ideas for his age.  After Bhaskar the Rascal, here is another one, Pullikkaran Staraa, that is age appropriate and interesting and could so easily be translated into a Hindi film.  Especially since the Malayalam original was only moderately successful and of only moderate quality.

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Happy May Day!!!! Let’s Have Some May Flowers!

May day, in addition to being the international day of labor, is also the international day of “hanging flowers and candy on your neighbor’s doors”.  And the Maypole dance and various other obviously pagan spring rituals.  But whatever, it works!  Spring keeps coming!  And to that end, let’s enjoy some pretty spring flower songs.

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Monday Morning Questions! What is Shahrukh’s Worst Film?

Happy Monday!  I have a DOG!!!!  A real dog, that weighs more than 20 pounds and grunts in her sleep and wags her whole body when she gets excited.  So much better than the temporary dog that didn’t do any of that.  So yeah, the week is off to a good start for me!  And tonight I have the internet people over for a THIRD TIME and try to convince them that I am not hallucinating massive slow downs.

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Kal Ho Na Ho Mini-Review: The Rare Matriarchy Film

Happy 2 days after Jaya’s birthday!  I want to do something in her honor, but it’s been a bit of A Week, so I have to fall back on one of her more recent films that I have seen enough times to be able to write about it with no re-watching needed.  And I also honestly think this is a fascinating character and performance to consider from Jaya.

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The First Problem with Shahrukh Khan: Feminism Doesn’t Mean Treating Women as Your Special Pets

There are two reasons I want to write this post.  First, I’m concerned that my fandom for Shahrukh may be seen as blinding me to his flaws and thereby lowering the power of my analytical voice in general.  Second, I’m concerned that there is a growing chorus of criticism of things that are NOT his flaws which are obscuring the real problems in two areas: his issues as a representative of women in India, and his issues in selling the audience on his recent films.  This also, by the way, doesn’t mean that I think he is a bad actor or a bad person, it is just pointing out that I am not blind and aware he does have faults.

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Hindi Film 101: Fan Identities and Shifting Stardom

Bollywood Newbie brought up a really interesting topic in my post on Aamir’s birthday yesterday.  What identity does belonging to certain fandoms give you?  This is kind of a high level fan study/media meaning making topic, so I want to hear what you all think, but I also want to give you some framework for the discussion first.

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Shahrukh Hardtalk Interview, I Finally Got Around To Watching It!

Well, that was frustrating!  Is this what TV interviews are like?  Blech!!!!!  No wonder I never watch them.  Not even getting into specifics of this interview, just this strange sort of “gotcha” style of question and then not letting the interviewee actually answer, drove me crazy!!!!!  Why ask him a question if you aren’t going to let him talk and then respond?

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Shahrukh at Davos: Speech and Interview, Focus on Equality and Courage

Davos videos are out!  Have been out for like a day now, but I am a baaaaaaad Shahrukh fan and just got around to watching them now.  Anyway, let’s talk!  Because I am guessing some of you have already seen them, or plan to see them. (for background on what Davos is and what it does, go to this post here)

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Hindi Film 101: Virat Kohli, Shahrukh Khan, Upside Down Mortgages and Starpricing

Well, here’s exciting news!  For the first time since these things started being tracked, Shahrukh Khan is NOT the most valuable celebrity brand in India!!!!  Instead, he has been knocked off his perch by Virat Kohli.  Which made me start thinking in a different way about Virat, about Shahrukh, and about all the other perches Shahrukh should be knocked off of.

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