We were talking about the endlessly iconic “Suhaagraat” sequence from Kabhi Kabhi yesterday and Amrita challenged me to think if there were other similar sequences before that. I couldn’t really think of any, but I could really really think of others after it!
Remember how I was so sick yesterday I had to put up rerun posts? Keep that in mind, it may have made me a bit irritable.
76 years ago today was a day which has lived in infamy (am I the only one who hears that in the distinctive Roosevelt East Coast twang?). And I am using that as a jumping off point for a game of film song Antakshari, in my own random style. Because it’s been tiring mourning Shashi, we need something fun. (in case you don’t know, antakshari is a game where you trade off songs, player B having to pick up with a new song on the same note/word/syllable as where player A left off, and back and forth)
Very romantic in a particular way, with Salman putting together and surprising Katrina with wonderful things. Which makes me interested in their character dynamics a little bit. Especially because I just re-watched Ek Tha Tiger and it fits nicely with how their relationship was established in that.
This is a post I wrote way back when I first started blogging, so no one read it because I had no readers then. But it’s really good! So I am reposting it so you can all enjoy it, now that I have readers.
Amitabh just reminded me through twitter that it is World AIDs Day today. And I also got an email from the very very good local AIDs clinic in Chicago (donate to them! They do good stuff), and I thought it might be interesting to look at the few times Indian film as acknowledged the AIDs epidemic in the country. It’s about the same amount as American pop culture has acknowledged it, but more musical! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
My continuing series! Which is half tongue-in-cheek and half serious. If you truly are only interested in learning Hindi in order to better appreciate the films, these are the words that will help you. If you want to actually learn Hindi to read books and talk to people and stuff, this is useless. It’s very rare to need the word for “unfaithful” in common conversation. At least, not my conversations, I don’t know your life. (first post here, second post here, if you want to learn even more words!)
I love Christmas, and I love Fanvids, but unfortunately it is very rare for the two of them to come together. But I do what i can! And what little I found is all in this post.
I just want to brag a little. It’s so beautiful! And my fingers and back are so sore. But it’s so beautiful!
Literally the second I fell asleep, poof! This was posted! And I stayed up late last night too! Salman must have a Margaret-tracker that tells him when I fall asleep, and that is when he posts the things.
It’s my father’s birthday! 65, which I guess means I should do something very very big. Oh well, he’s getting a nice little thing from me and my sister and there is a family dinner planned, that should be good enough. And this post!
Here I am at the airport, with half an hour before the flight, just enough time to dash off another quick update post on how my trip is going. While you all sadly wait for another “real” post that has actual content.
Children’s Day in India is November 14th, because that’s Nehru’s birthday, and Nehru loved children. Isn’t that sweet? And, just like World Animal Day and all the other sub-holidays, I am marking the occasion with a theme video post. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month! Very easy to remember, very hard to ignore. That’s when WWI officially ended. Over one million Indian troops served overseas, and 74,187 died. 2 million Americans served, and 116,300 died. Although the majority of those deaths were from the influenza epidemic, not battle. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
In case it wasn’t clear on the last post for this, I’m not trying to actually help you learn Hindi that you could use in the real world. This is strictly the words that will be helpful in adding a slightly higher layer to understanding films you are watching with subtitles, and to help you follow along if the subtitles go wonky. You will almost never hear most of them in real life.
This is inspired by Alisa, our new commentator who is trying to get a handle on the films. And also likes Aamir, thus the orgy of Aamir at the end this. It’s half tongue in cheek, just an excuse for fun songs, but also serious, these songs will really give you a leg up on some common words.
Yaaaaaay! For the 1 day, the final day, here is the 1 way that Shahrukh makes me feel. And, okay, I’m going to go a bit over the top here, but I figure, if you’ve come with me this far, you feel the same way. Plus, I’m all caught up in the holiday spirit! And this is almost the same post I put up last year, but that’s just because my feelings haven’t changed since then. There’s just a few more songs available to express them.
You ready to get spooooooooooky? Well, kind of. I can’t really think of many super scary Indian films. Partly because I just don’t like scary/horror films. And I already blew my idea for a post on not-so-scary songs that I just really like from bad horror movies back on Friday the 13th. I know there are a lot of them, especially in the last few years, but I don’t really watch them. So let’s see what I can do with what I have. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
My sister lives in Maine where, thanks to a massive record breaking windstorm, 64% of the state is now without power. And has been for 24 hours. While the electrical company focuses on getting power back to places like hospitals (spoiled hospitals!) and she shivers in front of her fireplace (this is why houses with fireplaces are the best!), I thought the least I could do is a songs post that she can read on her phone (no power for the internet router).
I went off into The World today, and therefore wasn’t able to sit at home and type and type and type, and you had to make do with one very very long Silly Sunday post instead of anything more than that. And I am trying very hard to feel like I accomplished useful things in The World, instead of feeling bad because I didn’t write my usual 10,000 words a day.
I spent the day roasting 5 pumpkins. Tomorrow I turn them into food, I am thinking pumpkin muffins first, pie later (after I get a chance to buy lard for the crust). Anyway, since I didn’t have time to write a substantive post, I am throwing up another silly songs post to represent pumpkins.
This is a very very silly post. But it’s the end of the week, I am almost done with my exhausting SRK celebrations, it’s time to be silly!
HAPPY DIWALI!!!!! And also, Happy 14 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday! Oh, and just like for Dussehra and Karwa Chauth, I temporarily updated the site header. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
We’ve already talked a little about both these movies, but it felt like they deserved their own post so everyone can see and discuss them. And thus, this post!