I think this is going to be the last part. The problem is, the more recent parts of Sanjay’s life don’t have the distance yet for them to be covered clearly. There’s little details, like him running the prison radio show, or Trishala calling him “Papa Dukes” on instagram, but the whole broad sweep of it isn’t clear yet. So I want to talk a little about Sanjay the person, who he is to those who know him, and leave it at that. (Hindi Film 101 index, including the other parts of the Sanjay story, here)
I’ve been writing sort of “theme” posts on Sanjay, pulling together the threads of his life into coherent stories. But that doesn’t help figure out what happened when and in what order. So I’m going to pause here and give you a straight timeline of the happenings of Sanjay’s life. (full index of Hindi Film 101 posts, including other posts on Sanjay, here)
The tricky controversial part continues! And I want to get it all over with in one day, so we can move on to happier topics. Why exactly did Sanjay finally get out of jail? Well, there is a commonly accepted truth about that which had far reaching consequences not just for himself, but for all of Bombay (full index of Hindi Film 101 including other Sanjay posts here)
I’m back! The Sanjay story continues. And it starts to look a little brighter here. Before going even darker than ever.
I’m finally doing it! The Sanjay Dutt Hindi Film 101 series! And if his movie gets delayed again, well that’s just too bad, they will have to live with my having already posted his series way way too early (not really, I’ll probably repost all these posts the day it comes out for convenience).
Welcome back! The last post focused on an overview of celebrity media from the big picture perspective, how the fans and media found each other and grew. Now, let’s shift to looking at what this is like for the Stars and bringing it through to today where media and Stars have come together and turned into one entity
Sonam’s wedding is the perfect opportunity to discuss the changes of old media and new media and blah blah blah to how the Hindi film industry operates! And, hopefully, how it will start operating in a new way. I’ll get to Sonam in the next bit, but first I have to back up and deal with celebrity culture in general, and how the media works with it.
I just ordered possibly the last copy in America of the only English language full biography of Savitri. But it’s shipping from a million miles away, and it looks dauntingly thick, so I have no idea when I will finish reading it. In the meantime, I wanted to put up a post based on the very superficial information I have gathered by reading every single English language article I could find on The Internet about Savitri and her associates.
Yesterday the new Badshah song for Veere Di Wedding came out, which made me think back on how long hip-hop/rap has been part of the Indian film scene in one way or the other. I know almost nothing about this (like, I’m not even clear on the difference between “hip-hop” “rap” and “rock and roll”), but at least I can put up some fun videos and start the discussion!
Shoot, I was sure I had already done a post on him! Oh well, I am sure I have done posts which mentioned him without him being the main focus. And today I will try to fix that.
Another big structural thought post! This one is on the problems that come up when the same handful of people, at the very top the industry, are controlling everything. And no, I don’t mean the stars.
This is a very complicated confusing post with a lot of big things in it. And it starts with a very upsetting story, so watch out for that. But I also seed little fun videos within it, so that should lighten things up a bit. Or, if you want only the serious things, you can ignore the videos.
Moimeme asked me about Ranbir Kapoor and why he is still getting work, and some one else asked me what I thought about Pratalekha’s recent interview and how she struggles to get work. And then October came out promoted on Varun Dhawan’s name primarily, and flopped. And I think I figured out what the issue is, it is the problem of the 3rd film.
I’ll use film examples to make this Indian film related, but really just think of this as an extended dictionary post. I use these words a lot, and other film writers do to, but I’ve never really defined them for you.
I put up a post yesterday related to Sridevi’s death about how there is a recent association in Indian popular culture between “skinny” and “healthy” and also “beautiful”. And then the comments section just went wild with people talking. Mostly people from the west, where the weight issue has been the dominant issue in appearance for years. But I started to feel odd talking about this on an Indian film blog without acknowledging the fact that in India it is in fact skin tone that is the dominant issue.
Just trying to get something positive out of this. Might as well use it as a reminder of what “healthy” actually means, versus how the Indian press and public figures (just in the past few years! It is still reversible!) have started to use it. And how the West has been using it for years.
Oh look, Shahrukh is saying something important just as my blog views are beginning to drag again. He loves me! It’s totally not a one-sided thing.
On Friday I did a “TGIF” of happy couples, and then I realized that I was kind of skipping to the end, posting the couples without defining “happy” before. And I also find it legitimately fascinating how tricky the public versus private requirements of Hindi film industry marriages are.