Hindi Film 101: Indian film and Real Fantasies, The Basics of Media Studies Part 2

This is fun for me!  Getting to articulate and remember all that really cool stuff I got to read and learn and talk about in grad school.  And now the really fun bit, the original work of applying those theories to Indian film where no one else has really done it before.  If academic press was interested, I could get this thing published and get a book deal or something.  But they aren’t, so I get to provide it to you lovely people on the internet who are.

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Hindi Film 101: Politics and Propaganda, Film and Fantasy, the Basics of Media Studies Part 1

This is one of those Big Big essays.  And I am very sleep deprived and stressed right now which, strangely, puts me in the perfect frame of mind for this particular discussion.  My brain craves theoretical instead of practical concerns.

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Hindi Film 101: The Problem of Unfulfilled Upper Class Man Film

I was feeling bad for writing such light weight posts lately, and then I remembered, oh right, I watched 3 movies this weekend and wrote 6 full length reviews (2 each) for them.  Just, not everybody was interested in those reviews, so for some of you this is a pretty light week.  To make up for it, I pulled out some of the more general discussion sections of my reviews of Karwaan and cobbled together a Hindi Film 101 out of it.

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Hindi Film 101: Rajiv Gandhi and Amitabh

In honor of his second birthday, I am reposting all my various Hindi Film 101 posts related to Amitabh.  This one is mostly about Rajiv Gandhi, but I can’t talk about Rajiv without also mentioning his best friend since childhood, Amitabh(Nehru Gandhi part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here)

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Hindi Film 101: Ali Zafar Sexual Harassment Post Before I Review His New Movie

I hate these controversies, because everyone gets very excited by the first statement, and then forgets to follow the story and loses track of the follow-up.  And I don’t want my review of Ali’s new movie (which I LOVED) to get bogged down in going over and over and over this stuff.  So let’s get it out of the way first.

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Starter Kit: Sad Dying Young People Movies

Ashish in the comments suggested a list of sad dying people movies in honor of the Fault in Our Stars remake.  And I am running with that!  Oh, and SPOILERS, some of these films have a slow reveal, but if they are on this list, you will kind of know what they are about.  On the other hand, I know there are some people who really love those sob-until-snot-runs-out kind of dying young films, and if you are looking for the best possible version in Indian film, this is what I have come up with.

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Hindi Film 101: Streaming Wars and How We Got Here Part 2, the Arrival of Cable, Satellite, and the Indian Woman Trapped At Home

This is probably a very dull series for many of you, but by golly I am going to put my boring years of studying media history and analysis to use!  And anyway, I find it interesting, even if you don’t.

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Hindi Film 101: The Basics of The Ambanis

I completely missed the coverage of the latest Ambani wedding, but I can leap in last minute to give the absolute basic bare bones information about the family for those of you who may not know about them.  They are soooooooooooooo important in India, and yet tend to stay out of focus in the rest of the world, so you may not be aware of them if you live somewhere else.

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Hindi Film 101: Sanjay Dutt, Part 9, Sanju Baba Comes Home

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)

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Hindi Film 101: Sanjay Dutt, A Timeline of His Life

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)

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Hindi Film 101: Sanjay Dutt, Part 7, the Destruction of Sunil Dutt

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)

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