Well, we all had good fun on my post this morning coming up with alternative plot-necessary reasons for Shahrukh to be sexy at 11 for an entire film. The clear winner was a James bond themed plot with someone of equal sexiness like Madhuri. And then the runner up that was my favorite, Shahrukh as James Bond type who falls for the glasses wearing Moneypenny type.
This is maybe my least favorite part of the film. There are still fascinating interesting things that happen, but it’s a lot of stuff happening in the “real” world instead of internally, in order to set up the really interesting internal stuff that happens in the last bit. So not as much long intense consideration of character moments, more “and then this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened.” (full index of JHMS coverage here)
Another Index finished! And I think this might be the last one? Because Bahubali is already indexed, and there hasn’t really been anything else that big this year.
And another Shahrukh movie! I honestly didn’t set out to cover Shahrukh more than anyone else (I do personally like him more than anyone else, but that shouldn’t affect my professional style reviews). It’s just that I started the blog in late 2015, and since then Shahrukh has been in 5 major movies and Salman and Aamir have only been in 1 each (I’m not counting Tubelight), and Dangal came out at Christmas so I didn’t have time for full coverate.
I forgot I did this! Thank goodness I looked at the list of films in 2016 and it reminded me. So now ADHM gets its own index. With only a wee bitty bit of Shahrukh in it.
Happy Saturday! I’ve got family in town and, for no particular reason, they all got excited about going to the Indian Independence Day Parade at the end of my street. Even though I kind of knew it would be a short parade with mostly boring business floats.
What a nice movie! Just nice nice nice. Everyone is a good person trying to do good things. But it turns out that the good-est person doing the best-est things is the one who is right there in the title. Also, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN/CAN WATCH!!!! If at all possible, this film deserves to be seen in theaters without spoilers. But I know some of you have already seen it, and some of you won’t be able to see if for weeks if ever, so in that case you can read on. (no spoilers review here)
So far, I haven’t heard from nearly enough of you! Especially people I have sent cards to before. Remember, I am not going to send these again unless you give me your address new on this post. Just in case you moved, and also because I don’t want to be that weirdo from the internet who sends you things without permission. Also, where are my brand new readers? I know you are out there! Don’t be shy, I will send you things even if you just started reading.
What a sweet sweet movie! That’s the “twist” they don’t show you in the trailer, it is much sweeter than it sounds. Very barfi like (the sweet, not the other movie of the same name).
Welcome back! Kind of a double post, partly because my viewer numbers are telling me that people are losing interest (I know, not most of you, but some of you), and I want to crank through this thing while most of you can still remember the film. And also partly because the last section felt like it should really lead straight into this one (full JHMS coverage index here)
I would say “why didn’t anyone tell me how good this movie is?”, but then there have been people screaming at me in the comments to watch it for months now, so I can’t really say that. Anyway, it’s good! Really good! Running Shaadi good (my gold standard for overlooked brilliant little rom-coms).
And here we are at the 3rd major film I covered in blogging! Meaning multiple theme posts leading up to release, then multiple reviews, and then a sloooooooooow multi-part scene by scene coverage.
Another index completed! I am just slamming through these. Of course, my actual new coverage is slowing down, but maybe you can entertain yourselves by crawling through the archives in this new convenient format. I had A LOT to say about this movie
Why I didn’t do this from the start, I don’t know. It takes way way longer to update each post, or for you to search through the archives, than for me to just have one place to find everything. So, starting with the first film that got full massive coverage, I bring you, THE DILWALE INDEX!!!!!
This is perhaps my least favorite part of the movie. Not because it is boring or unbeautiful or anything, just because it feels like the part that fits least with the rest of it. I can make it work (as I will explain below), but it isn’t quite the perfect fit with no struggle that the rest of the film is. (full index of Jab Harry Met Sejal posts here)
There has been a little flurry of retweets and stuff since I started my Jab Harry Met Sejal coverage, which is super cool. So this is both your “hey, good job!” and your “please keep doing that, it really helps!” post. Totally unrelated to the reader thank you post I just put up, by the way. These posts, the “promote me!” posts, go up on the 16th of every month, that thank you post was just randomly this week because I got a coupon for cards and I wanted to give you things.
So, here’s your monthly reminder that I have no money or time for promoting myself so, if you think more people should be reading this blog, I need your help to make that happen.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to help more people find me:
- If you participate in any real life Indian/Indian film community (meet-up group, friendly movie night, a Hindi class, a dance class, just being alive and in India), please mention my blog.
- If you participate in any other online Indian film community, message boards, or other blogs, or podcasts, or youtube channels, please mention and link back to me in your comments.
- Re-blog me! Or re-tweet me or re-post me on Facebook. Or re-snapchat me or whatever else it is that the kids are into these days.
- Message anything you think is particularly good directly to the people involved. I’ve seen some of you already doing this, re-tweeting something I wrote directly to a director or a star or their fanclub. And I appreciate it and that is a great idea!
- COMMENT!!! My view count goes up per post with every comment. And, by the way, if you want me to write more posts of a certain kind (Malayalam, Tamil, shot by shot film summaries, etc.), commenting on them is the best way to make that happen.
Well, this is a let down. Nothing is going to be as good as the last section. Well, until I get to the last-last section. Anyway, this bit has some hard work to do bringing us down from the emotional high we just experienced. It does the job, but it’s not very interesting.
Yes, I am going to keep putting up these posts until I feel like I have heard from everybody. I want to send you awesome thank you cards for reading my blog and making my life so much richer! And all you have to do is follow the simple instructions below. Oh, and do that even if you already gave me your address for the last give away, I’m not mailing anything until you give me permission even if I already have your address because that would be creepy and wrong. (and read below anyway even if you have already given your address if you want to see another cool old card example from me)
You know the only thing it isn’t the “peak” of? Sexiness. Comes in at least third, after the maroon dress bedroom scene, and of course the ending. But it’s a little sexy too, in that “people liking each other and being happy is sexy” kind of way. Not in the “I must have you right now and am shaking with desire!” kind of way that the other two scenes are. I mean, the characters are shaking with desire, not the audience. Although if you were too, I won’t judge. (full index of JHMS coverage here)
Happy Birthday Saif! Somehow old and young simultaneously. 47 years old, with a new baby, and a daughter who is old enough to be looking at a film launch.
I am trying to be pragmatic, and also to remember that I have new readers occasionally, and therefore putting up a monthly little reminder that there are ways to give me money if you feel like giving me money.
So, this is your monthly reminder that there are donation options if you feel an urge to pay me for providing content! Because maybe you are a new reader, or maybe you suddenly got a raise at work and are wondering what to spend it on, or maybe you just forgot that there are ways to send me money if you want to show me appreciation for what I do. So this is a reminder!
(I provide free content all day every day, so one tiny post a month reminding you that I am a real person whose work has value seems fair, right? Please don’t hate me!)
There is a little button on the menu at the top, if you enjoy my writing and want me to keep going, you can always click there to give me a donation. If you don’t have the money, or don’t feel my content is worth paying for, that’s okay too.
Additionally, you can always buy my book, click HERE to purchase. I get about 50 cents per book sale (exciting! Means about $5 a month), but more importantly, every purchase drives me up on the Amazon/other website rankings, which means more people see me instead of other lesser books on the same topic. Oh, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, then you get to read my book! It’s very good.
For a straight donation because you love me and my website, here are two options:
Donate through Patreon, which will allow you to set up a monthly subscription donation. And which can allow you to pick a reward, if you wish.
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Happy end of summer/beginning of fall, my favorite season! And one of the things I am most excited about this fall is that people actually read what I say on this blog! It’s so AMAZING!!! And I want to thank you all for that. I sent out thank you cards last spring (some of you were here for that), but now it’s time to thank you again. Or for the first time if you weren’t here last spring. So, even if you got a card last spring already, or just started reading, or have never commented, or comment constantly, doesn’t matter, I still want to send you a Fall greeting card to say “THANK YOU!!!!” And read on for instructions on how you can make that happen.