This is one of those “I’m not a news source and can’t report the actual facts, but I can give interesting discussion around them” kind of posts. I don’t know who’s in or out of the film right now, not for sure. I don’t know the details of the filming schedule or anything like that. But I can delve a little deeper into what has been reported.
Poor Salman! A Christmas baby. He has to share his Sunday fanfic theme post with Christmas theme post. But it’s kind of a good fit, right? Salman has that warm sort of vibe that feels kind of Christmassy.
Only one week to Christmas, GAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I still haven’t done my mailing, and I still don’t have really good-good presents for everyone I should have good-good presents for. But whatever, I was sick, they have to forgive me.
Do you know what gains me 5 times as many new readers as anything else? People recommending me on other sites! Not in the actual content of the post, but in the comments. Somehow if you are reading an article or watching a video or even just in a forum, and someone in the comments says “hey, check out this awesome post”, you are much more likely to click through to the post than if it is anywhere else. Even celebrity tweets, not as powerful as normal people recommendations! And it’s not exactly something I can do for myself, because then everyone knows it is the author of the post and just ignores it.
So, here’s your monthly request to please help by telling other people if you like something I wrote.
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.
Okay, the Aamir story has finally reached the point that I feel like it is worth reporting instead of ignoring. And the point when I am hitting myself in the forehead and going “well, duh! Why didn’t I put that together before?”
Same post as last month, this is the routine, I put up the same thing every 15th of the month just as a reminder, and to catch new readers. So if you read it last time I posted it, just ignore!
First, a request that costs you nothing. Please “whitelist” my site. That is, turn off your adblocker when you are here. I know ads are irritating and all that, but it’s part of what helps me pay for movie tickets and my domain name and everything else. Well, not really pay for it, but it helps me not lose quite as much money. So if you have adblocker going all the time and don’t even think about it (as I do myself), this is a reminder to turn it off on my website because you like me so much.
This is also 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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Donate to the site, $1 or $2 or $20 or $200, however much you want.
I was going to do a “100 years of history in 10” list, and then I realized there AREN’T actually 10 jodis of equal level. So I am just going to introduce you to the really really big ones and without worrying about how many I include or putting them in order or anything.
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.
New teaser! Which adds almost nothing to what we already knew. But hey, it’s a week to the release, they could release anything at this point and we would all talk about it.
This is I think the first serious review I wrote. Back when no one was reading me. So I am reposting it so you can enjoy it now. And also because I am too sick to write new content today, all that sitting up and focusing.
You’re dead, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating. Your legacy lives on in many ways. So I am going to count down 63 reasons I love you, one for every year you lived (until you died). (obviously this is a reposted post from last year, I don’t have time to come up with 63 new reasons every year, not even for Raj)
Happy Wednesday! This comes to you from under a mountain of blankets. For once, I called in sick even though I could technically walk. I feel so guilty!
So, what am I watching? Mostly old sitcoms while I drift in and out of consciousness.
Reading, nothing! Books are so heavy.
Thinking, thinking about when it’s time for my next Advil.
And now, a thematic question for you! What is your home sick movie, the one you can watch over and over and it makes you feel better?
This is a sort of updated post, but really totally new. I put it up for Rosh Hashanah a couple years ago, but back then I didn’t even know Aditya Roy Kapoor was Jewish, so it was woefully incomplete. Not to say that this post is complete, but it is at least more complete than the previous one.
Congrats again to Anushka and Virat! In their honor, I am pulling out and updating a post I did a few years back on the intersection between Cricket and Hindi film stars.
And the photos are really pretty! They are both super smilely and happy looking, which is how I like my wedding photos, instead of stressed and distressed looking.
Happy Monday! I did not get much sleep last night, and I have a long day today (Christmas party after work), so keep me awake by asking me questions!
I finally read it! Don’t tell my friend who brought it for me all the way from India 2 years ago, only for it to sit on my shelf unnoticed unloved and unread. Until now! It took a while, but I finally finished it. And it was fascinating in lots of little “history of the industry” ways.
I watched it! Meaning I am now backed up on all my other things. This is what I do for you, the vocal Shahrukh fan readers. My poor Malayalam readers are now going to be mad at me because I didn’t have time to write my Monday review.
I’m excited about this! In spitballing back and forth in the comments on last week’s post (which was more about Christmas as a festival of lights and social experience and sexy holiday romance), it was suggested that I should just do the whole story. And I think I can! If I break it into 3 bits.
Welcome back to the giveaway post! And a card I had specially made just for last week’s winner. And because I got a free card coupon and I thought I might as well.