Monday Morning Questions Post: Happy Dilip Saheb’s Birthday!

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!

Continue reading

Advertisements

Happy Birthday Dilip Sahib!!!!! I Read Your Autobiography for Your Birthday Part 1

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.

Continue reading

Silly Sunday: The Christmas Story, in a Hindi Movie Trilogy

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.

Continue reading

100 Years of Indian Film History in 10 Songs

Well, enough avoiding, time to do songs.  Music is NOT my area.  I have never studied music history seriously at all, and more importantly, I am next door to tone deaf.  I can enjoy music.  But on a very very very superficial level.  Like someone who looks at a beautiful sunset and sees it as 3 simple stripes of red orange and yellow.  That’s me!  So, treat me gently and kindly as I attempt to put together this post based on my knowledge of film history and what people have told me is beautiful.

Continue reading

100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Actresses

Okay, you ready to fight me?  The problem is, unlike actors, actresses never really get the chance to lead the industry, there isn’t a clear “Queen” the way there is a clear “King”.  So this list is a bit of a judgement call, I realize that, and that means there is lots and lots of space for us all to argue.

Continue reading

Massive Multi-celebration Birthday Post!!!!!

Happy Birthday Shotgun Sinha, Dia Mirza, Dino Morea, and Priya Gill!  Phew!  I’m exhausted!  Obviously, they are not going to each get reasons I love them.  Let’s see, how to be fair?  Okay, each person gets 3 reasons, either 2 songs and one fact or two facts and one song.  Whatever I feel like. (this is a reposted post from last year)

Continue reading

Friday Classics: Phool Aur Patthar, Dharmendra Reveals Himself

Happy Friday!  And Happy Dharmendra’s Birthday!  I considered changing my plans in honor of Shashi, but I decided no, Shashi would want life to go on.  And anyway, we should let Shashi serve as a reminder to cherish our legends while we have them (Dilip Sahib’s birthday is in 3 days, get ready for a blow out!)

Continue reading

100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Stars

This is fun, doing these little over view posts!  The lists help me from getting all tangled up in my own thoughts, and let you join the discussion, because everyone has an opinion on what wasn’t included and should have been, and what was included and shouldn’t have been.

Continue reading

100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Movies

I put up a version of this post a couple of days ago, but then we all spitballed back and forth in the comments and ended up coming up with a few changes.  So this is the New Improved Better version of the post (original version, you can still view here).  This is to help sort of orient you to Indian film history.  A big accepted “classic” from each decade that will help you understand how the industry grew and changed.  I don’t promise that you will be able to find and watch each of them (the website indiancine.ma is a fantastic resource you might want to try), but you should at least be familiar with the titles of these films and what they meant.

Continue reading

Silly Songs Post: Pearl Harbor Day Antakshari

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)

Continue reading

News Round-Up: Shashi Aftershocks

I know it seems like I’ve done way too many Shashi posts, but he is the only news right now, the biggest news right now.  Because in the Hindi film fraternity, a death like this has an impact beyond just grief, there is a process to it that dominates everything for a few days.

Continue reading

100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Movies

This is to help sort of orient you to Indian film history.  A big accepted “classic” from each decade that will help you understand how the industry grew and changed.  I don’t promise that you will be able to find and watch each of them (the website indiancine.ma is a fantastic resource you might want to try), but you should at least be familiar with the titles of these films and what they meant.  And if you are familiar with the titles, feel free to tell me what you think in the comments, especially any Timeless Films that I may have missed including UPDATE: This is now the original version of the post, based on the comments I updated it considerably, but I kept this original version for reference and to save your brilliant comments.

Continue reading

Tuesday Tamil: Aadu Puli Attam, Even Lessor Tamil Films of the 70s Were Brilliant

This movie is so good that it tricked me into thinking it was a Balachander.  But no, apparently this was the level of camerawork, characters, and acting that was just standard back then!!!  Oh, and Kamal Haasan and Rajni Sir are super fun to watch opposite each other in their youth, that’s another plus.  The plot is not quite perfect, but it’s still pretty darn good.  No Moodru Mudichu, but that’s a very high level to set.

Continue reading

Junoon Review: For Shashi

Still upset about Shashi.  I just read Amitabh’s little tribute, he talked about how Shashi would always introduce himself by holding out his hand and saying with a warm smile “Shashi Kapoor”.  It was a sign of his humility, he never assumed that people knew who he was.  You can see that humility in this film, he has a wonderful role, but it is no bigger than anyone else’s, he easily shares screen space with Nawazuddin Shah, with Nafisa Ali, and of course with his own wife.

Continue reading