Hindi Film 101: The 4 Stages of Life in India and How They Are in Movies

This is a strange little off-shoot of a discussion in the comments about Rani going back to work, and why this is so tough for her.  Which ended up relating back to how she is in the “householder” stage which is in fact the most restricted time of life, and then I realized that only makes sense if you know about the 4 Stages/Ashramas of life as expected in Indian society.

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Happy Birthday Alia! 25 Reasons I Love You

It’s Alia’s birthday!  Which I have somehow never honored before so I have to write this very quickly from scratch.  Let’s see if I can manage it!

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Happy Engineer’s Day (in India)!!!! What a Wonderful Holiday!!!

When we were little little girls, our grandmother brainwashed all 5 of us to believe to the depths of our souls “engineers make the best husbands” (guess what my grandfather, father, and brother-in-law all do?).  And so I can’t ignore this holiday!

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I Ordered New Glasses! (Random Song Post)

I am VERY EXCITED!  Soon, I will be stunningly beautiful(er), and also have the eyesight of Superman.  Or at least, I will look slightly different to myself when I look in the mirror every morning for a few weeks until I get used to it.  Anyway, seemed as good a reason as any to do a songs post in honor of glasses and glasses wearers.

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Happy Birthday Chetan Bhagat! A Dozen Reasons I Love You!

I think Chetan has earned his birthday post on my film blog, don’t you?  He’s about to have his 4th big budget big deal movie made off of one of his books.  And according to his wikipedia, he wrote the screenplay for Kick (although that’s a remake, so I don’t know how much there was to writing the screenplay, probably just putting in some Hindi dialogue).  But he isn’t a “real” film person, so I am not going to do a full 43 reasons, just leave it at a dozen.

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Happy Birthday Arjun Kapoor! 1 Reason I Love You For Every Film You Have Worked On!

Happy Birthday Arjun!  A day late!  Sorry about that, I somehow missed it yesterday.  But better late than never!  And you deserve a birthday post, because you work so hard. According to reports, you were working yesterday as well.  And, at age 31, you have already worked on 10 films, starting when you were only 18.

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