Friday Classics: Happy Independence Day! Rang De Basanti

Oh boy, I really do not want to write this post!  But it was a special request, and it really feels like something I HAVE to do the Friday before Independence Day.  But I refuse to watch this movie one more time (ha!) because it makes me way way too sad.  So be aware, this will all be based on memories from like 4 years ago, the last time I felt masochistic enough to watch it. (I’ve written on this film before, and promised then that it wouldn’t be the last post. You can read it here)

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TGIF: Feet First! Inspired by Jab Harry Met Sejal

So, we’ve all watched “Hawaaiyan” a million times now, right?  And we’ve all gotten into the footplay thing in the middle?  Or is that just me?  In order to celebrate our new shared foot fetish, let’s look at a whole bunch of bare foot photos.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Easter Post! Let’s Remake Amar Akbar Anthony!

Happy Easter!  I am going to cut up cardboard in the basement with my Sunday School class, and then maybe have brunch with Grandpa afterwards to celebrate.  Oh, and eat the chocolate bunny that my parents gave me.  And also, think about the most Easter-y of all Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony!

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Rani Week Edition! What Would My Ideal Rani Comeback Film Look Like?

Someone asked on one of my Rani posts if I thought she would ever act again opposite one of her 90s costars in a rom-com.  And I think she might, but only if it was a really really good script.  And to help the scriptwriters along, here are some suggestions! (of course, she could always just do my K3G sequel idea with Abhishek, or my Taming of the Shrew idea with Aamir)

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TGIF: For the End of Flu Season, a Vitamin C Filled Post!

I don’t know what was up this winter, but everyone I know got sick!  I got sick twice, and like really really sick, not just “a little tickle in the throat” sick.  And among my friends I heard everything from bronchitis to walking pneumonia.  But it is supposed to be over now!  Right?  Because it is officially Spring?  And to celebrate, lets have one last orgy of Vitamin C!

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Happy Birthday Aamir! The Top 12 Reasons I Love You!!!

The earlier posts today (here and here) were just updated re-posts from last year.  But this one is entirely original!  Because I couldn’t find the top 11 post from last year!  But let’s pretend it’s because I wanted to do something nice for Aamir’s birthday and not just re-gift.

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TGIF: For International Women’s Day, Let’s See Some Women Being Worshiped!

Happy Friday!  This was a fun one to put together.  My first thought for International Women’s Day was a “look at these pretty women!” post, but I already did that.  So, I’m going to go a little deeper. International Women’s Day is supposed to be about men respecting women.  Doesn’t always work, of course, but that’s the idea.  And so I want to put up some pictures of men being happily dominated by women

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Shakespeare Continued! How Can We Fix and Indianize Shakespeare’s Most Difficult Comedy?

The Taming of the Shrew, obviously.  It’s a super fun play with great characters and plot and some really nice speeches.  But also a big bad misogyny section right in the middle that it is very hard to deal with without losing that “comic” touch.  But I think we can do it!  With careful casting and some gently massaging of the plot.

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Dangal Global Box Office: Expectedly Good, But Imagine What it Could Have Been if Disney Promoted it?

Poor Aamir.  I don’t know if it is even possible for him to surprise us at the box office at this point.  Once you reach the limit of how many tickets are even available to sell, and they all sell-out, well then there is no where else to go! (figures are, as always, from Rentrack courtesy of BollywoodHungama)

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Dangal Review (SPOILERS): Every Gender Normativity Pothole Avoided!

I put up my NO SPOILERS review last night after I got home, and then I slept for 5 hours, and now I am at work and all ready to write my SPOILERS review.  And then right after work is family dinner tonight, and then I come home and do laundry and wrap 37 presents and empty my sink of dirty dishes and maybe think about finishing decorating my trees.  Christmas week releases are not the easiest.  So forgive me if this review sounds a little punchy.

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Happy Aamir Week! Raja Hindustani, and Aamir With a Beard!

Dangal is opening 2 days early in America, yaaaaay!  So this is my second to last Aamir post, and I get to start Salman week 2 days earlier than I thought I would!  Also yaaaaay!  Since I am getting close to the end, I’m going to pull out a nice interesting movie, Raja Hindustani!

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Happy Aamir Week! No Matter How Dangal Turns Out, It Cannot Be as Bad as Tum Mere Ho!

Just for the joy of it, I am going to write about Tum Mere Ho, potentially the worst movie Aamir has ever been in.  One of those movies that it feels like the producer ran out of money so they just stopped filming and called it “the end”.  I’m sure I will figure out a way that it relates to Dangal, but mostly just want to remind us all that Aamir has a past before his “great actor” period.

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Happy Aamir Week! Sarfarosh: Another Movie Where the Romance Came Second to the Character Goals

I first knew Sarfarosh for the love songs, one of which (“Hoshwalon Ko Khabar”) is one of my all time favorite songs, both the video for it and just the way it sounds on its own.  And then a watch the movie, and come to find out that it is barely a romance at all!  Which is what, I suspect, it will have in common with Dangal.  The Aamir romance is there, sure, but it’s not really a big deal compared to everything else going on.

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Happy Aamir Week! 3 Idiots: Aamir Going Against Intense Joyless Training, Before He is For it in Dangal

Happy Aamir Week Day 2!  3 Idiots!  One of those movies that I have been avoiding because there is so much to say it overwhelms me.  But no more!  I’m not going to worry about saying everything, I am just going to say a little bit about one aspect.

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Happy Aamir Week! Ghulam and Dangal: Aamir Uses Strength to Mask Weakness

I totally forgot about Aamir week for Dangal until TJ Stevens reminded me in the comments.  Actually, I was thinking that I would need to start doing something for Salman week, but I guess I can start that after I finish with Aamir.  I’ve still got his massive 3 part birthday post from last year, I can always update that and add in some quick reviews or something, right?  And maybe just let him have the whole last week of the year to himself, to make up for cutting his birthday celebrations short?

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Two New Trailers! One Looking To the Future, One to the Past

If I were Aamir Khan, I don’t know if I would have released a trailer for another movie today.  On the one hand, it gave a little extra buzz around the name “Aamir Khan”, so that’s good for the Dangal release.  But on the other hand, the buzz isn’t about Dangal, it is about something else.  A risk!  Oh, and also a trailer for Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy House.  That’s the one that’s looking to the past, Aamir’s trailer is super cool and modern.

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