Unless you think it is a brilliant perfect movie. Then it may not be better than you think, because it is definitely not perfect. But it is way better than reviews say!Continue reading
A vital question! And yes, I am including the 3 younger men from Mohabbatein, just to make it a little more complex.Continue reading
This is really just a battle for the top between Rab Ne and DDLJ, but I am throwing in Befikre and Mohabbatein too just so they don’t feel left out.Continue reading
And Befikre is the winner! I was strongly tempted by Mohabbatein but then I got a couple of people who said “I absolutely will not watch that movie”, so Befikre won.Continue reading
Albie Dog has decided his new morning routine is to have breakfast, and then pee on the floor. The first time it happened was absolutely my fault, I skipped a walk and he was desperate. But I think his doggie brain then went “hey, this is a good system, I should keep doing this”. Anyway, I had an unpleasant start to the day and now want to think about pleasant things as a distraction. So, Aditya Chopra’s Heroes!Continue reading
Thank you Kainaat! And SRK, of course. Kainaat quoted SRK describing Adi as someone who writes movies about men while his father wrote movies about women, and that started me thinking a whole thing.Continue reading
Happy Wednesday! I’m having a weird work week, spurts of being very busy, and then not again.Continue reading
Woo-hoo, watchalong on Aditya Chopra week! Very limited set of options, I am excited to see what you all choose.Continue reading
Oh boy! This is going to be hard, but I have faith we can do it. Especially because I am opening this up to actors, characters, songs, and movie titles.Continue reading
Aditya Chopra week doesn’t seem quite as popular as Madhuri week, but I don’t care, because I love Adi so so SO much! And I want to talk about one reason he is special and I love him, his turn towards writing instead of directing.Continue reading
Happy Monday! I had a lovely weekend, and now it is work time again, very depressing. Although I do enjoy my job. But weekends are nice.Continue reading
Albie Dog is wandering around picking between his three separate sleep blankets, I’m typing this from under the covers, must be time for our good night post. For Aditya Chopra Week!Continue reading
Oh boy! Aditya Chopra week! The beauty of Adi’s career is that it is so very limited. Even if I include the movies he scripted along with the ones he directed, still a tiny list.Continue reading
That title isn’t meant to minimize her. I would give the same title to a post about her husband Aditya Chopra. They are people for whom film is literally in their blood, and their family life revolves around continuing that tradition.Continue reading
Spellcheck wants me to replace “Mohabbatein” with “Mountbatten”. This makes me giggle every single time. Do you think it is possible that the whole film is an allegory for Edwina and Nehru’s affair? Amitabh is Mountbatten, Aish is Edwina, Shahrukh is Nehru, the school is India, Anupam Kher is Gandhi? It TOTALLY WORKS.Continue reading
I don’t know for sure that Adi did these. I know for sure he made the Darr trailer, which is instantly recognizable as something a little bit different and better than anything else. And there are other YRF trailers that have that same feel which I am choosing to credit for Adi.Continue reading
The more I think about this film, the more I like it! It’s not a deep serious movie and it isn’t trying to be a deep serious movie, and for the farce it wants to be, it is really well made.Continue reading
This is exciting, because we are definitely at another turning point after Thugs. And, in a lessor sense, Sui Dhaaga. Aditya’s system of small serious films mixed with big big BIG films is no longer working and he is going to have to come up with something new to entertain us.Continue reading
Part 2! Adi started out with a business plan of pouring the distribution and DVD money into multiple new small films a year. When that stopped working in 2008, he retooled, slighter bigger and more serious movies, and the occasionally REALLY REALLY BIG hit.Continue reading
Ready for me to be lazy? All I’m gonna do is list off all the Yash Raj movies produced since Aditya took control. And then you can pick your favorite. And maybe I’ll review it or something. And I am going to start with the first era of YRF under Aditya, 2002 when he took control and started cranking out multiple films a year (instead of his father’s system of one film every few years), to 2008 when he started having multiple flops a year and decided to re-tool.Continue reading
No big massive full summary coming for Befikre! Partly because Dear Zindagi exhausted me, partly because my sense is that my commentators aren’t as interested in a massive discussion of this movie, as they are of other movies. But mostly because I don’t think it is analyzable, to take it apart would be to destroy it.
Well, this is an odd list! And it inspired me to do a bit of research on how these names are chosen and what it means and what the process is.
Get ready for me to be lazy! I just dug up a paper I wrote for grad school on this film/Shahrukh’s star persona and wildly slashed out bits and rearranged and then threw it up. But whatever, I haven’t done a Rab Ne post yet really, and it was time. The post I really wanted to write was on Lucky: No Time for Love, but I’m not going to let myself, because that should wait for Salman’s Birthday Celebration time.