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Tag Archives: Aishwarya Rai
Sunday Morning WatchAlong: Kandukondain Kandukondain for Tabu and Aish, or Jab Harry Met Sejal for Shahrukh
I hit up the birthdays list! While we’ve been celebrating SRK, there’s other folks too. Oh, and also still SRK.Continue reading
Ponniyin Selvan Review (SPOILERS): Read This Before You See the Movie If You Want a Cheat Sheet
When I was growing up, before we went to see a Shakespeare play, my Mom would always read the synopsis aloud to us. Because you don’t want to be distracted by trying to follow the guaranteed-to-be-complicated plot while enjoying the performances and everything else. This is very much that kind of a movie, super SUPER complicated plot and it’s gonna be easier to appreciate the experience if you can relax and know who everyone is without trying to follow things.Continue reading
Ponniyin Selvan 1 review (NO SPOILERS): Prepare to Focus Very Hard On Remembering Names/Faces/Relationships
This movie is a mental marathon! All these names, backstories, relationships, flying at you. It works, but only if you FOCUS. Very few cheap thrills, all classy quality thrills.Continue reading
Important Cannes Festival Discussion Question! Is Maddy Pulling This Tux Off?
Thank you Angie for being our Maddy co-respondent!!!! And now I have a vital question I cannot answer on my own.Continue reading
TGIF: Pink! In Honor of the International Day of PINK!
I guess “Pink Day” is really an anti-bullying thing? But I’m not gonna deal with that, I’m gonna just deal with People in Pink.Continue reading
Shahrukh Birthday Countdown, Devdas! I Do Not Like It!
I do not like it AT ALL. Bad movie, bad BAD! You should not like it either and I will try very hard to convince you of that, while being aware that there are poor misguided souls who just keep enjoying this movie. Even though it is Bad and Wrong and Bad!Continue reading
Shahrukh Birthday Countdown, Mohabbatein! The Boring One With Sweaters!
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
Shahrukh Birthday Countdown, Josh! A Movie I Am Surprised To Realize I Have Not Yet Reviewed!
Huh! I thought I was all done with the unreviewed films now that I was in the recent era, but I guess not! Poor sad Josh is hanging out there, unreviewed.Continue reading
Friday WatchAlong: Jodha-Akbar!!!! 3pm Chicago Time Today
Sorry sorry, forgot to put up this post until the last minute! Not to worry, it is here now.Continue reading
Friday WatchAlong, Jodha-Akbar! For FilmiKudhi!!!! 3pm Chicago Time Tomorrow!
No one else really seemed to care, so FilmiKudhi wins! By default! I would rather make one person very VERY happy, then many people sort of okay happy.Continue reading
Social Media Round-Up! Taapsee’s Birthday, Amitabh and Amul, More of Alia’s New Cat, Kapoor Family Photo for Analysis, Aishwarya is Actually Gushy on Instagram!
Social Media! The DCIB version, where it’s all about cute pets and birthday wishes and Amitabh being a funny old man.Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Abhishek Bachchan, the Quiet Prince
I just wrote about Aish and was surprised that I hadn’t written about her before. In contrast, with Abhishek I know I haven’t written about him before and I’m not quite comfortable even know. He is growing so much before our eyes, I don’t think anything I write now will be the end of his story, I don’t think I can even predict how his story will end.Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Aishwarya Rai, Public Perfection and Private Humanity
Huh, I thought I’d already written this, but I guess I’d just written around it. Aish is someone who appears to be complicated but, I believe, is simple at the heart of it.Continue reading
Silly Sunday: Classic Disney Fairy Tale Remade!!! Snow White in Dubai!
I’m excited! Disney is now in India, for realsies, and I love the classic Disney fairy tales for their strong central female characters. Time for an imaginary rewrite!Continue reading
Discussion Post: Who is Your “I Just Don’t Like Him/Her” Actor?
Let us acknowledge our petty dislikes! Who is someone you just can’t make yourself like? To the point of avoiding films you might otherwise enjoy?Continue reading
Triumphal Bad Girl Songs!
Song post! Which may or may not get views, but will make me happy to put together.Continue reading
Valentine’s Week of Sex: Humare Dil Aapke Paas Hai, a Cheerful Family Friendly Rape Romance with No Sex
This is “sex week”, and this movie fits the theme because it is so extremely NOT about sex. In a good way. It’s a movie about how sex is a fact of life, but it is also something you can just choose not to have in your life and that is okay too. I mean, that’s not officially what it is about, officially it is about rape and societal judgement, but it’s also about a rape survivor going on to have a totally chaste romance. Consider that your “trigger warning”, but it’s also a pretty well-known plot twist to this film, so it’s not a spoiler exactly. Speaking of spoils, this is a very 2000s movie so it won’t be for all of you. If you aren’t planning to watch it, please spoil yourself! The plot is insane!!!Continue reading
Discussion Post: What Actor and Actress Should Win “Most Improved”? Who Should NOT???
I just want to talk about how I secretly like Sid M. again. But I also think this is an important award! Effort should be rewarded. Most important part about this post is that actual end quality does not matter, it’s about the distance between the start and the end. Like, Ranbir is still a better actor/dancer/everything than Sid M, but has he improved at all from where he started?Continue reading
I’m Feeling Rumply! Let’s Have a Post of Non-Rumply Things
Blegh, weird sort of upsy-downsy day. Nothing really wrong-wrong, just rumpled feeling, you know? So I am going to medicate myself with non-rumply things.Continue reading
Historic Films Week, Jodha-Akbar! My Favorite Historical Film, I Am Just Going to Keep Reposting This Review Until You Have All Seen It
This post isn’t as long as I remembered, but it is probably nice to have a little short post for you all to read instead of the overwhelmingly long ones. After all, the movie is long enough without the post making it even longer.Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Salman Khan Part 4, The Abusive Boyfriend
Oh boy! The big controversial thing that is the first/only thing people think of with Salman! How fun for all of us to discuss it, and perhaps later be sued for libel.Continue reading
Sunday ReRun: Guru! A Biopic That is Secretly a Story About Love
I say “rerun”, but I actually did quite a bit of rewriting of this review, so it’s mostly totally new. Hopefully you like it!Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Salman, Aishwarya, Viviek, Primary Source Original Statements 2003
I guess Viviek just did another scummy thing using the Aish-Salman story? Not surprising, he has been breaking boundaries and making public what should be private for the past 16 years. The Viviek press conference was the start of the road that lead to what we have now with Kangana spewing hate at the world and the media gobbling it up, and believing it. NOTE ABOUT COMMENTS: This post is purposefully about 2003 and the aftermath. So ideally, any comments will place the whole situation in context of the original situation, Viviek and Salman and Aishwarya, the media, private and public divides, and abuse.Continue reading
FanFic! The Most Unacceptable Possible Plot For Indian Film, I Have Found It!!!! And, on the Other Hand, The Most Acceptable Plot for Shahrukh to Play!
Watched another early morning classic noir, a jail break movie. But what intrigued me for an Indian remake is that it managed to come up with the most shocking possible plot and I kind of want to see someone remake it just to watch everyone Lose Their Freakin’ Minds. And I also watched an early morning classic family film which would be perfect if Shahrukh wanted to play a befuddled father. Or Anil. Or Aamir. Whoever.Continue reading