Silly Sunday: Knitting Fanfic!!! In Honor of Visiting My Sister (Including Shahrukh Sexy Sweater Story)

Happy Sunday!  Much later than usual.  Because I am visiting my sister and I was busy learning how to crochet and stuff.  Which brings me to this post!  In honor of my sister industriously knitting away next to me, and our conversation on the TGIF post of the lack of nice handmade sweaters in the world, a knitting themed fanfic post!!!!

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News Round-Up: Bhansali and the Bachchans and Censor Versus Censor

Happy Veteran’s Day!  I bring you greetings from my sister’s living room while we watch Nagarjuna on the TV (we needed something nice to wake up to).  Very exciting to wake up to, SO MUCH NEWS!!!!  Including the continuing saga of Abhishek.

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Happy Birthday Aish! My 12 Favorite Songs

Aish is not my favorite actress ever, or my favorite public persona person.  But on her birthday, I am going to follow a “if you can’t say anything nice…” policy, and just focus on her dancing, which is incredible.  She shows both Bharat Natyam training, and a really good ability to sell a dance onscreen.  So here are my 12 favorite Aish dances. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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New Youtube Video! Thought Piece, What Happened to Indian Popular Culture and Woman in the 90s?

Something a bit different, this could easily be a blog post but it would be a long boring one, and I would probably get angry comments on it.  So instead, a video!  Which will either be completely ignored, or I will get angry comments on youtube, but I don’t care as much about youtube people.

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Tuesday Tamil: Kandukondain Kandukondain, Austen Brilliantly Translated to Tamil

If you are an Austen person, and somehow have not seen this movie yet, FIX THAT!!!  It is one of the all time great Austen adaptations, perfectly captures the spirit of the original while moving it to a modern setting.  Plus AR Rahman songs.

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Tuesday Tamil/Telugu: Robot/Enthiran, What Am I Missing? Why Was This a Hit? Is It Just Rajnikanth?

I finally saw Robot!  I think it might be one of those movies that you miss out too much if you don’t watch it at the exact right moment.  Watching it now, just a few years later, the special effects seem dated, the song sequences not so great, and even Rajni Sir’s performance is not as good as it could be.  Remember, I am coming off of seeing him in Kabali, where he not only played his age, he played a layered real complicated version of himself.  I mean, this performance is great, the best part of the movie for sure, but I kept thinking “why are you doing this when I know you could do so much better?”

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Indian TV Commercials Post: Best Couples!

Understand that this is only a small subset of ads.  Since I am tragically cut off from Indian satellite television, I only know of ones that youtube randomly suggests for me, not the whole array of every ad out there.  But of the ones I have found, here are the sexiest!

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For Akshaye’s Birthday Week, Taal! Not a Very Progressive Film

I think this might be the film where I first heard the “An Indian woman loves only once” truism.  Which has now been unpacked and questioned and turned upside down and all sorts of interesting things done to in other films.  Heck, interesting things were already done to it by the time this film came out!  But not in this movie.  Nope, in this movie, your lifetime singular devotion goes along with your virginity and whatever man gets one, gets the other.

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Chalte Chalte: It’s Rani’s Birthday This Week! And This is the Best SRK-Rani Movie!

Is that a controversial statement?  Not the birthday part (can’t really deny that), but the best SRK-Rani part?  I don’t think so, they’ve worked together a lot, but they haven’t actually been the main “jodi” in most of their films.  It’s really just this one and Paheli and Kabhi Alveda Na Kehna.  So, okay, you can fight with me over whether this is a better movie or Paheli or Kabhi Alveda Na Kehna.

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Happy Birthday Aish!

Aish is not my favorite actress ever, or my favorite public persona person.  But on her birthday, I am going to follow a “if you can’t say anything nice…” policy, and just focus on her dancing, which is incredible.  She shows both Bharat Natyam training, and a really good ability to sell a dance onscreen.  So here are my 12 favorite Aish dances.

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil NO SPOILERS Review

I put up my Spoilers review first, for once, because I wanted a place for people who had already seen the movie to discuss it.  But now it’s time for a review for people who haven’t seen the movie yet, and are curious what other people think about it.  But NO SPOILERS.  Because the plot is very carefully constructed to build point to point, and if you do decide to see the movie, you should try to go in fresh.

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil SPOILER Review: Seriously, Don’t Read if You Haven’t Seen, the Ending Should Surprise You

Normally I’m not that careful about spoilers on this blog.  I flag them when I put them into a post, I put up spoiler and non-spoiler reviews, but I don’t care if you read the spoiler review before you see the movie, or if you put a spoil in a comment, or whatever.  However, in this case, I’d like to try to keep the experience that Karan carefully crafted for the audience.  So I’m putting up this review early, so everyone who has seen it has a place to think about and talk about the film as a whole.  And then the other review will be for people who haven’t seen the movie yet, but are planning to.

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Song Video is OUT!!!!!

I was going to stay up all night waiting for Karan to release it on twitter, after he teased it would be sometime today (in India).  Thank goodness I didn’t, because he released it like an hour ago, so I would have been up all night.  But, yay!  Now it’s here!

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Teaser!!! Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Homage?

I did a stupid stupid thing, and stayed up until midnight my time so I could see the Karan Johar Ae Dil Hai Mushkil teaser as soon as he posted it at 10am India time.  But now that I have stayed up, I might as well write about it real quick before I finally go to sleep!

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New Shahrukh Movie Before January, THANK GOD!!! Also, some other stuff

I was alerted to this news story by moviemavengal‘s twitter, feed and it made me so happy!  And then to fluff up this post, I found some other random upcoming film news floating about the internet.

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Iruvar: Okay, Is It My Fault That I Didn’t Understand This Movie? Or Is It Because I Needed To Know 60 Years of DMK History?

I was watching this movie so closely!  So closely!  I know the drill with Ratnam films, he just drops in these little bits and then moves on so you can’t look away for a second.  And yet, I was still completely lost.  But I don’t think it’s my fault!  Or at least, not my fault because I wasn’t watching closely enough, but because I didn’t have the expected background.

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