TGIF: Eid Mubarak! Men in Pathani Suits!

I did a TON of research on this.  And turns out there is no such thing as a “Pathani suit”.  there are various specific things that it could be, traditional garb in the North Indian/Pakistani cultures, but what is generally called “Pathani” is really just loose Salwar and a very long Kameez.

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TGIW: Dhoti Men, Because My Boss is Out of the Office Today

My boss is gone today which means I can look at photos on my computer without fear of being observed and judged.  Well, my co-workers might judge me, but whatever, I don’t care what they think.  And I was just talking with Meenakshy about who looks good in a Dhoti, so why not do a Dhoti post?  Similar too but different from my previous Lungi post. (for the purposes of this post, “Dhoti” means any single cloth that is used as a wrap skirt by an Indian man)

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Friday Classics: Lajja, For International Women’s Day

This movie is just barely a classic. It’s not the best, it’s got quite a few massive flaws in fact, but it’s still really interesting and worthy of discussion. And the best part is how well it shows women rescuing themselves, very appropriate for today’s discussion.

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Hindi Film 101: Marriage and Movie Stars

On Friday I did a “TGIF” of happy couples, and then I realized that I was kind of skipping to the end, posting the couples without defining “happy” before.  And I also find it legitimately fascinating how tricky the public versus private requirements of Hindi film industry marriages are.

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Silly Sunday: Comeback Films for Preity and Urmila! (with guest appearance from Shahrukh, Anil, Sanjay, Arjun, and Ajay)

It’s Preity’s birthday week! And Urmila’s too! And both of them deserve to be working more, even though they are over 40. So, I have IDEAS!

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Friday Classics: Yuva, for the Start of Election Season

Happy day before the Women’s March to the Polls!  Which is a kick off and a reminder that it is all our responsibilities not just to vote, but also to run for office if possible.  So, the perfect week to talk about Yuva!  (yes yes, I know Aaytha Ezhuthu is better, I can’t find it, and I’ve already seen Yuva)

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Hindi Film 101: Virat Kohli, Shahrukh Khan, Upside Down Mortgages and Starpricing

Well, here’s exciting news!  For the first time since these things started being tracked, Shahrukh Khan is NOT the most valuable celebrity brand in India!!!!  Instead, he has been knocked off his perch by Virat Kohli.  Which made me start thinking in a different way about Virat, about Shahrukh, and about all the other perches Shahrukh should be knocked off of.

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News Round-Up: Emraan and Ajay and Mouni Have New Movies, Censor Board Still Has Issues, Everyone’s Got Scheduling Issues

More news!!!!  Yaaaaaay!  Lots of little things that are interesting to keep an eye on and see how they pan out.  And of course Padmavat, the story that will never die.

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Golmaal Again Review (SPOILERS): Better Than Secret Superstar

What a fun movie!  Sure, not all the jokes landed for me, but a fair number of them did.  And the cast was clearly having a great time.  And most of all, the filmmakers knew what they were doing!  I could relax and let go and be aware that I was in capable hands.  And to talk about that, I need to get into SPOILERS.  Which kind of matter for this movie, so if you think you might see it in theaters, maybe read the No Spoilers review instead.

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Golmaal Again Review (No Spoilers): Spookily Good

Two movie weekend!  Secret Superstar Friday night, Golmaal Saturday afternoon.  And it was So Much Fun!!!!  Not a great movie, not by any means, but a very fun silly movie.  I liked it, the two young men sitting behind me liked it, the big family sitting in front of me liked it, and the little boy of the family really really liked it.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Week! Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, I HOPE it is Like This!

Only 2 (1?) days left!  And finally, the movie that was my first thought when I saw the trailer, Pyaar to Hona Hi Tha.  Which is very very hard to find and watch (thank you HotStar India and your obsession with copyright and streaming locations!), so forgive me if I miss-remember anything.

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Hindi Film 101: Samarth-Mukherjee Family Part 3, Tanuja and Kajol and Tanisha and Ajay and Nyssa (Also, Vote for Next Topic!)

Happy Thursday!  It’s too bad this family is so nice, makes for a kind of dull Hindi Film 101 series.  But at least now we have gotten to the interesting people, Tanuja and Kajol.  Well, exciting might be a better term.  Nutan was plenty interesting too. (don’t forget to go to the end and vote for what you want to read about next!)

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Hindi Film 101: Kapoor Family Part III, The Randhir Branch, Karisma and Kareena and Babita

Okay, I was thinking this would be a nice easy starting point for my new Hindi Film 101 series, and it is taking FOREVER.  But I’m glad I’m doing it this way, because each of these branches and generations really needs their own focus area.  And (hopefully) it will make it easier for you to refer back to them (part 1 with Prithviraj, Shammi, and Shashi here, part 2 with Raj and Nargis here)

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