Two Groundbreaking Videos! Gulabo Sitabo Trailer, and Gautham Menon Mini-Film!

Two videos that we should look at both for content, and context. Since they are both “disrupting” the industry.

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News Round-Up: Life Goes On! Brahmastra is Delayed, Salman Makes a Bad Business Decision, and Amitabh Makes Us Cry

News round-up! This is mostly because Brahmastra made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Oh, and because I have a new commenter getting to know Amitabh, and it reminded me that he is a combination of rawly emotional and very very restrained in his public appearances.

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Hindi Film 101: Happy Birthday Zohra Sehgal! You Had a Long Fascinating Life, Let’s Talk About the Amazing-ness!

I love thinking about Zora Sehgal, because she is a great person for “you are never out of time to try something new”. Right now we are all going “oh darn, I missed my chance to do ____ (trip, graduation, whatever)”. And here’s Zora to go “no no no! Whatever it is, it can still happen, at any point. Your life is full of opportunities, always.”

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Hindi Film 101: Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan Part 1, Jaya Bhaduri India’s Sweetheart

I honestly thought I had already written this, and I am very excited to discover I have not. Jaya is a fascinating woman, and a bit of a mystery in many ways. Oh also, I will use literally ANY excuse to post adorable young Amitabh-Jaya photos. I think they are tied with Dips-Ranveer for “all time cutest dating couple”.

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TGIF: Most Distracting Possible Topic! Bulge Pictures

I am pulling the “only open in case of emergency stress levels” cord! Yes, I am doing a TGIF which will allow us all to study famous men’s pants in a certain way. Luckily, many of us are currently working from home, so I don’t even have to give a NSFW warning!

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Bad Girls Month! Rekha Part 3, The Gay Stuff

Part 3!  I am so glad I decided to do this in multiple parts.  I probably could have squeezed it all into one, but Rekha has really lived many lives, it is only fair to give her many posts.  Oh, and again, almost all this information comes from This Book.  Buy it if you like these posts and want to learn more! (post 1 here and post 2 here)

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Bad Girls Month! Rekha 2.0, the Devoted Other Woman

This is such a fun one to write!  Mostly because it is so fake.  Rekha is brilliant at manipulating the press and crafting an image for herself, so her whole life story (as presented to the public) sounds like something out of a bad melodrama.  Oh, and almost all of this is based on This Book, which is a super fun read and if you like this post, you should go buy it and read it.

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Ramesh Sippy Week: Shakti! The Film That Brought Together 3 Generations of Hindi Film in One Story

This is a big beautiful serious film that magically captures in a bubble all these actors from different film places. And yet, it doesn’t have an evil villain’s lair with an alligator pit, so I can’t love it as much as Shaan. I respect it, but I don’t love it.

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Ramesh Sippy Week Friday Classics: Sholay, The Perfect Movie

This movie has been written about and written about and written about. Usually with Indian film, it’s super easy to write about it because it is so under-studied anything I say will be original. Not the case here! This is like trying to write something new on Citizen Kane, there’s just nothing left. But I pulled up my old post, and added a bit on to it, and let’s see how I do.

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Valentine’s Week of Sex: Kabhi Kabhi Review 2! What Does Yash Chopra Think Makes Good Sex?

This is a movie with a lot of layers, consideration of parent and child relationships, and changing times, and the generation gap. But it is also about sex, and what makes good sex and bad sex, and why that matters in a relationship.

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Valentine’s Week of Sex: Kabhi Kabhi Review 1! The Movie that is All About Sex Without Being About Sex

Happy Kabhi Kabhi day! This is my old review, with one paragraph added, but I think I have to do a second review later today specifically about what sex means in this movie because I think Yashji had a very particular reason for showing different interactions between the 5 couples.

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Happy Javed Akhtar Day! Zanjeer, Amitabh’s Most Romantic Action Film

I know this is the film that invented the Angry Young Man.  I know it is a Big Story about power and the state and so on and so forth.  And that’s why I enjoy it and respect it the same way I enjoy any of the other Amitabh classics, Sholay or Deewar or Trishul or Agneepath.  But the reason I love it just for me, is because Jaya and Amitabh are SO IN LOVE.  Like, so in love that it is blinding.  It’s not a surprise they got married as soon as they finished filming, it would have been a surprise if the DIDN’T get married.

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Christmas Week: Baghban! Because Families Are Sometimes Hard

Well, this is a saaaaaaaaaaaaaad movie! If you want the happy edit, stop after the telephone booth song, fast-forward until the Valentine’s Day song, watch Hema yell in a nightclub, then fast-forward again until Hema and Amitabh are reunited and play straight through from there.

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