Friday Classics: Abhimaan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee Does A Star is Born

Kind of related to Secret Superstar, right?  Another movie about a female protegee of a successful musician.  But completely different in every other way.  Anyway, an interesting film to talk about!

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Happy 22 Days to SRK’s Birthday! 22 Interesting Co-Stars

Happy Amitabh’s birthday again!  And, because it is his birthday, I thought I would do a Shahrukh birthday post that could kind of work for Amitji too.  So, co-stars!!!!  Not in order in any way, just 22 that are interesting to think about.

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Silly Sunday: Shahrukh as a Male Prostitute, Alia as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Amitabh in a Sci-fi Film

Happy Sunday!  I am about to go to church for a Sunday School committee meeting, followed by Sunday school, followed by the fall involvement fair, followed by the services committee meeting.  And this whole time I will know in my heart that I am secretly the kind of person who has written a “Shahrukh Khan as a prostitute” fanfic.

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TGIF: By Popular Request, Manly Men With Chest Hair

See?  I listen!  You have a lengthy argument about the olden days when men were men and chests were chests, and I provide you with images!  I considered a fanfic, but I can’t come up with a plot that revolves around chest hair (something 101 Dalmatians inspired about fur coats?).  I’m sorry!  Even my imagination has limits.

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TGIF: Boys and Bikes

This is a very round about post.  I asked my friend (who requested that I link back to her instagram as her credit for always helping with these posts, so here it is) what I should do for my Friday post, as I ask her every Friday.  And her response was “Travel!” because she is going out of town today.  Only there aren’t really a lot of super great travel photos, so I ended up narrowing it down to “travel on motorcycles”.

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Hindi Film 101: Top Hits of Indian Box Office Part 3, 1971-1985

Now, FINALLY, we reach the films people know!  Which is a story in itself, the way films were ignored and forgotten during the early years, even TV only plays stuff from after 1970, let alone being able to find it streaming or on DVD or VHS.  But, setting that aside for a moment, let’s look at these new “modern” films. (part 1 here and part 2 here)

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TGIF: Labor Day Themed! Let’s Look At Some Working Men

Happy Labor Day weekend!  Which I always mix up with Memorial Day weekend.  It’s America’s fault, everywhere else in the world celebrates Labor Day on May 1st, easy to remember.  But noooooooooo, we can’t be like everyone else, we have to invent a random holiday with an impossible to remember date.  Anyway, since it is our random holiday, let us celebrate Labor! That is, “What is the hottest job for each actor?” You can give your own opinions in the comments.

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Friday Classics: Zanjeer, the First and Most Romantic Amitabh 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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Amar Akbar Anthony: If Only Manmohan Desai Could Have Cured His Depression By Watching His Own Movies!

This is just the happiest movie!  Crazy goofy happy.  I watched it while feeling kind of down (no reason, didn’t get enough sleep the night before, that kind of thing), and it perked me right up!  Highly recommend it next time you need a shot of happiness.

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Vinod Khanna Death Reverberations

Sincerely, one of my favorite things about the Indian film industry is how it handles death.  America is terrible with death in general, we hardly like to even acknowledge it, and we never let it interfere with “business”.  But Indian film (and maybe India in general, it’s outside my area) treats it with the respect it deserves.  And so when a great figure goes, the effect isn’t limited to tweets and articles in the newspaper, it has reverberations beyond that.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Happy Birthday Jayaji! Here Are Some Ideas for Your Next film

It’s Jaya Bachchan’s birthday!  She is 69 years old today, and semi-retired, as are most 69 year olds.  But I think she still has some great movies in her, and I would love to see her come back in a leading role.

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A Wedding Anniversary Post For My Parents! Their Filmi Love Story!

My parent’s 40th wedding anniversary is today and my sister and I are doing NOTHING.  Well, not nothing.  There is a some small stuff in the works.  But it’s not exactly the big rent-a-ballroom-create-a-dance-routine-write-a-poem kind of celebration that other, better children do.  To try to make up for that, I am going to at least do a theme blog post.

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Two Unrelated Videos: Sarkar 3 and Prithviraj!

Mohzin on my Wednesday Watching post recommended a new interview with Prithviraj, which I was able to watch after work today, and it was fascinating!  Probably in a bunch of ways I missed, but also in some I managed to actually catch despite knowing almost nothing about his industry.  And then separately from that, trailer for Sarkar 3 came out!  And it is kind of fascinating to look at the two of them in terms of how Hindi film stars present themselves versus Malayalam.

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Hindi Film 101 One-Off: Amitabh, from ABCL to Mohabbatein by way of KBC

Another one-off post!  This week is just killing me between church and work and friends, so I don’t have the energy to start another big series.  Plus, I never gave you a chance to vote!  So instead, another Amitabh one-off, this time covering his most recent re-invention, from failed international businessman to TV star and back to movie star.

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Hindi Film 101: One-Off, The Coolie Accident

Once again, I ended a series on a Tuesday!  So I am going to give you a little longer to decide what you want to read about next, and do just a little one-off for Thursday.  And, for the first time, I am going to attempt to cover Amitabh.  Except he is so big, I think I will try to do it piecemeal.  Starting with The Coolie Accident, mentioned in my Rekha coverage.

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Hindi Film 101: Rekha 3.0, After Amitabh

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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Hindi Film 101: Rekha 2.0, The Amitabh Years

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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Happy Raees Week! Deewar, the Ultimate Smuggler and Criminal and Anti-Hero and Let’s Just Say Film-Film

I’m just going to say it, Deewar is the best written film in the history of Hindi cinema.  It deserves an epic detailed perfect discussion.  That is not this post.  This post is a very superficial and not detailed discussion as it relates to the upcoming release of Raees.

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Happy Hrithik’s Birthday! Let’s Talk About the Movie with His Greatest Performance, AGNEEPATH!

I can never say that title without the big yelling-it-out-into-the-world defiance, AG-NEE-PATH!!!!  Anyhoo, I think it’s Hrithik’s greatest performance, and the greatest movie he has been in (well, except for Bang Bang, my heart’s choice).  And what makes it really impressive is that he (and the filmmakers) were actually able to improve on an Amitabh movie, one of the Amitabhiest of them.

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Happy First day of Winter! Some Seasonal Songs

It’s been a little bit since I did one of these song posts (although I have put songs up in my birthday messages).  I like doing them, because I hope they fill the gap that I filled with songs DVDs.  Back in the early 2000s, I bought and rented a bunch, and I would see random songs and think “Hey!  That’s cool!  I should check out this movie/actor/actress/choreographer.” Or at least I would think “Hey!  Now I can picture that actor/song sequence/actress the next time he/it/she is mentioned.”  Hopefully this collection of loosely connected song sequences can have a similar effect for some of you!

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