Hindi Film 101 ReRun: The Basics of The Ambanis

Should this be my tradition?  Every Ambani Wedding week, I repost this?  I guess, because I know so little about the family that it’s not like I will ever have anything to add to it.

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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom: A Movie Both More and Less Realistic Than Usual

Yaaaay!  One of my all time favorite movies!  I really hope some of you like it enough to talk about it, or (even better) where inspired to watch it because I scheduled this post.  It’s so good!  And no one ever talks about it!

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Silly Sunday: Thugs of Hindostan Without Aamir

On my second watch (kidnapped by my friend Dina and forced to rewatch it), I amused myself by picturing the film without Aamir as part of it. And you know, it works!  There is no actual narrative need for Aamir to be there.  Here, I’ll show you.  Oh, and this will make a lot more sense if you’ve already seen the movie.

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Thugs of Hindostan Scene By Scene Part 2, Middle Third Up To Last Song: Aamir Gets Insufferable and I Get MEAN

I already put up Part 1, plus reviews and stuff, you can check them out in the Thugs of Hindostan index here.  This is not a super detailed scene by scene, but it is a little detailed, there was just more stuff I wanted to talk about than could be included in the SPOILER review.

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Thugs of Hindostan Scene By Scene Part 1, First Third! Opening through Aamir Taking On the Mission

Yes, I’m doing it!  Mostly because I found a lot of little moments I wanted to talk about in the film and the simplest way to do it is string them all together and talk about everything that happens in the whole film. (index of Thugs coverage here)

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Thugs of Hindostan Review (SPOILERS): Aamir is No Han Solo

I already put up my No Spoilers review, you can read that if you want to avoid spoilers.  Most of the fun of the movie is in the action set-pieces which I can’t really spoil, so you don’t have to be that careful about it, read this review if you want.  Oh, and this review is a little short because I am planning to do a semi-scene by scene for this film.  Probably more like first half/second half, but the structure and visuals were interesting enough that I want to dissect them piece by piece over the next few days.

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Thugs of Hindostan Review (No Spoilers): A Film That Runs from Anything Real

Well, that was odd!  A movie with a lot of depth and meaning and purpose that somehow got shrunk and diminished until it became meaningless and small and ugly.  Huh.  Oh, but the action scenes are still kind of fun, you should still watch it for that if you want.

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Shahrukh Birthday Month Post: Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Review, Shahrukh’s Love Defeats Amitabh’s Hate (Again)

Our last Shahrukh Month Review!  So SAD!!!! There is still Jab Harry Met Sejal Day to look forward to on Sunday, but that won’t be a “new” movie to the blog. Oh well, there’s always the much less important holiday seasons of Diwali and Christmas to look forward to once Shahrukh Month is over.

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Friday Classics: Eklavya, a Movie that Comes in Just at the Ending

Happy Friday!  I managed to get through the week somehow!  Well, almost, I’ve got one more day left.  But yesterday was the day when the staff went from 4 to 1 (me).  Today and Monday it will be back up to 2, and then by Tuesday it will be all the way to 4 again (woo).

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Next Friday Classic Announcement: Eklavya, The Royal Guard, A Late Birthday Present for Amitabh

Have you ever wanted to see Amitabh, Vidya, Saif, Sanjay Dutt, Sharmila Tagore, Boman Irani, and Jackie Shroff all in the same movie?  And all playing magnificent complex interesting roles?  Then, this is the film for you!

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Happy Birthday Amitabh!!!!! With Every Year, You Get More Experimental and Here is Proof

Oops, I almost forgot Amitabh’s Birthday!  Oh well, better late than never.  And instead of reposting the same old annual post, I am going to do something totally new, a post of songs of Amitabh not being afraid to loosen up and have a little fun as he gets older.  While most men become more traditional and strict as they get older, Amitabh has become a little more wild and fun.

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Thugs Motion Posters! What Do We All Think?

Well, the opening salvo of Thugs promotions has been fired.  It’s no longer just the ramp up news stories teasing things, it’s the actual official motion posters.  To be followed by teasers and then song teasers and then a trailer and then a barrage of interviews, and finally the film just as we become completely sick of hearing about it.

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TGIF: Patriotic! Stars in White, Orange, and Green

Well, it’s the Friday after Independence Day.  I should do something patriotic, right?  And all I can think of is the Indian colors.  Oh well, good enough.  My brain is fried after writing my two recent brilliant Hindi Film 101 pieces (read them!  They are very good, even if they don’t have sexy photos and star gossip)

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Rajan Nanda, Husband of Ritu Kapoor Nanda and Father-in-Law of Shweta Bachchan, has Passed Away

I don’t have much to say about this, because Rajan was a Delhi businessman, not a movie person.  But I am irritated that it is being reported incorrectly in all the press, his Kapoor connection ignored in favor of his Bachchan one, and that is forcing me to write a post.

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