Padmavati, Orientalism, History, and Art

Happy Monday!  And the Padmavati trailer is out.  Was released in the middle of the night.  Quite a thing to wake up to!  And be warned, this started as simple discussion of the trailer and ended up going into a whole different and very intense kind of direction.  Which probably most of you will disagree with, I am happy to debate you in the comments so long as you remain respectful of those who disagree with you.

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Bajirao Synopsis/hate-watch Part 2 (Spoilers spoilers, everywhere!)

So, I did part 1 yesterday, and boy was that cathartic!  I thought I would hate spending so much time with a movie I disliked, turns out I was able to get all the venom out of my system.  Well, most  of it, there are still 2 parts to go.  So really, just a 3rd of the venom.  If you also feel venomous towards this film, or if you really really loved it and want to know why I didn’t, read on!  If you loved it and don’t want it ruined, don’t!  I am quite nasty.

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Bajirao Mastani Synopsis from someone who hated it (Spoilers): Part 1

(part 2 here)

So, I just finished a 7 part summary of Dilwale, with images, references to film history, star personas, the director’s previous work, the deeper meaning of certain lines and acting choices, and what it all might mean in terms of the careers of the stars.  Read it!  I had a lot of fun with it!

In contrast, Bajirao, eh.  I’m guessing I can knock this thing out in like 3 parts.  There just isn’t as much there to talk about.  I mean, it’s pretty?  If you want just the high points, I already put up a bullet point version of the plot.  If you want details, and political-historical-social analysis, keep reading.  And if you actually really liked this movie, DO NOT READ.  I basically rip it to shreds.  And if you haven’t seen the movie, PLEASE READ.  If you are like me, you will have a lot more fun reading this than you would watching the picture.

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Bajirao Synopsis in bullet points

So, I will be posting a full, detailed (although not as detailed as I did for Dilwale) synopsis over the next few days.  But in the meantime, I thought you might enjoy the quick notes I made to remember everything that happened as soon as I got home from the theater.  (I say “spoilers”, but I don’t know if these will even make much sense if you haven’t seen the movie yet!  Or even if you have) (well, excepting the last one, that’s pretty clear)

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10 Reasons Why Bajirao Mastani is un-Indian

When I say “un-Indian”, I don’t mean morally, or politically, or philosophically (although an argument could probably be made for all those aspects as well).  I mean, artistically, this film goes against the 102 year history of Indian film.

So, first, I should say that Bajirao is a very well made film.  The script is tight, the camera work is amazing, the costumes, sets, jewelry, hair and make-up are all phenomenal.  The acting by all three leads is also really really good.  I was confident in Deepika going in (post-Piku, she can do no wrong), but nervous about Priyanka and Ranveer.  And they ended up being the ones who impressed me most.

But when I talk about “Indian film”, I mean a very specific technical and stylistic standard, with roots going back thousands of years.  And this is not an Indian film.

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