Director’s Week: Aditya Chopra, Businessman First and Artist Second

Adi! Such an odd director, unpredictable and yet predictable. And always achieves the goal he sets out to achieve. I forgot, I already covered Aditya’s personal life in a Hindi Film 101, so if you want to learn more after reading this post, click here.

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Sunday ReRun: Befikre, an NRI Romance in France

The more I think about this film, the more I like it! It’s not a deep serious movie and it isn’t trying to be a deep serious movie, and for the farce it wants to be, it is really well made.

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NRI Week: The Soiled NRI Woman, Purab Aur Paschim, DDLJ, Befikre, and My Name is Khan

Another common NRI trope! I was thinking these films didn’t fit because the hero is still desi, and then I realized it only doesn’t fit if I consider the national identity as residing in the man. It doesn’t of course, a woman can just as easily be an NRI.

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On Screen Kisses Discussion Post: When Do We Like Them, When Do We Hate Them?

Thanks for Catherine (by the way, Catherine, I owe you a greeting card! Email me your address and I will send it off) and Whitney bringing this up in the comments because I think it is a super interesting topic to consider, especially in the Indian context.

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The Most Imaginative Song Sequences in Hindi Film in Recent Years

Well, I’m having a rumpled start to the week!  Karan sent out an embarrassingly sycophantic tweet this morning, there’s a final warm spell hitting Chicago which is making me not able to sleep, the elevator is broken (again) at work so I have to keep running up and down the really abnormally steep stairs, and my boss gave Dog Hazel some food she shouldn’t eat which wasn’t a big deal except that I had to tell my boss not to do that, which was an awkward upturning of our usual power structure (he’s in charge of me, but I’m in charge of Dog Hazel).  Anyway, time for a soothing interesting post with a lot of great things to watch in it.

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Sunday ReRun: Befikre, A Light Happy French Romance With an Indian Accent

No big massive full summary coming for Befikre!  Partly because Dear Zindagi exhausted me, partly because my sense is that my commentators aren’t as interested in a massive discussion of this movie, as they are of other movies.  But mostly because I don’t think it is analyzable, to take it apart would be to destroy it.

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Hindi Rom-Coms to Watch Once You Finish the Standard List

This was a request from my new anonymous commentator, she was looking for an “underappreciated” list, but when I started to think about it, “underappreciated” is kind of hard to define.  So I went with “not your standard massive hits that everyone knows”.  Here are some little mini-reviews and suggestions, feel free to add your own in the comments.

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Happy World Kissing Day! Let’s Break the Myth That There is No Kissing in Indian Film!

I hate that myth.  From two sides.  First, people always think it means that characters don’t kiss.  Characters totally kiss!  And have sex and do all the normal things.  It’s the actors who don’t.  So we see the characters leaning in, but then rain obscures our view or whatever.  The audience knows what happened, even without seeing it.  Just like a “sex scene” in a movie doesn’t mean we explicitly see the actors having sex.  We just see a bunch of sheets and know what happened.  Oh, and also, actors totally kiss too.  Anyway, this made up holiday gives me an excuse to post lots and lots of kissing videos, woo!

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Befikre Review (SPOILERS): Like a Souffle, I Don’t Want To Break It Apart, Because That Would Destroy It

No big massive full summary coming for Befikre!  Partly because Dear Zindagi exhausted me, partly because my sense is that my commentators aren’t as interested in a massive discussion of this movie, as they are of other movies.  But mostly because I don’t think it is analyzable, to take it apart would be to destroy it.

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Befikre Review (NO SPOILERS): Adi’s Little French Crepe of a Film

I was very very nervous about how this movie would work, but it totally worked!  I was afraid it was going to be a big Aditya Chopra movie taking the industry in another new direction where I didn’t want it to go.  But turns out, it’s just a little Aditya Chopra movie, a nice harmless little thing that just happens to be made really really well.

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Befikre Release Details: Adi Has NOT Lost His Mind

Thank goodness, Aditya Chopra is still capable of running his life and business!  As trailer after trailer came out for Befikre, I kept thinking “really, Adi?  You are betting the farm on this….thing?”  But nope!  He isn’t betting the farm, he is just betting, like, that one cow that doesn’t give very good milk any more.

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Befikre Trailer: I Hate to Say It, But I Don’t Know If I Like It

Feel free to disagree!  But my reaction, after watching it, is that it is trying so hard to be “different” from the regular Indian films, that it ended up being exactly the same as a million other western films.  Most obviously the French movie Love Me If You Dare (I haven’t seen it, but it was fairly successful and widely reviewed and talked about when it first came out).

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Befikre Teaser!!!!!! A Move Towards Sexual Freedom!

Why is this not bigger news?  Out of all the people I follow on twitter, only industry analyst/journalist Taran Adarsh tweeted it.  And it only had like 20 thousand views on youtube when I last watched it.  Maybe the content is making Adi look for a slower roll-out?

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News Update: Befikre First Look, Who Pays the Most Taxes, and a Lesson in Why You Should Always Work with Relatives

Slow Monday, with no big releases last Friday and no new Hrithik-Kangana news, or any other scandal coming up to oust them off the front pages.  But there are a couple of interesting sort of industrial notes.

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