Happy Birthday Yashji! 85 Reasons I Love You

Okay, let’s do this!  A full 85!  I broke it into 3 parts last year, but this year I think I will just do one massive post. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Happy Endings For All Our Losers in Love, from Mandira Bedi to Varun

We all know that Hindi film loves a love triangle.  And usually a blameless love triangle, two good options and one of them loses out through no fault of their own.  So, I thought, why not give a happy ending to all of love’s losers?  And, just to make this more fun, why not cross streams and give happy endings to losers from different films? And why not make an easy post in which I rapidly run through a whole bunch of different plots without a lot of details?

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Hindi Film 101: RIP Vinod Khanna! One of the First 70s Heroes to Leave Us

This is not my first post on Vinod, for additional background you can look at his birthday post from last year here, and my post on his involvement with Osho here.  And my review of his Chandni here, and Parampara here.  But moimeme just informed me that he passed away this morning, so I felt like I should do a special post explaining why he was important and why this death matters.

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For Akshaye’s Birthday Week, Taal! Not a Very Progressive Film

I think this might be the film where I first heard the “An Indian woman loves only once” truism.  Which has now been unpacked and questioned and turned upside down and all sorts of interesting things done to in other films.  Heck, interesting things were already done to it by the time this film came out!  But not in this movie.  Nope, in this movie, your lifetime singular devotion goes along with your virginity and whatever man gets one, gets the other.

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Happy Birthday Yash Chopra Part 2! 32 through 55!

Okay, let’s do this!  Possibly nobody but me cares as much about Yashji, but come on!  The man invented a whole genre of film!  Founded the only studio still on firm financial ground!  Created generations of stars!  He deserves 84 reasons to love him on his birthday.  Even if they are mostly songs. Part 1 here and Part 3 here.

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