There’s the logical choice, the fun choice, or the choice of my heart. Such a CHALLENGE!Continue reading
I certainly enjoy Deewana and Chamatkar and Baazigar, but they aren’t like high quality deep classic things. Darr though, Darr is CLASSIC. A brilliant consideration of women’s powerlessness in the face of men who want to “rescue” her or “protect” her.Continue reading
The World says Valentine’s Day should be about hearts and love and candy. I reject The World! I’m a rebel! I say, celebrate anti-love and eat salty snacks alone in front of the TV! Join me, and use this list as viewing suggestions. The movies that make you think “I’m so glad I am single”. And yes, they are all about men sucking and girls being awesome. Whatever, boys can watch every other movie if they want to feel happy within themselves, it’s harder for women.Continue reading
Forget Shahrukh, this is an amazing Juhi role and Juhi performance. She goes from feeling safe and happy, to feeling frustrated because no one respects her fears, to feeling trapped because no one is letting her confront her fears, to finally taking back the power for herself.Continue reading
It’s Juhi’s birthday today! Well, in India. November 13, and it is already after midnight there.Continue reading
I don’t know for sure that Adi did these. I know for sure he made the Darr trailer, which is instantly recognizable as something a little bit different and better than anything else. And there are other YRF trailers that have that same feel which I am choosing to credit for Adi.Continue reading
I don’t actually think these are “better” endings, I just like happy endings, even if they aren’t true to the rest of the narrative. Every film should end with a marriage and a baby and a happy reprise of the title song. So in my headcanon, these are how these movies end. Happy happy!Continue reading
Google doodle had a film theme today, and I couldn’t resist leaping on it. Sergei Eisenstein, Russian master of the montage, inspiring me to look at some of the best montage examples from Hindi film.
This came up because of a comment in our JHMS discussion yesterday. About how it felt like in some ways the happy ending for “Harry” resolved a lot of unhappy endings for similarly noble Shahrukh lover characters. Which got me thinking about what might be the same and different in how SRK romances play out. So, let’s look at an assortment of romances. 7 at a go, because I want to discuss them in depth and then discuss them cumulatively.
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)
Not just the Yash Chopra romance, but the whole history of Indian film romance. There’s a little bit of Sargam, there’s a little bit of Johnny Mere Naam, a little bit of Andaaz. Only it’s all slightly twisted, slightly off and evil.
So, Darr, the first time the world sat up and went “Hey! That Shahrukh guy can ACT! And is also cute.” But what does it have to do with Dilwale? Well, for one thing, it is one of Shahrukh’s few Christmas releases (the anniversary falling today). Which is actually kind of important, Christmas (in Indian film practice) is a time for slightly darker films.