Shahrukh Birthday Month Discussion Post: How Did You Become a Fan?

I am probably going to be busy at work again today, and I will definitely be sleepy because I woke up at 5am for no reason, so I am going to put up a post that will give me something interesting to read (I hope) while I try to stay awake and field phone calls. (don’t worry, there is also a Shahrukh themed TGIF going up later)

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Hindi Film 101 Repost: The Best Kind of Filmi Romance Which Loveyatri Will Most Likely Fail to Be

This is a post from a long long time back, but it’s a good post!  Worth posting again, and so long as we are stuck in a dead news cycle, I thought I might as well squeeze it in.

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DDLJ Part 47: Like Father Like Son

I’m back!  Sorry, it was the screenshots I didn’t have time for.  Takes about two hours steady work on my home laptop, and I haven’t had two hours straight at my home laptop in a while.  But tonight I did, and I got enough screenshots for two posts, so I should be good for next week too. (full index of DDLJ here)

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Hindi Film 101/DDLJ Part 44: The Rescue of Amrish Puri and the Tragedy of the Fearful Immigrant

Well, this turned into a whole thing!  I started just wanting to establish Amrish’s character journey at this part in the film, and I just ended up going on and on until it went way beyond the usual Scene By Scene and turned into a screed on the tragedy and trauma of the immigrant (full index of DDLJ posts here)

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DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 43:”Mehndi Laga Ka Rakna” Ends and Amrish Puri Spoils Our Fun

It only took a month, but I have now finished “Mehndi Laga Ka Rakna”!  There’s really a lot in that song, much more than in the other ones.  It’s also, I think, only fully “real” song, even “Ruk Ja” feels like it has some fantasy in there, and certainly all the other songs are a mix of real and not-real. (full index of DDLJ coverage here)

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DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 39: Mehndi Lagake Rakna Continues!

What, you thought it would be over in one entry?  Nope, this things gonna continue for another 2 parts at least!  Anyway, it’s a really important song!  And I think the last song of the film?  Am I forgetting something?  If I’m not forgetting something, that is even more reason to appreciate it, that this is the last glorious burst of song before the rest of the movie plays out. (full scene by scene index of DDLJ here)

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100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Movies

I put up a version of this post a couple of days ago, but then we all spitballed back and forth in the comments and ended up coming up with a few changes.  So this is the New Improved Better version of the post (original version, you can still view here).  This is to help sort of orient you to Indian film history.  A big accepted “classic” from each decade that will help you understand how the industry grew and changed.  I don’t promise that you will be able to find and watch each of them (the website indiancine.ma is a fantastic resource you might want to try), but you should at least be familiar with the titles of these films and what they meant.

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Friday Classics: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, the Deconstruction of Shahrukh Khan

Get ready for me to be lazy!  I just dug up a paper I wrote for grad school on this film/Shahrukh’s star persona and wildly slashed out bits and rearranged and then threw it up.  But whatever, I haven’t done a Rab Ne post yet really, and it was time.  The post I really wanted to write was on Lucky: No Time for Love, but I’m not going to let myself, because that should wait for Salman’s Birthday Celebration time.

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DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 36: Shahrukh is Cocky!

Welcome back to DDLJ!  Our lovers are still separated, but we do get some really cute Shahrukh faces in this bit.  And I am sticking with my theory that these paired sequences represent the male and female reaction to “love triumphant”.  Kajol was shy and eager to share her happiness with another woman and be a bit dreamy, but also a bit afraid to trust it.  Shahrukh is so proud of himself he is about to burst his buttons. (full index of DDLJ coverage here)

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DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 32: A Kiss is Missed

Another fun part!  Really, all the fun parts are when Shahrukh and Kajol are actually interacting.  Partly because their chemistry is great, partly because it feels like the plot is moving somewhere when they are in the same frame (full index of DDLJ coverage here)

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DDLJ Scene By Scene Part 30: Shahrukh as the Man in the Window

Happy Wednesday!  It is Shahrukh month, and I am still doing the DDLJ posts in addition to the 31 days o’ SRK posts.  Mostly because there are a lot of people who read the DDLJ posts for the pure boring analysis, not the SRK love, so it’s kind of counter-programming. (full index of DDLJ coverage here)

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