Jab Harry Met Sejal Part 11: The DDLJ Moment Re-Invented

This is perhaps my least favorite part of the movie.  Not because it is boring or unbeautiful or anything, just because it feels like the part that fits least with the rest of it.  I can make it work (as I will explain below), but it isn’t quite the perfect fit with no struggle that the rest of the film is. (full index of Jab Harry Met Sejal posts here)

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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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Full Jab Harry Met Sejal Trailer! No Subtitles, Shahrukh Is Mad At Me Again

Mad at me, but still willing to help, having sensed that my blog views were way way down over the past few days, he provided me with content.  See, even when we are in a fight, he still cares.

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DDLJ Part 22: Marriage Vows Are Taken, and Kajol Makes a Radical Statement

Welcome back to DDLJ!  I’m going to try my best to put up a post every Wednesday, we’ll see how I do.  I already had to stop my box office posts when I got regular with Hindi Film 101, this may mean the end of birthday and/or trailer news posts.  I’ll check viewership and see what the concensus is as to which are more important and based on that I may need to take another DDLJ break at some point. (All DDLJ posts indexed here)

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DDLJ Part 21: Shahrukh Arrives in India and All of Nature Greets Him

The last couple of sections were kind of downers.  Everything was going wrong.  Kajol was miserable, Amrish was angry, Farida was sad, and the world just felt out of synch.  And now here is Shahrukh!  Finally!  To set the world spinning the right way again. (full index of all DDLJ posts is here)

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Scene By Scene Analysis in Exhaustive Detail Index

This is one of my least popular, and most difficult, blog series.  It’s hardcore analysis, social and shot by shot and narrative and history of the film industry and history of India and everything I have ever learned all in one place.  I am up to section 20 now, and 100 screen shots, and I am barely past intermission.  But I thought I should probably just put together an index post to make it easy for latecomers to catch up.  And hopefully get a few more readers to justify the amount of effort I am putting in!

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DDLJ Part 20: Farida Jalal Lays It All Out

Okay, after all of the boring place setting stuff to get us into the second half, we finally have a really meaty scene!  And it’s also the scene that illustrates the alternative theory of the film.  The surface obvious theory, the one that all the critics talk about and so on, is the resolution of the NRI identity/tragedy of the immigrant theory.  But the second theory, the one I have been following along, is the questioning of gender roles and patriarchal authority. (last section here, and page indexing all the DDLJ posts here)

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DDLJ Part 19: Return to a Land of Gender Divisions!

Welcome back to DDLJ watch!  My new system is to pull all the screenshots, put them in order, and then write the post around it.  It’s working so far, but then I haven’t gotten to any huge discussion points since I started the new system. (part 18 here, you can go back from there)

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Happy Birthday Adi! I Will Let Your Work Speak For You

It’s Aditya Chopra’s birthday today, but I don’t want to make a big fuss, because it seems like he isn’t the kind of guy who likes a big fuss.  With that in mind, I will celebrate by letting his work speak for itself. And I will do 28 reasons, one for every year since he started working in film.  The reverse of last year, when I did 18 reasons, one for each year he was in age. (This is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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DDLJ Part 18: The Active Male Searches for the Passive Female

Welcome back to DDLJ watch!  If this post gets decent views, I might try to do at least one of these posts a week, add it to the rotation on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays when I don’t have anything else.  And if I ever finish DDLJ, I will move on to HAHK or Sholay or another one of the classics.  But only if I get the views!  So COMMENT!!!  It lets me know you are reading, and gets more people to read them.  The lack of comments/readers is why I kind of let this die last summer.  (last post here, you can go back in time from there).

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DDLJ Part 17: Doorways and Fire

It’s DDLJ Detailed Analysis: The Return!!!  I always swore I would come back to it, and now I have!  Because of Bahubali 2, which got my close analysis juices flowing.  And which is also sooooooooo boring for those people who haven’t seen Bahubali 2.  But who hasn’t seen DDLJ?  No one!  So these posts should fill in the entertainment for those who can’t read Bahubali 2 posts. (my last DDLJ post, almost a year ago, is here.  You can go backwards through the archives from there)

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Karan Johar’s An Unsuitable Boy: A Summary In Filmic Terms, Part 1

I know a lot of my readers are reading this, and I wanted a place for us all to discuss.  I also know a lot of my readers don’t want to bother but might want a preview of what it says.  And I think I have found a way to satisfy both of you!  Without feeling like I am breaking some kind of plagiarism rule or skipping important parts.

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Happy Birthday Manish Malhotra! In Your Honor, a Post About Costumes!

I was debating what, if anything, to do for Manish.  And then Filmilibrarian started a conversation on my Monday Questions post about costumes, and I have decided to ruthlessly re-purpose it for a post about costumes in honor of Manish.  Sorry Filmilibrarian!  Your question was just too good to resist!

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