2009 Week: Dev.D, Any Other Year This Would Have Been the Most Important Film

Devdas adaptations are always important, kind of a barometer for where India is right now and what issues surround the country. Plus, this was the film that announced Anurag Kashyap as a real true talent to watch. But on the other hand, 2009 was such an amazing year, I don’t know if it really can be limited to just Dev.D even as amazing and important as Dev.D is.

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Shahrukh Summer: Happy Endings for Sad Shahrukh Movies

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!

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Hindi Film 101: Dangers and Strengths of Romantic Fantasies, Alpha to Beta to Devdas

Alisa/BollywoodNewbie inspired me in another post, the way she does, by pointing out something I was so lost in that I was blind to it: Indian film plays in to certain specific types of romantic fantasies, types that do not work equally for everybody.

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Roll of Shame: My Meanest Reviews of the Movies I Truly Hated

As you know if you are a regular reader, it is rare for me to really truly hate a film.  I will always find some redeeming feature, discuss the themes and treat it seriously, make you want to watch it.  I don’t like all films equally, but I do generally like all films.  Except for the very very rare film which I absolutely HATE and the main purpose of my review is to try to destroy it with my hatred.  Which, possibly, might be a style of writing you enjoy.  In which case, this post is for you, to make it easy to find the 1 in 50 film I actually wrote a bad review of.

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Hindi Film 101: “Male Gaze” and “Female Gaze” in Indian Film, or Why John Abraham Keeps Taking His Shirt Off

This is an off-shoot of my post on misogyny/objectification/patriarchy, in the comments there was a discussion of whether or not men are objectified in Indian film, which got me thinking about the “male” and “female” gaze questions.

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Travel Day! Reruns Straight Through!

I hope you enjoy a new rerun every hour!  Because that is what you are getting today!  I am going to enjoy all the niceness of sitting in an airport and reading a book for fun and ignore my blogging.  But first, I will summarize my day for you so you can picture it, and know why I’m not responding to your comments.

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Box Office: Padmavat and 3rd Generation Immigrants

There isn’t much to analyze this week, Padmavat is doing crazy good everywhere, you can just sort of accept that.  And also, secondly, Bhagamathie is also doing good.  But, WHY?  I am going to take a massive logical leap and you can decide if it makes sense or not.

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100 Years of Indian Film History in 10 Songs

Well, enough avoiding, time to do songs.  Music is NOT my area.  I have never studied music history seriously at all, and more importantly, I am next door to tone deaf.  I can enjoy music.  But on a very very very superficial level.  Like someone who looks at a beautiful sunset and sees it as 3 simple stripes of red orange and yellow.  That’s me!  So, treat me gently and kindly as I attempt to put together this post based on my knowledge of film history and what people have told me is beautiful.

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Padmavati, Orientalism, History, and Art

Happy Monday!  And the Padmavati trailer is out.  Was released in the middle of the night.  Quite a thing to wake up to!  And be warned, this started as simple discussion of the trailer and ended up going into a whole different and very intense kind of direction.  Which probably most of you will disagree with, I am happy to debate you in the comments so long as you remain respectful of those who disagree with you.

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Happy Navratri!

Happy Navratri!  I debated about whether to do this post at the start or the end.  I went with start, just because Judwaa 2 comes out near the end so I will already have plenty of content then.  Plus Dussehra, Karwa Chauth, etc. etc. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Tuesday Telugu: Arjun Reddy (no spoilers) Let’s Applaud it for What it Is, Not What it Isn’t

My real review, which discusses all the ways this film is remarkable, is going to be the next one, the SPOILERS one.  Because without getting into specific plot spoilers, there really isn’t all that remarkable about it.  The content of this film has been more or less done before.  It is the release (mainstream in the Telugu market) that is unusual. (spoilers review here)

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Happy Birthday Vyjantimala! You and Sridevi, The Two Great Actresses Born on the Same Great Day

So cool!  It’s like, August 13th is “Day of great dancers with big eyes and sweet smiles”.  I did 14 reasons I love Sridevi, I am sure I can come up with 14 for Vyjantimala! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Fathom Events and Devdas: Indian Film Moves Into the High Art Realm

Here’s an interesting little announcement!  Fathom Events in America is planning a “Bollywood” series.  Which early reports say will feature Devdas and Veer-Zaara and maybe others.  So, this means the Indian film audience is officially being split into “high” and “low”.  America’s version of multiplex and single-screen.

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Happy Birthday Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay! You would be 140 If You Weren’t Dead!

It’s Sarat’s birthday!  Which is as good an excuse as any to put up a post with some of the pretty pretty songs from the movies based on his novels. (if you really want to party hearty, check out my 4 separate Devdas posts here, here, here, and here)

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Devdas Part 4: The Bhansali One! The Shahrukh One! The One Everyone Knows!

Okay, I’ve talked about all the important Devdases, all the good ones that are closely related to the novel and deal with the ideas of hidden tragedies and casual disasters and all those cool things.  Time to deal with the one that is just really really really pretty!

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