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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Devdas Part 3: PC Barua vs Bimal Roy Part 2; Did They Blow it At the Ending?

Feels a bit silly to have two epic length posts, but these are epic movies.  Plus, there’s two of them, so two posts kind of seems right!  Although really, they are so similar in so many ways, much of the time I am just talking about them together.  Well, and the novel.  If you want to see my starting point with Devdas, check out my post on the novel and Dev D, and yesterday’s post on the first half of these two Devdases,

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Devdas Part 2: Bimal Roy Just Took PC Barua and Made it 10% Better

Devdas!  Or rather, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas, Devdas.  Because I have now read the original novel, and seen 5 separate film versions.  I wrote about Dev D already, the most inventive and yet faithful remake.  Now, I want to talk about the PC Barua Hindi version from 1936, and the Bimal Roy Hindi version from 1955.  I have to talk about them together, because they are so similar, they really can’t be separated.  And because I am talking about two movies, this post is going to be split into two parts.

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An Orgy of Devdases (Devdasi?): Dev D as the Least and Most Faithful Adaptation

This weekend, over the course of 30 hours, I went from having seen no Devdases to having seen all 4 important Devdasi, and read the novel.  Oh, and I also watched Dishoom.  And went grocery shopping.  I didn’t sleep much, but what’s more important? Sleep or seeing every famous version of Devdas within the same 24 hour period so that I never have to think about them again?

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