Saturday WatchAlong: Aan! The Dilip Kumar Fairy Tale, 8:30am Chicago Time

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay, Fairy Tales! I love fairy tales. And this one has a noble poor boy and a proud princess and all kinds of things.

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Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Finish ALL MY CHRISTMAS THINGS! Because I am BETTER THAN YOU

Happy Saturday! And 13 days before Christmas! And I am spending the day wrapping and mailing my final gifts, because I have finished all my Christmas things almost two weeks early. Which is a day sooner than last year. Next year, a full two weeks early! Give me another few years, I’ll be done with Christmas before Thanksgiving!

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Ramesh Sippy Week: Shakti! The Film That Brought Together 3 Generations of Hindi Film in One Story

This is a big beautiful serious film that magically captures in a bubble all these actors from different film places. And yet, it doesn’t have an evil villain’s lair with an alligator pit, so I can’t love it as much as Shaan. I respect it, but I don’t love it.

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Hindi Film 101: Media and Stars, From Dilip Kumar to Sonam Kapoor

Welcome back!  The last post focused on an overview of celebrity media from the big picture perspective, how the fans and media found each other and grew.  Now, let’s shift to looking at what this is like for the Stars and bringing it through to today where media and Stars have come together and turned into one entity

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Hindi Film 101: Marriage and Movie Stars

On Friday I did a “TGIF” of happy couples, and then I realized that I was kind of skipping to the end, posting the couples without defining “happy” before.  And I also find it legitimately fascinating how tricky the public versus private requirements of Hindi film industry marriages are.

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Hindi Film 101: Happy Birthday Madhubala! Beautifully Inhumanly Human

Madhubala!  One of the great actresses of Hindi film history, The Most Beautiful Woman, with the most ridiculously dramatic and tragic life story.  Appropriately for someone so full of love and so loved, her birthday is Valentine’s Day.  And so I thought it would finally be time to do a Hindi Film 101 of her life.

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Dilip Kumar’s Autobiography Part 2: The Drona to a Whole Generation of Eklavya’s

Yaaaay, Dilip made it all the way to 95!  And I made it all the way through his massive autobiography!  And now you don’t have to, because I am summarizing the whole thing!  Isn’t that nice of me? (part 1 here)

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Happy Birthday Dilip Sahib!!!!! I Read Your Autobiography for Your Birthday Part 1

I finally read it!  Don’t tell my friend who brought it for me all the way from India 2 years ago, only for it to sit on my shelf unnoticed unloved and unread.  Until now!  It took a while, but I finally finished it.  And it was fascinating in lots of little “history of the industry” ways.

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100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Stars

This is fun, doing these little over view posts!  The lists help me from getting all tangled up in my own thoughts, and let you join the discussion, because everyone has an opinion on what wasn’t included and should have been, and what was included and shouldn’t have been.

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Silly Sunday Fanfic: 4 Real Life Stories Shahrukh Should Play Onscreen

Last Sunday of 31 days o’ SRK!  Very sad.  Although I am also kind of excited about being able to try out new non-SRK fanfic if I want next week.  Anyway, for the final post, 4 real life stories that Shahrukh should play.  And since it is just 4, I go into great great detail, unlike me very brief posts for some of the 11 last week.

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Classics Friday: Mughal-E-Azam, Hindi Films Biggest Film

Thanks to it suddenly popping up on Netflix (my Netflix list post is now woefully out of date, look for an update soon), I decided to rewatch Mughal-E-Azam.  And it’s SO SO SO SO much better than I realized when I watched it before.

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Quick Speculative May The Fourth Post

Obviously, today is Star Wars day.  And also a day when I am super busy at work and can’t really focus.  But I can do a “speculative” post without any problems!  I get so caught up in my little imaginary worlds, that nothing can shake me.  So, let’s do a mini Star Wars fest! (updated version of this post here)

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Happy Birthday Dilip Sahib!!!!

I might finally got around to reading his biography!  I made my friend buy it and bring it to me aaaaaallllllll the way from India, and I STILL hadn’t read it.  But surely his birthday would be an occasion for that, right?  I was tempted to do a full 94 reasons I love him, but maybe that should wait until next year when he hits 95.  This year, I will just do 32, for the age he was won the first FilmFare Award ever.

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TGIF Post: Our Evergreen Heroes

Moimeme pointed out that my Superlative post was tragically lacking in some of the worthy old-timers.  So I am giving our Evergreen heroes their very own post.  Hopefully it will make you look at some of our current father-role actors and go “Hey! He used to be HOT!”

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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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