Yaaaaaaaaaaaay, Fairy Tales! I love fairy tales. And this one has a noble poor boy and a proud princess and all kinds of things.Continue reading
Only one option for TGIF this week! And he was a very very handsome man who took many many photos, so this should be a fun post.Continue reading
Woot, Aan! It’s on Einthusan and for rent on Prime, both the same length (so far as I can tell), so should be equal. And it is soooooooo fun. Silly fairy tale adventure romance with bandits and princesses and everything.Continue reading
Dilip Saheb wrote an enormous autobiography a few years back. I read it, and wrote about it on the blog. In honor of his death, if you want to learn more about his life, read this.Continue reading
I got a text from a friend that woke me up this morning. What a way to wake up!Continue reading
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!Continue reading
Saira Banu! She’s only 76, and she has lived so many lives. Just a fascinating woman who refuses to fit into any box you try to put her in.Continue reading
This was a fun movie! Classic Salim-Javed kind of plot, but with mature elegant calm Dilip Kumar as the lead, gave it a whole different feel. Also, Pran and Ashok Kumar and Rishi Kapoor and Amrita Singh are there.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
We were just talking on the Jodha-Akbar post how that movie looks better and better as the years go by and inferior films are released. The same is true, but much more so, about this movie.Continue reading
Thank you Maria! You asked in a comment who Abhay Deol was and where he had been and it made me realize that I haven’t done a Deol family Hindi Film 101 yet!Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
It’s an epidemic! Of people publically acknowledging the problems in their marriages and taking legal action instead of just living in misery and hypocrisy! Oh, and also Dilip had another brush with illness, but is home again now.
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,
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.