2010 Week: Udaan, the Best Film of the Year

We had Gautham Menon’s big romantic hit, and Lilo Jose Pellissery’s first film, and My Name is Khan, and all of those were good. But this is the best film of the year, no question.

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Friday Classics: Hum Hain Rahe Pyar Ki, Playing House with Juhi and Aamir

My God is this a cute movie! It’s the kind of movie that you just want to pinch it’s cheeks and toss it in the air and dress in novelty clothing. SO CUTE!

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Friday Classics: Jeet, All the Best Things of the 90s

SUCH A GOOD MOVIE!!!! If you like that kind of thing. If I say that the finale has a woman giving birth in a burning house in the middle of a gunfight, does that make you happy or sad? What if I tell you that they all escape the burning house into a burning car in which there is a high speed chase and explosion while she is STILL giving birth? And it ends at a brothel where prostitutes serve as helpful midwives? Is your response “that is so illogical it makes me angry” or “that is so illogical it makes me happy”?

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Friday Classics: Ta Ra Rum Pum is the Source of All Darkness in the World

I think this is the movie I hate most. More than Bharat Ane Nenu, more than Bhansali’s Devdas, even more than Padmavat. And more than I hate the entity which is Rahul Desai. This movie is the source of everything that is wrong on earth condensed into one cotton candy colored pile of goo powered by toxic excrement of Disney films with Rani’s eyes and Saif’s energy. And yet, I love the soundtrack.

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Friday Classic Director’s Week: Mohabbatein, Adi’s Movie By the Numbers

Spellcheck wants me to replace “Mohabbatein” with “Mountbatten”. This makes me giggle every single time. Do you think it is possible that the whole film is an allegory for Edwina and Nehru’s affair? Amitabh is Mountbatten, Aish is Edwina, Shahrukh is Nehru, the school is India, Anupam Kher is Gandhi? It TOTALLY WORKS.

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Friday Classic Announcement: Khalnayak! In Honor of Jackie and Sanju Reuniting in Prasthanam

I hope this is enough time for folks to actually watch the film. I’ll probably be putting up the review Friday evening, so it will be pretty fresh all weekend, you can watch the film any time Friday through Sunday. And it is such fun! A great thing to do over the weekend.

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Friday Classics: Ghulam, No One is Past Hope of Redemption

I really love this movie. It was one of the early films I saw, one of the first movies I watched where I was told “this is an actual good movie”. And it is! It is an actual good movie! Not just a fun romance with something deep down below, but deep straight through.

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Friday Classics (on Saturday): Rehna Hai Tera Dil Main, Dia Mirza and Us All Fall in Love with Maddy

Finally watched it! After having heard about it for years and years and years and years (the soundtrack is everywhere). And I’m kind of glad I waited, because this way I got to come at it having already seen a bunch more Gautham Menon movies and having a bit more of an idea of what he does.

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Friday Classics: Baadshah Ho Baadshah! Shahrukh’s Wacky Comic Action Romance Detective Story!!!

This isn’t really a “classic”, but it sure is fun! And I am feeling like I want more “fun” in my life. Also, I was on the phone with my sister for 2 hours last night and I don’t have time to review a good movie (nothing terrible, we just simulwatched a bad movie over the phone because her husband is out of town)

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Friday Classics: Pinjar, The Simple Personal Version of Partition and Violence Against Women

I hope a lot of you watched this movie. It is worth watching, and it isn’t immediately intriguing. The filming and acting style is oddly stagey and direct, and the topic is hardly appealing. And yet, it has a power that no other film quite does.

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