Friday Classic: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Strong Women Fighting and Performing as Equals with Strong Men

Finally watched it!  Months and months later.  And years late to the whole Luv Ranjan genre.  And I am fascinated!  It is so much better, in so many ways, than I expected.  Oh, and this is an insanely long review, partly because of the huge block quote in the middle of it.  But it was too good to shorten!

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Friday Classics: Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi for Kishoreda’s Birthday

This is a classic, but a fun classic.  The kind of movie that you don’t want to pick at too much because then you will end up ruining it.  Which means, yaaaay!  Probably a short review.

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Friday Classics: Wake Up Sid, Ranbir’s Best Performance Before Sanju

Happy Friday!  I just rapid re-released all my Sanjay posts, I’m driving to work so I can zip home, walk Dog Hazel and then zip out again to catch the Sanju release at the earliest possible show.  Busy times!  But first I want to take a moment to remember a completely different kind of film that I still think is Ranbir’s best performance.

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Friday Classics: Badal! For Amrish Puri’s Birthday and Bobby in Race 3

Happy Friday!  I’m feeling lazy after my very very very very long post on PC and SRK yesterday, so I am going to throw up a short post on a bad movie.  My favorite kind of lazy post to write!  And if you want to be a lazy reader, I highly recommend watching all the song videos instead of reading, because this movie has really GREAT songs.  And a stupid plot.

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Friday Classics: I Hate Luv Storys, for Sonam’s Birthday

This is a birthday-full week, so I considered Bobby for Dimple, Main Khiladi Tu Anari for Shilpa, Vivah for Amrita, and Delhi 6 for Sonam.  And then I thought “Eh, I’m going on a mini-break, I don’t want to think deep thoughts, I Hate Luv Storys it is!”

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Friday Not-So-Classic: Dil, A Fun Terrible Wonderful Romantic Ridiculous Movie of the 90s

Happy Madhuri week!  Looking for something from your suggestions that I have already seen and could write about quickly, I landed on Dil.  Because it is soooooooo terrible that I don’t need to really think that deeply about it, and it is also soooooooo fun that I can sincerely recommend it.

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Friday Classics: Mili! A Familiar Dramatic Story Told in an Undramatic Way

I was going to watch Uphaar, but that wasn’t available anywhere.  So then I was going to watch Guddi, but I couldn’t find my DVD.  And so, with every other door closed to me, I was forced to turn to Mili.  The film I bought 4 years ago and have been avoiding in fear of the sad bits.

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Friday Classics: Aradhana, for Easter! Rebirth, Illegitimate Children, Very Jesus-y

Happy Friday! And also, Happy Good Friday!!! Easter this Sunday, which I will celebrate in my traditional style, by cleaning and eating a chocolate bunny. And by putting up this theme post. One of the best old classics, and also a very Easter-y plot.

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Friday Classics: Lajja, For International Women’s Day

This movie is just barely a classic. It’s not the best, it’s got quite a few massive flaws in fact, but it’s still really interesting and worthy of discussion. And the best part is how well it shows women rescuing themselves, very appropriate for today’s discussion.

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Saturday Classics: Silsila! For Holi!

Happy Saturday!  I’m on vacation, so I missed yesterday’s Friday classic post.  And posts will be a bit sparse for the next few days.  But I’m gonna make up for it by doing a stone-cold classic, which is also holiday appropriate, for the random one-off Saturday Classics post.

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Tuesday Classics: Bunty Aur Babli, Abhishek’s Best Role and a Movie Like No Other

It hurts my little alliteration loving heart, but I can’t do Tuesday Telugu this week.  Because a big snow storm ruined my plan to drive out to the movie theater yesterday.  So instead I am swapping in Friday Classics and, if the weather clears, I will do Telugu on Friday.  Or something.  Anyway, it still works because we get to have an Abhishek movie right by Abhi’s birthday!

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Friday Classics: For Preity’s Birthday Week, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Her Most Interesting Role

Happy Friday!  I think this can legitimately be considered a classic, don’t you?  Not a perfect movie, but one that is also a little bit better and a little more interesting, and a little more memorable, than the run of the mill films.  And anyway, it’s Preity’s birthday week.

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Friday Classics: Haathi Mere Saathi, the Original Before the Gritty Reboot

I am stunned that I am the only one who reacted to Rana’s tweet with the first look for the new Haathi Mere Saathi by going “oh no!  My CHILDHOOD!”  Especially because I didn’t even see the original as a child, only as an adult who was feeling childish.  But there is something so magical about that original, the purity of it, I really don’t want it to be spoiled by any kind of new take.  Although, on the other hand, the magical purity of the original is probably what will protect it, nothing new and dark and dangerous can ever break its power.

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Friday Classics: Hum Aapke Hain Koun, A Movie that is Not Related to Any Other Movie

It’s been pointed out that I might appear to undervalue this film and that is why I haven’t spoken much about it.  Truly, I don’t undervalue it!  It’s just such an unusual film that it doesn’t fit easily with a discussion of anything else.  Nothing else is really like it, and therefore available for comparison with it.  And it didn’t start a particular trend in filmmaking (beyond the general “Family Films” trend), because it would be so hard to imitate.  But yes, I do know about this movie, I know all sorts of things about it and I am aware of it’s place in film history.

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Friday Classics: Phool Aur Patthar, Dharmendra Reveals Himself

Happy Friday!  And Happy Dharmendra’s Birthday!  I considered changing my plans in honor of Shashi, but I decided no, Shashi would want life to go on.  And anyway, we should let Shashi serve as a reminder to cherish our legends while we have them (Dilip Sahib’s birthday is in 3 days, get ready for a blow out!)

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