Friday Classics: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Everyone Gets a Happy Ending! And Katrina Gets Her Best Ever Role

Huh!  This was an even better movie than I remembered!  Managed to balance real feeling relationships and specific characters with broad comedy.

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Friday Classics: Raju Ban Gaye Gentleman, Shree 420 Meets the 90s

Yaaaay, another Shahrukh review!  See how I am sneaking them in under the guise of “Friday Classics” even now that Shahrukh Month is over?  Oh, and plus Juhi in a really nice role, for her birthday.  Although Aaina is a better Juhi movie, remember to watch it for this Sunday if at all possible!  It’s also a wonderful Amrita Singh movie, if this film makes you want more of her.

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Diwali Repost! Swades, Shahrukh Argues that Ram is Within Us All and We Should Save Ourselves

I think it’s one of those Big movies that I was avoiding, ones that are really good, and I also really like and I want to be careful to explain why I like them in a way that makes you like them too, not just appreciate their quality.

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Diwali Repost! Lajja, Telling Sita’s Story From Multiple Directions

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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Monday Classic: Band Baaja Baarat, the First of the New Wave of YRF Movies

Here’s a random review!  Shahrukh’s birthday/Diwali is not a good time to also have a series of work disasters.  So I am writing a review of an interesting movie that I watched ages ago and I know other people are really eager to discuss.

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Friday Classics: Once Upon a Time in Mumbaii, the 70s Meets the 90s

Such a good movie!  And such an interesting movie, a challenging movie, because it deals with the birth of a monster and how society was culpable in his birth, without also forgiving him for what he did or pretending he is less than what he was.

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Next Friday Classic Announcement: Eklavya, The Royal Guard, A Late Birthday Present for Amitabh

Have you ever wanted to see Amitabh, Vidya, Saif, Sanjay Dutt, Sharmila Tagore, Boman Irani, and Jackie Shroff all in the same movie?  And all playing magnificent complex interesting roles?  Then, this is the film for you!

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Friday Classics: Lakshya, a Coming of Age War Story

I always forget how good this movie is, and then I watch it again and it is just REALLY REALLY good.  And sometimes I feel like I am the only person who realizes that, it’s not talked about nearly as much as you would expect for a Farhan Akhtar/Hrithik Roshan/Amitabh Bachchan/Boman Irani/Amrish Puri/Om Puri/Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy/Javed Akhtar/Preity Zinta movie.

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Friday Classics: Raajneeti, I Cared Too Much About Some Characters and Too Little About Others

An experiment!  We all watched the same movie, and now I have to review it.  Which is A LOT of pressure on me, since for once you have all seen the movie as recently as me and probably understood it better.  Oh well, you can think of this as a starting point for a discussion, not the end.

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Friday Classics: Swades, True Happiness Comes From Working Together to Do Good

Reflects on Life was talking about this movie in the Wednesday Watching post and suggested it for a Friday Classic.  Which made me realize I hadn’t actually written about it yet.  I think it’s one of those Big movies that I was avoiding, ones that are really good, and I also really like and I want to be careful to explain why I like them in a way that makes you like them too, not just appreciate their quality.

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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: 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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