Happy Birthday Hema Malini! Danced Across All the Taboos

Happy Birthday Hema!!!! Such a happy day. A happy day for a happy person.

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Shahrukh Birthday Countdown! Movie 4, Dil Aashna Hai, First Film Signed and 4th Released

I love Dil Aashna Hai!  I watched it years ago on a funky library copy, and fell in love with it.  And then I couldn’t track down a copy on DVD to buy until just recently.  I should have stolen the library copy!  No one else could possibly appreciate it as much as me, I deserved that DVD!  But I didn’t, because I am honest, which means it wasn’t until it just popped up on a random ebay list from a seller in India that I was able to watch it again.  It’s even more wonderful than I remembered!

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Lal Patthar: Want to Watch a Fascinating Unpredictable Old Movie on Netflix? THIS IS IT!!!

You know how every Friday I would go see the new release with my friend Dina? Our new routine is to watch a movie together with Netflix Party every Friday. And we have a long list of weird old movies we have been dying to show each other. So, sorry Internet People! The new movie reviews that are going to be going up, are a lot of weird WEIRD old things. And this one is very weird, I encourage you to read the spoiler section even if you don’t want to watch the movie just to see how WEIRD it is.

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Ramesh Sippy Week Friday Classics: Sholay, The Perfect Movie

This movie has been written about and written about and written about. Usually with Indian film, it’s super easy to write about it because it is so under-studied anything I say will be original. Not the case here! This is like trying to write something new on Citizen Kane, there’s just nothing left. But I pulled up my old post, and added a bit on to it, and let’s see how I do.

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Ramesh Sippy Week: Seeta Aur Geeta, A Film So Memorable I Didn’t Bother Rewatching It!

This may have been a mistake. I’ve seen this movie 3 times at least, and I did a quick fastforward last night, but I didn’t rewatch it straight through. Usually no one cares/remembers enough to correct me when I make mistakes in this situation, but it’s Seeta Aur Geeta, so I have a sinking feeling that my ignorance will be apparent to many many people. Oh well, forgive me! And correct me! And understand why I am speaking in general terms about the plot instead of saying “the first time so-and-so meets such-and-such, they say…”

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Christmas Week: Baghban! Because Families Are Sometimes Hard

Well, this is a saaaaaaaaaaaaaad movie! If you want the happy edit, stop after the telephone booth song, fast-forward until the Valentine’s Day song, watch Hema yell in a nightclub, then fast-forward again until Hema and Amitabh are reunited and play straight through from there.

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May December Romances Among Hindi Film Celebrities!

This is an off-shoot of the discussion we’ve been having off and on about Ranbir-Alia and our conflicting emotions as celebrity watchers. They are hardly the first May-December romance in Hindi film, many of them even more famous and with an even greater age difference. So I thought it might be moderately worthwhile to quickly run through some other similar romances.

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Starter Kit: Top Jodis Of Hindi film

I was going to do a “100 years of history in 10” list, and then I realized there AREN’T actually 10 jodis of equal level.  So I am just going to introduce you to the really really big ones and without worrying about how many I include or putting them in order or anything.

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100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Actresses

Okay, you ready to fight me?  The problem is, unlike actors, actresses never really get the chance to lead the industry, there isn’t a clear “Queen” the way there is a clear “King”.  So this list is a bit of a judgement call, I realize that, and that means there is lots and lots of space for us all to argue.

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Hindi Film 101: A Very Very General History of Dance

Prepare yourself for another Hindi Film 101 that takes me out of my comfort zone!  Someone asked a question on Monday about dancers on film, and there was also suggested that I do some discussion of actresses from the south.  So I am going to try to combine that and talk in very very general terms about classical dance traditions in India and how that relates to actresses, especially from the south.

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TGIF Post: Old is Gold or New is True?

Okay, you ready for deep deep thoughts and discussion?  This came up in my Bhootnath post earlier today, is it better to have an unattractive version of an old favorite, or a perfect shining new version of a newcomer?  And, to make this even more challenging, what if they are in the same family?  Ready to put on your thinking caps and make some votes? (just post a comment if you want with all your choices for 1 through 7)

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Ek Nai Paheli: Because Apoorva Raagangal Doesn’t Have Subtitles

I just went ahead and ordered every R. Balachander movie on Netflix with subtitles.  Which means I ended up watching the remake of Apoorva Raagangal instead of the original.  I hate it when I do that!  Oh well, at least I’ve seen some version of it now, even if it isn’t the “good” version.

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