Repost: Intro to 7 Actresses And the Phases of Their Career

This is an out of date post from a couple years ago, but only out of date in that the “most recent” film choices are no longer most recent. And, like, Anushka wasn’t married yet. Otherwise it is still a great post for giving you an idea of the pattern most actresses follow in their careers and how they play out.

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Hindi Film 101: Ranbir Kapoor, The Physical Embodiment of Young Male Privilage

Okay, sharpen your claws, build up the knives of resentment, stoke the fires of your class/gender anger, and let us focus all of that on the one perfect representation of every man who ever tried to tell you his pain was more important than yours, that his success is a tribute to talent and not privilege, that if we disagree with him it is just because we don’t have the depth to understand his thoughts. Take down Ranbir, and we can take down every patronizing boss, every bad boyfriend, every dumb colleague promoted over you, every person who looks at the world and only sees a mirror, not a window. Yes, our Ranbir Hate, in one great cleansing burst, will Save the World.

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Hindi Film 101: Arjun Kapoor, An Average Actor and an Amazing Human Being (warning: you will cry)

Merry Christmas Angie! And Merry Christmas to all of us, because while I find Arjun unremarkable as an actor, as a person I find him surprisingly inspiring and, a strange word to use for a movie actor, but maybe a little bit Noble?

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Hindi Film 101: Ranveer Singh, The Value of a Good Education

You know why I don’t like doing 101s on people in the middle of their careers? First, because people feel more passionate about it and are likely to disagree with me and I hate it when people disagree with me. And second, because it is a continuing story and things that may happen in the future will affect the accuracy of what I say here. So please keep that in mind, disagree respectfully and correct me respectfully, and forgive me if you come back to this post 2 years from now and it is no longer correct.

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In Honor of Silk Smitha's Birthday, a Repost of my Hindi Film 101 on Types of Item Songs and Their Various Meanings

Every once in a while the war drums start beating about how item songs are the cause of all the bad things that happen to women in India, and it always bothers me, because “item songs” ends up including a whole range of songs that are completely different in meaning.  Oh, and this is kind of a partner with this post that goes into what objectification means, and this post that talks about male and female gaze)

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Hindi Film 101: Shahid Kapoor, the Actor Who Fell Backwards Into Fame

Shahid Kapoor is SO FASCINATING!!! His career reflects the changing guard of Indian film for the past 2 decades more than anyone else I can think of. And those changes are so vast that much of what he has been through in his career has disappeared, as people cannot even conceive of how things used to be. And, coincidentally, I scheduled reviews of two 2009 Shahid movies for today, so it is a good day for it.

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Hindi Film 101: Love Between Men in Indian Cinema

Oh boy, a Big Thought post! As always with these posts, every single point and discussion is TM Me, so if you find yourself repeating them somewhere else on the internet, please please give proper attribution. There is nothing more depressing than when I end up on some other site and realize a post or comment is just my ideas repackaged and relabeled under someone else’s name.

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Hindi Film 101: 3 Discussion Topics Pulled out of Recent Reviews; Acid Attacks, Brechtian Art Theory, and the Suffering Artist Fallacy

When I am writing a review, I often branch off into Deep Thoughts inspired by the topic of the film. They are related to the film and belong in the review, but they are also above and beyond the film. Since my last two reviews have gotten soooooooooooo few views (Uyare and Nenu Naa Rakshisi), and I put a lot of work into those big thinky parts of them, I decided to do something a little different and pull out those sections from the reviews and give a new post to discuss just them. Oh, and also the section of my Rockstar review which was similarly abstract.

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Hindi Film 101: High Concept, Low Concept, Genres, Male Versus Female Criticism, and Western Versus Indian Film

Thank you Reflects on Life and MKP and Popka Superstar for encouraging me to write this post! It’s probably not exactly what you pictured (nothing ever is, life is a series of disappointments), but at least it’s kind of getting at it.

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Hindi Film 101/NRI Week: The Evolution of the NRI on Film and in Reality

You ready for an incomplete history and incomplete list of films? I’m gonna take a stab at describing Indian/South Asian immigration patterns based on the class I took in college 10 years ago and various articles and stuff I’ve read since. It’s not really that expert. But at least it will get the discussion started! And to help with discussion, some filmi examples.

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Hindi Film 101: A Very Very Superficial History of Pakistani Film and TV

I am, like, BARELY qualified to write this. I read a couple articles, I did a grad school seminar that discussed Pakistan history, and I’ve seen maybe a half dozen Pakistani films. So really, not a lot of knowledge! Any less and I would refuse to write this at all. I encourage you to go out and learn from others, and to comment and teach me more if you know more, this is just a starting point.

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Hindi Film 101: South Asian Languages, or Why You Don’t Speak Hindi in Tamil Nadu

I was in the middle of writing a 101 on Pakistani film when I realized I can’t really do that without talking about the relationship between Hindi and Urdu, and I can’t do that without talking about South Asian languages in general, and thus we find ourselves here.

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Hindi Film 101: Hrithik, the Cursed Golden Boy, Part 1

I’m breaking my own rule because Hrithik is still in his career, things could still happen in his life, so it is a bit early for a 101 post. But he also has had such a fascinating unexpected life so far, I feel like he deserves a post. Or two posts, because there is SO MUCH.

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