Hindi Film 101: American Musicals, Margaret’s List

These are not the greatest musicals of all time, or even my favorites. These are more just really interesting ones I think more people should see and which aren’t that famous. And be warned, it is a loooooooooooooooong list. And there’s lots more I am going to remember and wish I could add, but won’t, because it already too long.

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Hindi Film 101: The Standard List of American Musical Films

I was gonna do a “Margaret’s list” and then I realized before I do a “Margaret’s List”, I should get the “normal list” out of the way. And then the post suddenly got to long so I am splitting them in too. If you want a quick intro to the broad sweep of American musical films, here are all the super important ones in chronological order. And PLEASE, my fellow film musical nerds, start an argument with me in the comments!!!! I have OPINIONS. On EVERYTHING. (oh, and the more excited I am about a topic, the more typos I make. I am very very excited about this topic)

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Hindi Film 101: A Brief History of American Musical Films, and How They Are NOT the Same As Hindi

I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate it when people say “oh, Indian movies, they are just like those classic American Musicals I loved”. Because they’re NOT!!!! But then, at the same time, they kind of are. Which is why I hate it when people say that because it’s a really really complicated argument to prove to them that they are being inaccurate and then they start slowly backing away from me and eventually I realize I have become a person alone in a room giving a lecture to nothing.

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Happy Birthday Fearless Nadia Wadia, a Heroine on and Off Screen

I just love Nadia Wadia. She represents, to me, everything that is good about the Bombay film industry. She was an outsider, she was down and out, and she was welcomed and found love and acceptance. And then she turned around and payed it forward, representing a heroine and an icon for the independence movement, her heroines talking about literacy, anti-casteism, all kinds of awesome things. While having fights on the top of a train.

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Hindi Film 101: Seven Behind the Scenes Films to Watch to Learn About the Hindi Film Industry

Just watched AK vs AK, loved it!!! And it made me think about all the other behind the scenes Hindi films that really greyed the line between fact and fiction, and gave you something close to a glimpse of the real industry.

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In Honor of Kamala, a Repost of Hindi Film 101 on Indian Americans

I wrote this post, I don’t know, 4 months ago? 5 months ago? Anyway, it’s interesting to look at and think about how Kamala fits into the history and both is and is not recognized by the Indian American community (I am fascinated that I have seen nothing from the Indian movie stars I follow on social media about her).

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Hindi Film 101: The Feroz Khan Family, Qurbani and Zeenat Aman’s Eye Socket

There are so many Khans around! Because it is a very common name/title in the northern regions where Urdu is spoke and men are tall and handsome and refugees fled in droves to Bombay in the 1940s. But there’s only one Khan family in Hindi film, all the other little Khanses aren’t actually related to each other. Isn’t that interesting?

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Hindi Film 101: Kishore Kumar, Here to Make Us Smile

Kishoreda! I don’t have a super good source for his life, so I am sure I am going to miss things, but I want to do a 101 anyway because he is such a memorable figure that those of you who are new to Hindi film should have some sense of him. I kind of covered a lot of this in other posts, but I don’t think I have given Kishore his on post before.

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Marriage in Modern Urban Indian Culture, a Random Thinky Post Inspired By the New Netflix Matchmaker Show

Not a 101, I am not qualified to write a 101.  This is me basically just sharing my personal history with learning about modern urban Indian marriage practices from people I know and things I have seen and read, and then you can share your own experiences and ask questions of each other and hopefully just talk and learn from each other.

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Hindi Film 101: Abhishek Bachchan, the Quiet Prince

I just wrote about Aish and was surprised that I hadn’t written about her before. In contrast, with Abhishek I know I haven’t written about him before and I’m not quite comfortable even know. He is growing so much before our eyes, I don’t think anything I write now will be the end of his story, I don’t think I can even predict how his story will end.

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Amitabh and Class Repost, My Article on Classism in India and Indian Film Reporting

The first thing you need to know about this post is that I wrote it back in May. As soon as India started being hit with COVID, I started thinking about class, and how that is going to affect everything, including the reporting on the crisis and the attitude towards who it is affecting. Now Amitabh is sick, and the India (reported) numbers are rising, and suddenly other people are also thinking about class and who matters and who doesn’t. Now, this is a Happy Place, so we aren’t going to get super deep into things here, but it’s a good time to think about how invisible classism effects the way we see the world, and what it takes to wake us up.

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Hindi Film 101: Guru Dutt, Hindi Films Great Martyr to Art

I said if I was in the mood, I might finally write a Guru Dutt 101. Well, the rain kept me awake all night, it’s still overcast and drizzling now, but at the same time the light on the lake is so beautiful in the rain that the beauty is worth the melancholy. Perfect time to think about Guru Dutt.

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