Hindi Film 101: The Double-Edged Sword of Charisma, the Target of Celebrity

I think I found my point by the end of this, but it took me a bit to get there. Please read carefully and see if you can follow.

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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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Hindi Film 101: Classism in Film Criticism

I just got really angry while writing a review of Bewarchi, and I also got really angry because I just accidentally watched one of those “family family” Telugu movies that make smoke shoot out of my ears. So, while hopped up on anger, I thought I would write a post tearing down invisible classism. Not to end a discussion, but to start one.

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Hindi Film 101: Rishi Kapoor, A Lifetime Spent Struggling Against His Father’s Legacy

I already wrote my farewell post to Rishi, what he meant to me, but I want to put together a post about Rishi the person. As a Kapoor, we (the public) know a remarkable amount about him personally, and Rishi in interviews and his memoir has made even more available. I’m not going to try to rake up scandal or demonize him, but I want to do my best to give a fair and balanced look at the life of this man we have just lost.

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Hindi Film 101: Happy Birthday Zohra Sehgal! You Had a Long Fascinating Life, Let’s Talk About the Amazing-ness!

I love thinking about Zora Sehgal, because she is a great person for “you are never out of time to try something new”. Right now we are all going “oh darn, I missed my chance to do ____ (trip, graduation, whatever)”. And here’s Zora to go “no no no! Whatever it is, it can still happen, at any point. Your life is full of opportunities, always.”

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