I’ll use film examples to make this Indian film related, but really just think of this as an extended dictionary post. I use these words a lot, and other film writers do to, but I’ve never really defined them for you.
Sorry, this is going to be a lot of me-me-me, but it will also be a little bit of a discussion of the responsibility of public writing and education and stuff. So that will be fun! Oh, and it will answer a question that a lot of people have been asking me lately.
My continuing series! Which is half tongue-in-cheek and half serious. If you truly are only interested in learning Hindi in order to better appreciate the films, these are the words that will help you. If you want to actually learn Hindi to read books and talk to people and stuff, this is useless. It’s very rare to need the word for “unfaithful” in common conversation. At least, not my conversations, I don’t know your life. (first post here, second post here, if you want to learn even more words!)
In case it wasn’t clear on the last post for this, I’m not trying to actually help you learn Hindi that you could use in the real world. This is strictly the words that will be helpful in adding a slightly higher layer to understanding films you are watching with subtitles, and to help you follow along if the subtitles go wonky. You will almost never hear most of them in real life.
Accessbollywood.net does the real work of keeping this list updated, you should definitely absolutely subscribe to them for your day to day updates. Accessbollywood also includes more things than my list, I limit it to mainstream releases, no TV films or super art films. Plus, my update is only when I feel like it and have time. Extra time, since I’m not just listing, I’m also describing and giving suggestions on what to watch.
Okay, Asmita in the comments suggested this, but I am a little nervous about it. Because I really really don’t know as much as I should about the non-Hindi industries. And I know SO MUCH about Hindi that I am going to have a hard time limiting myself. But we will see how it goes. Oh, and after you watch all of these, you can just put something in the comments if you want more recommendations based on your favorites, I would LOVE to do that. But this is just the start, I have so much more knowledge to give.
On the Monday Questions post, a couple of people asked me why I don’t write more about classic films. Well, it’s because no one reads those posts! Not a big mystery. People want to read spoilers for new movies in theaters, and news items that mention Shahrukh Khan. If this blog was called “what Shahrukh is doing every minute of every day and also this is the ending of that new movie you saw advertised”, I would be infinitely popular. But I would also be both bored (not that interesting to just list off plot points in a movie) and exhausted (Shahrukh does a lot of stuff!). So let’s see if I can manage to put in one more post topic that is just for me, and no one will read, but I will enjoy writing.