Happy Birthday Alia! 25 Reasons I Love You

It’s Alia’s birthday!  Which I have somehow never honored before so I have to write this very quickly from scratch.  Let’s see if I can manage it!

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Happy Birthday Alia Bhatt! 24 reasons I Love You!

So weird that Alia is 24 today!  When I was 24, I had just lost my 3rd post-college job and started working minimum wage in a movie theater.  Which is kind of like being a major movie star I guess?  At least we were both making money of the film industry.  Except I had more popcorn smell that never gets out of your hair, and she has more glamorous premieres.

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Humpty Sharma Part 2: It’s Important Not So Much for What it Is, but for What it Says about DDLJ

I already did a detailed discussion yesterday comparing and contrasting the first halves of DDLJ and Humpty.  And that got so long that I decided to break at intermission and talk about the second half today.  This may be slightly too much thought to put in to Humpty (although it is a very good movie.  With a terrible title), but it is interesting as an example of how DDLJ has forever changed and influenced the Indian romance film.

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Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and DDLJ: Why Are They the Same and Why Are They Different?

I just watched Humpty Sharma again, for like the 7th time.  But it was interesting watching it now, while I am in the middle of my DDLJ recap.  So I was hyper aware of what it took from DDLJ and what it got rid of.

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Humpty Sharma Will Be Another Franchise: Why is India Embracing Franchises?

The commentator “E” just alerted me this morning that Dharma announced a “sequel” to Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania, called Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya.  Sure enough, when I pulled up my twitter, I saw that Karan had just tweeted the image above.  Which looks like a sequel image, but rumor has it that it may be a franchise instead, a completely different story with different characters, but the same cast and tone.  Like the Khiladi films, or Murder, or Aashiqui.  Speaking of Aashiqui, a little insulting for Karan to be promoting this as India’s first love franchise, right?

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Happy Birthday Varun Dhawan! Here’s Why I Think You Could Be the Next Shahrukh!

Yeah, it’s Varun Dhawan’s birthday!  He is now 29.  Oh my God, I’m older than Varun Dhawan!  That’s so weird!  Anyway, I’m glad he’s young, because it feels like he could be the next big thing maybe, and you need to be young to be able to do that (poor Shahid, missed his window).

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