Raid Review (SPOILERS): Nothing Extraneous, Nothing Uninteresting

This was a really good movie.  The plot is almost exactly what is shown in the trailer, no real surprises, and yet it is still enjoyable to watch because it is so well-made.  So, you can read this SPOILER review and still see the movie and enjoy it almost just the same as if you didn’t know what was going to happen.  But if you are obsessive about avoiding spoilers, you can read the No Spoilers review.

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Hindi Film 101: Nehru-Gandhi Family Part 4, 1984

Oh boy, getting close to modern times!  And the stuff that doesn’t have, like, any “perspective of history” on it at all.  Which is also why it is really important to know about it to watch film, because it is the stuff that is kind of being worked through actively still through film plots. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here)

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Hindi Film 101: Nehru-Gandhi Family Part 3, The Emergency and Sanjay

Did anyone notice I skipped Hindi Film 101 on Tuesday?  These loooooooong posts take a long time to write, and in the meantime I am missing reporting on trailers, news stories, box office.  So I am trying to find a better balance, and since Hindi Film 101 is the least read of them all (then DDLJ posts, then Sunday Speculative. Monday Malayalam and Tuesday Telugu/Tamil, so long as I write about newer movies, do really well.  No one reads about the K. Balachander films), it is getting the axe.  Well, the half axe, I’m still doing it on Thursdays. (last Nehru-Gandhi post here)

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Hindi Film 101: Nargis Dutt, Part 3, the Congress Party, Death, and the Black Sheep Son

Welcome back to the grand ending of Nargis Dutt!  Really, the saddest part of her story is that it is so short.  Only 52 years.  But writing these posts, I am beginning to realize how very happy most of those 52 years were.  (part 1 here, part 2 here)

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Hindi Film 101: Nargis Dutt Part 1, Nargis Before Raj

Nargis Dutt!  Finally!  After teasing her for the past several weeks.  And also, yet another actress after Rekha and Meena.  Why is it that actresses have so much more interesting personal lives than actors?  Or is it just that I find their lives more interesting?  Or is it that the media plays up their lives a little more than with actors?  It’s probably the last.

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Happy Dear Zindagi Week! Mohabbatein, Shahrukh as Teacher!

No young women really in his orbit in this one, but that’s part of what I find so interesting.  That just 16 years ago, it was all about the male generations handing things down to each other (Amitabh to Shahrukh to Jugal Hansraj/Uday Chopra/Jimmy Shergill).  And now we are in a space where the future is a young woman.

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