Gossip Cliff Notes: Biggest Stories of Hindi Film, Speaking Them Kills Their Power

We’ve been talking about gossip back and forth for the past few weeks, and I’ve been thinking about all those stories that are just sort of in the air around us with no one ever actually saying them straight out.  They are more poisonness that way, I think, floating around powerful and unspoken.  So, let’s speak them!  I’ll start with a list of every gossip story I have heard, and you can add on whatever I have missed.

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TGIF: Star Wars Themed! Strange Braids

Happy Friday!  And Star Wars Day!  Maybe no one else cares, but I think the whole Princess Leia look is a good start for a post, Best Braids!

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Friday Classics: Mili! A Familiar Dramatic Story Told in an Undramatic Way

I was going to watch Uphaar, but that wasn’t available anywhere.  So then I was going to watch Guddi, but I couldn’t find my DVD.  And so, with every other door closed to me, I was forced to turn to Mili.  The film I bought 4 years ago and have been avoiding in fear of the sad bits.

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Anamika Mini-Review: My Favorite Young Jaya Movie! Jaya Plays a Girl Who Chooses Her Own Name and Her Own Destiny

Happy 3 days after Jaya’s birthday!  This is another review of a movie I have seen often enough that I can write the review without prep.  But also a movie I think is legitimately worth talking about.  It is just so delightful!  And at the same time, breaks so many taboos!  Oh, and Jaya is so amazing, it’s a great film to watch if you are wondering if/why she was a really big star.  Or at least, skip to the end of this post and watch the video.

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Silly Sunday: For Women’s Day! Movies About Strong Women

Happy Sunday!  This week, a collection of movies about strong survivor type women.  Going with just outlines again, because I love it when you help me fill in the outlines!  Oh, and if you are looking for SRK, he is at the last story.

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Saturday Classics: Silsila! For Holi!

Happy Saturday!  I’m on vacation, so I missed yesterday’s Friday classic post.  And posts will be a bit sparse for the next few days.  But I’m gonna make up for it by doing a stone-cold classic, which is also holiday appropriate, for the random one-off Saturday Classics post.

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TGIF: For Valentine’s Day, Cutest Couple Photos

First, if you are in a grumpy “I hate romance and love and couples!” mood, that is your right, and you should go watch Anjaam and look at yesterday’s “men in wet shirts” post.  But if your mood is more “falala, happiness and flowers and my boyfriend/husband is so awesome!”, then this will just serve to increase that feeling.  Or, alternatively, if you are in a sort of miserable “there are no happy couples or true love in the world” vibe, this will convince you that is false.  Also, I have a clear and declared winner for the Best Couple Award, you will have to convince me out of it.

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Starter Kit: Hindi Film Romance Through the Decades

I forgot about this post until reflects on life reminded me of it!  And now I think I will make it an annual tradition, to update and repost it on Valentine’s day.

Valentine’s Day!  Day of love!  And for that reason, a good day for a one of post just about love stories.  The two kinds of them, the socially relevant ones in which the romance is just a jumping off point for a broader social issue, and the fun fun fun ones that just make you smile.

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100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Actresses

Okay, you ready to fight me?  The problem is, unlike actors, actresses never really get the chance to lead the industry, there isn’t a clear “Queen” the way there is a clear “King”.  So this list is a bit of a judgement call, I realize that, and that means there is lots and lots of space for us all to argue.

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Friday Classics: Abhimaan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee Does A Star is Born

Kind of related to Secret Superstar, right?  Another movie about a female protegee of a successful musician.  But completely different in every other way.  Anyway, an interesting film to talk about!

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Friday Classics: Zanjeer, the First and Most Romantic Amitabh Film

I know this is the film that invented the Angry Young Man.  I know it is a Big Story about power and the state and so on and so forth.  And that’s why I enjoy it and respect it the same way I enjoy any of the other Amitabh classics, Sholay or Deewar or Trishul or Agneepath.  But the reason I love it just for me, is because Jaya and Amitabh are SO IN LOVE.  Like, so in love that it is blinding.  It’s not a surprise they got married as soon as they finished filming, it would have been a surprise if the DIDN’T get married.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Multi-starrers! What Movies are Crying to be Remade?

Happy Sunday!  Datablue mentioned re-watching Ocean’s 11 on the Wednesday Watching post, and of course that got me started thinking about how/why it should be remade in Hindi film.  And then I started thinking about all the other multi-starrer options from American film that really should be remade.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Happy Birthday Jayaji! Here Are Some Ideas for Your Next film

It’s Jaya Bachchan’s birthday!  She is 69 years old today, and semi-retired, as are most 69 year olds.  But I think she still has some great movies in her, and I would love to see her come back in a leading role.

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Hindi Film 101: Rekha 3.0, After Amitabh

Part 3!  I am so glad I decided to do this in multiple parts.  I probably could have squeezed it all into one, but Rekha has really lived many lives, it is only fair to give her many posts.  Oh, and again, almost all this information comes from This Book.  Buy it if you like these posts and want to learn more! (post 1 here and post 2 here)

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Hindi Film 101: Rekha 2.0, The Amitabh Years

This is such a fun one to write!  Mostly because it is so fake.  Rekha is brilliant at manipulating the press and crafting an image for herself, so her whole life story (as presented to the public) sounds like something out of a bad melodrama.  Oh, and almost all of this is based on This Book, which is a super fun read and if you like this post, you should go buy it and read it.

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Aiyyaa: Like Ohm Shanti Oshaana, but Weird!!!

Now, if you remember, I looooooooved Ohm Shanti Oshaana.  Whole-hearted no reservations loved it.  And the big main thing I loved is still there in Aiyyaa, that it is a love story from the female side instead of the male, the woman gets to fall in love at first sight and be the stalker and make all the big gestures and stuff.  But, all the little things in Aiyyaa are just WEIRD!  Weird weird weird!  I can see why it wasn’t a hit.

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