Friday Not-So-Classic: Gupt! The “Secret” is, This is a Fun Movie!

I know I know, normally this is where I talk about a classic film.  But it’s been a busy week, and I didn’t manage to watch anything fancy, and I don’t have the energy to talk about anything fancy, and Gupt was a the library.  And it is SO AMUSING!!!!  In an “amusingly bad” kind of delightful way.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: It’s My Sister’s Birthday Week! Why Doesn’t Hindi Film Have More Sister Storylines?

Happy Sunday!  I am greeting you from Friday, when I am writing this post, because Sunday I will be out of town celebrating my sister’s birthday.  Also my mother’s, it’s a whole thing, you’ll be hearing more about it.  Anyway, since it’s my sister’s birthday this week, I thought I would offer up some script ideas for good sister based films, since Hindi film is woefully lacking in them! (and since the sister relationship is the most important in my life, as I have said)

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DDLJ Part 22: Marriage Vows Are Taken, and Kajol Makes a Radical Statement

Welcome back to DDLJ!  I’m going to try my best to put up a post every Wednesday, we’ll see how I do.  I already had to stop my box office posts when I got regular with Hindi Film 101, this may mean the end of birthday and/or trailer news posts.  I’ll check viewership and see what the concensus is as to which are more important and based on that I may need to take another DDLJ break at some point. (All DDLJ posts indexed here)

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Trailers! Southern Trailers! I May Have To Spend $$$$$ and See These in Theaters

I don’t have a super lot to say about these trailers, but I am really hoping that you do!  Because I need to learn more about these movies and decide if it is worth it to go see them in theaters.  Because, you know, Tamil/Telugu movie tickets are big bucks!

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DDLJ Part 21: Shahrukh Arrives in India and All of Nature Greets Him

The last couple of sections were kind of downers.  Everything was going wrong.  Kajol was miserable, Amrish was angry, Farida was sad, and the world just felt out of synch.  And now here is Shahrukh!  Finally!  To set the world spinning the right way again. (full index of all DDLJ posts is here)

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DDLJ Part 19: Return to a Land of Gender Divisions!

Welcome back to DDLJ watch!  My new system is to pull all the screenshots, put them in order, and then write the post around it.  It’s working so far, but then I haven’t gotten to any huge discussion points since I started the new system. (part 18 here, you can go back from there)

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Hindi Film 101: Samarth-Mukherjee Family Part 3, Tanuja and Kajol and Tanisha and Ajay and Nyssa (Also, Vote for Next Topic!)

Happy Thursday!  It’s too bad this family is so nice, makes for a kind of dull Hindi Film 101 series.  But at least now we have gotten to the interesting people, Tanuja and Kajol.  Well, exciting might be a better term.  Nutan was plenty interesting too. (don’t forget to go to the end and vote for what you want to read about next!)

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DDLJ Part 17: Doorways and Fire

It’s DDLJ Detailed Analysis: The Return!!!  I always swore I would come back to it, and now I have!  Because of Bahubali 2, which got my close analysis juices flowing.  And which is also sooooooooo boring for those people who haven’t seen Bahubali 2.  But who hasn’t seen DDLJ?  No one!  So these posts should fill in the entertainment for those who can’t read Bahubali 2 posts. (my last DDLJ post, almost a year ago, is here.  You can go backwards through the archives from there)

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TGIF Post: Old is Gold or New is True?

Okay, you ready for deep deep thoughts and discussion?  This came up in my Bhootnath post earlier today, is it better to have an unattractive version of an old favorite, or a perfect shining new version of a newcomer?  And, to make this even more challenging, what if they are in the same family?  Ready to put on your thinking caps and make some votes? (just post a comment if you want with all your choices for 1 through 7)

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Happy Birthday Manish Malhotra! In Your Honor, a Post About Costumes!

I was debating what, if anything, to do for Manish.  And then Filmilibrarian started a conversation on my Monday Questions post about costumes, and I have decided to ruthlessly re-purpose it for a post about costumes in honor of Manish.  Sorry Filmilibrarian!  Your question was just too good to resist!

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Happy Ashok Kumar’s Birthday!!!

I am super sick, so my brain head typing fingers aren’t really working.  I can’t handle anything complicated, like my usual “reasons I love you style birthday posts”. But I think I am up to writing a little narrative of Ashok Kumar’s life.  Even if I can’t handle all the many many news stories that are coming out and I should really be talking about (nothing huge, like Shahrukh getting a divorce or something, but I’d really like to talk about the Censor Board certificate for Ae Dil at some point in the distant future when I no longer feel like death).

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Happy Birthday Akki Baby!!! 49 Reasons I love you!!!

49 years old today!  Making him the middle child of the old school 90s stars.  Younger than the Khan “triplets”, but older than Ajay.  Anyway, Akshay is so big, he definitely deserves a full list of reasons, one for every year.  And he is so old, that I am going to have to split those reasons in half!  So, here are the first 24, right after midnight India time.

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News Round-Up: Varun Might Get Married, Ali Fazal Will Star with Judi Dench, and Kajol Thanks us for Her Birthday Wishes

I’m not even sure I know who Ali Fazal is, but it’s still exciting that he might co-star with Judi Dench!  Oh, okay, he was in a bunch of Western stuff, and also Always Kabhi Kabhi, which was produced by Shahrukh, so there is a Shahrukh connection, so therefore I care about him.

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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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