News Update: Alia Responds to Kangana, Why Context is Important

Sometimes I really hate media. This is being sold as “Alia-Kangana Feud Heats Up!”, but really it is just Kangana making wild insane (literally) accusations and Alia trying not to deal with it. Exactly like the Hrithik situation, which was sold as “Hrithik-Kangana Break-Up Goes Bad!” instead of “Hrithik Roshan is Victimized by a Stalker”.

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News Round-Up: Kangana’s Nasty, Kareena’s Nice, Sid’s Fake-Dating, and Pankaj Has a New Job

Well, Kangana is now publicly spiraling out. And the response is STILL “gee, so outspoken, so honest!” Well, at least from the comments and analysis on her pet site Pinkvilla, I think other sites are a wee bit more “this woman is crazy”.

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Happy News Items: Arjun Kapoor’s Body to Karan’s Twins

I am continuing my attempt to not let the weather get me down (I think I may need to pay gobs of money for last minute tickets to Florida or something. February in Chicago is REALLY REALLY HARD). So, here are news items that are completely unimportant and yet make me smile! Smile along with me!

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Small News Videos: Ranveer Crowd-Surfing, Luka Chuppi Song, Kangana Video

I watched the Luka Chuppi video before work, but the other two I have to go by descriptions and comments because I didn’t see them until later. Please watch them and tell me more about them! And also, that is why this is just a little post, not a big post.

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Manikarnika Discussion Post: Mishti and Krish Interviews

Personally, I find this story fascinating. You don’t have to, either because you are just tired of it, or because you like to watch movies but aren’t interested in how they are made, or just because you don’t think it is that important or worth discussion. But I find it fascinating, and so I am going to indulge myself with another post, and putting up a bunch of videos for you all to watch, and hoping that there will be someone else here I can talk to about it all.

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Manikarnika Review (SPOILERS): After Marriage, Kangana’s Hair and Husband Turn Straight

This is my third post on this movie, after one that dealt specifically with the worst bits of propaganda in it, and my general No Spoilers review. And now I will dig into the details of the plot. Feel free to read this even if you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a familiar story so there’s no big surprises.

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Manikarnika Review (No Spoilers): Kangana is Not a Great Director

Well, I saw it! Despite freezing temperatures, far theaters, and not being particularly interested in the film. And it was not very good. Oh, and MKP just gave me a link to an interview with Krrish!!!! Which points to the same things I noticed, so I wasn’t imagining them. Interview here: https://amp.scroll.in/reel/910912/kangana-ranaut-wanted-everything-to-herself-manikarnika-co-director-says-in-tell-all-interview?__twitter_impression=true

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What is Up With the Manikarnika Trailer?

This film continues to be weird and rough and broken. And yet, it is still supposed to release in a month! Headline is, there was a Grand Trailer Launch about 5 hours ago, press and stars and all, and then the trailer hit youtube and industry folks tweeted it. And then the trailer was pulled from youtube by the studio and is no longer available and no one knows why. What the heck????

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News Round-Up: Prerna Arora is in Jail, Manikarnika is still in Post-Production, Janhvi Kapoor is in a Helicopter?

Happy news round-up day!  I mostly just want to talk about Prenaa Arora, because I love talking about her.  And I want you all’s (y’all’s?  y’alls?) opinion on it.  But there’s also another fun “Manikarnika is a disaster from which none of us can escape” quote from set, and a “oh Karan, don’t even pretend this isn’t nepotism” story about Janhvi.

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Friday Classics: Once Upon a Time in Mumbaii, the 70s Meets the 90s

Such a good movie!  And such an interesting movie, a challenging movie, because it deals with the birth of a monster and how society was culpable in his birth, without also forgiving him for what he did or pretending he is less than what he was.

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People Talking About Talking About Things: Sonam Versus Kangana

We have now entered the stage of the news cycle when the actual thing gets hidden under people talking about the thing, and then people talking about talking about the thing.  So, fine, I will contribute to the talking about talking about with the only exchange I find particularly remarkable.  Other people said eloquent things, wrong things, right things, and so on.  It’s just that this exchange is so odd, I can’t help but repeat it so you can tell me “no, you’re right, it is odd!”  And so it can also serve as a reminder of the kind of public discourse that somehow goes without comment in the Hindi film industry.
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Hindi Film 101 Repost: Why It Is So Hard For Women in Indian Film, In Honor of Tanushree Dutta’s Experiences and Kangana Ranaut’s Rapid Rise

This is another old post, but one that is relevant again today as we are reminded both of how aggressive women have to be to get their fair due, and how dangerous it is to make demands, thanks to Kangana and Tanushree Dutta.

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Hindi Film 101: Kangana’s Coup D’Etat and Why Closed Doors Increase Creativity

I finally found out how to spell “coup d’etat”!  Thanks to a comment, because spellcheck and google certainly weren’t going to help me.  As my German teacher used to tell me, French is a silly language where nothing is spelled the way it sounds.  To the degree that I can’t even get close enough to google it.

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me?

Happy Monday!  I had an exhausting weekend, my sister and brother-in-law were in town, we all drove up to the family place and helped Mom and Dad do hard manual labor to get it closed up for the fall.  Well, almost closed up.  There’s one more exhausting weekend coming. Anyway, distract me from being exhausted at work!  As me questions! Continue reading

TGIF: A Month of Food and Stars and Snark, Enjoy!!!!

This is a continuation of a post I put up on Wednesday.  Turns out, almost every day of the month in September has a food attached to it (food lobbyists/publicists have way too much time and money).  So then all I had to do was figure out which actor matches the food.  I was a wee bit mean on Wednesday, I am feeling less mean today, but we will see if the meanness rises up in me again.

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News Round-Up: Kangana Does Wrong, Abhi Baby Does Right, Nick Jonas… Hmm

Oh there is FUN STUFF today!!!!!!!  Talk about contract disputes and filming hierarchies, my favorite!  Oh, and also terrible gossip that lets us feel like better people than celebrities and gives that little “zing” of excitement from conspiracy theories.

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