Hindi Film 101: Star’s and the Masks They Wear and How to Talk About Them

I just got in trouble again, some more, for discussing and critiquing a star persona which was seen as critiquing the person behind it.  Which made me start to think about how I define for myself the star persona versus the person behind it.

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Happy Birthday Emraan! My Favorite of the Imran/Emraans!

(This is an updated and reposted post from last year) If you’d asked me 9 years ago when Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na came out, I never would have said that Emraan would be my favorite Imraan/Emraan.  But today, oh my goodness!  He has beaten his homonym by a mile!  And today he is 38 and still going strong!  Here are 38 separate reasons I love him (yes, most of them are videos).

(Also, that photo up top makes me crack up)

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Katching Up With Koffee: Mira and Shahid’s Debut! Sweet or Sickening?

Well, this was FASCINATING!!!  I’m watching them out of order, so I just finished the Jackie and Sid episode, which was a bit tricky because there isn’t much that the audience was interested in learning about them.  In comparison with Shahid and Mira, where we want to know EVERYTHING.

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Katching Up With Koffee: Siddharth and Jacqueline, Making Interest Out of Nothing

This was an interesting episode!  Mostly because of the challenge it posed to Karan, how is he going to get the audience interested in these two people that we just don’t really care about that much?  It’s the same problem he had with Parineeti and Aditya Roy Kapoor, but I think he handled it better this time.

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Koffee With the Khan Boys! (Don’t Get Excited, It’s Sallu and His Brothers, not SRK and Sallu and Aamir)

This is SUCH an interesting episode!  Much much to discuss.  Nothing super scandalous, but just interesting statements on society and all.  (first episode discussed here, and second here, third here, fourth here, and fifth here)

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Koffee With Karan: Ranbir is Turning Into His Father!

I don’t mean he’s getting the famous Kapoor figure (fingers crossed he never has that).  Or the onscreen charm (he has always had that), but he is beginning to get just a hint of that terrifying interview quality.  From what I’ve seen and read, it sounds like all the Kapoor men (except Shashi) have that a little bit, that slight hint of “Lord of the Manor, Don’t Cross Me or I’ll Have You Killed” in their eyes.  On the other hand, Ranveer is still a total sweetheart. (first episode discussed here, and second here, and third here)

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Katching Up With Koffee: Varun and Arjun! Karan’s Boys!

I missed this, because Star TV didn’t have the courtesy to suspend all broadcasting in honor of Dear Zindagi Week.  It’s just the worst when these multinational media conglomerates don’t bother to tailor their products to local cultures.  Anyway, catching up now, up first, Varun and Arjun! (first episode discussed here, and second here)

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Koffee With Karan! Best Quotes!

Internet Piracy for the win!!!!  Stupid Hotstar.com, the legal website, won’t accept payment from outside India, even using a credit card.  So I hunted and googled and got ten minutes into one video that was pulled literally as I was watching it, and finally a found a deep dark place that had a high quality version available which lasted long enough for me to see the whole show.

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