Happy Birthday Ekta Kapoor!

You may say Farah or Zoya has more power, and maybe if you just look at the films they produced, okay.  But if you look at all the stars and stories and production changes Ekta has done through film AND television, there is no contest.  So, for her birthday, here are 18 reasons I love you, one for every hundred episodes produced of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (1833 in total). (this is an updated and reposted-post from last year)

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Learn Indian Primary Narratives Through Film Songs!

I considered “myths”, but that’s not quite right.  There are a combination of Persian legends, Punjabi folk tales, and of course the Puranic stories of Ram and Sita, which are all important to know if you watch Hindi film because they influence the way the narratives play out.  Luckily, many of them are summarized and represented through simple songs!

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Hindi Film 101: Stars as Commodities, Directors as Parents, Money Money Money

There were 3 interesting industrial news stories in one day, which I want to use as  jumping off point to discuss how money and art intersect in Hindi film.  The first two are short and kind of set the stage, the last one is the very interesting one that relates to the whole history of how film finances work. (this was originally posted as a news round-up, but it really makes more sense as a Hindi Film 101)

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News Round-Up: Industrial Stories! Money Money Money Money

Oh boy!  My favorite juicy scandalous fascinating addictive news items!  That’s right, INSIDE INDUSTRY BUSINESS STORIES!  Let’s get into contracts and star rates and all kinds of fun stuff like that!  No joke, I really do find these stories way way way more fun to talk about than, like Anushka-Virat wedding news.  Maybe you do to!  And even if you don’t, you can just not read this!  That works too.

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Valentine’s Day Announcements! Upcoming Films And More

Well, everyone wants to release first looks on Valentine’s Day.  So there are soooooooooooo many.  And also, bonus, a reminder that once upon a time Jaya and Amitabh were so in love you could die.

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