Hindi Film 101: The Three Phases of an Actress Career

This came up on yesterday’s News Round-Up post when we were talking about Dips and Padmavati and where she might go next.  The thing is, there is a standard route where she will go that is kind of an unspoken but accepted thing.  So I thought I might as well speak it, just in case you are new to the films and are unaware of the expectations for an actress.  Oh, and also give a comparison with Hollywood in case you are new to Hollywood and unaware of the standard route there.

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Learn Hindi From Film Songs!!!!

This is inspired by Alisa, our new commentator who is trying to get a handle on the films.  And also likes Aamir, thus the orgy of Aamir at the end this.  It’s half tongue in cheek, just an excuse for fun songs, but also serious, these songs will really give you a leg up on some common words.

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Silly Sunday: 18 Movies Shahrukh Should Make Next (Part 1)

Next week I get down to 11, right?  So I can go back in depth instead of these shorter ones?  That will be a relief.  This week though, another series of really short kind of idea sketches, since I have to do a full 18.

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Friday Classics: Rajkumar, How Am I the Only Person Who Has Seen This Movie?

Wicked witches, evil uncles, twins, love potions, Madhuri Dixit, horses, fairy tale kingdoms, Danny Denzongpa, bungee cord fight scenes, geese, have I said anything bad so far?  No!  There is nothing bad in this movie!  It’s all goodness, goodness so rich that maybe it was hard for people to stomach, and thus its massive flop at the box office on release.  And, I was surprised to learn from the comments on my sexy songs post, not something that the readers here might even be aware of.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Scheherazade in the Hindi Film Industry, the Return of Sanjay-Madhuri, and S&M Shahrukh

So, this week, I had 3 half-baked ideas (first and second from conversations in comments with Asmita, 3rd from conversation with Joyomama), and no fully baked ideas.  So I am going with the 3 half-baked.

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Hindi Film 101: A Very Very General History of Dance

Prepare yourself for another Hindi Film 101 that takes me out of my comfort zone!  Someone asked a question on Monday about dancers on film, and there was also suggested that I do some discussion of actresses from the south.  So I am going to try to combine that and talk in very very general terms about classical dance traditions in India and how that relates to actresses, especially from the south.

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Happy 50th Madhuri!!!!!!!

It’s Madhuri’s birthday today!  Well, today in India.  But I want to start celebrating as soon as possible, so I am putting up my birthday posts today.  And it’s a big birthday, and she is a big star, so I am doing one reason for every year she was alive, 50 in total. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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March Meets April Today, So Let’s Celebrate the Magic of When a Couple Meets

I’ve been watching City of God basically on a loop for the past 3 days, just sort of in the background while I do other things.  And the one moment I have to stop and watch every time is the “Kaalangal” song.  At first because it is sooooooo sexy, but on repeat viewing because it is just so pretty.  In a way that felt really unique, until I started to remember the other song sequences I had seen like it before.  There is something about that really sweet moment when two people figure out for the first time that they love each other.

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Happy Raees Week! Tezaab Had Gangsters and Garba Before Raees!

I’m I the only one who has seen Streets of Fire?  If so, you must ALL WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY!!!!  Anyway, Streets of Fire was remade in India as Tezaab, with Anil in a tapoori-type role and Madhuri in her break out performance, and lots and lots of 80s style action.

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TGIF Silly Silly Post Which Should Help You Start the Weekend Horny and Hungry

It’s Friday, I had a long week (that Wednesday Cubs game!!!), so my friend and I just spent two hours working on a very very silly personal challenge together.  An attempt to answer the question “What flavor/food best encapsulates the feeling of certain movie star’s sexiness?”  I did the men and she did the women. (also, she’s a really cool Burlesque dancer under the name “Rosemary Maybe“, just in case she ever comes to your town, you should check her out!)

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Saajan: I Finally Watch It! And It Is Just as Good as I Have Always Heard!

This is one of those movies that I knew was really good, and I just haven’t gotten around to watching it.  Well, haven’t gotten around to it, and it was kind of hard to find a copy of.  But, thanks to the proliferation of international streaming services, I now longer had that excuse, so I finally watched it!

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