Shahrukh Birthday Countdown, Duplicate! The Strangely Endearing Ugly Child

This is NOT a good movie. Sorry to everyone (including one of my closest friends) who loves it, but facts are facts. On the other hand, there are more people than you would expect who love it! Something about this bad bad movie is just strangely lovable.

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Sadak 2 Review (SPOILERS): Trust No Authority

Well, this is a movie that is very angry at authority figures! I can get behind that. The specifics of the message are maybe a little out of date, the GodMan is no longer as powerful in India as GodMob, but the general idea that blind trust in what you are told is bad, that’s a timeless message.

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Sadak 2 Review (NO SPOILERS): Alia and Sanjay and Mahesh, Magic Together

Well, this was simultaneously better and worse than I expected! Mahesh’s directing and Sanjay and Alia’s chemistry together was far better than I hoped. And the anti-establishment message was a delight (I totally hit the nail on the head with my OSHO guess, by the way. Go me!). But the script as a whole just wasn’t quite good enough.

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News Round-Up: Mahesh Bhatt and Jio Dig Up Parveen Babi Again, Ranveer’s Next Heroine Cast, Everyone’s Talking About Sonakshi

Oh there is so much to talk about with today’s stories! Not the actual stories, they are the usual fake bland PR stuff, but what they mean and what we think about them and all KINDS of things!!!!

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Hindi Film 101: The Wonderful World of the Bhatt Family, Part 1, Nanabhai to Aashiqui

This is a suggestion from BollywoodNewbie (thanks BollywoodNewbir!) and it is a fun one, because the Bhatts are just so weird. Weird weird weird. And also, thank goodness, honest and open, so we know all about their wonderful weirdness. They are that one family you knew in high school that always had a messy house and strange food for dinner, but were super laidback and cool and it was more fun to be over at their house scrounging for food and painting on the ceiling than at home.

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Sunday Classic ReRun: Sadak! Let’s Talk About the Original Before the Sequel

This is a bit of an odd duck for a “classics” post.  It came out only 25 years ago, and isn’t as well remembered as some other films from the same era (Saajan, Khalnayak).  I hadn’t even heard of it until it came up in an article on Sanjay.  And then I watched it and went “wow!  This is a brilliant movie!”  So I am here to sing its praises, just in case you haven’t run across it before.

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Hindi Film 101: Sanjay Dutt, Part 9, Sanju Baba Comes Home

I think this is going to be the last part.  The problem is, the more recent parts of Sanjay’s life don’t have the distance yet for them to be covered clearly.  There’s little details, like him running the prison radio show, or Trishala calling him “Papa Dukes” on instagram, but the whole broad sweep of it isn’t clear yet.  So I want to talk a little about Sanjay the person, who he is to those who know him, and leave it at that. (Hindi Film 101 index, including the other parts of the Sanjay story, here)

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Happy Birthday Mahesh Bhatt! 12 Reasons I Love You

Happy Birthday Mahesh!  69 years old today!  And been directing films for the past 43 of those years.  And half your movies are searingly intimate and real and incredibly high quality.  And half of them are very low quality.  What an interesting balance!  Anyway, here’s my traditional 12 reasons I love you! (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

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Friday Classics: Sadak, Taxi Driver Mahesh Bhatt Style

This is a bit of an odd duck for a “classics” post.  It came out only 25 years ago, and isn’t as well remembered as some other films from the same era (Saajan, Khalnayak).  I hadn’t even heard of it until it came up in an article on Sanjay.  And then I watched it and went “wow!  This is a brilliant movie!”  So I am here to sing its praises, just in case you haven’t run across it before.

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Anusual: Anu Aggarwal’s Autobiography is a Judith Krantz Novel Come To Life

Well, that was a terrible terrible very fun book!  I believe essentially not one word of it, but BOY was it fun to read!  Oh, and it also taught me nothing about the film industry, just a lot about Anu (who wasn’t really in the industry for that long).

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Hindi Film 101: Poor Parveen Babi

After taking a little journey through film as a family industry and the Ratnam-Rahman connection, back to the old reliable Hindi Film 101 topic, tragic film heroines!  Parveen Babi is a strong contender for “most tragic”.  And part of that tragedy is how very short her story is, I bet I can do it all in one post.

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Aashiqui 2: A Star is Born With the Brilliance of Judy Garland Onscreen Replaced With the Brilliance of Mahesh Bhatt Offscreen

This is NOT a good movie.  But it is an amusing movie!  It wasn’t like the “wait for death” viewing experience of Azhar, or the “I am so angry I can’t function” experience of Ki & Ka.  It was a fun watch and if I had been about 20 years younger, I may have loved it.

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Happy Birthday Mahesh Bhatt! King of the A++ Movie and the C Movie, but Never B!

Happy Birthday Mahesh!  68 years old today!  And been directing films for the past 42 of those years.  And half your movies are searingly intimate and real and incredibly high quality.  And half of them are very low quality.  What an interesting balance!  Anyway, here’s my traditional 12 reasons I love you!

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