Hindi Film 101: Top Hindi Film Personalities Decade By Decade

This is gonna be a fun one for me to write, and a useful one for some of you. Thanks for the suggestion Catherine!

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Everyone is Talking At Me At Work! Here is a Post of “Lower Your Blood Pressure” Songs

I’m the customer support supervisor at work, which means I get my own office and a window (oooo!), but also I get to take the really complicated phone calls. And it has not been a good day for phone calls. Or maybe, it has been a good day for phone calls? What I am saying is, I have been on the phone straight through for the past 5 hours and it is beginning to get a bit stressy. I’m supposed to also do a bunch of really urgent work things, and I’d like to actually respond to your comments on the blog, plus personal emails and stuff, but that’s not going to happen today. Also lunch, lunch is not going to happen. I’ve been trying to eat an apple for 5 hours, and I’m still only two bites in.

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100 Years of Hindi Film History in 10 Actresses

Okay, you ready to fight me?  The problem is, unlike actors, actresses never really get the chance to lead the industry, there isn’t a clear “Queen” the way there is a clear “King”.  So this list is a bit of a judgement call, I realize that, and that means there is lots and lots of space for us all to argue.

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Friday Classics: Phool Aur Patthar, Dharmendra Reveals Himself

Happy Friday!  And Happy Dharmendra’s Birthday!  I considered changing my plans in honor of Shashi, but I decided no, Shashi would want life to go on.  And anyway, we should let Shashi serve as a reminder to cherish our legends while we have them (Dilip Sahib’s birthday is in 3 days, get ready for a blow out!)

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Hindi Film 101: Meena Kumari Part 2, The Years as a Wife

Welcome back to Meena Kumari part 2!  As I mentioned in the first part, this is almost entirely based on her classic biography, published within weeks of her death.  It’s not a completely unreliable source, but it’s also the version that people were remembering just after she died.  One thing that does seem clear is that she was a woman who never fully controlled her own destiny.

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Hindi Film 101: Meena Kumari Part 1, The Years as a Daughter

I’m finally doing Meena Kumari!  Because she was consistently the second choice every time I gave you options.  And because I have this book (be aware, it’s written in an unusual style for a bio.  But it’s still fun!) for a source, so it’s easy.  The thing with Meena, is that she was never able to really live alone or control her own destiny, she just went from man to man, starting with her father.

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