I just love Nadia Wadia. She represents, to me, everything that is good about the Bombay film industry. She was an outsider, she was down and out, and she was welcomed and found love and acceptance. And then she turned around and payed it forward, representing a heroine and an icon for the independence movement, her heroines talking about literacy, anti-casteism, all kinds of awesome things. While having fights on the top of a train.Continue reading
What a ridiculous fun movie! Once you start watching it double time which really REALLY feels like regular time, like the funky old-fashioned filming put it at the wrong speed.Continue reading
I love Fearless Nadia. She is my dream Halloween costume. And I could pull it off too! We look the same, same kind of build and blonde hair and blue eyes. I just have to put on a sari and carry a whip. But then everyone would think I am culturally appropriating and give me a hard time so I can’t. The world is hard.Continue reading
This is the 106th anniversary of Indian film. I already put up a post about the start of it all, Dadasaheb Phalke, but I want to keep going. And after Phalke came the start of the other little studios, like Wadia Movietone.Continue reading
I did a long post about Nadia Wadia/Fearless Nadia/Mary Ann Evans several months back, thought I should repost it in honor of her birthday today.
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.
I’m still in the middle of my Chopra family series, I’ll be back to it next week for the family feud in the second generation and the joining with the Mukherjee family. But right now, I wanted to make sure we all knew the “real” story behind Kangana Ranaut’s character in Rangoon before we go see the film.
Well, this is not what I was hoping for from a Bhardwaj movie! He is stylish, sure, but it is style that overlays real hardcore traditional messy Indian emotions. And Indian settings, gritty villages and remote farms. This thing though, at least based on the first trailer, is all style over substance. Luhrmann after Strictly Ballroom.