Silly Sunday: Historic Films I Want to See, Mohenjo Daro Rewritten, Nur Jahan and Jahinger with Shahrukh and Tabu, and Edwina and Nehru in a Mini-Series

Grand finale of Historic Films week! The Historic films I have written which are so much better than the historic films people in Hindi cinema are actually making. I didn’t get around to watching Panipat, but really, just read this instead of looking for a review of that.

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One Off Speculative Post: Epic Historic Romances India Should Make Instead of War Films, Including Shahrukh as Jahangir in a Nur Jahan Love Story!

I never thought I would say this, but I am so sick of big battles! With horses and swords and elephants. Okay, I tell a lie, I will never be sick of elephants. But the other stuff, yes. Let’s have more historical romances!

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me This Very Very Busy Movie Week?

Well, showtimes are a disaster! The only War showtime I can make on Wednesday is at 8pm. Which would be less bad if I could squeeze in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy in an earlier show, but no luck for that either. So it looks like it will be a 1am night two nights in a row. Gah. Or, I put Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy off for Friday afternoon just so I’m not quite so pie-eyed.

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Hindi Film 101: The Nehru-Gandhi Family, The 1st Generation and the Young Jawaharlal

Well, this is one I’ve been avoiding!  Because I know feelings run high on it.  And I know that, as a non-Indian, I have no right to talk about another country’s politics.  So I am not going to talk about politics, I am going to give as impartial a perspective as I can on the progression from Motilal to Jawaharlal to Indira to Rajiv to Sonia to Rahul.  Because as I discovered yesterday when looking at the posters for upcoming films, we are about to have a spate of Indira-era period pieces, and to understand them, you really need to know about not just Indira, but what came before and after.

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Two New Trailers! One Looking To the Future, One to the Past

If I were Aamir Khan, I don’t know if I would have released a trailer for another movie today.  On the one hand, it gave a little extra buzz around the name “Aamir Khan”, so that’s good for the Dangal release.  But on the other hand, the buzz isn’t about Dangal, it is about something else.  A risk!  Oh, and also a trailer for Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy House.  That’s the one that’s looking to the past, Aamir’s trailer is super cool and modern.

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