Starter Kit: Samarth-Mukherjee Edition, Rani, Kajol, Tanisha, Tanuja, Nutan, Shobha

The Mukherjee-Samarth family is really something special with their actresses.  Definitely deserving their own special Starter Kit post, to go along with their own special Hindi Film 101 posts.
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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: Sujata, What is in Our Blood?

This took an interesting turn!  I wanted to talk about Sujata and caste in India, and I ended up spending a lot of time talking about race in America.  Because, in the end, they are both about social illusions we have been trained to accept, which can be broken by something as simple as hearing a baby’s cry.

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Hindi Film 101: Mukherjee-Samarth Family Part 3, Nutan and Tanuja Arrive!

Happy Thursday!  And Happy “Day I Finally Reach Famous People” in my Samarth-Mukherjee family tree.  We are through all those b-level stars and pre-Independence film figures, now we are finally into the golden age stars, the ones who matter! (part 1 here, and part 2 here)

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