Hindi Film 101: The Bhatts Part 2, From Nazis to Alia

I already put up part 1, which covered the earliest Bombay generations. Now it’s time to move forward and bring us to the present day.

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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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Let’s Make a Match! Arjuns Edition (with bonus Hrithik)

Sorry to those of you who like deep thoughtful posts, my brain is fried and I have no thoughtfulness available too me.  Also, I have to write a church service.  Also do laundry.  It’s a busy week, no time for thought today!  So, join me in total superficiality!

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News Round-Up: Thugs Dance, Ittefaq Delays, Ranbir Kishores, and SADAK!!!!

News round-up!  With NO SHAHRUKH STORIES AT ALL.  Truly, we are in a new era starting today. (and then I immediately mention him in the first paragraph of an unrelated story.  But it was RELEVANT!)

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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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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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Aamir Khan-Awwww! What a nice man!

So, apparently Aamir saw a post on Facebook from a kid with progeria who wanted to meet him to thank him for Taare Zameen Par.  So he arranged a meeting and brought a bunch of Taare Zameen Par goodies and talked with the kid and his family for a long while.

So sweet!  And not publicized at all, the reporters only found out about it because the family posted pictures of Aamir on their Facebook page.

Not my favorite fan meeting star story, that would be the guy from Pakistan who illegally crossed the border to meet Pooja Bhatt and was then imprisoned for two decades (don’t worry, she eventually found out and went to visit him in jail), but still pretty sweet!