Hindi Film 101: Fan Identities and Shifting Stardom

Bollywood Newbie brought up a really interesting topic in my post on Aamir’s birthday yesterday.  What identity does belonging to certain fandoms give you?  This is kind of a high level fan study/media meaning making topic, so I want to hear what you all think, but I also want to give you some framework for the discussion first.

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Shahid Day Continues! Kaminey, Shahid’s Best Picture (I Think)

Hello Again! Another repeat as I continue my day of doing ten million things up to and including getting my annual emissions test for my car. So I am using the time to repost all my Shahid reviews, in honor of his birthday tomorrow.

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Hindi Film 101: Marriage and Movie Stars

On Friday I did a “TGIF” of happy couples, and then I realized that I was kind of skipping to the end, posting the couples without defining “happy” before.  And I also find it legitimately fascinating how tricky the public versus private requirements of Hindi film industry marriages are.

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Dil Dhadakne Do: A Family Film

Here’s a random post.  There’s a big thought provoking scary hard important post coming tomorrow morning, but I wanted one more nice film discussion post first.  And Angie reminded me that I had still not written about this film.

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Starter Kit: 7 Actresses in All 3 Phases of Their Career

I put up a post about the 3 phases of an actress’ career in Hindi film (Starting Out, Established, Married), and then I also put up a post about starter films to get to know actors.  And I was puzzling over how to do a post about actresses, since they really don’t have the same kind of massive career backlog as actors, and I thought “Aha!  I can combine the two posts!”  So that’s what I did, here are some of the top actresses divided into their 3 career eras (or 2, depending).  I could have kept going on and on, but I ran out of energy, so I stopped at 7.  I’m sure I will be back with more.

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New Youtube Video! Thought Piece, What Happened to Indian Popular Culture and Woman in the 90s?

Something a bit different, this could easily be a blog post but it would be a long boring one, and I would probably get angry comments on it.  So instead, a video!  Which will either be completely ignored, or I will get angry comments on youtube, but I don’t care as much about youtube people.

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Friday Classics: Kaminey, the Best Bhardwaj Film and the Best Bombay Film for Ganesh Chaturpathi

Not sure why I suddenly felt like writing about this film, but I did, so you will have to put up with it.  And it is a really really good film.  An odd film, not as easy a sell as Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy, but brilliant if you give it a chance.  Plus, it’s Ganesh Chaturpathi, and this is a nice Bombay themed film for that.

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Ready for a Bunch of Unreliable Unconfirmed Rumors?

I’m tired of sifting through the news to find the stories that are confirmed and reliable and also seem believable based on previous news stories!  I’m going wild and reporting a bunch of completely unverified stuff that people made up because it sounds good!

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Hollywood Gossip So Big I am Actually Reporting it!!!!!

I really don’t care most of the time about what happens in the American gossip news.  I mean, after getting used to the crazy rumors that fly around in the Indian film industry, all the American gossip just seems kind of bland.  But there are two stories today that are so big, I actually care about them!!!

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Let’s Look at Some Romances of Consumerism!

Another ad post!  I just keep finding awesome ones!  Also, I realized I still hadn’t posted the epic Ponds Saif and Priyanka series, which rivals the Anthony Stewart Head (yes, from Buffy) Taster’s Choice ads from England in its romantic scope.

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News Randomness: Salman Gives an Interview, Priyanka’s Brother is in Trouble, and Sultan Holds Steady in 2nd Week

I’m a little late to the party on the biggest item here, Salman’s celebratory press conference in which he offered all kinds of juicy quotes and Anushka addressed the ridiculous “bad feminist!” arguments against her character.  Rediff has a nice summary of the best bits.  But, better late than never!

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