Box Office Overseas: Stree Word of Mouth Hasn’t Crossed the Oceans Yet

Huh.  I am seeing all these stories about how wonderful Stree is doing in the Indian market, and I am just not seeing that in the overseas market.  Interesting, we don’t usually get such a strong divide. (as always, figures from Bollywoodhungama)

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Happy Birthday Gulzar!!!!! 15 Reasons I Love You

Gulzar, Indian film’s old man of poetry.  Who used to be Indian film’s young man of poetry.  But time moves on, and now he is the lyricist and dialogue writer with the longest innings in the industry.

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Happy Independence Day Again! A New Patriotic Classic, About the Cost of Patriotism, Raazi!

This is an actual excellent film, and a very fun watch.  It doesn’t really matter if you know what happens, you can still enjoy watching it play out, but if you like being surprised and having edge of your seat thrills, maybe wait and read the No Spoilers review first, and then this one after you have seen the movie.

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Happy India Independence Day! My Favorite India Patriotic Songs

I am not, in fact, Indian.  So anything song that goes “Rah Rah Rah, Indian Over All” is not really going to work for me.  But a song that goes “Rah Rah Rah, Let’s Love Our Home Because it Is Our Home And Try To Make It Better”, that works for me because it works for everyone in the world, you know?  And these are my favorite of that time.

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Memorial Day: In Hindi Songs

It’s Memorial Day, which I am celebrating in the traditional American way, a barbecue.  Although I am also sort of visiting a cemetery, since my friend’s backyard backs up on one.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t take a moment to think about what it really means and why it is a unique holiday.  Fair warning, this involves a lot of use of Rang De Basanti.

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Box Office: Raazi Rides Again! And 102 STILL Not Out

This is a good week!  Recent release doing very well in the second week, older release surprisingly still holding steady, and an assortment of other not so good movies still feeling in some of the screens. (as always, figures courtesy of renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama)

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Box Office Report: Raazi and Mahanati Prove Women Are Better Than Men

I was going to come up with something clever, but now, simple is best.  Every male star in every industry is struggling to make a decent box office, and Alia and the Savatri biopic sweep in and break records without breaking a sweat. (as always, figures from renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama)

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Raazi Review (SPOILERS): Patriotism Which Kills the Host

This is an actual excellent film, and a very fun watch.  It doesn’t really matter if you know what happens, you can still enjoy watching it play out, but if you like being surprised and having edge of your seat thrills, maybe wait and read the No Spoilers review first, and then this one after you have seen the movie.

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Raazi Trailer! What Do We All Think?

Well, this is a fascinating trailer!  2018 continues to look like a much better year for films than 2017.  The old dinosaurs, Stars and Directors, are stepping back and new faces are getting a chance to shine.  This film is a perfect match of a new actor and a new creative team behind her.  Which came together to create a new story.

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