Director’s Week: Aditya Chopra, Businessman First and Artist Second

Adi! Such an odd director, unpredictable and yet predictable. And always achieves the goal he sets out to achieve. I forgot, I already covered Aditya’s personal life in a Hindi Film 101, so if you want to learn more after reading this post, click here.

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Sunday ReRun: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, For Labor Day, A Film Where Our Hero Has an Actual Job

Such a great movie! Largely because it feels like a story of real people, and part of that is because they have real jobs.

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Shahrukh Summer: July 4th FanFic! 25 SRK Characters Filled in, Part 1

This is a rerun from his birthday celebration. Some of these are straight up sequel suggestions, some of them are just sketching in the backstory for characters who don’t really have a backstory. But I think they are all fun! And should be pleasant on a holiday for you all to read and comment about without needing to think too hard.

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Aditya Chopra Birthday Post! Pick Your Favorite Yash Raj Movie Part 1, Mere Shaadi to Bachne Ae Haseeno

Ready for me to be lazy? All I’m gonna do is list off all the Yash Raj movies produced since Aditya took control. And then you can pick your favorite. And maybe I’ll review it or something. And I am going to start with the first era of YRF under Aditya, 2002 when he took control and started cranking out multiple films a year (instead of his father’s system of one film every few years), to 2008 when he started having multiple flops a year and decided to re-tool.

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Hindi Film 101: Indian Film as Escape and Reality

This came up in a conversation with Niki in the comments a week or so ago, the difficulty of when a fantasy is too real, too close to reality, not the hero part of it that I already discussed, but the situations, the life that the heroine is leading.  And it made me think, is that why Indian films are so consciously unrealistic in certain ways?

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Hindi Film 101: Dangers and Strengths of Romantic Fantasies, Alpha to Beta to Devdas

Alisa/BollywoodNewbie inspired me in another post, the way she does, by pointing out something I was so lost in that I was blind to it: Indian film plays in to certain specific types of romantic fantasies, types that do not work equally for everybody.

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Friday Classics: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, A Second Go Round!

My last review last week, that was the version I wrote for grad school, all about what it means for star studies and the higher level of meaning and blah de blah de blah.  But I found the need to write a second review after talking with you in the comments, that is more in my blog style.

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Friday Classics: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, the Deconstruction of Shahrukh Khan

Get ready for me to be lazy!  I just dug up a paper I wrote for grad school on this film/Shahrukh’s star persona and wildly slashed out bits and rearranged and then threw it up.  But whatever, I haven’t done a Rab Ne post yet really, and it was time.  The post I really wanted to write was on Lucky: No Time for Love, but I’m not going to let myself, because that should wait for Salman’s Birthday Celebration time.

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My Sister Has No Power, Electrical Songs!

My sister lives in Maine where, thanks to a massive record breaking windstorm, 64% of the state is now without power.  And has been for 24 hours.  While the electrical company focuses on getting power back to places like hospitals (spoiled hospitals!) and she shivers in front of her fireplace (this is why houses with fireplaces are the best!), I thought the least I could do is a songs post that she can read on her phone (no power for the internet router).

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Silly Sunday Post: Happy 25 Days to SRK’s Birthday! 25 Characters in Need of More Story

I was tempted to do one long post for one of these, but that would break the list pattern.  Plus, be harder to write.  So some will be longer, some will be shorter, but there will be a full 25.  And that will give you all a lot to talk about in the comments.

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Happy Jab Harry Met Sejal Week! Shahrukh and Anushka Over 3 Films (so far)

Happy 3 (or 2?) days until Jab Harry Met Sejal!  It’s getting so close!  And I really really hope it is even closer, not because I want to watch it 24 hours sooner, but because if it comes out Thursday that means I don’t have to write the review Friday night which means I might actually be able to get some sleep Friday night before I get up at dawn the next day to help my parents host 26 people.  Although, I had a similar problem with the last Anushka/Shahrukh release and that turned out to be a MASSIVE disappointment, so maybe I shouldn’t worry so much.  But on the other hand, their first movie together I loved.  So it’s a mixed bag.

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Happy Dear Zindagi Week! Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Shahrukh in a May December Romance?

I find this an interesting one to think about.  Because Shahrukh manages to be in a May-December romance, in which the power is balanced between both parties.  Very hard to do, often in the fictional version of these relationships, the young woman is supposed to “control” the man with his desire for her, or the man is so much wiser that she obeys him in every way.  But Rab Ne is different.

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New Dilwale Trailer! Shree 420! All is good!

Yaaaaay!  New Dilwale trailer, with a song I actually like!

 

We have all the classic Shahrukh faces, “I am stunned by your beauty”, “I am delighted by falling in love”, “I am feeling cocky because I know you like me”, and of course “you forgot I was sexy” (my favorite).

Plus, visually (even beyond the wet white shirt), there is all sorts of cool stuff!  Did you catch the Shree 420 reference?  Not only are they together under an umbrella in the rain, they actually turn into black and white as their eyes meet, which is just so cool and beautiful!

Like, as they fall in love again, they enter the magical other world of classic Indian film love stories.  Plus, I love that this is the second time SRKajol has done “Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua”, which is a fairly strong acknowledgement that they are the new Raj Kapoor-Nargis.

The first time was in the homage to the history of Indian film song from Rab Ne Bana di Jodi, “Phir Milenge”.  I saw Rab Ne in theaters, and in that whole cameo filled song, Kajol was the only who got cheers.

 

Anyway, homages to classic films are very tricky to pull off, you either do them as complete jokes and no one cares, or seriously, and then you get a lot of push back because people find it insulting to the original.  Especially the children and grandchildren of the people who made the original, who may not be thrilled to see their legacy dragged through the mud (Ram Gopal Verma and your Sholay remake, I am looking at you!).  If you recall, the other big Shree 420 homage in recent years was in the “Zoobi Doobi” song from 3 Idiots

But everyone was fine with that, because they actually cast Kareena Kapoor, Raj Kapoor’s granddaughter, in the Nargis part.

But SRKajol have now done Shree 420 twice, and gotten no blowback for it!  So I think it is safe to say that they are the acknowledged spiritual heirs to the Raj and Nargis onscreen pairing.  Even more than Raj and Nargis’ actual heirs.  But hopefully with less offscreen drama.