Raees Review (NO SPOILERS): Shahrukh Does Amitabh and Akshay

I already put up a quick SPOILERS review late last night for everyone who’s already seen the film, now I want to put up a NO SPOILERS version for those of you who are debating whether or not you want to watch it.

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Raees Mini-SPOILER Review: A Place For Us All to Debate Guyliner

I’m tired, it’s late, but I also really want to start talking about Raees with you guys!  And I want to do it in a place where we won’t spoil it for those poor people who haven’t been able to see it yet.  And thus, a mini-review!  I still get to write and put up a better review sometime tomorrow, but this is just something to hold you over until then.

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Happy Raees Week! Deewar, the Ultimate Smuggler and Criminal and Anti-Hero and Let’s Just Say Film-Film

I’m just going to say it, Deewar is the best written film in the history of Hindi cinema.  It deserves an epic detailed perfect discussion.  That is not this post.  This post is a very superficial and not detailed discussion as it relates to the upcoming release of Raees.

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Last Raees Song! Mika Singh Appears

The final (probably) Raees song has just been released.  And it is the Mika Singh song that is apparently required in every hit film now (Mika or Yo Yo or Badshah).  Tough and a little Bhangra mixed with hip-hop sounding.  Less hip-hop in this case, more 80s style.

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Monday Morning Questions, Raees Week Edition!

You don’t have to ask questions about Raees, or related to Raees, or anything.  Just wanted something so you could tell this was the most recent Monday post!  I bet next week it ends up being something super clever like “first week of February post.” (you can find all the Monday Morning Question posts here)

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All You Have To Know About Humsafar and Mahira Khan Before Seeing Raees

I already put up 3 very detailed posts discussing and reviewing the entire 23 episode series that rocketed Mahira Khan to international fame.  But those were really for people who had already seen the show and wanted an in depth discussion.  Or were never planning to see the show, but still wanted to know exactly what happened.  But what if all you care about is getting a quick sense of what made Mahira Khan so appealing to the Raees producers that they just had to cast her in this role?  Then, this is the post for you!

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Happy Raees Week! Tezaab Had Gangsters and Garba Before Raees!

I’m I the only one who has seen Streets of Fire?  If so, you must ALL WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY!!!!  Anyway, Streets of Fire was remade in India as Tezaab, with Anil in a tapoori-type role and Madhuri in her break out performance, and lots and lots of 80s style action.

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Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Seeing and Thinking and Doing 7 Days Before Raees?

Second week for this, and I think it is going well so far!  This is just a general discussion area, for movies you are watching this week, or thinking about, or want to know if anyone else has seen, or really anything at all!  I will, of course, chime in with my thoughts and suggestions and opinions, because I just can’t help myself.

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Monday Morning Questions Post! Raees Week Edition (Part 1)

Just to clarify, you don’t have to ask me something Raees related!  That’s just my cheeky title so you can tell this week’s Monday Morning Post apart from all the others.  And so I can explain my plan for the week.  There are going to be 2 Raees weeks for Monday Morning Questions.  Because it’s coming out mid-week, I’ll be starting my traditional 7 days of vaguely related discussion this Wednesday, making today the beginning of my “Raees week”.  And then next week is the week it actually comes out, which shall be the second Raees Monday Questions Post. (full list of Monday Morning Question posts available here)

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FIRST RAEES SONG!!!!!!! (Shahrukh is not shirtless)

I sent this link around to all my friends, of course, and about a minute later I got a message from one of them saying “Shahrukh doesn’t even show up for the first 29 seconds, what’s the point?”  Followed by a complaint about the presence of a shirt.  So you can see that we have a fairly limited area of interest for song sequences.  But, setting that aside and viewing this objectively, I think this is a pretty good one!

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Mahira is Staying in Raees!!!

A few days back I reported that rumor had it Mahira would be replaced in Raees, or at least the producers were investigating finding a different actress.  One of the commentators pointed out that this wasn’t a very reliable report, which I agree with, but it was in Bollywoodhungama, which means that if it was wrong, at least they would give a detailed follow-up.  Which they now have!

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Fawad Khan Good News-Bad News

Okay, it’s getting less press than the earlier “Ban” and stuff, but the real pressure is on now for Karan to do something about Fawad in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.  The bottom line is being affected.  Although Fawad probably doesn’t care, because he has much more important things going on in his life!

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Quick News Update: Ian McKellen and Aamir, Zeenat Aman and a Jailbird, Ajay Devgn and Shahrukh Khan, and Salman and Katrina

4 separate items, but they are each pretty tiny, so this is just a quick update!  But all of these things have the possibility of turning into something super awesome and potentially juicy!  So be on the alert!

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