Monsoon Wedding: Humanist Film Making

I’m doing it, I’m reviewing that Indian movie that isn’t technically an Indian movie! Which means I am moving outside my area of expertise and can’t give the same level of analysis and context and stuff as usual. Or not the same way as usual?

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Love Aaj Kal 2 Review (SPOILERS): A Beautiful Exploration of How Things Have Gotten Better For Women in Romance in the Past 30 Years

Such a good movie! I’m SHOCKED! The trailers looked really terrible, and the concept made no sense (why remake a movie that is barely 10 years old?), and it was filmed in what felt like no time at all. And then it turns out to be a really deep interesting consideration of the problems of women in modern India. Who’d have thought?

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Friday Classics: Highway, the Darker Version of Jab Harry Met Sejal

This is a movie so powerful, and so frustrating, that I both can’t bring myself to rewatch it for this review, and don’t need to because I remember it so well. I hope some of you managed to watch it recently so you can join in the comments with your own impressions!

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Eid Report! From Aamir, Shahrukh, and Randeep Hooda

Salman didn’t give us the big family Eid photo, which is fine, it’s not the big big Eid.  Although this sounds like a nice one, remembering the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by sharing food with the needy of your community, your friends, and your family.  And it is also a moment for one of my favorite traditions from the Indian film industry, the holiday greetings and messages to the fans from the stars.

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Happy Salman Week! Kick, Salman as an International Avenger

I finally watched Kick!  Thanks to Hotstar and needing something mindless to play in the background while I cleaned.  It’s okay, mostly interesting for seeing Salman’s version of an action avenger type. (yes yes, I know it is a remake so it wasn’t originally supposed to be Salman)

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Sultan And Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai: Last Post Before Release! SO EXCITING!!!! What Do They Share Besides Randeep Hooda?

Sultan‘s coming out tomorrow, woo!  Which means I can’t put it off any londer, I have to deal with the one part of the film I am really really not looking forward too: Randeep Hooda.

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This Guy!!!

So, if you have watched your fair number of 90s Hindi films, you immediately went “Yes!  That guy!” as soon as you saw the picture up there.  He’s one of those people that wanders in and out of films, playing the guy who is like-the-hero-but-not-as-good.  Friend, rival, enemy, brother, what have you.  In, like, Everything!!!

He played Sanjay’s best friend and side-kick in Sadak:

(It is a special challenge as a side-kick to make Sanjay look like a good dancer)

A year later, he was in Khiladi, supporting Akshay:

(Shirtless Akshay presents different challenges.  Like, being visible on the screen when he is blinding us with his hotness)

The same year, he was Aamir’s rival in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

(ooo, they are so evil!)

In 1994, he twice bested Shahrukh in a romantic challenge, in both Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and Anjaam:

(I love this movie, and I really love this song.  I don’t care that it makes no sense on any level.  Also, did you know this actress married Shekhar Kapur, director of Mr. India and the Cate Blanchette Elizabeth movies?)

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