Ritu was related to a lot of famous public people, but was not a public person herself. I don’t want to reveal too much of her life which (by choice) she kept private. But I want to point to how she affected those around her who have chosen to lead a public life.Continue reading
Okay, sharpen your claws, build up the knives of resentment, stoke the fires of your class/gender anger, and let us focus all of that on the one perfect representation of every man who ever tried to tell you his pain was more important than yours, that his success is a tribute to talent and not privilege, that if we disagree with him it is just because we don’t have the depth to understand his thoughts. Take down Ranbir, and we can take down every patronizing boss, every bad boyfriend, every dumb colleague promoted over you, every person who looks at the world and only sees a mirror, not a window. Yes, our Ranbir Hate, in one great cleansing burst, will Save the World.Continue reading
Yaaaaay, a new Shahrukh review! Of a really interesting movie. Like, I think I would be interested in it even if Shahrukh weren’t the star.Continue reading
Thank you Emily for the suggestion! This is the perfect song to do a lazy Saturday when I don’t want to think that much.Continue reading
I did it! I figured out the message of Delhi 6! It was right there in front of me all the time! Also, I figured out the main problem (Sonam and Abhishek have terrible chemistry).
Happy My-Father’s-Birthday week!!!! To celebrate, I am going out of town. It was the only weekend I could visit my sister between now and, like, May. But I will try to make up for it and be a good daughter by making sure you are all VERY AWARE that it is my father’s birthday this week. 66! That’s a semi-big deal! Or at least, very cool to be matching digits.
There is one really big story, but so long as I am covering things, I might as well cover the little stories too.
I don’t have much to say about this, because Rajan was a Delhi businessman, not a movie person. But I am irritated that it is being reported incorrectly in all the press, his Kapoor connection ignored in favor of his Bachchan one, and that is forcing me to write a post.
Monday Monday, news news. Nothing really exciting, like a contract dispute or something, but still some things for us to chew over.
Thanks to a conversation in the comments with Alicia/Bollywood Newbie, I went back and watched this movie again, and it is sooooooooooooo much cuter than I remembered. Really just adorable. Oh, and also kind of unique and groundbreaking in the sort of story it tells.
I’ve spent the past week slogging through the tragic misery that is Sanjay Dutt’s life. I need something fun! So, let’s talk about an old silly Rishi Kapoor movie.
I just get a giggle out of today’s news items and can’t resist sharing them. Sometimes celebrity news is very silly! Oh, and some of this stuff is actually interesting too.
No, that title isn’t a typo. It was promoted as a father-son story, but there’s another layer to it. Oh, and it’s still worth watching even if you read the SPOILERS review just for the performances, but the plot will have more impact if you go in fresh. So, read the “no spoilers” review instead if you can!
I had to do a bit of running around to see this movie, and abandon my adorable dog for half the day (she didn’t notice I was gone. She’s not that smart), but it was worth it, because this is a surprisingly good film.
Lots of first looks! Which are always kind of “how is this news?” but sometimes slightly interesting. These were slightly interesting ones.
Snow isn’t exactly the magical wonderment for me that it is for people in Indian movies. It’s been a part of my life for 4 months out of the year (at least) as long I can remember. But even so, there is something about the first snowfall of the year that is still kind of magic. Anyway, men in snow! Let’s look at them!
Happy first TGIF post after Shahrukh month! And it will be (almost) Shahrukh free! Because he isn’t always “cuddly”. In the “teddy bear” kind of way.
I’m back! This is a completely ridiculous and non-practical series, by the way. JHMS, I got the best views EVER (even beat Bahubali). This, I’m getting like a few dozen on each post. But on the other hand, it is my few dozen most loyal commentators/readers, so just for you, I will continue to put them up. Well, and also I really liked the film. (full index of Luck By Chance coverage here)
Happy Birthday Rishi!!!! Did not realize you are the same age as my father. But mostly, Happy Birthday! An industry legend, who acted in your first classic film at age 18. And so I will give 18 reasons I love you. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
This is just the happiest movie! Crazy goofy happy. I watched it while feeling kind of down (no reason, didn’t get enough sleep the night before, that kind of thing), and it perked me right up! Highly recommend it next time you need a shot of happiness.
Sincerely, one of my favorite things about the Indian film industry is how it handles death. America is terrible with death in general, we hardly like to even acknowledge it, and we never let it interfere with “business”. But Indian film (and maybe India in general, it’s outside my area) treats it with the respect it deserves. And so when a great figure goes, the effect isn’t limited to tweets and articles in the newspaper, it has reverberations beyond that.
Happy Tuesday! I was planning to do a Hindi Film 101 One-Off today on Sanjay Dutt’s court case or something, related back to the Nargis series I just finished. But “nepotism” has become the catchphrase of the day, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at the history of families working together in Hindi film, where it started and why. Oh, and I don’t usually plug my book in these posts, but this one is really very similar in tone and contains some content that I go into in more detail there, so if you like it, buy the book!