Shahrukh Birthday Countdown, Kal Ho Na Ho! The First REAL Review!

I was looking for a review to repost and discovered I had done two mini-reviews, one about this film as showing a matriarchy, the other about it as showing an interesting idea of different kinds of love. But no actual regular review! So, time to write that. (previous posts on Matriarchy and on love triangles)

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Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Watch Sadak 2 and Read Books

Happy Saturday! I am up at the Lake House again for a long stretch to end out the year. Of course I still have my stupid foot, so I can’t go swimming or on boats. But I can sit on the porch and read a book, so I’ll be doing a lot of that instead of responding to blog comments. Oh, and finishing/reviewing Sadak 2, I’m watching it on my phone

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Happy Birthday Saif! Your Other Light Happy Mature Movie That I Didn’t Appreciate Enough at the Time, Chef!

I reread my review, and I think I might have been a little too hard on the film. Yes, it was an almost line by line remake, yes some things didn’t really work, but it was harmless, and it had a mature hero trying to figure out how to be a father, and just generally some good stuff we don’t usually see in Hindi film.

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Happy Birthday Saif! Your Most Recent Happy Light Mature Witty Film, Jiwani Jaanemann!

Not saying this is a perfect movie, some bits are a bit rushed, and there isn’t enough Farida, or enough depth to it. But it’s on the whole a very pleasant happy movie with a nice modern message about growing up and family and good things. The kind of movie I wish we could see more of, and that I am very glad Saif is making.

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Jawaani Jaaneman Review (SPOILERS): Perfectly Written Characters, Slightly Not Enough Time With Them

If you think you might want to see this movie, you can still read this review. You might even enjoy it more knowing you can just relax and enjoy the ride because it will turn out okay. This isn’t a film about plot twists and stuff (at least, nothing past the original surprise spoiled by the trailer), it’s a film about just enjoying the ride. But if you are totally spoiler paranoid, you can read my other No Spoilers review.

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Jiwaani Jaaneman Review (No SPOILERS): Saif Completes His Impregnator Trilogy

If you loved Kya Kehna and Salaam-Namaste, now you can watch Saif do it all over again but older! Nah, forget that, this movie is a lot more fun than those other two. Or at least, fun in a different way. Isn’t it interesting though that Saif keeps getting the same role?

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Hindi Film 101 Repost: Karisma and Kareena, The Kurrent Kapoors

I started the 101s with the Kapoors, so this is one of the very first posts I put up. But it’s still accurate, and it’s still good, so I am reposting it! And now you can learn about the Kurrent Kapoor Sisters.

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2009 Week: Love Aaj Kal, The Last Mainstream “Regular” Film Imtiaz Ali Made

If I didn’t know where Imtiaz was heading, I would find this both better and worse. As in, I can watch it and see the hints of the irritating passive hero of Tamasha, but also the brilliant deep romance of Jab Harry Met Sejal. It’s an interesting one to look back on!

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Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Hang With My Mother!

My Mom and I are in the little town where my grandfather grew up to close up the last family house and do all that stuff. And we have an ambitious plan of hitting the historical society, the cemetery, Poppie’s high school, and the really good breakfast place. In the meantime, you all can chat!

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Friday Classics: Ta Ra Rum Pum is the Source of All Darkness in the World

I think this is the movie I hate most. More than Bharat Ane Nenu, more than Bhansali’s Devdas, even more than Padmavat. And more than I hate the entity which is Rahul Desai. This movie is the source of everything that is wrong on earth condensed into one cotton candy colored pile of goo powered by toxic excrement of Disney films with Rani’s eyes and Saif’s energy. And yet, I love the soundtrack.

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Shahrukh Summer/Silly Sunday: Tweed and Sweaters Romance for Saif and Shahrukh, Middle-Aged Rediscovering the Spark Comedy for Boman and Shahrukh, Fun Wedding Farce for Shahrukh and Ayushmann Khurrana

I love it when you inspire me in the comments! I always come up with much better stories based on your ideas than I do on my own. Anyway, these are from the comments on the “what actor does Shahrukh have the most chemistry with?” post.

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Friday Classics (on Saturday): Rehna Hai Tera Dil Main, Dia Mirza and Us All Fall in Love with Maddy

Finally watched it! After having heard about it for years and years and years and years (the soundtrack is everywhere). And I’m kind of glad I waited, because this way I got to come at it having already seen a bunch more Gautham Menon movies and having a bit more of an idea of what he does.

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I Will Now Fix Aamir Khan’s Career: He Should Remake Tootsie and Make Fun of Himself

This is really Catherine’s idea, at least she is the one who put it together for me that Dustin Hoffman and Aamir Khan have similar reputations as nice guys who take their acting way way WAY too seriously. Dustin Hoffman made Tootsie partly to make fun of that about himself, and Aamir really needs to do the same thing.

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Friday Classics: Hum-Tum! A Couple that DOES NOT Fall in Love At First Sight

This is a movie that came out right when I was first getting in to Indian film, and I really liked it. It hasn’t held up super well as the years have gone by, but it is still fun and the central performances are still great. Even if the ending is a wee bit silly.

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