Hindi Film 101: Happy Birthday Saira Banu! The Most Untraditional/Traditional Actress Around

Saira Banu! She’s only 76, and she has lived so many lives. Just a fascinating woman who refuses to fit into any box you try to put her in.

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May December Romances Among Hindi Film Celebrities!

This is an off-shoot of the discussion we’ve been having off and on about Ranbir-Alia and our conflicting emotions as celebrity watchers. They are hardly the first May-December romance in Hindi film, many of them even more famous and with an even greater age difference. So I thought it might be moderately worthwhile to quickly run through some other similar romances.

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Hindi Film 101: Marriage and Movie Stars

On Friday I did a “TGIF” of happy couples, and then I realized that I was kind of skipping to the end, posting the couples without defining “happy” before.  And I also find it legitimately fascinating how tricky the public versus private requirements of Hindi film industry marriages are.

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Happy Birthday Dilip Sahib!!!!! I Read Your Autobiography for Your Birthday Part 1

I finally read it!  Don’t tell my friend who brought it for me all the way from India 2 years ago, only for it to sit on my shelf unnoticed unloved and unread.  Until now!  It took a while, but I finally finished it.  And it was fascinating in lots of little “history of the industry” ways.

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Happy Independence Day! Post 3, Purab Aur Pachhim

Don’t lie, you read that headline and went “Aha! She is leaving the purity of the real Independence movies for the random India-themed films!  Lazy!”  But no!  You are not remembering!  All of Purab Aur Paschim takes place in the shadow of the Quit India movement.  And also Hare Krishnas.  But mostly Quit India. (if you want a real meaningful hardcore Independence Day post, check out yesterday’s on Rang De Basanti)

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