2010 Week: Dabangg!!!! 2010 Goes Out With a Surprisingly Progressive BANG!

This movie really really holds up. It’s a silly action film and it isn’t ashamed of that, but it also talks about caste, Polio, political use of religion, and other serious things that most films don’t discuss.

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Trailers! If My Other Options are Panipat, Tanhaji, and Sarileru Neekevvaru, Suddenly Dabangg 3 Looks Great

I just can’t do it. I CAN’T! I refuse to watch any more violent patriotic films. Go somewhere else for a review of Panipat and Tanhaji and probably Sarileru, or else just pretend they don’t exist like I will. I’m going to spend December and January staying home and watching movies from the early 2000s. Join me! Oh, and also Dabangg 3 which has suddenly become the only movie coming to theaters I actually want to watch.

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Friday Classics: Jeet, All the Best Things of the 90s

SUCH A GOOD MOVIE!!!! If you like that kind of thing. If I say that the finale has a woman giving birth in a burning house in the middle of a gunfight, does that make you happy or sad? What if I tell you that they all escape the burning house into a burning car in which there is a high speed chase and explosion while she is STILL giving birth? And it ends at a brothel where prostitutes serve as helpful midwives? Is your response “that is so illogical it makes me angry” or “that is so illogical it makes me happy”?

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Inshallah is Delayed Days-Weeks-Unscheduled Time Ahead of Filming

What a weird story! I don’t think there is any big secret scandal to be unearthed here (except for my personal and almost certainly inaccurate crazy theory), but it is interesting to discuss because there is so much history and backstory and at the same time, so much unknown.

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TGIF: For Pride, The Best Queer Images of Indian Film (Obviously, Shahrukh is Best Daddy)

“Queer”= anything non-gender normative. Can be drag, can be transexuals/Hijras, can be a male-male couple, can be a female-female couple, whatever! And to help, I called on my friend who is a pansexual drag queen with a degree in gender studies currently working at a Queer history museum. Just so you can relax, all of these photos were approved by a qualified expert.

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Hindi Film 101: Salman Khan Part 5, the Blackbuck

Can I just say how proud I am of all of us for keeping a respectful tone on these posts? Even when we disagree with each other, we do it with the assumption that both sides are just trying to learn and be the best human beings we can be. I have pretty much stopped replying to comments, because I don’t need to, you are all having deep intelligent conversations on your own without my needing to leap in and make sure things stay civil.

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Bharat Review (SPOILERS): Keep Hope Alive, Always

What an interesting movie! Very well done, made some surprising choices, and ended with a complicated message. Oh, and I encourage you to see the movie if you possibly can, it has something for anyone and really gives you things to think over. Read this review if you possibly can watch it, save this review here for after you watch it.

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Hindi Film 101: Katrina Kaif, the Mystery Woman

I hadn’t even considered writing this post until a few days ago when somehow we started talking about her. Which is a sign of how mysterious she is, that her past is such a vast emptiness we all somehow forget it even exists. We think of her as boring bland Katrina instead of considering the amazingness of her life and existance.

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Hindi Film 101 on Rape and Laws/News Round-Up Part 1: Court Cases! Rape and Fraud, and Blackbucks

So many news stories today! I’m gonna start with the two big think-y ones, the ones with massive legal implications, a rape case of a minor actor/band member (trust me, you haven’t heard of him and will have no emotional response because of fandom), and the same old Blackbuck case. And after I get this long deep boring post out of the way, I will move on to Imraan Khan getting divorced and fun stuff like that.

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Hindi Film 101: Salman, Aishwarya, Viviek, Primary Source Original Statements 2003

I guess Viviek just did another scummy thing using the Aish-Salman story? Not surprising, he has been breaking boundaries and making public what should be private for the past 16 years. The Viviek press conference was the start of the road that lead to what we have now with Kangana spewing hate at the world and the media gobbling it up, and believing it. NOTE ABOUT COMMENTS: This post is purposefully about 2003 and the aftermath. So ideally, any comments will place the whole situation in context of the original situation, Viviek and Salman and Aishwarya, the media, private and public divides, and abuse.

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Bharat Trailer and the Three Khans Playdates

Another Bharat song! Is this the last one? I think it’s the last one. Or maybe not? We’ve still got 3 weeks left, what else are they going to do if there are no more songs? Oh, and there is a super super cute news story going around about the Khans that just makes me happy and I want it to be true.

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