Kalank Review (SPOILERS): First Love is True Love is Only Love

What an interesting love quadrangle! I really really like the central set-up concept for this film, and kind of wish it could have been moved out of pre-partition India and into a regular rom-com setting. And really, if you like romances, you should watch it. Don’t spoil yourself! Read my no spoiler review instead.

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Kalank Review (No Spoilers): The Plot is Not What You Think It Is

Well, that was fun!!!! If it had released 20 years ago, it would be a solid hit and forgotten in a month, and then it would pop-up on TV occasionally and people would say “oh yeah, that movie!” I don’t know how it will do in today’s world at the box office, but at least critically I want to treat it as the nice unambitious pleasant fairy tale it aspires to be, not as the Great Noble Brilliant Movie that it wasn’t even trying to be. I suspect other reviewers might ding it for not being the Great Noble Brilliant Movie they thing it should be without realizing it never wanted to be that.

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Kalank Full Length Trailer is Out!!!! (Also, it’s not based on What the Body Remembers)

Well, it’s pretty much what we thought. I think. No subtitles, because Dharma hates us. And then they will magically appear in like 3 hours. WHY DO THEY DO THIS???? Oh, and I actually did 5 minutes of research and confirmed that it is NOT based on What the Body Remembers any more than Paa was based on Benjamin Buttons (yes, that was a story for a while too).

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Friday Classics: Eklavya, a Movie that Comes in Just at the Ending

Happy Friday!  I managed to get through the week somehow!  Well, almost, I’ve got one more day left.  But yesterday was the day when the staff went from 4 to 1 (me).  Today and Monday it will be back up to 2, and then by Tuesday it will be all the way to 4 again (woo).

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Sunday Classic ReRun: Sadak! Let’s Talk About the Original Before the Sequel

This is a bit of an odd duck for a “classics” post.  It came out only 25 years ago, and isn’t as well remembered as some other films from the same era (Saajan, Khalnayak).  I hadn’t even heard of it until it came up in an article on Sanjay.  And then I watched it and went “wow!  This is a brilliant movie!”  So I am here to sing its praises, just in case you haven’t run across it before.

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Silly Sunday: Happy Birthday Sanjay, Here is My Best Sanjay FanFic EVER

Sorry sorry sorry!  Yesterday just completely wiped me out (22 guests is too many guests, especially when one of them has severe dementia and 4 of them are small children).  So I literally have not left my bed all day, and every time I try to think straight and come up with a brilliant fanfic, it all just sort of floats away from me.  So I am doing a reprint and failing you, my faithful readers.  Oh well, at least it is a really good reprint, based on Daboo Ratnani photos and Sanjay Dutt and his dog. Continue reading

News Round-Up: Priyanka Plays PR, Anubhav Sinha is my Hero, Abbas-Mustan Go Korean, BH Fails in Both Ethics and Accuracy, and Madhavan Plays a Santa Scientist

I don’t know if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today or what, but the way BollywoodHungama is so shamelessly acting as a PR machine is really bugging me today.  So I’m gonna report their “stories” but I also can’t help but call out their shame.

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New Youtube Video! Sanju Box Office, and I Look GREAT!!!!

Thank goodness, after my string of hot unhappy looking videos, I finally look good.  This is the video to share with people if you want to sell them on my channel!  Because, so pretty.  It’s really rainy here and I think the soft light, combined with my disgusting tangled hair (I went swimming a lot yesterday) and my nice new shirt ended up with a great look.  Oh, and my thoughts are good too.  But mostly, don’t I look pretty?  Instead of like I am about to die of heatstroke?

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TGIF: Sanjay Inspired, Best Gym Looks

This comes right up to the line of acceptable objectification.  But I think we are still okay, because it’s not like we are saying anything about their basic bodies, or comparing them with non-muscley guys (Abhishek, you are the best), or even muscle to muscle.  Merely in terms of the clothes they have chosen to wear, and the moments they have allowed to be photographed, who is the best?

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Hindi Film 101: Sanjay Dutt, Part 9, Sanju Baba Comes Home

I think this is going to be the last part.  The problem is, the more recent parts of Sanjay’s life don’t have the distance yet for them to be covered clearly.  There’s little details, like him running the prison radio show, or Trishala calling him “Papa Dukes” on instagram, but the whole broad sweep of it isn’t clear yet.  So I want to talk a little about Sanjay the person, who he is to those who know him, and leave it at that. (Hindi Film 101 index, including the other parts of the Sanjay story, here)

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Hindi Film 101: Sanjay Dutt, A Timeline of His Life

I’ve been writing sort of “theme” posts on Sanjay, pulling together the threads of his life into coherent stories.  But that doesn’t help figure out what happened when and in what order.  So I’m going to pause here and give you a straight timeline of the happenings of Sanjay’s life. (full index of Hindi Film 101 posts, including other posts on Sanjay, here)

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