Jab Harry Met Sejal Part 17: Anushka Is “Worth It”

This is such an odd section of the film.  It’s very hard to describe without sounding really really stupid and shallow.  But it isn’t!  If you go on this whole journey with these characters, it makes complete sense. (full index of JHMS posts here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Scene By Scene Part 15: The World Intrudes

This is maybe my least favorite part of the film.  There are still fascinating interesting things that happen, but it’s a lot of stuff happening in the “real” world instead of internally, in order to set up the really interesting internal stuff that happens in the last bit.  So not as much long intense consideration of character moments, more “and then this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened.” (full index of JHMS coverage here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Part 13: Klara Appears

Welcome back!  Kind of a double post, partly because my viewer numbers are telling me that people are losing interest (I know, not most of you, but some of you), and I want to crank through this thing while most of you can still remember the film.  And also partly because the last section felt like it should really lead straight into this one (full JHMS coverage index here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Part 11: The DDLJ Moment Re-Invented

This is perhaps my least favorite part of the movie.  Not because it is boring or unbeautiful or anything, just because it feels like the part that fits least with the rest of it.  I can make it work (as I will explain below), but it isn’t quite the perfect fit with no struggle that the rest of the film is. (full index of Jab Harry Met Sejal posts here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Part 9: Radha! FINALLY!!! The Emotional-Creative-Character-Plot Peak of the Film

You know the only thing it isn’t the “peak” of?  Sexiness.  Comes in at least third, after the maroon dress bedroom scene, and of course the ending.  But it’s a little sexy too, in that “people liking each other and being happy is sexy” kind of way.  Not in the “I must have you right now and am shaking with desire!” kind of way that the other two scenes are.  I mean, the characters are shaking with desire, not the audience.  Although if you were too, I won’t judge. (full index of JHMS coverage here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Part 8: Radha! Almost! I Got Bogged Down in Set-Up

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!  I get to talk about my favorite part of the film!  I’m SO EXCITED!  Even though I kind of already went over this whole section in my first review.  I don’t care, I’ll find new things to say. (full index of Jab Harry Met Sejal coverage here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Scene By Scene: Part 4, Phones and Clothes

Happy Friday!  And Happy 4th part of JHMS scene by scene.  I saw it for the 4th time last night, and you know, it holds up!  Besides a couple of kind of slow parts in the second half, mostly just because the second half had more moments when Shahrukh and Anushka weren’t on screen together, and that’s what makes the movie work.  But the songs, the character, all of that is still rewarding re-watching.  But now I really need to stop, because the lack of sleep is beginning to catch up with me. (full index of JHMS coverage here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Scene By Scene Part 3: Indemnity Bond!

Happy Thursday!  My 4th and final watch is tonight.  Which is usually the watch where I stop enjoying the film.  1st time, so-so, but there is so much to process I am overwhelmed.  2nd time, much better, I can relax and focus.  3rd time, usually as good as the 2nd time.  4th time, now I am starting to get bored because I know absolutely everything already.  And then 5th time is DVD/streaming a couple months later, and I am back in.  Anyway, good news is, now that I have seen it 3 times, my memories are pretty locked in and I can do the scene by scenes without struggling too much. (full JHMS index here)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Scene By Scene Part 2: A Shameful Attraction

Oh boy!  Moving right along, I’m like a whole 5 minutes in!  Which wouldn’t seem like a lot, except I’ve been working on my DDLJ scene by scene, and that is sooooooooooooooo much slower.  And here I am, only on part 2, and we are already past the opening credits!  Woo-hoo! Lightening speed! (although, in case you were wondering, no DDLJ today, skipping another Wednesday.  Partly because this post took up a lot of time, partly because getting only 6 hours of sleep because I am seeing JHMS every night is not in fact conducive to clear thinking) (full index of scene by scene here)

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DDLJ Part 22: Marriage Vows Are Taken, and Kajol Makes a Radical Statement

Welcome back to DDLJ!  I’m going to try my best to put up a post every Wednesday, we’ll see how I do.  I already had to stop my box office posts when I got regular with Hindi Film 101, this may mean the end of birthday and/or trailer news posts.  I’ll check viewership and see what the concensus is as to which are more important and based on that I may need to take another DDLJ break at some point. (All DDLJ posts indexed here)

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DDLJ Part 20: Farida Jalal Lays It All Out

Okay, after all of the boring place setting stuff to get us into the second half, we finally have a really meaty scene!  And it’s also the scene that illustrates the alternative theory of the film.  The surface obvious theory, the one that all the critics talk about and so on, is the resolution of the NRI identity/tragedy of the immigrant theory.  But the second theory, the one I have been following along, is the questioning of gender roles and patriarchal authority. (last section here, and page indexing all the DDLJ posts here)

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DDLJ Part 19: Return to a Land of Gender Divisions!

Welcome back to DDLJ watch!  My new system is to pull all the screenshots, put them in order, and then write the post around it.  It’s working so far, but then I haven’t gotten to any huge discussion points since I started the new system. (part 18 here, you can go back from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 24: Have none of these people heard of an amazing invention called THE LADDER????

More big battle!  My goodness, if this is the edited version, can you imagine how long it was to begin with?  Although it’s also strangely soothing to have all this big battle with physical fireworks after the emotional drudgery of the past few scenes. (part 23 here, you can go back through the archives from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 23: Anuskha! MOVE YOURSELF!!! DO SOMETHING!

Welcome to part 2 of the big final battle section!  The part where stuff actually happens and I don’t just blather on and on about the set up for stuff happening!  If you want to read the blather part, it is here.  And you can go back in time from there to find the earlier posts.

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 20: The Last Sad Bit! Chekhov’s Bow is Fired

Phew!  We are almost to the return to the present day and the cathartic battle scenes!  But first, the last bit of sad.  And a subtle call back to something way way way way way back at the beginning of the film (part 19 here, you can crawl back from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 17: The Sun Rises in the West

That was the line, wasn’t it?  To get Ramya to change would be like getting the sun to rise in the West?  Well, it happens here!  And it is so sad, that I am going to be getting through this section considerably faster than the previous parts, just to get it over with. (part 16 here, you can go back from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 12: Rana Speaks! And a Wedding

I said in my last section that this is the part that is very very hard for me to watch, because it is two real.  It’s really the 20 minutes after “Daandalaya” that just kill me, but even this section is not good.  Which is a tribute to how well the film is made, that it can evoke such real emotions in me. (part 11 here, you can go backwards from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Summary Part 11: It All Gets Very Bad

This is the section of the movie it is kind of hard for me to write about because it is TOO SAD.  And also, too real.  Which is a sign of what a good film this is, it’s set in a fantastical setting with swords and elephants and so on, but it manages to get right at human emotions I recognize. (part 10 here, you can go backwards from there.)

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