3 random disconnected posts, one that is just to assuage my guilt for always being mean to Akshay, the other that came up in the comments from Karthik (congrats Karthik! Your first fanfic suggestion!), and the 3rd was something I said as a joke in the TGIF post but now I kind of want to do it for real.
There was a comment on last week’s post, by Asmita I think, about liking it when men are surrounded by strong women. Which sent me down this whole rabbit hole in a direction I don’t think she anticipated, and I have come out the other side with a simple plot in mind that can be applied to any hero. I am excited!
Hmm. After the full flush of creativity last week, I don’t really have much this week. I need ideas! Give me help in the comments! Your favorite movie, book, actor couple anything to start me off. For instance, this week I am starting off from a casual comment DilDeewana made about how she loves Emma for the you’ve-been-standing-in-front-of-me-all-along-and-I-just-realized-I-love-you! trope (also, DilDeewana, make sure to watch Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na if you haven’t already). So, let’s work with that!
A total indulgence here. Now that we have seen Shahrukh play an entire film with the sexy cranked up to 11 (full JHMS coverage here), I am toying with ideas for other films he could be in with a similar effect. You know, because the story requires it of course. UPDATE: Following suggestions in the comments, I added more sexy SRK options here
This is semi-inspired by a conversation I had in the comments on the Rang De Basanti post with Shaily about what would need to change for Siddharth and Soha to end up together. Essentially, the whole movie except for the characters. Which got me thinking about all the Indian historical films that I really wish could have historically inaccurate happier endings.
We all know that Hindi film loves a love triangle. And usually a blameless love triangle, two good options and one of them loses out through no fault of their own. So, I thought, why not give a happy ending to all of love’s losers? And, just to make this more fun, why not cross streams and give happy endings to losers from different films? And why not make an easy post in which I rapidly run through a whole bunch of different plots without a lot of details?
This is a hodgepodge one. You probably won’t know all of the films I use, but skim the whole post, there should be one buried in there that you do know. Odd couple screwball comedy adventures are such a stable of film that there are lots to choose from, from all different eras.
This is such an indulgence of myself, even more than my Golden Girls post. But I have now finished my dozenth rewatch of the entire run, and I can’t resist. Partly because I want to add songs and stuff, but also because I really really want to tighten up that plot. And make Phoebe end up with the guy she is meant to end up with, not Paul Rudd.
Remember way way back when I asked for suggestions/requests for Sunday posts? Pride and Prejudice (here) and North and South (here) were tops. And then neither of those posts ended up getting many views, so I sort of veered off that list. But I don’t have any fresh ideas this week, so I am veering back to it and taking the 3rd one down, Persuasion.
I was hoping I could do this on Yash’s birthday or half birthday or something, like I did for Karan, but there’s no special occasion I could find, and I had this post idea poking around in my head, so heck, I’m just going for it.
I looooooooove the Rocky movies. I came to them late, my father had me watch the first one with him when I was a kid, but then I really got into them in college. It was after my Indian period had started, but the Rocky series was one of the few American products that I could still enjoy. I don’t necessarily want them to be remade, because they are so perfect already, but it’s kind of a fun thought experiment anyway!
I love Karan. Love love love. Both as an artist and a public figure. But I have to admit, he has a problem with endings. Every film either drags on too long or ends too soon. There’s always a feeling of “wait, that’s all there is?” at the end of it. And so, as my birthday gift in advance to him, I am going to fix all that! (real birthday post will go up in a couple days on the actual birthday)
Happy Sunday! A week ago I put up a post asking for suggestions/votes for classic novels to be turned into fanfic. Pride and Prejudice was the first choice (thus last week’s post), but North and South was a close second. Which also inspired me to finally watch North and South. And it really is perfect for a remake! I barely have to change the plot at all, just streamline it a little.
Happy Sunday! By popular request, Pride and Prejudice! It was the top choice for most readers, followed by North and South. Now, technically, Pride and Prejudice has already been remade, but Bride and Prejudice really doesn’t give the story the remake it deserves.
Hello All! I got such a nice response to this weeks Sunday post on Jane Eyre, partly because it was a topic that a lot of you felt deeply about and had a lot of background for. So, I am going to take advantage of this momentum and let you vote! This is probably a one time thing, I won’t be doing it every week, so make sure you take advantage!
Did you know today is World Book Day? I didn’t! Amitabh had to tell me. Amitabh’s twitter tells me about every holiday, along with every birth, death, and wedding in the film industry. Anyway, now that Amitabh has alerted me, this changes my plans for the Sunday post! Clearly, it now has to be book themed.
I don’t know why, but I am feeling very contrary today. I have this strange desire to take light things and turn them dark, and dark things and turn them happy. Thank goodness I can work it out through fanfiction instead of going to the park and throwing things at pigeons.
Someone asked on one of my Rani posts if I thought she would ever act again opposite one of her 90s costars in a rom-com. And I think she might, but only if it was a really really good script. And to help the scriptwriters along, here are some suggestions! (of course, she could always just do my K3G sequel idea with Abhishek, or my Taming of the Shrew idea with Aamir)
Still not going to say “Bollywood”! I have taken a solemn vow! And even my addiction to alliteration will not sway me! But I am going to give in to my addiction to Fairy Tales and use it as the basis for a movie.
The Taming of the Shrew, obviously. It’s a super fun play with great characters and plot and some really nice speeches. But also a big bad misogyny section right in the middle that it is very hard to deal with without losing that “comic” touch. But I think we can do it! With careful casting and some gently massaging of the plot.
Time for my silly post! This week, I was looking at my DVD shelf trying to think of what to talk about, and my eye fell on K3G. And I suddenly remembered the one very unfinished plot point in that movie. Whatever happened to Rani’s character?
I finished Zindagi Gulzar Hai! Full review post(s) going up sometime this week, although less detailed than I did for Humsafar. But first, let’s talk about my favorite character whose storyline gets kind of forgotten! And see what would happen if she was the focus instead of her grumpy older sister.
I will be putting up detailed posts on Karan’s book later this week, probably Wednesday and Friday. But in the meantime, I immediately got distracted by his declaration that he doesn’t believe in marriage any more and will never marry. Because that’s always what the rom-com hero says at the beginning, right? And then there are elaborate plot shenanigans and coincidences and he changes his mind?