TGIF: For St. Nicholas Day, Let's Look at Shoes!

I wish Indian films and Indian celebrities focused more on shoes. They can be such delightful works of art, but unfortunately most of the time they seem like just after thoughts to outfits.

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Time Machine Discussion Post! Who Was the Most Promising Young Actor of 2009?

This was such an exciting year! And then it all turned to dross. Oh well, we can use our time machine and pretend we are back then again and we don’t know what will actually happen to these actors.

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2010 Week: I Hate Luv Storys, Remember When Imraan Khan Was Charming?

He’s still charming I guess, but he’s not like professionally charming. After his 2 year paternity leave (which I continue to find RIDICULOUS) he doesn’t seem to have much interest in returning to work. But back in 2010, I had a crazy crush on him and he was a delight.

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My Sick Day Viewing, Fascinating True Story With Anupam Kher Playing a Role-BBC Miniseries Mrs. Wilson

This is amazing! Ruth Wilson playing her own grandmother in the story of her grandfather who was both a scoundrel and a brilliant actor, probably where Ruth got it. Anyway, I have to share the story in case you don’t want to watch it and also because it is so fun to imaginary recast in India. And also my brain isn’t working because Sick, and recasting is easy. Also, SPOILERS! Avoid if you like limited BBC historical miniserieses midcentury true stories/Ruth Wilson

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Female Films Week: Veere Di Wedding, a Triumphal Happy Female Film

Reflects on Life was just talking about how usually “female films” means some depressing issue based movie and it is rare that they are simply movies with female leads. This is a movie with female leads, happy and rich and worrying about love affairs just like in male lead films. And I thought we deserved something happy after Neerja.

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga Review (SPOILERS): Anil Kapoor is the Perfect Man, and the Perfect Father

I really liked this movie. And you should watch it without SPOILERS, if you can (Kirre Ranin! This means YOU!), read this other review instead. But if you really really can’t see it and want to know what happens, you can read this. Honestly, it’s such a slow happy family movie, it’s more about the experience than the details, I can’t “spoil” it

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me, The Week of My Father’s Birthday?

Happy My-Father’s-Birthday week!!!!  To celebrate, I am going out of town.  It was the only weekend I could visit my sister between now and, like, May.  But I will try to make up for it and be a good daughter by making sure you are all VERY AWARE that it is my father’s birthday this week.  66!  That’s a semi-big deal!  Or at least, very cool to be matching digits.

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Khoobsurat Review ReRun: The Best Disney Fairy Tale in Hindi Film

I watched Khoobsurat for the 4th time last night (I missed it in theaters, but have seen it 4 times on DVD after a friend told me I HAD to watch it).  It’s just as good as it ever was, but it’s also a whole different experience watching it having just seen Neerja.  In all sorts of ways.

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People Talking About Talking About Things: Sonam Versus Kangana

We have now entered the stage of the news cycle when the actual thing gets hidden under people talking about the thing, and then people talking about talking about the thing.  So, fine, I will contribute to the talking about talking about with the only exchange I find particularly remarkable.  Other people said eloquent things, wrong things, right things, and so on.  It’s just that this exchange is so odd, I can’t help but repeat it so you can tell me “no, you’re right, it is odd!”  And so it can also serve as a reminder of the kind of public discourse that somehow goes without comment in the Hindi film industry.
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Hindi Film 101 Repost: Why It Is So Hard For Women in Indian Film, In Honor of Tanushree Dutta’s Experiences and Kangana Ranaut’s Rapid Rise

This is another old post, but one that is relevant again today as we are reminded both of how aggressive women have to be to get their fair due, and how dangerous it is to make demands, thanks to Kangana and Tanushree Dutta.

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Discussion Post: Who Are the Most Feminist Actresses in India?

Thanks to Alisa/Bollywood Newbie for the idea!  I always think it is good to give positive feedback, so let’s talk about what actresses we admire most for what they have done for women.  Maybe it will just be me and Alisa going back and forth, but we’ll have a good time and that is good enough.

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TGIF: Birthday Girl Face Off! Dimple Versus Shilpa Versus Amrita Versus Sonam

Well, this is an interesting little burst of birthdays.  Ekta is in here too, but she’s not a professional face person, so I’m not going to mix her in with the rest.  But I think it is fair for Dimple, Shilpa, Amrita, and Sonam to all challenge each other.

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