Friday Classics: Delhi 6, A Cry for Humanism

I did it!  I figured out the message of Delhi 6!  It was right there in front of me all the time!  Also, I figured out the main problem (Sonam and Abhishek have terrible chemistry).

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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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Friday Classics: I Hate Luv Storys, for Sonam’s Birthday

This is a birthday-full week, so I considered Bobby for Dimple, Main Khiladi Tu Anari for Shilpa, Vivah for Amrita, and Delhi 6 for Sonam.  And then I thought “Eh, I’m going on a mini-break, I don’t want to think deep thoughts, I Hate Luv Storys it is!”

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Silly Sunday: Female Friendship Vengeance Story, Inspired by Alia and Ranbir and Kat

Happy Sunday!  I wrote soooooooooooooooo much yesterday, and like good high quality stuff, reviews of Bhavesh Joshi and Veere Di Wedding.  So this morning, I get to write short total trash, in a nice change of pace.  Let’s pretend the world is a bad romance novel of the Judith Kranz type and rewrite reality!

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Veere Di Wedding Review (SPOILERS): Feminist By Building Up Female Characters Without Tearing Down Male

I’m gonna suggest you don’t spoil yourself for this one.  Beyond knowing that none of the disappointing shallow views of female friendship that the trailer promised actually happened.  No drunken fight to wait for, no jealousy over a man, not even an evil domineering mother.  But as for what actually does happen, if at all possible, try to let it play out for you as it was meant to be played, just read the no spoilers review and save this review for after you have seen it on the big screen.

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Veere Di Wedding Review (No Spoilers): Not Women Behaving Badly, Just Women Behaving Like Woman

This is a very very very very very good movie.  I had to jump through a lot of hoops to see it, and it was absolutely worth it.  Congrats to Rhea and Sonam, they have made the perfect female friendship movie.

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Hindi Film 101: Media and Stars, From Dilip Kumar to Sonam Kapoor

Welcome back!  The last post focused on an overview of celebrity media from the big picture perspective, how the fans and media found each other and grew.  Now, let’s shift to looking at what this is like for the Stars and bringing it through to today where media and Stars have come together and turned into one entity

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Sonam Wedding Epilogue! Start Your ‘Ships!

I can’t stop myself!  I keep looking at Sonam wedding videos!  And, thanks to the latest batch, I now have several competing “ships” that I am rooting for.  And I am sharing them with you, in the hope of either getting companions on board the SS Relationship, or else getting a solid common sense mind to drag me off.

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Sonam Wedding Final Update: 2am, Shahrukh and Salman are Both Here, Sonam’s in Her Comfy Clothes, Let’s Get This Party STARTED!!!!!

Those noble souls with cell phone cameras and twitter accounts, they are the real heroes!  Making us feel like we are there partying with everyone else.  Only, less hot and drunk and vaguely tired.

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Sonam Wedding Part 2: The Big Day! Amitabh is There

More photos!  And Ranveer finally makes an appearance.  Question, how horrible is it for Dips to be in America at the Met Gala while her boyfriend’s cousin is getting married?  Is that like an acceptable thing for a girlfriend to do, pick a work event over a family wedding?  If the wedding is just your boyfriend’s cousin?

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Sonam Report on Instagram

Well, this is going to be a multi-day thing.  I’m exhausted and I’m not even invited.  But I do have to do the very important job of judging everyone’s outfits, which is very tiring.  Perhaps you all can help me? (oh, and Monday Malayalam is delayed because I had to do this instead.  Sorry!)

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Veere Di Wedding Trailer! My Hopes and Dreams for the Plot Based on the Plotless Trailer

You’ve all probably already said everything you have to say, but if you feel like repeating it all over again, here is this space!  Because I finally got around to watching the trailer, and now I can talk about it.

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Female Lead Films in Hindi Outside of the Standard List

I already did action film and rom-com lists to match this.  My goal is, once you have finished the list of DVDs recommended on websites, or by the librarian, or handed to you in the DVD store, what next?  And there is a surprisingly long list of films with strong female central characters in Hindi film.

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