Wednesday Watching Post: What Are You Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening To on Star Wars Day???

Happy Wednesday!!!! And Happy Star Wars Day!!!! Is it still cool to celebrate Star Wars day? Or has it swung back around to being lame again?

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Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me On Trisha’s Birthday?

Yaaaaaaay, Trisha! Secretly very good actress of Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam cinema (I say secret because her acting is so natural, you think she is just being herself, and then you see 5 different Trisha movies and realize she is totally different in each of them), who I am VERY INVESTED in getting married to Rana Daggubati. Oh, and also Happy Monday.

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Hindi Film 101: Fan Studies, “Female” versus “Male” Fans, and Fan Power

Meenakshy asked me a question on Monday about fans, and then I gave a way way too long answer in response, because that was what my Masters Thesis was on!  Fandom and how Hindi film inspires a different kind of fan.  Anyway, I thought I might as well take my answer and turn it into a post. (my thesis is here if you want more details and and original research related to this)

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I Still Haven’t Seen the New Star Wars! But I’ve Recast the Old One For Us

I totally forgot I wrote this post, and then some nice Cyrillic using reader posted a link to it on a message board which reminded me of it.  And it’s brilliant!  I agree with everything I said!  And Star Wars is back in the news, so I might as well put it up again for us all to appreciate and discuss.

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Quick Speculative May The Fourth Post

Obviously, today is Star Wars day.  And also a day when I am super busy at work and can’t really focus.  But I can do a “speculative” post without any problems!  I get so caught up in my little imaginary worlds, that nothing can shake me.  So, let’s do a mini Star Wars fest! (updated version of this post here)

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Boring Industrial Inside Baseball stuff

Notice how I put the really exciting picture at the top so we would remember why this really matters?

So, currently, the highest Shahrukh movie on the all time gross list for India is number 5.  NUMBER 5!!!  The shame of it!  Ahead of him is PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Bahubali, and Dhoom 3.  The whole list is here on wikipedia.

Now, you know what all these films have in common?  They are all from the past 5 years.  And the film at the top is usually from within the past 2 years.  In America, we are used to that, the top grossers are always fairly recent, but in India that wasn’t always the case.  Mother India set a box office record in 1957 that stayed in place for 3 years until Mughal-E-Azam surpassed it in 1960.  Mughal-E-Azam held the record until Sholay beat it in 1975.  Sholay  held the record until Hum Aapke Hain Koun came along in 1994.  Hum Aapke Hain Koun was toppled quickly by DDLJ in 1995.  Then DDLJ lost it’s crown to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998.  That record held until 2001 when it was beaten by both Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha.  Gadar held the record until 3 Idiots in 2009, at which point everyone breathed a sigh of release because they could start pretending Gadar never happened (very very problematic messages in that film).  And then 3 Idiots held the record for a long time, by a big big margin, until it was finally beaten by Chennai Express in 2013.  All Shahrukh fans cheered and celebrated and laughed in the faces of their Aamir-fan friends, or at least that’s what I did.  Truly, it was a magical time!


(Shahrukh, take a bow!  You earned it!)

And then about 2 months later, Dhoom 3 came out and Aamir was on top again.  It stayed up there for a year, until PK came out, and then Aamir had the two top spots.  PK is still up there, but Bajrangi Bhaijaan did really well this summer and came close to beating it.  And Bahubali, of course, is a huge deal since it is the only non-Hindi film up there (although it was distributed by a Bombay based production house, Dharma, which is very important in terms of overseas awareness and national reach in India).

So, on the micro-level, this just means we all need to buy as many tickets for Dilwale as humanly possible in order to return Shahrukh to his rightful ranking.  I don’t care if you are actually seeing Star Wars, you buy your ticket for Dilwale!!!

But on a macro-level, in terms of global trends, economics, and the future of the industry, what does all of this mean and where does it come from?

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