Yes, that is a click bait title. I’m not even sorry. Because, it’s true! It did really terrible box office, for a major release, especially compared with the other films that are in week 3 and 6. (as always, figures from bollywoodhungama courtesy of renttrack)
I’m back! Spent an incredibly long day doing things, and now I am home and waiting for my delivery dinner and trying to distract myself.
I’ll be seeing Padmavat tonight, mainly because I haven’t been able to go see a movie in a while, and here it is. A large part of the reason it will no doubt get a big box office, here it is and there hasn’t been anything else for a long time. And also, my friend Dina is free to go with me and I haven’t seen her in almost a month. But, to counteract what I am beginning to hear about Padmavat, I am going to give us a little reminder of all the wonderfully strong female characters that there have been in Hindi film, and all the wonderful historical Muslim characters there have been.
Maybe it was because I hadn’t had breakfast yet, but this was an action film trailer that actually made me tear up a little. Okay, almost certainly it was because I hadn’t had breakfast yet.
Let’s make this a little easier for you, if you want to just read my super super intense detailed analysis/coverage of individual films, the stuff no one else on The Internet or even in the real world really does, here are all the films (so far) that have gotten this kind of treatment. Just click on the name to be taken to their individual Indexes.
I was debating who to give this to, Anushka or Alia or Shahrukh, and then I realized, just because I was thinking of them, that meant they were ineligible. Because in every part I was very aware of who was playing the role. No, the real best actor of 2016 is one who was in 4 of the biggest hits of the year, and you didn’t even realize it was the same person.
It’s a race to the middle! And be warned, there is math involved in this calculation (blech, math!) This is just the “editor’s choice” option, remember. Go here to put in your vote for the readers’ choice for all 9 categories. I’ll be tallying votes at the end of the week and putting up another series of posts for each category.
Dangal is opening 2 days early in America, yaaaaay! So this is my second to last Aamir post, and I get to start Salman week 2 days earlier than I thought I would! Also yaaaaay! Since I am getting close to the end, I’m going to pull out a nice interesting movie, Raja Hindustani!
So, this is the movie that everyone is like “The best movie of all time!”? So far, I’m not seeing it. A good movie certainly, probably a very good movie. I’m just not having my mind BLOWN by what I am seeing.
My favorite kind of news headlines today, the ones that combine big star names with juicy industry news!
Weekend figures are out! Dishoom did mostly okay, Sultan is in a very controlled drop, and Kabali is in an uncontrolled drop. Oh, and another Punjabi film opened well in Australia.
I’m really excited about these super early rumors for Ajay and Anil’s next, even though they contain basically no substantial content, so I am reporting them anyway!
I’m a little late to the party on the biggest item here, Salman’s celebratory press conference in which he offered all kinds of juicy quotes and Anushka addressed the ridiculous “bad feminist!” arguments against her character. Rediff has a nice summary of the best bits. But, better late than never!
Is that last really news? I feel like the world at large has pretty much known that Shiney Ahuja is garbage for years now. I mean, the other stories aren’t really “news” either-people like watching Sultan, they are sick of sex comedies, blah blah blah. But this will probably be my last chance to post on news until the weekend is over (get ready for a weekend of Salman classic reviews!), so I thought I should grab it.
Last bit! Not because I’m so close to the end, but because we are coming up on the weekend and I can’t face carrying this thing through to another week. So, if you want to know the end-end of Sultan, what happens to all the characters and how it happens, then read on!
There still isn’t THAT much to talk about, but I think I can manage to scrape together enough stories to make a post.
Is that a spoiler? I don’t think so. I mean, we are coming up on the interval, of course SOMETHING less than ideal has to happen, or else no one would ever bother coming back for the second half.
Part 4! We have reached my favorite song! I really liked the way it sounded when I was just listening to the soundtrack, and I ended up liking the visuals too. Hopefully some version of the video will make it’s way online soon.
We have no reached the point where if a new big Khan release DOESN’T break all previous records, it is considered a flop. I say “big”, because I’m not talking about your Jai Hos, your Fans, or your Talaashes. Just the ones with the major studio backing, thousands of prints made, huge international release, and family friendly crowd-pleasing plots. Of which Sultan is certainly one, so its box office success was kind of taken as a given.
Bumping along to part 3 of my detailed summary. I like doing it this way, because that way I can remember all the little bits and pieces I thought of while I was watching the movie. Because I am thinking of the whole movie again scene by scene. If you just want a quick summary, you can check out my “SPOILER” review.
I’ve seen Sultan twice now, and looking at a possible 3rd time sometime this week, but for those of you who can’t see it, or can only see it once, or saw it and are trying to remember everything that happened, I am going to try my best to remember everything I saw and write it all down for you.