Tuesday Telugu: Janatha Garage, Mohanlal Does Telugu, Jr. NTR Does Hero

I was at my library checking out yet another DVD set of Murder She Wrote (it’s the perfect “have the TV on in the background for company while you unpack/blog” show), and there on the “recently returned” shelf was Janatha Garage!  So odd!  I took it as a sign and checked it out and watched it.

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Sunday Speculative Post: Raabta Inspired Me! What Other Southern Films Could Be Not-Really-Remade

I don’t want to say that Raabta is better than Magadheera, or even as good.  But it is a very clever reimagining which takes the same story but replace the from the southern industry (comedy scenes, action scenes, stalking romance) with the strengths of the Hindi industry (clever dialogue, cutting edge international setting, slightly more complicated characters).  So, what other southern films could we do that with?  Not that we SHOULD do it, but that we could.

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Tuesday Telugu: I Saw Maya Bazaar! A Movie in Which Illusions Are There To Reveal Truths

I saw Maya Bazaar!  FINALLY!  I knew about it for ages, and then I found a copy for sale on DVD which was rare enough that I wanted to snap it up.  And then the DVD sat on the shelf by the TV for months and months and months until finally I gave in and watched it.

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Tuesday Tamil/Telugu: Robot/Enthiran, What Am I Missing? Why Was This a Hit? Is It Just Rajnikanth?

I finally saw Robot!  I think it might be one of those movies that you miss out too much if you don’t watch it at the exact right moment.  Watching it now, just a few years later, the special effects seem dated, the song sequences not so great, and even Rajni Sir’s performance is not as good as it could be.  Remember, I am coming off of seeing him in Kabali, where he not only played his age, he played a layered real complicated version of himself.  I mean, this performance is great, the best part of the movie for sure, but I kept thinking “why are you doing this when I know you could do so much better?”

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 26: The Ending! Summary COMPLETE!!!!

I’ve done it!  Whole thing!  And it was SO MUCH FUN!!!  Don’t worry, Bahubali orgy isn’t over yet, there will be a big over-arching themes post next week, and there is the start of what will be a multipart fanfic tomorrow.  But this is IT for the scene by scene stuff.  (part 25 here, you can crawl back through the archives from there)

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Bahubali 2 Scene By Scene Part 21: The Ending Approaches!

I finished the sad parts, yay!  And then celebrated by taking 2 days off.  And writing yet another fanfic (by the way, almost nobody reads the fanfics, but the few who do, really really enjoy them.  And I really really enjoy writing them!)  Anyway, now I am back.  Time for the thrilling conclusion!  Or at least, the first part of it. (part 20 here, you can crawl back through the archives from there)

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Bahubali 2 Detailed Scene by Scene Summary Part 6: Most Romantic Battle Scene Ever

Part 6!  And I’m still not even to intermission.  Oh well, we are all having fun talking about it, so I guess it doesn’t matter. (part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, part 5 here, and my speculative post on all the missing scenes here)

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Bahubali 2 Detailed Summary (SPOILERS): Part 5, The Love Triangle Begins!

Welcome to the end of our first all Bahubali week!  But not our last, I am only about an hour into the film, so these posts will be continuing for a while.  But I hope to manage to watch something else over the weekend, so I can give us a little bit of variety!  Even the most delicious meal can pale, if it is all you eat. (detailed summary part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here, and fanfic scenes I want to add here)

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Baahubali 2 Review (No SPOILERS): Baahubali 1 Was Just the Overture, This is the Real Film

Just got home, haven’t really replayed it over in my head yet, still trying to shake out everything I saw and how it all fit together.  But I think I can at least give you some things to think about while you are watching it for the first time.

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Tuesday Telugu: Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha, When the Village Feud Movie Meets the Police Film and a Coward is Caught in the Middle

What a fun movie!  Just a fun light movie.  And kind of more clever than I would expect from a Telugu movie.  I may need to track down the other film by this director.  Oh, and also Nani was very fun.  I thought I just liked him in Eega because Eega is the greatest film of all time, but now I think he is kind of great even in non-Greatest Film of All Time films.

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Chennai Shopping List! Now With Additions!

Chennai Update!  I have put in some of your suggestions, plus added a few books.  If something you suggested isn’t included, it’s not because I hate you, it’s because I explored and I can find a copy without needing to go all the way to Chennai for it.  And I want to save luggage space for the really really hard stuff!

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Tuesday Tamil: Padayappa, Bahubaali’s Queen is EEEEEEVIL!!!! Also, Rajnikanth

This was before Indra, right?  So the similarities aren’t a coincidence?  Or else they are both picking up on an older traditional I don’t know about. There are some Mahabharata touches to it, but the jealous overlooked woman and the vengeance in the second generation, that is oddly specific.

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Tuesday Telugu, Gangotri: Hey! This is Allu Arjun’s First Movie! And I Actually Like His Hair!

This is one of my Netflix movies, and I have no memory of why I added it to my list.  I’m sure I had a good reason.  Possibly that it was an Allu Arjun movie with Prakash Raj, maybe one of you recommended it, or maybe I knew at one point that it was his first film.  If I ever knew, I’d forgotten by the time I watched it.  And now I can’t believe it!  He was so good!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Here are some International Women!

(This is a reposted and Updated post from last year)

There are so many many many options for a Women’s Day post, that it kind of blew my mind and I couldn’t decide!  Most empowering films for women?  Most feminist songs?  My favorite female characters?

Anyway, I decided to switch focus to the “International” part of it, and look at the most International women in Indian film!

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Tuesday Telugu: Desamuduru, I Am Still Conflicted About Allu Arjun’s Hair

Another Allu Arjun film!  Am I remembering right that his hair changes frequently? Unlike most male stars, where the hair and the whole look is kind of part of their brand?  If so, I think he should keep changing, because this look is not the best.

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Kshana Kshanam: Maybe RGV isn’t Tarentino, Maybe He is More Hitchcock?

Thanks to badgering (in a nice way) from the comments section, I finally got around to watching this, my first Ram Gopal Verma Telugu film, and my first RGV Sridevi film.  And it was a revelation!  Not that different from his later Hindi stuff, but different enough that it made me look at his whole career in a new way.

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Ready (Telugu): I Think I Might Like The Salman Version Better?

It feels wrong to say that!  The Hindi remake is always supposed to be the watered down less good version of the non-Hindi original.  But watching this movie, I found myself missing the slight changes the put in to make it work better for the Hindi industry.

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Happy: Half a Cute Love Story, Half a Lesson About the Struggle of Professional Women

I watched Happy!  Because I wanted Bommarillu and I got confused.  But this one was still cute.  Is it possible there is a whole genre of “Genelia D’Suoza rom-coms”? Just because she has such a young perky face, she ends up in cute young perky love stories?

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Boys: Don’t Make Me Be a Teenager in Love in India!!!

Attakathi, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, Premam, and now this, they all have very similar content, the kind of content I don’t really see in American film, or even in Hindi films that much.  The struggles and pain of being in love, and not being of an age for it.  It isn’t something American movies deal with, maybe because it isn’t an issue in the same way in America?  At least, not any more.

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Geethanjali: Not a Story about Death, or a Story about Life, but a Story about Love

Mani Ratnam strikes again!  Another great romance with a complicated heroine and interesting supportive hero. Oh, and I am going to assume for this entire review that you at least know the big thing that is revealed 10 minutes into the film, so if you are obsessive about SPOILERS and don’t even want to know that, DON’T READ ANY MORE!!!  But if you are fine with the 10 minute in reveal, but want to be protected from what happens in the remaining 113 minutes, keep going until the usual SPOILER marker.

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Manam: So Much Better than Paa!!!!

I LOVED this movie!  This is going to be my new happy making comfort food film every time I get down.  Everyone is happy and good and does good happy things and has good happy things happen to them.  And even if something bad does happen, not to worry!  You’ll just get another chance in your next life!

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