Judwaa 2 Review (SPOILERS): Salman Steals the Film

The mere fact of Salman being in this film isn’t a spoiler, right?  That’s been so heavily promoted that you can’t escape it?  The exact manner of his appearance has not been promoted, but I’ll tell you that.  The rest of the plot, definitely spoilers.  Yes, even if you have seen the original. (review of the original Judwaa here and no spoiler review of Judwaa 2 here)

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New Songs! “Oonchi Hai Building” and New Secret Superstar Song

Thank you Aamir!  Both for releasing a song timed so I can watch it before leaving for work, and for telling me in advance what time you would be releasing it so I could plan around that!  Of course, I still had to write the actual post, but I can do that anywhere.  Oh, and thank you Dhawans for giving us such fun songs!  Twice!

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Men Surrounded By Strong Women (Shahrukh, Varun)

There was a comment on last week’s post, by Asmita I think, about liking it when men are surrounded by strong women.  Which sent me down this whole rabbit hole in a direction I don’t think she anticipated, and I have come out the other side with a simple plot in mind that can be applied to any hero.  I am excited!

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Two Trailers, Two Remakes: Chef and Judwaa 2

Well, this is FASCINATING!  It didn’t hit me until I watched the Chef trailer and then the new Judwaa 2 song right next to each other, but they are both remakes!  In ways that couldn’t be more different.  A sign that the industry doesn’t know if it should look back, or look out for the new hit.

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Trailer Post! Judwaa 2, Bhoomi, Secret Superstar

Well, trailer time is upon us again.  We had that little burst during Ramadan, then everything kind of slowed down a bit as JHMS and Toilet dominated the news cycles.  But now they are successfully running in theaters, so we can all focus on what’s coming up after them.  Two big things out today, full Secret Superstar song and Judwaa 2‘s first trailer.  Oh, and Bhoomi came out a few weeks back, I just never got around to writing about it.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Happy Endings For All Our Losers in Love, from Mandira Bedi to Varun

We all know that Hindi film loves a love triangle.  And usually a blameless love triangle, two good options and one of them loses out through no fault of their own.  So, I thought, why not give a happy ending to all of love’s losers?  And, just to make this more fun, why not cross streams and give happy endings to losers from different films? And why not make an easy post in which I rapidly run through a whole bunch of different plots without a lot of details?

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Silly Sunday Speculative Post: Friends! I Can’t Resist Remaking It, Even If It Requires a Massive Rewrite for the Indian Audience

This is such an indulgence of myself, even more than my Golden Girls post.  But I have now finished my dozenth rewatch of the entire run, and I can’t resist.  Partly because I want to add songs and stuff, but also because I really really want to tighten up that plot.  And make Phoebe end up with the guy she is meant to end up with, not Paul Rudd.

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Silly Sunday Speculative Easter Post! Let’s Remake Amar Akbar Anthony!

Happy Easter!  I am going to cut up cardboard in the basement with my Sunday School class, and then maybe have brunch with Grandpa afterwards to celebrate.  Oh, and eat the chocolate bunny that my parents gave me.  And also, think about the most Easter-y of all Indian films, Amar Akbar Anthony!

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review (SPOILERS): 4 Things That Bother Other People, and 1 Thing That Bothers Me

I’m back!  After I scribbled off my No Spoilers Review in the middle of the night, I am now awake (sort of) and am ready for my SPOILERS review!  And in this case, I am going to say that you should read this whether or not you have seen the movie.  There are already various think pieces going around that critique the film by taking elements in isolation, I want to critique it by taking everything in context.

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News Round-Up: Aditya, Varun, Varun, and Shahrukh

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, which has allowed the news stories to build and build to the point where I have to deal with all of them at once.  Or at least, all the ones that interest me (no, I am not going to touch Tamil politics with a ten-foot pole.  Although my Iruvar review is getting all kinds of hits right now!)

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Katching Up With Koffee: Varun and Arjun! Karan’s Boys!

I missed this, because Star TV didn’t have the courtesy to suspend all broadcasting in honor of Dear Zindagi Week.  It’s just the worst when these multinational media conglomerates don’t bother to tailor their products to local cultures.  Anyway, catching up now, up first, Varun and Arjun! (first episode discussed here, and second here)

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The Difference Between a Rising Star and a New Star

It’s like a little “before and after” picture for stardom!  Two news stories, one about Varun Dhawan, established young hero with a booming career, and one about Harshvardhan Kapoor, struggling to make it with his big break film about to release.  Both of them are making very savvy choices for where they are at the moment, but they are in very different places.

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