Female Films Week: Kahaani 2, Not as Good a Story

Huh. Well, I watched it, and I’m glad I did so now I can stop wondering about it. But really, it wasn’t as good as I expected.

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Female Films Week: Kahaani, the Power of an Average Woman

Why oh why did I commit to two new reviews in one day? This was a terrible plan! And I am worried that both reviews will end up being shortchanged.

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Mission Mangal Review (No Spoilers): Akshay, SHUT. UP.

I think this might have been the most unpleasant movie I have ever watched. It was like having wooden stakes driven under my nails for 20 hours. Needless to say, I do not recommend it to you. And if you read my posts regularly, you know that it is a rare thing for me not to encourage you to see a movie, so take it seriously.

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Friday Classics: Eklavya, a Movie that Comes in Just at the Ending

Happy Friday!  I managed to get through the week somehow!  Well, almost, I’ve got one more day left.  But yesterday was the day when the staff went from 4 to 1 (me).  Today and Monday it will be back up to 2, and then by Tuesday it will be all the way to 4 again (woo).

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Next Friday Classic Announcement: Eklavya, The Royal Guard, A Late Birthday Present for Amitabh

Have you ever wanted to see Amitabh, Vidya, Saif, Sanjay Dutt, Sharmila Tagore, Boman Irani, and Jackie Shroff all in the same movie?  And all playing magnificent complex interesting roles?  Then, this is the film for you!

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Silly Sunday: Happy Birthday Sanjay, Here is My Best Sanjay FanFic EVER

Sorry sorry sorry!  Yesterday just completely wiped me out (22 guests is too many guests, especially when one of them has severe dementia and 4 of them are small children).  So I literally have not left my bed all day, and every time I try to think straight and come up with a brilliant fanfic, it all just sort of floats away from me.  So I am doing a reprint and failing you, my faithful readers.  Oh well, at least it is a really good reprint, based on Daboo Ratnani photos and Sanjay Dutt and his dog. Continue reading

Lazy Thursday Discussion Post: What in a Trailer Makes You Go “Yeah, I’ll Watch That Movie” (Inspired By John in Police Uniform in Satyamev Jayete)

It’s hot, the week isn’t over yet, and I am trying to avoid starting Sacred Games (it’s just SO BIG. I’m hoping if I carry it around with me everywhere, I can read it by osmosis).  So, let’s have a totally frivolous and silly discussion!

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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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Silly Sunday: For Women’s Day! Movies About Strong Women

Happy Sunday!  This week, a collection of movies about strong survivor type women.  Going with just outlines again, because I love it when you help me fill in the outlines!  Oh, and if you are looking for SRK, he is at the last story.

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Silly Sunday: FanFic We Wrote on Monday!

This was fun, I didn’t have to write anything this week!  We wrote it all together on Monday in bits and pieces, I just had to pull it together and make sense of it for this.

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Hindi Film 101: Stars as Commodities, Directors as Parents, Money Money Money

There were 3 interesting industrial news stories in one day, which I want to use as  jumping off point to discuss how money and art intersect in Hindi film.  The first two are short and kind of set the stage, the last one is the very interesting one that relates to the whole history of how film finances work. (this was originally posted as a news round-up, but it really makes more sense as a Hindi Film 101)

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Silly Sunday: International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Vidya Balan Female Scientist With Supportive Men in Her Life

My sister, who does math, just forwarded me an email reminding her to celebrate the “international day of women and girls in science”.  Which I feel can best be celebrated by an epic fanfic about how hard and ultimately rewarding it can be to be a woman in science.

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News Round-Up: SRK Gets an Award, Shraddha Gets a Movie, Salman Gets a Death Threat, Vidya Gets Indira

More news!  Going back to my post this morning, it really feels like Padmavat has been holding us hostage for the past 2 months.  And now, suddenly freed, there is all kinds of news popping up all over, interesting news.

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2017 DCIB Hindi Film Awards: Best Character, Editor’s Choice, Tumhari Sulu

This was a really close one, between Sulu/Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu and Dev/Akshaye Khanna in Ittefaq.  Vidya won by just a little bit, but mostly because she was the title cahrater and got a little more time onscreen.  This is just my choice, if you want to vote for yourself, go here and place your vote in the comments.

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TGIF: Happy Christmas and World AIDs Day! Women (and a few men) in Red

Happy Friday!  My goodness this has been a frustrating day.  The second I get in to anything at work the phone rings and I have to stop.  Whether it is blogging or sending an email or doing accounting stuff for work-work, I just don’t have long enough to be able to focus on it.  I am writing this right now at about 2pm, we’ll see if I am able to finish and publish this thing before midnight.  Anyway, Red!  For AIDs and Christmas!!!

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Box Office Report: Mahira Rules in Canada, Karthi in America, Vidya Everywhere

Did anyone notice I skipped last week?  I did!  Travel and careful number calculations do not go together well.  But now I am home again, and ready to catch up.  And maybe even put up a video, if the sun comes out again. (as always numbers courtesy of renttrack by way of bollywoodhungama, full info available here)

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Tumhari Sulu Review (SPOILERS): The Value of Emotional Labor

I put up the No Spoilers review for this back on Saturday, but I wasn’t in a huge hurry to get the spoiler review out.  It’s a slow build kind of film, I am guessing interest will be higher on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday than it was on Saturday.  Plus, I had to spend 4 hours at church on Sunday and then make two cakes and a pie, so there wasn’t much time for writing.

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Silly Sunday Post: Happy 11 Days to Shahrukh’s Birthday! 11 Adaptations He Should Be In!

I am sure you will all have Thoughts in the comments about what I should have included and did not, along with what I included and shouldn’t have, and various other changes I should have made.  And that’s fine, think of this as just a starting point!

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