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Tag Archives: Vinod Khanna
Happy Birthday Vinod Khanna! In Your Honor, A Hot or Not Song Poll!!!
I used to show this song as a hazing technique the first time people came to movie nights. It’s so scary! I would dare them to keep their eyes open straight through! And then I went on The Internet here and discovered that some people LIKED it! How could you????Continue reading
Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me the Day Before Vinod Khanna’s Birthday?
Happy Monday! I am back at my parents’, where the heat is turned on and the apartment is too hot, versus my place where the heat isn’t turned on and it is freezing. But I think opening the window at their place, and digging out my space heater at mine, will give me a happy mediun.Continue reading
Hera Pheri (1976): What is the Line Between Something Being Gay and Something Being Just 70s? Is There a Line?
Well, it’s true, this is the Gayest Movie Ever. There’s 70s fashion, and there’s 70s Hindi film Masala Guy Love, and then there’s this movie. Which is just a whole other thing.Continue reading
Hindi Film 101: Vinod Khanna and Osho
Reposting this for Akshaye’s birthday, poor kid. I don’t think this is what he wants for his birthday, but it’s also not inappropriate I think.Continue reading
Bingeing Netflix? Remember that Osho Documentary Wild Wild Country? Here is My Review in Honor of Akshaye Khanna’s Birthday!
Poor Akshaye. His Dad abandoned him and ran off and joined a cult when he was a little boy, that kind of thing is probably why he is still unmarried, has no children, and needed to take a 4 year break in the middle of his career and just take care of himself for a while. So in honor of his birthday, I am going to remind us all just how HORRIBLE Osho is/was.Continue reading
Happy Halloween! Which of These Songs is Scariest?
Happy Halloween! Albie Dog is in his bee costume and will be staying in it for the rest of the day, no matter how pitiful he looks. And I am wearing skull earrings. It’s all very festive.Continue reading
Friday Classics: Qurbani! The Best Movie of This Kind of Movie
Did you know Feroz Khan and Vinod Khanna share a death anniversary? And it’s today? That’s kind of spooky, Jefferson-Adams 4th of July level spooky*. Clearly the experience of making Qurbani together was so important that it bonded them a deep level.
Wild Wild Country Review: Either a Clever Challenge to the Audience, Or a Stupid Faith in Conmen
I watched it! While cleaning my entire apartment today. And it was a very interesting experience to watch, I think the directors might have been doing something really clever with how they presented the series. At least, I hope so. They were either being really clever or really really stupid. (for more Osho coverage, here is my article on their India years)
Watching Wild Wild Country on Netflix? Here is the India Half of the Story
This is a little bit mean, it is Akshaye Khanna’s birthday today and I am reposting a post slamming his Dad. But it’s really just a coincidence, I’m hearing from more and more people who are watching the Netflix documentary on OSHO, and it seems like a good time to make my article on the India years before and after Oregon available and prominent.
Parampara: Possibly Aamir’s Worst Movie
This is really not a good movie. Not in a “so bad it’s funny” way, just not a good movie. Very dull, very confusing, not great. But by golly Aamir did his best with his little role!
2017 Hindi Film Awards FINAL RESULTS!!!! Real Life Options, Best News Story and Biggest Death
These two sections were alike in that they were the only ones that had very limited responses. All the other sections, related to films, the answers were all over the place.
Friday Classics: Dabangg!!! The Most Progressive Film You Never Noticed Was Progressive
Dabangg! Finally getting around to it. And feeling “wasteful”, since I am going to have to come up with at least 7 posts for Salman week and now here I am wasting a topic I should have saved. At least Salman was considerate enough to release his film right before his birthday, so it will all just sort of flow together. Anyway, I will have to come up with another 7 topics without Dabangg (or possibly 14 if I decide to give him the full movie week and birthday week he is owed), because I have stuff to say about it and I want to say it this week! A lot to say, as it turns out, this ended up being the longest Classics Friday post so far.
TGIF: It’s Snowing! Let’s Look at Men in Snow!
Snow isn’t exactly the magical wonderment for me that it is for people in Indian movies. It’s been a part of my life for 4 months out of the year (at least) as long I can remember. But even so, there is something about the first snowfall of the year that is still kind of magic. Anyway, men in snow! Let’s look at them!
Amar Akbar Anthony: If Only Manmohan Desai Could Have Cured His Depression By Watching His Own Movies!
This is just the happiest movie! Crazy goofy happy. I watched it while feeling kind of down (no reason, didn’t get enough sleep the night before, that kind of thing), and it perked me right up! Highly recommend it next time you need a shot of happiness.
TGIF Post: Has to be Vinod Khanna. And a Little Varun
This was going to be an all Varun week, in honor of his birthday (birthday post here). But Vinod has knocked him right off the public consciousness. Sorry Varun! Maybe next year.
Vinod Khanna Death Reverberations
Sincerely, one of my favorite things about the Indian film industry is how it handles death. America is terrible with death in general, we hardly like to even acknowledge it, and we never let it interfere with “business”. But Indian film (and maybe India in general, it’s outside my area) treats it with the respect it deserves. And so when a great figure goes, the effect isn’t limited to tweets and articles in the newspaper, it has reverberations beyond that.
Hindi Film 101: RIP Vinod Khanna! One of the First 70s Heroes to Leave Us
This is not my first post on Vinod, for additional background you can look at his birthday post from last year here, and my post on his involvement with Osho here. And my review of his Chandni here, and Parampara here. But moimeme just informed me that he passed away this morning, so I felt like I should do a special post explaining why he was important and why this death matters.
Hindi Film 101 One-Off: What is OSHO?
By popular demand, and my own inclination, I am going to do a post on Osho! Otherwise known as “that weird religion that made Vinod Khanna run off to Oregon in the middle of his career.” Just to skip to the end for a second, it’s calmed down in the decades since and is now a kind of normal sort of meditation center. But it was very very odd for a while in the middle!
Happy Raees Week! Let’s Talk About Qurbani, The First “Laila” Movie!
I talked about this movie a little already when the first “Laila” trailer came out. But I thought it deserved another post! Especially since Raees is supposed to pick up on the older tradition of gangster movies from back in the 80s.
TGIF Post: Our Evergreen Heroes
Moimeme pointed out that my Superlative post was tragically lacking in some of the worthy old-timers. So I am giving our Evergreen heroes their very own post. Hopefully it will make you look at some of our current father-role actors and go “Hey! He used to be HOT!”
Happy 70th Birthday Vinod Khanna!
Vinod Khanna! I am conflicted about him. But it’s his 70th birthday, I will see if I can come up with a dozen reasons to love him.
Parampara: A Movie About Tradition in the Long Tradition of Movies About Tradition
Parampara! Or, Tradition! (and now I have that Fiddler on the Roof song in my head) Anyway, this was a terrible terrible movie. And it was a Yash Chopra film! He must have run out of either money or interest at some point in the middle, because it is just confused and dull in a way that Yashji doesn’t usually let happen. In fact, I feel fairly comfortable saying this is probably the worst film Yash Chopra ever made.
Chandni: Oh Mere Chandni! How Yash Chopra Made a Heroine the Hero
No one asked for this post in particular, but I just want to write about it! When I watched Darr and Lamhe, it got me thinking about all the past Yash Chopra classics, including Chandni, and why they are so wonderful.