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Well, we just finished watching My Name is Khan. The phrases I said the most while watching it were “Oh. My. GOSH.” and “What the HECK?” because it was a bizarre experience. In fact, after watching it, I’ve decided to take back the happy birthday wishes for KJo, because I’m seriously freaked out now. No, I still love him. But I wonder how an educated, privileged, well-traveled man could get the US so entirely wrong in such a totally weird way. I really do.

Karan claims to have “outgrown mush” and this news story (about the new film I Hate Luv Stories) even claims that My Name is Khan is a serious political-human statement, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, my friends, and I’m just not convinced.

I like Imran’s take on the film, (I Hate Luv Stories, not My Name is Khan). “We are making films for the Indian industry so why not just make it the way everyone loves them? Read the rest of this entry »

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Part 1 – Songs

Hi.

I went away for a bit.

I got a job. This job makes money. This job will enable me to just cry over the moving parts of Lakshya, and not how much it costs to buy it.

Unfortunately this job also keeps me from watching many movies, and from reviewing the ones I do watch. Thanks to the friend who always sends me pirated movies, I’ve started My Name Is Khan, and I think I love it. I’m not sure yet. SRK’s character is rather intense! I know I’m being Captain Obvious here and everyone watched that movie in theaters months ago, but we do things kind of slowly in Iowa. :)

On Sunday we had our new neighbor over to watch Wake Up Sid— I’ve now seen it four times, more than any other Bollywood movie. It really grows on me, so since I started out loving it, I now adore it. Its lack of pretension is its most endearing trait– all it wants to be is beautiful, and it succeeds, while managing to be funny and sweet in the same swell foop.

Well enough chit-chat.  I’ve figured out that I can’t find the time to do a movie review in one sitting. And it occurred to me that I don’t have to do it all at once. Duh.

The first thing that makes a movie appeal to me is the music. I’ll sit through anything if Sukhwinder Singh has a song in it. RNBDJ is definitely not something I was forced to sit through, but it does have a great Sukhwinder song!

Haule Haule comes fairly early in the movie, and it’s a chance for the audience to become more acquainted with the character of Suri. What a romantic! It establishes him as a very genuine, average man who is deeply in love with his new bride– before he begins his antics as his alter-ego, Raj.

I like that we see Suri dancing in front of the mirror… If someone were to walk in on him, I suspect the first thing they would say would be, “Who do you think you are? Shahrukh Khan?” I love the way SRK manages to play a super-exaggeration of his normal characters (Raj) and a very different guy who is even more romantic.

I’ve talked a little about Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte before. I heard a couple people say they didn’t like where it came in the movie, and I agree that it is a bit of an awkward placement. But it was time for a song, and it’s certainly a good one. The use of harmonica is fun.

In Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai, we see more Suri. It’s impressive to me how they convey that Suri wants Taani to be in love with him, not his Raj persona, but he sees Raj as the only way to her love. I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen the film, but this concept is touched on later in the sad version of this song (which you will need to watch in the movie).

Dance Pe Chance is easily my least favorite song from the film. I think it’s kind of repetitive and too modern… but you know, I still like it. SRK’s dancing is really ridiculously over the top, but no one is taking it seriously, so it’s enjoyable.

The final song, Dancing Jodi, is a recap of Dance Pe Chance. Taani realizes who her partner really is, and we see Suri finally coming into his own and asserting his true self. It’s the climax of the film, so I’m not posting a video. You need to watch that in context to truly enjoy it.

Thanks for your patience with how bad we’ve been about posting lately. :)

Jaan-e-Mann: Let’s Fall In Love Again, Part 1

Dora helps us review another film. Here she answers some questions. Next time we’ll get her plot summary!

Who is in this movie? Salman Khan, Preity Zinta (is Shahrukh in it? Who’s the other guy?) Ed note: Akshay Kumar

Why did you like this movie? Because it had Salman Khan and it was an interesting movie that I could enjoy, and sometimes they talked in English.

What are some things that happen in the movie? Salman getting divorced, Salman having to leave his wife for a few months,

Where is it set? It starts in India, and then they go to New York City.

What are the people in NYC like? They are friendly, but they talk like Australians.

Who is Salman in love with? He is in love with Preity Zinta.

Who is Preity Zinta in love with? Salman

Is she in love with Salman the whole time? Umm… I really don’t know that.

Who else is in love? Akshay Kumar.

Did you like Akshay’s character? Yes.

Why? It was funny and amusing. He talked like an Indian.

What did you like about Salman’s character? He was nice.

Did he do anything funny? It wasn’t really funny, but it was kind of funny in an awkward way… Salman was acting like he didn’t care if Akshay married Preity Zinta.

Is there a villain in the movie? There sort of is. Pia’s (Preity Zinta) brother. But we don’t want to spoil it.

Were there are any songs you really liked? The song with all the dwarfs jumping out of closets and riding in motorcycles and singing: That song.

Why do you think they used dwarfs in that song? Were there any other dwarfs in the movie? Salman’s uncle was a dwarf.

Who played his uncle? (It is at this point that Sarah and I regret that Dora knows all about Salman Khan but doesn’t know anything about Anupam Kher).

Were there any things that you thought were silly or that really surprised you? When Salman snuck into Preity’s apartment, he found out Pia had a baby. He loves it.

With THAT surprising twist, it’s time for the…

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Stupid Saturday – Love Story 2050

(alternately titled Since I Knew It Was a Bad Movie, Why Did I Watch It?)

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Stupid Saturday – What’s Your Rashee

When I heard about this movie I really wanted to see it. Priyanka Chopra in twelve roles! What fun! Truth be told, I love Priyanka; I don’t know whether it’s because she went to highschool in Iowa, that she was in Salaam-e-Ishq, one of my first Bollywood experiences, or just that she’s really, really cute. Whatever it is, I like her.

I didn’t know anything about Harman Baweja coming into this film, except that a bunch of people think that he looks like Hrithik Roshan. Which I can sort of see. In any case, he is pretty cute.
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