Friday Favorites – Tinak Tin Tana

Well, today’s favorite is a little embarrassing for me.

This is one of the first Bollywood songs I saw– I still haven’t watched Mann, but I love, love, love this video! The exuberant hero, the perky heroine, the weirdly Indian comic relief, the singing, the dancing, the hanging out of car windows… it just made my heart happy. And don’t forget Udit and Alka.

But here’s the embarrassing thing. I always assumed this was from the 80s or at least the early 90s. But, no. It was released in 1999. Yikes. Although, really you should excuse me, because aside from hair, Aamir has looked exactly the same for the past 25 years.

And Bollywood fashions seemed to be a bit like my homeschool fashions while growing up… a few years behind. Although I doubt Manisha got her outfit at Goodwill.

Tinak Tin Tana:

Friday Favorites – Yeh Ladka Hai Allah

It’s Friday night already. Yikes.

The excuse for the lateness of today’s post is not typical! Nope. I couldn’t post tonight because we had a small group of friends over to watch 3 Idiots. That was fun! Three of them were new to Bollywood (I think?) but one is from India, so with Sarah and I it was a fairly balanced group. They seemed to enjoy it, anyway.

We were talking about what movie to share with them next… I don’t think they’re ready for Kabhi Kushi Khabie Gham (it’s a group of college guys) but I miss SRK! I haven’t watched a Shahrukh movie in ages, and he’s my favorite Khan. So, without further ado, some classic Shahrukh!

Friday Favorites – Swades

As you may have noticed, I’ve been kind of pathetic about posting lately. Swades deserves to be a Friday favorite; it’s one of my favorite movies, and I don’t mean out of just Hindi films. I’m going to sit down and stick through this review. Wish me luck.

Swades (Homeland): We the People was released in 2004. It was written, produced, and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with music by A. R. Rahman, and lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Interestingly, there is a musical theme used in the film that Rahman worked into Slumdog Millionaire— if you’re familiar with Slumdog, keep an ear out for it.

If you want a summary, you can visit the Wikipedia page, but to give you a really basic idea– Mohan (Shahrukh) works for NASA, but goes back to India to find Kaveri Amma (Kishori Balal), the woman who raised him. He finds her living with Gita (Gayatri Joshi, in her first and only film), a young woman in a small village which he finds quite primitive. But he’s captivated by Gita, and is drawn in by the problems he sees in the village. He and Gita work to change them, and gradually the people of the town become quite impressed by him. He has to return to the US, and asks the two women to come with him. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens. :) Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Favorites – Wake Up Sid

Well, I promised I would review Wake Up Sid this week, and as it definitely doesn’t fit Stupid Saturday, it’s this week’s Friday Favorite. Although, I am loathe to post about it because in the movie Sid and Aisha are both hired for the jobs they want the very first time they apply, and I just got turned down again today. Ugh! It’s just a movie, it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie. Things work out unrealistically in movies. Things work out especially unrealistically in Bollywood movies.

Excuse me.  :)

Moving past my personal whinings about how hard my poor little life is, Wake Up Sid most definitely fits in Friday Favorites. It would be really hard not to like this movie, and I just loved it. I watched it on a whim– it was on Watch Instantly on Netflix, and I’d been kind of curious to see something with Ranbir Kapoor, so I turned it on, and was quite impressed by what a cool movie it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Favorites – Pepsi Ad

By the time Friday night gets here, I’m tired. Plus, I’m in the middle of Vivah right now, trying to keep up with the Olympics and I’d rather not take the time to write a big post.

And… to be honest, I can’t think of anything to post about.

So I’ve created a new category! The Friday Favorites. It could be a song, dance, movie, actor/actress…

or… a commercial! Indian commercials feature a lot of Bollywood stars, and for this we are grateful. Take a look at this adorable one, featuring Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Preity Zinta:

Not sure what’s up for tomorrow. What would you like to see? Leave an idea in the comments.