Guess what?

Guess what!

What???

Don’t everybody get excited all at once

But it’s somebody’s birthday! Read the rest of this entry »

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Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte

I’m back! I was gone for a week visiting friends in Illinois and Kentucky, and you may have noticed that poor Sarah had to post a lot during that time.

It’s so bad, I made Akshaye Khanna unhappy. Look at that face. Just look.

You’d think that having left her to add all those creative and interesting posts (and after getting that sad look from Akshaye), I would feel guilty and have something creative and interesting to post tonight. Well, you would be wrong, because I have the old fall-back of a video. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to Sonu, Bobby, Anupam, and Rani!

I realized last week that since we began this blog, we have managed to overlook the birthdays of Sonu Nigam (February 15), Bobby Deol (February 27), Anupam Kher (March 7), and Rani Mukherjee (March 21). And some other very famous Indian celebrities whom I don’t feel qualified to talk about since I haven’t seen any of their work. I’ll get to you next year, Shashi Kapoor and Jeetendra. You’ve survived my ignorance of you thus far.

I thought at first that I would try to find a video featuring Sonu, Anupam, Rani, and Bobby, but then I thought, while that probably exists (this IS Bollywood), it would be impossible to actually track that down. If you can think of one, let me know.

So, first! Bobby and Rani in Yaar Mere Yaara Mere (if you find Rani’s peach track suit thing to be too much, there’s a costume change at 1:50) from Badal. The playback singer here is Udit. And boy is this wacky. Wow. Gotta love the clothes, especially Rani’s ultra-hip Skechers and Bobby’s multiple orange jackets. And the little costume/location recap at the end! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did:

And here’s Anupam telling a story. Unfortunately the punchline is mostly in Hindi (anyone got any idea what he says?) but it’s still pretty charming:

Now,  Sonu… How could anyone pick a favorite Sonu song? Well, I certainly can’t. So, here are two favorites! And yeah, that’s him! He may usually be a playback singer, but he’s not so bad looking.

The ages of the Birthday People are 55, 36, 43, and 32. You can try to guess who is what age.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (English: Something Happens)… it’s hard to know where to start. It was one of the first Bollywood films I saw, and it was therefore full of significant “first” moments:

But when watching a movie for the first time, it’s hard to take in all of these things, and they were really insignificant to me, because all I could think about was how much I was enjoying it. I had no idea of who Shahrukh Khan is, but I paused the movie after the first ten minutes so that I could go tell Sarah how sweet I was finding his performance.
When Kajol appeared, I knew I had found my favorite Bollywood on-screen couple. Wow.  People have talked about SRK and Kajol’s chemistry, but they themselves have described it as just being very comfortable together, and I think that makes the most sense to me. Their characters of Rahul and Anjali seem extremely natural to me; even in their corniness. It’s impossible not to get a kick out of their scenes together, especially when they fight.

Rani’s character seemed a little bland to me, but I warmed up to her by the end. Little Anjali (Sana Saeed) alternates between being adorable and slightly obnoxious, but if she begins to wear on you, don’t worry; she gets less screen time in the second half of the movie.
Johnny Lever… is Johnny Lever. It’s just one of those things you have to get used to when you’re new to Hindi films (and keep an ear out for his line poking fun at Hindi films!). Salman is quite endearing in his “extended cameo”. Anupam is a bit unremarkable, but Farida was amusing.
The plot is pure Bollywood. Don’t expect it to be believable– and have patience for the (lack of) action– and you’ll have a good time.

There’s one very memorable song, “Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana“, with a cute story attached. To be honest, the words I would use to describe this song are ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’, which probably only goes to show how pathetic I am… but give it a shot. The other that sticks out is “Saajanji Ghar Aaye“. “Koi Mil Gaya” is alright, but it wasn’t my favorite… I’m not overly fond of the 90s.

Oh, and Parzun Dastur as Silent Sardarji, a little Sikh boy, was utterly too cute. Hmm. That sums up KKHH. Too cute. If cute isn’t your thing, this probably isn’t your movie. But if you like cute (and a little cheese) it’s a delightful way to spend an evening or a long afternoon.

And check out this Pepsi ad released after the movie:

Recognize the guy in the plaid shirt?

Mahi Ve

Hannah writes:

If you’ve read the About Us page, you’re pretty much up to speed– but here’s a little more detail on the blog:

On average, we’ll post two movie reviews a week. They’re not all going to be really detailed, but they will hopefully help you in determining whether a movie is worth watching, beyond my criteria of “Does it have Shahrukh Khan? Yes? I’m game,”.

We’ll also share links and videos (lots of videos) we think you’ll enjoy. These will be more frequent than the movie reviews, because it’s a lot easier to embed a video than to try to explain why John Abraham really is a good actor…

Then, whenever we jolly well feel like it, there will be short posts about confusing Bollywood/Indian/Hindi things we’ve figured out. Like who Sallu, Piggy Chops, and Bebo are. And why Sikhs wear turbans.

And whatever else we feel like posting, of course.

So, for today, here’s a very favorite song/video; Mahi Ve:

It’s from the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho (KHNH), and features Shah Rukh Khan (0:03), Saif Ali Khan (0:16), Preity Zinta (0:16), and Jaya Bachchan (3:39). Making guest appearances in this song are Rani Mukerji (3:01) and my beloved Kajol (4:39).

The song is sung by Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan, and Sujata Bhattacharya (Madhushree). If I knew who sang what, I would tell you… but for now, you’ll have to believe I’ll update this when I know.

This scene in the movie is the engagement ceremony of Saif and Preity’s characters.

And it’s my favorite.

If you enjoyed it (of course you did) you might like to buy the mp3 from Amazon… it’s my favorite thing to listen to while doing dishes.