Wednesday, 22 January 2014

I heard that you like the bad girls

Here's an article I wrote about the lack of representation in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special last November.

Doctor Who: The Day of the (White) Doctor

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Realistic Wardrobe Edition #13

Today's edition features Chalte Chalte starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherji. This will be my third Realistic Wardrobe post in a row featuring Rani Mukherji. I have no regrets.

Raj and Priya are very different people but  they fall in love and get married. But they start to realise just because opposites attract it doesn't mean that they should. He owns a barely surviving truck company while she designs clothes for Australian companies (apparently). Priya also comes from a much better background than Raj, but he is unwilling to accept monetary help from her family. They seem to have enough money for clothes though ;)

1. Raj's white suit, pale pink shirt and silvery blue tie.

 2. Priya's white top

3. Priya's red nightdress.

4&5. Raj and Priya's sleeping outfits

6. Raj's grey suit and dark blue shirt which he wears three times. I like that Raj can't afford multiple suits since they are usually expensive.

Catch up on all previous installments here and make sure to leave a comment on anything you'd like to see in the future :)

Saturday, 10 November 2012

It is a truth universally acknowledged...

So I'm not going to go off on a long tangent about why I haven't posted in over a year but I just got caught up with other things like University and stuff but I'll try and post semi-regularly from now on.

This post is just going to be about random things in my life at the moment.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Mera Pagal Jiya Na

I don't think I could ever explain why I like Karisma Kapoor so much even though she wasn't really a great actress. But I always loved her comedy skills and her dancing so they made up for her often poor choice in films and occasional overacting.

This song from Sapne Sajan Ka is a lot more traditional than most of Karisma's songs but I think it's a great song as it's currently Navratri in India and I love Dandiya songs! It's also sung by Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu who were my favourite singers when I was growing up and it just reminds me of my childhood listening to any song with the two of them :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

I Am Afia, Megha, Abhimanyu and Omar

Onir’s I Am left me slightly disappointed because I thought the film as a whole was a bit forgettable really. The four stories worked well on their own individual short stories but as a whole there was not really anything holding my interest throughout the film.

I Am Afia was probably the most forgettable of all but I did enjoy the use of Bengali in the short. The theme of single mothers isn’t as rare in Indian Cinema as it was 30 or 40 years ago and there was nothing new to me about the story of a husband claiming not to want children only to find somebody new who he does want children with. I would have preferred if the story had a different angle to it just to make it more engaging. I was more interested in why Purab Kohli was repeatedly giving sperm rather than Afia’s story.

I was obviously expecting to like I Am Megha the most since Juhi is the only reason I wanted to watch the film but I thought Manisha was really disappointing in it. I didn’t ever feel any conviction in her character. I did like Juhi’s world weary and cynical Megha who annoyed me just the right amount. And I was happy to hear Juhi speaking some Kashmiri, she naturally speaks a lot calmer and slower nowadays that it sounded natural to me at least. Not that I speak Kashmiri so I wouldn’t know.

My favourite story was probably I Am Abhimanyu. I thought Sanjay Suri played the character and his internal conflict really well. The supporting characters in this short were also my favourite. I thought Abhi changing his name was interesting and very telling of his desire to disassociate himself from what he terms the ‘sluttish’ behaviour of his youth and also the abuse he suffered and his parents.

My least favourite was I Am Omar. Jai just didn’t seem like a very likeable character to me. It was obvious he was expecting something in return for introducing Omar to his director friend. That’s not to say he deserved what happened to him at all but I didn’t feel as much sympathy for him as I would have perhaps another character in the same situation.

The film is available on YouTube with subtitles if you want to check it out for yourself.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Realistic Wardrobe Edition #12

Today we're exploring the wardrobes of Bunty aur Babli! My previous post on Bunty aur Babli was about TV Tropes and also included lots of pretty pictures so you can check that out if you want to over here.

Rakesh and Vimmi are from small towns but they have big dreams. So they both run away from home and meet each other at a train station. They decide to go to Mumbai because that's where everyone's dreams come true but as they have no money to get there they have to get it by conning various people as... Bunty aur Babli!

There's very little overlap in terms of costume throughout the film. While Vimmi and Rakesh both have big aspirations and probably want to be able to wear different clothes every day of the year I don't think they realistically can even once they've started to get some money. Rakesh only has the one backpack and Vimmi has her suitcase and make-up box which unless they're like Mary Poppins' carpet bag must have a limit on the amount of contents they can hold.

1. Vimmi's silver purse. Despite essentially living out of a suitcase Vimmi only ever re-uses this purse. Every other outfit is completely different with different accessories too.This could be explained away by her liking to buy new things but she's also quite sentimental and continues to wear her kurtas throughout. As they hardly ever stay in one place for very long I doubt she could have new ones made and must still be carrying around the ones she brought from Pankinagar

2. Rakesh's cricket jumper. He wears this three times (and Vimmi wears it once too during Chup Chup Ke)

3. Rakesh's Fursatganj Sports Association t-shirt that he wears twice in the film.

Don't forget if you've missed any previous editions you can catch up on them all over here. And make sure to leave me a comment if there's any films that you think I could make a post about.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla: Jodi Manifesto Part IV

So I'm sure by now you've all read Part I, Part II and Part III of my Jodi Manifesto.

And now finally we come to the important part! How can you watch all these amazing Shah Rukh Khan/Juhi Chawla films?

I've specified which ones of the links include English subtitles since I realise not everybody has watched as many Hindi movies as I have and picked up the language through osmosis.

Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman: 

As far as I know this film isn't available online but here's a cute scene where Raju gets all excited upon getting his first paycheck and wants to look at cars. Renu then tells the salesman that they'd like to purchase both cars. One for her to go to the market in and one for him to pick "Babblu and "Pappu" up from school in.


Also unavailable online but it is Yash Raj after all. This is the scene where Rahul receives Kiran's wedding card and doesn't take the news very well :(. I love that within the space of 2 minutes Rahul goes from angry to sad to deciding he has to "save" Kiran and not make the scene into a caricature.

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

You can watch the entire film with English subtitles here and I do recommend that you do.
But alternatively you can just watch Juhi's entire scene from the film with English subtitles below.

Ram Jaane

The full movie is on youtube with subtitles here but they're all cut off before the second line unfortunately or without.

Yes Boss
Full movie with english subtitles here

Full movie with english subtitles here

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Dreamz Unlimited and Red Chillies also don't seem to like their movies being online. So you can have a fun song for your troubles locating the film yourself.

One 2 Ka 4

Full movie with english subtitles here

Another SRK produced film so no online version I know of but this is one of my favourite songs, Dheere Jhalna sung by Sonu Nigam.

Om Shanti Om

Juhi appears only in the song Deewangi Deewangi.

You can watch the entire movie without subtitles here

Okay that was totally epic but thank you so much for sticking with me through it. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know if you'd be interested in more of these :).

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Realistic Wardrobe Edition #11

Today's edition features Rani Mukherji and comes courtesy of However the website seems to think that Rani wearing this outfit again is a bad thing which it most definitely is not!

Rani wore this in 2005 for the Zee Cine Awards and again this August for a wedding.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Agneepath (1990)

I like to watch earlier films and read books before I watch adaptations just to give myself some context in which to view the film. (I'm currently reading The Woman in Black) I've watched other films such as Devdas (1955), Don (1978), Umrao Jaan (1981) before I watched their newer counterparts.

This week it was the turn of Agneepath (1990) which is currently being remade by Karan Johar with Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra playing the lead roles.

I wasn't familiar with Agneepath before watching the film and avoided its Wikipedia entry which seems to have a scene by scene plot description included and so I had no expectations good or bad for the film. I found myself disappointed with the film completely. I can't think of anything in the film that I thought was better than average.

Amitabh has played many variations of his angry young man Vijay and of the ones I've seen this was probably my least favourite. I couldn't understand the character and his thought processes which made any sort of empathy or even interest in the films events impossible.

This is not a film I would recommend to any except the most hardcore Amitabh fans. I thought the plot was weak, characters undeveloped and cliched, and the romances tacked on.

Honestly what most annoyed me about the film was the voice Amitabh used throughout the film for his character. Vijay constantly spoke using a Christian Bale's Batman type voice which was so grating I actually watched the film on mute and just read through the subtitles. The voice seemed very put on and I don't see what it added to the character other than giving the impression that Vijay's been smoking 50 cigarettes a day his whole life.

After finally watching Agneepath, I can see no reason why Karan Johar would choose to remake the film with Hrithik and Priyanka. The new film has been described as being 'radically different from the original film' which would certainly be beneficial but then I see no point in labelling it a remake other than for cheap publicity and capitalisting on any existing popularity of the film and Amitabh's character.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Mujhse Dosti Karoge

I have to admit Mujhse Dosti Karoge is one of my guilty pelasure films. It definitely has faults but I love the medley and the chemisty between Rani and Hrithik.

Today's video however is the title song 'Mujhse Dosti Karoge'.

One of the things I love is how at 3.18 you can see Tina dancing in the background and only when she is getting no attention from Raj does she concede to be friends with him.