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Monday, December 27, 2010

Going to the Movies: Todd

Todd, our resident connoisseur of B-movies on unsubtitled VCDs, tells us about his special event-fueled experiences of Hindi cinema on the big screen in downtown San Francisco.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Going to the Movies: Raja

This week, blogger and listener Raja of InsideOut shares his movie-going history.

Raised on once-a-week screenings at the officers' club at the local factory in his little hometown, he tells us about watching Mera Naam Joker in the cinema, seeing Sharmeelee while on holiday to Bombay in 1972, and the less-than-perfect conditions for Teesri Manzil. And some thoughts on going to English movies in India too! The coziness of his childhood movie-watching is going to make you jealous, I promise.

And how is this for wise parting words: "I think the most important thing for me is if I have company, if I have fun.... The movie itself doesn't matter very much."

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inside the Halls of Filmistan High: Koffee with Karan

Hamper shamper! Karan Johar may be one of the most powerful people in the industry, able to wriggle longer, juicier answers out of directors and actors than even most practiced and reputable journalists, but we're not letting him or his ridiculous show off the hook.



Join Amrita, Beth, and special guest Maria of the blog Filmiholic, herself an experienced film journalist, in a discussion of this season of Koffee with Karan. We wonder what the show is actually about, why he asks the questions he does, and whether he's really a good tv host or just a bully in velvet. In trying to figure it all out, we cover:
  • the difference between being a host and a conversationalist
  • highlights from this season's episodes (featuring Aishwarya Rai-Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor-Imran Khan, Deepika Padukone-Sonam Kapoor, Farah Khan-Raju Hirani-Imtiaz Ali, Kareena Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan)
  • the significance (or not) of power players' sexuality and what coming out could do
  • navigating fame, fortune, and power as a young woman
  • an apparent fear among these big players of intellectual content and seeming smart
  • what guests could possibly have in their purses
  • and whether the set design looks a bit too much like a strip club.
Let us know: did we out-cat the cattiest show on Indian television? If not, should we release our outtakes?

(Side note: all of us now realize that the contents of the hamper have been exposed in previous episodes.)

Amrita and Beth also enjoyed Baradwaj Rangan's piece "Kogitating over Koffee".

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Going to the Movies: Beth Watches Bollywood

Next up in our Going to the Movies series (posted a bit early this week): co-host Beth talks about the surprising number and variety of venues for Indian films she's experienced just in her home state of Illinois in the last six years. A college classroom, a suburban megaplex, a crumbling art house, and a film festival run by an internationally-known critic - who knew the Prairie State had so many good options!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Going to the Movies: Amrita

First up in our Going to the Movies series: co-host Amrita talks about not going to the movies while growing up in Delhi, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!, screenings in Michigan that were barely better than someone's living room, and secretive venues in NYC.


This story and all others will be collected at the series page, which is also linked on the left of the main site. We'd love to hear yours and hope to add a new one each week, so send yours in! Submission requirements and instructions, as well as an overview of the project, are on the series page.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kaala Pathhar (1979)

The featured movie for December is 1979's Kaala Patthar, directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim-Javed, and starring half of Bollywood: Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Shatrughan Sinha, Neetu Singh, Prem Chopra, Mac Mohan, Parikshit Sahni, Poonam Dhillon, Iftekhar, Madan Puri....

Join us for an in-depth look at one of our favorite socialist-masala movies. We'll put in a spoiler warning for those of you who've never seen it before and direct you to Beth's review, which comes complete with a screenshot of Shotgun Sinha's impeccable manicure.

Things discussed in this podcast include:
  • Parveen Babi's shiny, shiny hair guaranteed to leave the rest of us unfortunates green with envy
  • Shashi Kapoor's general awesomeness, especially when tackling men roughly double his size
  • Amrita's love of the Amitabh-Rakhee pairing and Beth's love of Shatrughan Sinha
  • Charles Bronson, coal miner extraordinaire
  • the (possible) significance of water (maybe?)
  • and just what the hell was Amitabh's problem? We're all at sea!

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    PS - can you identify the theme music for this month?