Throwback Thursday: Dholna

So I might have threatened last week to do a series of I-need-a-five-minute-vacation-with-SRK-in-the-Swis-Mountains videos.  It was a pretty easy series to put together, considering how many of these Swiss Alps romantic interludes King Khan has done over his career.  So for this week’s offering, please enjoy “Dholna”, from Dil to Pagal Hai, a classic from SRK’s “Rahul” phase.  Sadly this one does not do much credit to Madhuri Dixit’s amazing dancing abilities, but it’s a sweet video nonetheless.

video courtesy of Nanvin Tangalan.

Throwback Thursday: Hum to Deewane Hue Yaar…

Welcome to another weekly installment of Throwback Thursday! Today’s selection doesn’t really have much of a theme, apart from the I-am-so-sick-of-being-at-work-and-I-could-really-use-a-five-minute-alpine-vacation-with-SRK theme.

Come to think of it, I bet I could actually do a whole series of those…

Video courtesy of Bollywood Songs With Eng Subs VI (Shahrukh)

FFG Review: Life in a… Metro

Hello all!

This will be more of a Throwback review.  With the wonders of Netflix I can get access to all sorts of movies that have been out for a long time (I will see Sholay someday.  Someday.  When I can devote the requisite four hours to watching it).  The thing about Netflix though, is that the recommendations aren’t always accurate.  Sometimes it will recommend movies to me, but only anticipate a 3.2 rating on it.  Why not recommend things that I will actually love, or at least really like?  And the recommendations tend to go by more popular suggestions or movies that a non-Indian audience may have vaguely heard of.   Which is why I am so lucky to have friends to point me in the direction of movies I met never have heard of, like this one.

So, without further ado, my rating (big spoiler, I really liked this movie):

Ease of Pardesi Comprehension: Language 2.0/5

Like a lot of more modern movies coming out of India, there was quite a bit of English used in this movie, particularly at important moments, which helps a non native speaker during particularly climactic scenes.  Plus the subtitles seem to follow what the characters were saying pretty well.  However, the characters do talk pretty quickly, so any beginner Hindi speaker will struggle with following along.

Ease of Pardesi Comprehension: Subject 4.5/5

I am always partial to movies that interweave plot lines, but it is tricky to keep the different stories sufficiently separate so that they don’t confuse the viewer.  And this one did have a number of threads that you had to separate out, but they were distinct enough that it was fairly easy to keep track.  The format and style of the movie is very similar to the French movie Happenstance or the American movie Crash.  While there are some plot points that are a little foreign to a non-Indian viewer, at this point the concept of arranged marriages are sufficiently well known that they won’t confuse anyone.  And the overarching themes of the movie, are, to my mind, universal.  The relationships and conflicts in this movie are easily recognizable, and the decisions reached by the characters are completely relate-able.

Overall Quality of the Movie: 5/5

I am not going to lie, there are parts of this movie that are very difficult to watch,  Characters will make choices that you will not like (or at least, I certainly did not like).  Characters will not get what they want, and you will be devastated for them.  But it is a beautiful movie that is well done, and gives its actors some well deserved chance to shine.   Irrfan Khan , Kay Kay Menon and even Dharmendra all deliver excellent performances, but I really enjoyed seeing young and emerging actors and actresses like Konkona Sen Sharma (rapidly becoming one of my favorites) and Sharman Joshi getting a chance to shine a little more.  This was the first movie I saw of Shilpa Shetty, and I liked her performance a lot as well.

Number of Catchy Songs: hard to rate

This one is hard for me to choose.  Honestly, the soundtrack is very good, and complements the movie perfectly.  Plus, the inclusion of the musicians within the movie itself is an excellent touch.  However, I personally would not describe the songs as catchy.

So there you have it!  My first review, in a long, long, long time.  Let me know what you think and please leave some suggestions of Bollywood films you would like me to review!



Throwback Thursday: Mohabbatein

Hey there gang!

I realize it has been a while since posting, but I plan on getting back into the swing of it properly from here on!

Here’s a lovely song from Mohabbatein, one of my favorites actually. Back when all you needed in life was SRK in a turtleneck…

Video courtesy of KingKhanHD, the source for all your SRK needs on YouTube!

Throwback Thursday: Mr. India

Today’s song is from Mr. India, which is usually regarded as India’s first (and to date, best) superhero movie.  Although I have not seen this one yet myself (it is on my massive watch list, I promise!) I think this song is super catchy, and Sridevi is well, just plain ol’ mesmerizing in this song.  In fact, I would probably no recommend watching this video if people have a tendency to sneak up on you at work.  It might be a little awkward.
With that being said, enjoy!

Video from Rainbow HD, sorry about the lack of subtitles…

Throwback Thursday: Vivah

I know this post is a bit late in the day, but today was a long day.  I couldn’t let the moment pass without showing you guys a clip from one of my all time favorite movies, Vivah.  Yes I know, it’s terrible, don’t judge me.

My guy just left for a four week visit back home to India, so this song has been on my mind.  Hope you like it as much as I do!

Video courtesy of AllShahidKapoor.


Throwback Thursday: More Holi (and Darr…)

Hey there!

Ok, so I decided to post another Holi video?  Why?  For the purely selfish reason that I cannot wait to go to my own Holi celebration this weekend.  I have been looking forward to it for months, and I am counting down the hours!

So enjoy this gem from Darr, with the lovely Juhi Chawla and the charming (but also very creepy) Shahrukh Khan!

Video courtesy of YRF Films , a great YouTube Channel for checking in on the latest offerings from Yash Raj Films.

Throwback Thursday: Happy Holi!

Namaste fellow filmi fans (wow, say that a few times fast!).

Sorry about the radio silence, work life has been taking its toll the last few weeks.  So here’s a nice video from Mohabbatein to get everyone in the Holi spirit!  It is definitely one of my favorite holidays and I can’t wait to celebrate it myself in a few weeks.

Video courtesy of KingKhan HD, an excellent source for all your SRK viewing needs!