torsdag den 1. april 2010

What I HATE

There are not many things in this world I hate and there almost nothing I hate about hindi cinema - But there is one thing.

In Bollywood there is a lot of forgiveness due to tradition and respect of elders. Your mother in law tries to poison you but to ensure a happy ending, she is forgiven (Beta). It's far from my reality but I accept it with a smile because it is Bollywood.

A thing I hate and have witnessed at least twice, is so very wrong that it makes me scream, cringe and curse the damn filmmakers, are the very alternative punishment for rape.

In Hamare dil aapke paas hai Ash is raped and the rapist's family and her family arrange for them to marry.
The rapist agree because it gets him out of jail and her family agrees because her Chastity is gone and therefore there is no hope of another offer.
Thank God for Anil Kapoor and his love for long rantings about social and gender injustice. He comes and saves Ash from the barnyard idiot rapist.

The other film I have seen this in is a Mithun Chakraborty movie (can't remember the title). Where he is falsely accused of raping his brother in law's sister. She is in a coma and can't clear his name but the truth comes out in the end and she wakes up. The whole family is gathered and they decide that the rapist's punishment should be marrying the girl.

I know values and tradition is very different in India but this is just so wrong!!!

By the way did you know that the last official Funeral-Sita burning was in 1987 in Rajahstan and it was revered by the onlookers as something great and holy.

lørdag den 13. marts 2010

Good boy bad boy.

Other bloggers have been blogging about good guys versus bad guys and most of seem to be in favor of the good one. I don’t mind the good ones but when it comes to movies the bad guys just seem more interesting, they are sort of more complete in their range of emotions. You know that whole “even if I am bad I’m nice to the ones I love” where as the good guy he’s just sort of dull….

The good guy characters I really don’t like are Anil in Beta, Nana Patekar in Yugpurush and big B in Sooryavansham. The bad guys I like are Sallu in wanted and John Abraham in Karam.
There are of course bad guys I don’t like as well. Amrish Puri is a great actor and he is a great villain but you can’t really find any positive sides to him, he is just good at being evil in nearly all of his movies.
What bugs me about the oh so good guys is that the women they act against are so very motherly in their love towards them and that kind of creeps me out.

In Beta Anil plays a “man” who is absolutely blind when it comes to his stepmother and his wife has to work against maa behind his back-to weak! In Yugpurush Nana has just been released after 25 years in a mental asylum but he still has fits of insanity but in spite of that the two main actresses both fall for his nauseating kind hart. When it comes to Amit in sooryavansham there are some redeeming qualities, after his marriage the whole “love of a good woman” thing makes him grow up and become a man. But there is a scene in that movie where he, a 55 year- old man (he plays younger), are being fed by his mother and it isn’t one of those bless you pooja kinds of feedings, it’s a whole meal- because mummy loves her big boy!!

The instant I think bad guy and Bwood I think of srk in Don. But I don’t think you can use him as an example of a bad guy, because he is SRK the definition of HOT.

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Even when he’s totally insane (Darr) or evil (Don) he is just quality bedroom fantasy fabulous ...

In wanted Sallu is on a mission to kill bad guys and save the damsel in distress. And his “I’m gonna kill everyone in spite of the law” attitude is kind of attractive-and I don’t even like Sallu! Gotta admit I found the movie more of a comedy than an action drama mainly due to the toothpaste romance and the burning the shirt of his body scenes.
In Karam John plays a hit man who suddenly develops a conscience being all improved because of his pregnant wife. The appeal is obvious… right?

So good versus bad – When it comes to movies I go for the bad guy but not too bad, just bad enough to be interesting:)

Vacation

Happy Happy me.
I have just bought a plane ticket to Mumbai and are planing to bum around the south for 6 weeks. I love my long vacations.

mandag den 1. marts 2010

Mera movies

I have been on a Bollywood trip this past week revisiting my favorite movies. So now I have movies flooding my floor and table, basically my living room looks like a disaster area.
I need a new filing system for my +300Bwood movies. I decided long ago to take the DVDs out of their cassettes just to make it less obvious to visitors that I have an addiction. It doesn't look healthy when you have rows and rows of DVDs in the bookshelf instead of books, which were confined to stacks under my bed.

More than 200 movies ago I decided to organize my addiction in binders so I bought two holding each 50 movies. But now the many binders are inadequate. Should I just accept that I'm spending to much and probably will continue spending to much on DVDs and buy a giant mega case with a capacity of 900 or should I live in denial and buy another binder?

I feel like I have just woken up in a whore house with a needle sticking out of my arm and realising that I have hit rock bottom. It is time to either get help or accept that I'm an addict for life, knowing that an addiction is going to severely damage what otherwise could be an average healthy life.
My friends and family already think I'm off the deep end and this blogging isn't really helping at all, I keep being introduced to new must see movies. Every time I turn on my computer there is drug dealer ready to drag me back to LaLa land.

While writing I'm watching Kaho naa pyar hai. There has just been an APB for Amisha on tv. They are looking for a girl with long black hair and brown eyes.... LOL!!!!

Hello my name is Marianne and I'm an addict....

Of course I'm going to buy a giant mega case. The question now is how am I going to arrange the DVDs in that case. Year, name, actor, actress, favorite or ..... Well I will cross that bridge when I get to it!






Standing on a box

In Hyde park there is a corner reserved for people who wants to speak. They stand on a soapbox and share whatever they are passionate about and I guess B-Town has adopted that idea (or maybe it's vice versa-don't know who came first).
I have never really noticed it before but the shorter of the females in Bollywood has a tendency to stand on a box when they are passionate about something - usually a guy!
I first really noticed this in AAja Nachle because the "ups and downs" of Konkona are so obvious.
Can't dance on a box
But you can be passionate

I must have seen it before because there has been a lot written about how Rani and Abhi is not a good on screen couple due to height difference. I think I need to watch Bunty aur Babli, yuva and Laga chuneri mein daag again. Now that's an awesome excuse to re-watch favorites - as if I needed one!

onsdag den 24. februar 2010

My name is Khan

Being a teacher is hard work but it also have some perks. Every now and then the kids get vacations and even though teachers are suppose to work preparing lessons, the flexible schedule means we can work extra hard before and after and such allow ourselves a vacation as well.
Shukran Allah for that because this winter it allowed me to go to NY.
I'm in the red money wise thanks to that trip, NY is so cheap compared to DK. But it was worth it. I got to see MNIK on the big screen - happy happy me!

I read blogpeople's reviews of the movie and they are surprisingly negative. Or maybe not surprisingly, it's just that I don't think I watch movies in the same way as many other people do.
Movies are for entertainment purpose only and even the crappiest of movies are entertaining (not that MNIK is a crappy movie). Instead of being ticked off at the ignorant portrayal of USA I found it hilarious to watch KJ version of an African American community in the south. The flood had me rolling on the floor laughing, the entertainment value of those scenes scored a 12 on my tickle bone list!
I'm sure it wasn't KJ's intention to be funny but I can watch a movie anyway I want, regardless of the directors agenda and if I want thought provoking facts I read news papers.
I do not take movies seriously. And hence there are no bad movies in my book!!!

Of course I'm not so foolish as to think that movies can't affect peoples views on things but I hope/believe I'm educated enough to know the difference between fact and fiction and always when in doubt DO RESEARCH! If only everyone was like me (irony, sarcasm and satire does not translate well in writing).
Should ignorant/uneducated people be banned from watching movies? is it to dangerous? will they take anything literally? Now there is a whole new blog topic to explore!

Not really relevant to MNIK:
When in NY I met a guy who had heard that DK was the happiest country in the world. I have heard that before and I have read the research behind the statement and according to that happy in general means healthy, wealthy and educated. The research fail to mention that DK is on the bad end of the list when it comes to suicide. So what is happy? and a worldwide search involving 80,000 people is that enough to measure happiness?

I liked the NY-waley very much because instead of just taking the statement for a fact he was interested in the whys and I like people who ask questions instead of expressing absolutes (this sentence work in danish not sure if it works in English).

Veracious (sotheydance.blogspot.com)

"It's always weird to learn through movies. Not in the sense that you think whatever a movie portrays is reality, but to be inspired to find out what actually happened and what the movie did differently, or what circumstances made the movie as it is"
She has written an entry, that made me think, it is not what we know that is important, it is the awareness of what we don't know that is important.
or as Richard Cecil puts it "The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant".
Wow that was a long one I need a nap now, still suffering from jet-lag.

six degrees of separation.

In Parineeta Vidya puts a gold chain around Saif's neck and boom they are married, in Mujhse dosti karoge Hritik drops sindoor on Rani and dhoom like music starts and in Hadh kar di aapne Govinda starts a fire walks around it with Rani and oops they are married.

And since it is so easy to get married in the eyes of Bhagvan how do they cope with all these marriages in real life? Bollywood must be the the most polygamist "sect" in the world:)
It gave me the idea of making a giant "six degrees of separation" map kindly inspired by The L word. But I also realized that I'm to busy/lazy to do so - No blog homework for me thank you!

India (in theory-bjp: damn the orange extremists of that group) welcomes all religions there is law making concerning each faith. The one particular law I'm thinking about is the one that allowed Dharmendra and Hema to get married.
D was/is a Hindu and a married one at that, he fell in love with Hema, wanted to get a divorce and marry her but his wife wouldn't divorce him. His solution was to become a Muslim and marry Hema anyway because according to Indian law Hindus can have one wife but Muslims can have four. Interesting concept na?

But how do they deal with on screen marriages? don't they care about the easiness with witch they can get married, are they secularised in their thinking or do they say a couple of sorry mantras and hence annul the marriages?

I have no solution, I'm just thinking out loud!

after thinking!

I have been doing a lot of thinking!
It started out as thinking about the paradox of the mangal sutra and the sindoor and it ended up revolving around homework.
Being a teacher I have a lot of homework and I really don't need any more.
And while thinking this blog entered the dreaded box of homework in my head. I blog because I want to rant about whatever is in my head not because I want to add to my already busy life, by doing research, finding screen caps and movie clips. I am to busy/lazy to do such things.
Therefore this blog is about what is already tumbling about in my brain. Keeping up with the Jones' in blogland is not for me!

onsdag den 3. februar 2010

To come

Doing some thinking about:
The paradox of the Mangal Sutra and Sindoor.

The actress I hate to love

Thank god for the movies Kambakkht ishq and 3 idiots they finally made me feel that my irrational love for Bebo is justified.
In almost every stinking (yes stinking) movie she has made she plays "Poo". An over the top bubbly and very irritating dits. From "Refugee" to "Yaadein" to "Khushi" she demonstrates the acting range of a nat.
I watched Chameli a role that was supposed to show more than just Poo, she even won a special performance award, but she still comes across as a dimwitted daughter of an actor. Nepotism is truly not great!
In Asoka she is good but I thought it to be a fluke in Omkara she looks good but the movie didn't really require anything else from Dolly since she hasn't many lines to deliver.

So why is it I have 20+ movies with Bebo?
She is Bollywood at it's best and worst. She is the perfect actress to whom you can switch of you brain and just enjoy the inconsistencies from a film industry that favors family and looks over acting ability.

Bebo is the perfect illustration of how I feel about Bollywood. There are no bad Bollywood movies there are only good ones and funny ones. Funny not as in slapstick comedy but funny as in "I thought they were in Delhi, what are they doing dancing on a mountain top in Switzerland?" kind of funny.

In kambakkht ishq there is finally a role that is perfect for Bebo. The role of Simi requires a pouting hair flinging "blonde" and she surely knows how to deliver. Which she should, because she played that role before even when the movie didn't call for it!
As for 3 idiots, I can only say that I liked the movie so much that Bebo didn't bug me and that must surely mean that she did a good job, right?

fredag den 29. januar 2010

Induna

Thank you very much you stupid computer I just spend 100$ on DVD's.
This blogging seems to be way more expensive than I expected. People everywhere is ranting about some movie you just have to see and at the same time they are telling you where to get it. That sucks I have no money but still I couldn't stay away from Induna.com and now 14 Hindi movies are coming my way.
At least it will be proper DVD's and not some dubious DVD bought on the street in India, just to find out that the subtitles are half of what they should be and that they are 2minutes behind the movie.
But still, it is nice to buy a DVD for less than 1$ and hope, pray and look forward to seeing it in the cold winter months when back from vacationing. Man Do I look forward to spending another garam garam summer in India.
Speaking of summer holiday- Where should I go this time? Duh India of course but where?

torsdag den 28. januar 2010

My top five moments

My favorite Hindi movies are the ones that are sweet, cute and has a happy ending. The ones where the hero/heroine goes through hell and back but still gets to live happily ever after. Hence my top five moments are from these kind of feel good movies.
My top five moments are as follows, but not in any ranking order:

-Juhi talking Telegu (I think it's Telegu but I'm not sure) to Amir Khan in "Hum hain rahi pyaar ke". Cute and sweet and what can brighten up your day more than seeing Juhi happy.

-Ishaan winning the drawing competition in "Taare zameen par". Nothing tugs harder in a teachers hart than those kind of feel good moment when kids are accepted and rewarded for who they are.
I didn't want two moments from the same movie and this moment was competing hard with the moment where Amir was making the ignorant father read Japanese.



-Amrish Puri burning to death in "Koyla". Nothing gives greater satisfaction than seeing the bad guy getting what he deserves.


-DDLJ has to be in with the top five moments, but I'm not sure what moment to put on the list.
Maybe the meeting in the Punjabi field or any time srk says "bade bade shero me chhoti chhoti baate hoti rehti hai".


-Rani going cross eyed when Hrithik drops sindoor on her head in "mujhse dosti karoge". It's just one of those romantic moments that makes you go all warm and fuzzy inside.

Hindi movies in my house

After procrastinating doing nothing but surfing around staring at other peoples blogs, I have found out that I'm not as well versed in Bollywood movies as I would like to. There is a very sad explanation for this; Nothing but the very latest is available in this Hindi backwards country of mine. I have to drive far and long to even find a shop (thank you my Paki grocer friend) that has any movies and I haven't really found any recomendations for good oldies or niche productions to buy online,.
So my collection may be big in numbers but not very versatile it consist more or less of anything made in the past five years with headline names.
Many thanks to the Bolly-Tolly-Sandal-Kollywood fans that blog, now I know where to go, to get info and where to buy.

onsdag den 27. januar 2010

All izz well...

Sometimes being sick is not half bad. Staying in bed with a ton of Hindi movies is very conducive to ones health, especially when you got "3 idiots".


That is the best movie ever, or at least the best until Amir Khan hits another home run. First he made "Taare zameen par" and then a super sort of sequel. First a kid then semi-grown college guys are pressured to be top rankers.
"Life is not a pressure cooker"

On a more personal note; Main bahut intelligent hoon, kyunki I have seen yet another movie without subtitles and I got it, not every single word, but the movie as a whole. Hurra for me!
Btw (save thougth for later) I think I have decided what to use my blog for. This is me talking to me about all things irrelevant that no one else wants to talk about. And it will probably be mainly hindi related stuff. And on that thought I would just like to mention that I have never seen a weirder birth, didn't know you could a use a vacuum cleaner like that.


Saved thought: Is "btw" something I really want to use in my blog? Am I too old for using such a fancy abbreviation, I mean my first "computer" was a typewriter that didn't even ran on electricity. Do I like using it or does it just feel wrong???......

I don't think I like it. The state has spend a fortune getting me educated and the least I can do is to try to use proper English.

Taj

Im still learning.
everyday I'm getting smarter:) But I really am curious as to how i put smaller pictures in my banner head. I tried but the picture was way to big. I also want to know how to have a background behind the txt page.
Gonna go into space and find some random person and ask.
how come I can't left align the stupid txt and what's with the large space between lines.
I NOW HAVE EVEN MORE TO LEARN!

kaminey

Couldn't find 3 idiots so I found Kaminey. Very nice Shahid is a big boy now!

tirsdag den 26. januar 2010

Now what?

What is my plan? Should I have a plan? Normally I don't do plans, unless planning ahead means buying air tickets when they are cheap.
Maybe I should just let it come naturally, but isn't that sort of a plan anyway?

Never mind, these are the random ramblings of someone close to average.

I now have a blog. Should it be just me doing me stuff on it or am I interested in other people reading it?
If I want others to read it I should write something clever or at least interesting in it. And if so can I live with the responsibility of having to be that? I don't have plants in my home because the responsibility of it, is to much for me to handle I run away from life a couple of months a year because dealing with life is hard, you have to do stuff you don't want to.
I think this blog is for me because then I don't have to worry about screwing up the Angrezi language or putting in commas. I really don't like commas maybe I should write a post on how much I dislike them?
I don't suffer from Alzheimer, so why would I want to write down whatever I'm thinking, when it's easier to file thoughts in the miscellaneous box in my head? I'll get back with an answer -If I find one!

I'm gonna go and find 3 idiots online

blog kya hai?

Getting a Blog was one of those midnight cant sleep what to do kind of things. Got one but didn't know what to do with it and didn't know what other people did with theirs.
I surfed and I think I found out. As far as I have figured out, in less than three hours while watching "lago raho munna bhai", is that there are 3 kinds of bloggers. And yes if I bothered spending another millennium reading I would probably stand corrected, but this is my blog and I can be ignorant if I want to.
1. Those who keep in touch with family and think that their baby/dog/knitting is the
eighth wonder of the world.
Me I don't have either baby, dog or knitting needles. And my family I phone and visit to keep them and me up to-date with my quite average life.
2. Those who pour their hart and souls out with various successful attempts of being creative in the area of the written word.
Again that is not me, and I would wish "those people" be put in a box so I don't come across them when I procrastinate (thank who ever for the spell-tjek).
3. People who want to share idiotic tidbit about stupid little inconsequential things that real life
folk couldn't care less about.
That's me. I like Bollywood and no living person around me share that quirky hobby of mine. But here I have found like minded people. People who don't mind sharing opinions on who's abs are better - srk in oso or Sallu in every movie he makes!
(in case your wondering I would wote for srk any day, Sallu is just not my cup of chai).

Me add pics now


Climbing a mountain in Nepal.
I can now add pics.
I'm not stupid (if I keep telling myself this eventually I will believe)

how the he......

I thought I was computer litterate, now I'm not so sure!
People are way to pc creative when it comes to layout and all I know is to write a new post:(
I will learn!!!!!!!
Customize, personalize, add pics and just general layout and all I got figured out is to use some damn pre set layout.
And it is even harder to learn with one eye fixed on the telly (socha na tha is on max), but I got through school with eyes on the tellly and I fared ok, so I will learn this as well.

All izz wellllllllll.

new to this

I will learn, even if I should sleep!!
many thanks to "Music Freak (MF)"