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  • Jab Harry Met Sejal: Yay! Thumbs Up: Medium Thumbs-Up - Some Well-Written Dialogues, Good Songs, Okay-ish Plot
  • Tumhari Sulu: Want to Watch: Love Vidya Balan, Sounds Like an Interesting Movie
  • Golmaal Again: Want to Watch: If You Didn't Like the First Three, Don't Bother - But We LOVED Them!
  • Eega: Yay! Thumbs Up: VERY Strange, VERY Interesting, VERY Worth Watching
  • Jagga Jasoos: Not Interested in Watching: No thank you, I can get bad whimsey at home in America!
  • Bbuddah hoga tera baap: Yay! Thumbs Up: Amitabh Bachchan Being Awesome - Who Needs More?
  • Bahubali 2 - The Conclusion: So-So: Saw it - and Felt Like Characters Got Lost in The LONG Flashback, and the Ending Felt Rushed
  • Sarkar 3: Not Interested in Watching: Didn't like the first two, why would I like this any more?
  • Phillauri: Want to Watch: Looks Enjoyable
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Want to Watch: Hey, I still love *masala* - and this is American *masala*!
  • La La Land: Want to Watch: I'm a Sucker for Musicals - Why do you think I started Watching Indian Cinema?
  • Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3: So-So: Lowbrow,Vulgar,Stupid Fake "Porn",but Funny if You're in the Wrong Frame of Mind!
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra: Want to Watch: More Like "Mildly Curious to Watch"
  • TE3N: So-So: Thumbs WAY Up on the Acting, and Way DOWN for plot & pacing
  • Ishqiya: Yay! Thumbs Up: Again, wish there was a rating between "Yay" and "So-So"
  • Waiting: Want to Watch: More Like "Mildly Curious to Watch"
  • buddha mar gaya: Nay! Thumbs Down: "Yuck" X 2 - Meeta's right, don't even bother.
  • Housefull 3: Not Interested in Watching: The first one was okay at best - this? Just sounds like a stinker
  • Azhar: Not Interested in Watching: Sounds highly missable
  • Baaghi: A Rebel For Love: Want to Watch: "Want to Watch" may be too strong, but - I ❤ Shraddha Kapoor.
  • Bombay Velvet: So-So: Great Anushka Sharma & Ranbir Kapoor Performances - Disjointed Story
  • Fan: Want to Watch: SRK showing us he can act again - yes, please!
  • Finding Fanny: Yay! Thumbs Up: Can a movie be ironic,darkly funny, AND Warm-Hearted? This one Is!
  • Kapoor & Sons: Want to Watch: Not Our Usual Kind of Movie - But Sounds Worth Trying
  • Jai Gangaajal: Want to Watch: Priyanka Chopra as a cop? It's got to be better than QUANTICO!
  • Hasee Toh Phasee: Yay! Thumbs Up: Didn't Like it QUITE as Much as Meetu Did - But Still Very Good
  • Bajirao Mastani: Want to Watch: Sumptuous Epic - Eager to See
  • Dilwale: Want to Watch: From the Trailer? It looks like TOTAL Masala - and I can't wait to dig in! ;)
  • Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!: Yay! Thumbs Up: Another Case of Agree With Everything You Said - But Liked It Anyway
  • Jazbaa: Want to Watch: We Support Mothers Returning to Work!
  • Singh Is Bliing: Want to Watch: More Like "Want To Give it a Try"...Maybe...?
  • Kaminey: Nay! Thumbs Down: Not a Single Relatable Character in the Entire Movie....
  • Bewakoofiyaan: Nay! Thumbs Down: Both Men Deserve Each Other - NEITHER Deserves Sonam Kapoor!
  • Aiyyaa: Nay! Thumbs Down: Over-edited, Heavy-Handed attempt at Masala Whimsy....
  • Calendar Girls: Not Interested in Watching: Clearly India Needs Its Own "Category III" Like China Has!
  • Tashan: Nay! Thumbs Down: "It's a JOKE, Son! A JOKE! Doncha get it?"
  • Agent Vinod: So-So: Some Interesting Stuff - But Plot? WHAT Plot?
  • Go Goa Gone: Yay! Thumbs Up: Even BETTER Than Meetu Said It Was - We all LOVED It! Better than SHAUN OF THE DEAD!
  • Phantom: Not Interested in Watching: It Just Makes Me - Uncomfortable
  • Welcome Back: Want to Watch: Kind-of Maybe Want to Watch? If There's Nothing Better On...?
  • All Is Well: Not Interested in Watching: Sounds like a stinker.
  • Satyagraha: Yay! Thumbs Up: Little Guy Movement vs.Big Power Movie,But More Honest Than We Expected
  • Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Not Interested in Watching: Wasn't even before this conviction
  • Daawat-e-Ishq: Yay! Thumbs Up: Madcap Romantic Comedy - With a Serious Background, to Give it That Extra Depth
  • Vicky Donor: Nay! Thumbs Down: Sleazy Treatment of Serious Topic, With Loathsome Characters
  • Mugamoodi: Yay! Thumbs Up: Nicely done blend of Superhero and Martial Arts Movies with Indian Entertainment - and Fun Dances!
  • Dil Dhadakne Do: Want to Watch: More Like a "Maybe Want to Watch"...?
  • Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Not Interested in Watching: More like a "So-So" than "No" - But Still Unsure We'll Like This
  • Game: Yay! Thumbs Up: May "Thumbs Up" is Going Too Far - But a Twisty Thriller With Some Genuine Emotion, For Once!
  • PK: Yay! Thumbs Up: Highly-Entertaining and Just the Right Amount of Provocative About Religious Extremism
  • Don 2: Yay! Thumbs Up: SRK Continues His Path to Being a Live Action Bugs Bunny - With Boman Irani as Elmer Fudd!
  • Don: Yay! Thumbs Up: twisty Glitzy Thrilling Action Movie With Great Songs - and Some of the Iffiest Morality Ever
  • Gabbar Is Back: Want to Watch: Hey - It's Got Akshay Kumar in it!
  • Piku: Yay! Thumbs Up: A "Small" Movie with Big Names Acting at Their Peak - Wonderful.
  • Speed: Nay! Thumbs Down: Wow - a Stupid Action Thriller With Lame Villains and Even Lamer Heroes!
  • Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!: So-So: Liked but Didn't Love This Historical Detective Drama Set in WWII-Era India
  • Singham: So-So: Thumbs-Up for most of it - But That Ending? Really Made Me Uncomfortable!
  • Hunterrr: Not Interested in Watching: Indian Sex Comedy About Boys Being Excused For Behaving Badly? No, Thank You!
  • Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya: Yay! Thumbs Up: Silly masala with an engaging central couple, and the minor Interval twist works
  • Action Jackson: Want to Watch: Yes, it's going to be violently stupid and stupidly violent - that's why I want to see it! :D
  • Happy Ending: So-So: Funny with a modern view of love-but of writers&writing? For actual writers, it's WTF?!?
  • Happy New Year: Want to Watch: Sounds Enjoyably Stupid Enough to Get From Netflix
  • Sonali Cable: Want to Watch: ::shrug:: Might be worth checking out if I have nothing better to do
  • Bang Bang: Yay! Thumbs Up: Yes, it's a Popcorn Movie - but it's got Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, right in their element!
  • Haider: Yay! Thumbs Up: Shakespearean+Kashmiri Conflict;great perfs by Shahid Kapoor,Shradda Kapoor,Tabu,Irffan Khan,etc.
  • Dostana: Yay! Thumbs Up: MUCH Funnier, and More Heartfelt, Than I Expected Given the Subject Matter
  • Kal Kissne Dekha: Not Interested in Watching: No. Just - Don't Bother, Seriously. It's That Bad….
  • Singham Returns: Want to Watch: Ajay Devgn, Action Hunk? Yes, please!
  • Lucy: Want to Watch: Trash? Sure. But It's Promises to be GREAT Trash! ;)
  • It's Entertainment: Nay! Thumbs Down: OMG ::jaw drop hits floor:: which is more subtle than this movie is....
  • Sorry Bhai: Yay! Thumbs Up: Realistic Depiction of a Bollywood Staple Plot - No Song&Dance Numbers, Just Well-Drawn Characters
  • Kick: Not Interested in Watching: ANOTHER Salman Khan Movie? Thank you, no….
  • Vivah: Nay! Thumbs Down: This Movie is "Heartwarming" ONLY If You Mean It Was Ripped Out and Barbecued!
  • Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania: Want to Watch: Derivative? Probably - But It Also Sounds Enjoyable In a Park-Your-Brain Kind of Way
  • Ek Villain: Not Interested in Watching: Dopey Serial Killer Movie Starring a Comedy Actor? Oy!
  • Fugly: Want to Watch: It Has Some Topics Of Interest To Us
  • Kochadaiiyaan: Want to Watch: Worth checking out maybe…?
  • Heropanti: Not Interested in Watching: ::yawn!:: SEEN It! And I'm an American!
  • Revolver Rani: Want to Watch: Indian Women With Guns? Yes, Please!
  • 2 States: Want to Watch: Sure It's a Indian Rom-Com, But the Leads Are Good Together and it has Songs, So….
  • Samrat & Co.: Want to Watch: Okay, So It's Not Great - But Sherlock Holmes, Indian Style? I'll Watch
  • Bhoothnath Returns: Yay! Thumbs Up: Not as good as the first movie - but a warmhearted comedy/drama with a bit of political satire!
  • Barfi!: So-So: More like Most "Thumbs Down" - BUT with Priyanka Chopra's "Thumps WAY Up!" Performance
  • Youngistaan: Not Interested in Watching: No Thank You - We Have Our Own Shallow Political Movies In the USofA
  • Gulaab Gang: So-So: What Meetu Said - A Powerful Theme Given a Melodramatic Treatment
  • Miss Lovely: Want to Watch: I'm a fan of low-budget horror around the world, so this might be more my kind of movie.
  • Dedh Ishqiya: Want to Watch: Sounds Intriguing - Will Catch It on DVD
  • Dhoom 3: Yay! Thumbs Up: Hey, it's DHOOM! Maybe a bit Deeper Than Expected, with Nice Perfs by Amir Khan and Katrina Kaif
  • Kismat Konnection: So-So: Vidya Balin,Juhi Chawla&Om Puri are great in a generic rom-com,but Shahid Kapoor is BADLY miscast.
  • Joker: So-So: Short and funny with great dance numbers - but the story is a hodgepodge even by *masala* standards.
  • Bullett Raja: Want to Watch: Saif Ali Khan & Jimmy Sheirgill, song&dances&gunplay? Yes, Please! :)
  • Singh Saab The Great: So-So: 100% Timepass - Probably Rent This On Netflix When It Hits There For Some Boring Sunday Night
  • Ram-Leela: Yay! Thumbs Up: I - Really Liked this Movie, and Didn't Expect To - Passionate, Action-Packed & Ultimately Tragic
  • Baabul: So-So: Would be Yay! - if the male love interest weren't Salman the Smug....
  • Krrish 3: Want to Watch: Are you Surprised, Meetu? I loved KRRISH, so of course I want to see this!
  • Phata Poster Nikhla Hero: Want to Watch: Nothing Wrong With a Little Junk Food on a Sunday Night.... :)
  • Horror Story: Want to Watch: Looks like it would be a fun Halloween movie for American fans....
  • Aashiqui 2: Nay! Thumbs Down: The story is as old as movies - and while Shradda Kapoor is luminiscent, A. Roy Kapoor - isn't....
  • Grand Masti: Not Interested in Watching: If I were a stupid 19-year old I might give this a try - but I haven't been that in 40 years!
  • Zanjeer: So-So: Okay, Priyanka Chopra in a cop uniform is a STRONG inducement - but who's Mr. Scowly-Face?
  • Shuddh Desi Romance: Not Interested in Watching: Doesn't Sound Promising - Kind of Like YRF's Attempt To Be "Deep"...and Failing
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: Not Interested in Watching: Generic Teen Fantasy Series Becomes Generic Movie - Pass!
  • Tasher Desh: Want to Watch: Still kind of smells of an overbudget student film, but I'll give it a try anyway.
  • Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara: Not Interested in Watching: I'm going to hate myself, I know - but my wife will love it, and maybe it won't totally stink...?
  • Teen Patti: Nay! Thumbs Down: Amitabh Bachchan & Ben Kingsley Need a BETTER Movie Than This - So Does Shradda Kapoor, Who Shines!
  • Chennai Express: Yay! Thumbs Up: SRK *and* Rohit Shetty? Just What We Expected - And Enjoy.
  • Pacific Rim: Yay! Thumbs Up: BEST Big Robot vs. Big Monster Movie EVER! A must for SF and Godzilla Fans!
  • Yamla Pagla Deewana 2: Not Interested in Watching: If the first movie was barely a timepass, how good can THIS one be?
  • Ishkq In Paris: Not Interested in Watching: Enjoy *masala* romatic comedies with musical numbers - but this sounds disappointing
  • Harishchandrachi Factory: Yay! Thumbs Up: Rose Tinted But Enjoyable Film About the Start of the Indian Film Industry
  • Rockstar: Nay! Thumbs Down: The Movie's Moral Seems To Be "If You're A Creepy Stalker, The Woman Will Absolutely Fall For You"!
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: So-So: Looks Like An Enjoyable Enough Movie - But It's Not STAR TREK...!
  • Sarkar Raj: Nay! Thumbs Down: THE GODFATHER starring The Bachchans! Derivative story+film-school direction = by-the-numbers acting
  • Himmatwala: Yay! Thumbs Up: Yes, it's silly and obvious - but we had fun watching it just the same.
  • Olympus Has Fallen: Nay! Thumbs Down: By Jingoist! USA! USA! USA! Because we all KNOW North Korea is a deadly threat to America.... :/
  • U Me Aur Hum: Yay! Thumbs Up: Between "Thumbs-Up:" & "So-So" - Ajay Devgan-directed movie that's both good (acting) & eh (story).
  • The Namesake: Yay! Thumbs Up: Quiet episodic but very well-acted and written story of the life of a NRI family in New York.
  • Cheeni Kum: Yay! Thumbs Up: Chef Amitabh Bachchan and Thirtysomething Tabu Woo One Another - well-written, acted, Recommended!
  • Once Upon A Time In Mumbai: Yay! Thumbs Up: Thumbs Up for the acting and first half - DESPERATELY needs a sequel, though!
  • Tanu Weds Manu: Not Interested in Watching: If I Didn't Like The First One....?
  • Race 2: So-So: It was trashy, flashy and twisty - but really? I far preferred DON and DON 2....
  • Gangster Squad: Not Interested in Watching: Masala American Style - but nowhere near as tasty! Bland stew of half-cooked pieces strands cast
  • Dabangg 2: Not Interested in Watching: So - is THIS why Salman Khan's a star in India...?
  • Khiladi 786: Want to Watch: Haven't Seen It Yet - But I'll Bet Tammy Will Want To, Since It Stars Akshay Kumar!
  • Toh Baat Pakki: Nay! Thumbs Down: Not the worst Indian movie I've ever seen, but certainly one of the dullest....
  • 1920 Evil Returns: Want to Watch: Enjoyed the original, so I'm hoping this one is as good.
  • We are family: Nay! Thumbs Down: Did India Really Need Its Own STEPMOM? Wasn't the Hollywood Original Bad Enough?
  • Raaz 3: Want to Watch: Let You Know When I See It, But Sounds Like Fun
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Yay! Thumbs Up: Enjoyable Intelligent "Adult" <i>masala</i> - Well-Written, Acted and Directed
  • Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Yay! Thumbs Up: Silly, Predictable, Obvious Yet Quite Enjoyable Romantic Comedy with Engaging Main Pair
  • Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge: So-So: Fun But Not Great Bollywood Version of Mel Brooks's THE PRODUCERS
  • Ek Tha Tiger: Not Interested in Watching: Why does Salman Khan have a career again? Katrina Kaif is, as always, stunning....
  • Dum Maro Dum: Nay! Thumbs Down: Stylish but obvious *policier* with morally ugly "hero" and annoying flashback structure.
  • Jaane Tu ya jaane na: Yay! Thumbs Up: Great self-ware movie about modern Indian youth, friendship & love - what FRIENDS should have been!
  • Ek Main Aur Ek Tu: Yay! Thumbs Up: Kareena The Life-Affirming Buzzsaw Comes To Vegas! Sitcom premise with surprising bits of depth.
  • Rowdy Rathore: Yay! Thumbs Up: Great Dumb Fun - Dom't Take It Seriously, and You'll Have a Ball!
  • Badmaash Company: Yay! Thumbs Up: Smart Adult Entertaining White Collar Crime Film, Uses Masala Tropes Well For Deeper Story
  • Mehbooba: Nay! Thumbs Down: Yes, I really have a friend who would love it - but I'm not him!
  • Bhoothnath: Yay! Thumbs Up: Amitabh Bachchan as "Ghost Grandpa" - entertaining family fantasy, well-acted and produced.
  • Avatar: Yay! Thumbs Up: Beautifully-done movie with a so-so story done well - take that "Thumbs Up" as a "Thumbs Half Up".
  • Aaja Nachle: Yay! Thumbs Up: Marvelous "Save the Theatre" Musical, starring Dance Great Madhuri Dixit - what else do you need?
  • 1920: Yay! Thumbs Up: Period Horror of young couple in haunted house - surprisingly effective Indian Horror film.
  • Om Shanti Om: Yay! Thumbs Up: Fun tribute/lampoon of Bollywood-plus reincarnation murder mystery. Frothy&Dramatic, recommended.
  • Jab We Met: Yay! Thumbs Up: Wonderful Bollywood rom-com starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor at their most appealing.
  • Love Aaj Kal: Yay! Thumbs Up: Modern Romance contrasted with Traditional Wooing, Indian Style - brilliantly done on every level.
  • Short Kut: So-So: Filmmaker Akshaye Khanna v."Circuit" Warsi as Charlie "WINNING!" Sheen-not very winning at all.
  • Dil Bole Hadippa: Nay! Thumbs Down: Rani Muhkerjee is great - but the film reinforces the very things it claims to be against.
  • What's your rashee?: So-So: Priyanka Chopra plays 12 different women winningly in a 4-hr. film - Harman Baweja's in it, too.
  • Main Aur Mrs Khanna: Nay! Thumbs Down: Salman Khan abandons wife Kareena Kapoor in the Melbourne Airport - and audience confusion ensues.
  • Aladin: Yay! Thumbs Up: Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt are genies - need I say more? It's big and magical, and really fun.
  • Aisha: So-So: Yet Another Adaptation of Austen's EMMA - and Kind of Meh, Really.
  • Red: Yay! Thumbs Up: Romp-y adventure version of a "serious graphic novel" starring a wonderful cast.Yes for action&fun!
  • Sita Sings the Blues: Yay! Thumbs Up: Low-budget, well-done animated version of THE RAMAYANA, with early jazz songs and clever commentary.
  • Green Lantern: Nay! Thumbs Down: Ryan Reynolds should stick to playing self-absorbed jerks in stupid rom-coms.
  • Death Proof: Nay! Thumbs Down: Tarantino's "magic" just eludes me - dull, talky, even Kurt Russell can't save it.
  • Kambakkht Ishq: So-So: Like I said before-sure it's not Bollywood's Best, But We Westerners Enjoyed It!
  • Lage Raho Munnabhai: Yay! Thumbs Up: Tough Guys Try Nonviolence! Hilarious,touching,even profound - "We Be Ghandhi'ing NOW!" Loved it.
  • Pyaar Impossible: So-So: Generic-but-cute "beauty&geek+brat" romcom. Aston Kutcher & Katherine Heigl star in US remake?
  • God Tussi Great Ho: Nay! Thumbs Down: Worst Bollywood Movie This Western Masala Fan Has Ever Seen


  • Bahubali 2 - The Conclusion:

    Well, we saw it on NetFlix because it took us forever to get everybody together, and - yeah, Meeta, your review is pretty spot-on.

    It's So Big! And So Broad! And Oh So Heroic and Villainous! that I kind of think they forgot Young Balubahi's love for Devsena was why he got involved in all this Sturm und Drang in the first place.

    I'm glad to have all that backstory cleared up - but, did it have to be in a huge hairball of flashback that took up most of the second movie? By the time we got back to the present, I'd almost forgotten why we were here in the first place - and the movie itself treats the climax, where Heroic Young Bahubali finally faces His Evil Uncle Kattappa, almost as an afterthought.

    Though - you haven't lived until you've seen how the squads of heroic soldiers close ranks in the climax with their enemy. It was so batcrap-crazy we were on the floor laughing....

    posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago
  • Golmaal Again:

    @Fan - it's a silly comedy series that's got enough physical humor to travel well, and just clever enough with its wordplay that casual viewers of Indian Cinema can feel "with it".

    Also, Rohit Shetty really loves big goofy dance numbers with vehicles, which end up on YouTube everywhere so people go, "Did You See What Those Crazy Bollywood Movies DO?!?!?"

    posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago
  • Jab Harry Met Sejal:

    It's entertaining, if inconsequential. The last few months (ever since two of our company's daughter had a baby and moved back in with them), we've been having Sunday Indian Movie Night at our house. Because of the holidays here in the US & various life things, our schedule's been scattered - so outside of BAAHUBALI 2, DHOBI GHAT and this film, we're kind of behind on our Diet of Indian Movies. (Around Christmas, we were desperate enough to try HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - the really awful one with Jim Carrey!)

    This was a bit smarter than usual masala, with an aging Lothario travel agent originally forced to shepherd a former client around Europe to find her missing engagement ring. The plot's older than India's (or America's) film industry, but when the two start to feel a mutual attraction and try acting on it without crossing any lines they can't cross back over, the writing and performances seem to get somewhat...better than the generic earlier scenes. Yes, SRK and Anushka Sharma have been falling in love with each other on-screen since one of Tammy's favorite movies, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi a decade ago, but in this case it felt less - fairytale than before.

    The couple songs we get are good, even if they were so obviously planted there that the cast should have held up signs reading "ITEM NUMBER"! Some of the complications worked reasonably well - while others (usually involving cartoonishly-stupid baddies) felt so contrived Bugs Bunny would have thrown his hands up in disgust! The scenery was lovely, the fiancé was suitably twerpy and boring that you were glad he was barely featured, and The Punjab put in an appearance because...uh, not sure why exactly, except Shahrukh Khan's character was from there....

    Anyway, we enjoyed it - it filled a masala-sized hole in our viewing at a time when we all needed it.

    PS: One of the reasons our lives have been so scrambled lately? Is because Tammy's newest book is just about to be published - and it got a write-up in The Times of India! :) https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/tempest-and-slaughter-a-new-addition-in-tamora-pierces-tortall-universe/articleshow/62650074.cms

    posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago
  • Golmaal Again:

    @Meeta, haven't seen it yet, because it hasn't made its way to the US (this is the first year American mainstream media's actually mentioned Diwali as a real holiday!) - going to have to wait for Netflix or Amazon Prime Video to have it on streaming, I guess. ALSO, going to have to wait for an evening when Tammy, Kathy and Cynthia are either all gone, or so desperate they'll let "the guys" watch a really stupid comedy.... :D

    I understand your point about wanting to voice an opinion on HITs that you dislike, and that's a very good reason. You do it very well, too, even if we disagree more than agree on movies....

    When I first saw GOLMAAL AGAIN on IMDB, it listed Parineeti Chopra's character as being named "Priyanka", so I assumed it was a joking reference to her cousin. Of course, it's IMDB, and they're wrong as much as they're right.... ::shrug::

    posted 3 months ago
  • Tumhari Sulu:

    @Fan, I think Vidya Balan has more flops than hits because she takes more risks as an actress, and doesn't protect herself as an actress the way Tom Cruise in the US does, say.

    She's a lot like a young Jane Fonda that way, completely able to become a character and do whatever it takes, no matter how it makes her look - in THE DIRTY PICTURE, Balan played Silk as somebody who loved sex, loved attention, and would lash out if anybody got in the way of either without worrying she might come off as "unsympathetic". For an audience that wants mostly to be entertained, that kind of acting courage is "Too Much" for them - they'd rather have Salman Khan playing an overaged scamp, trying to crawl into their laps and make them love him no matter how awful he is.

    Sorry I mentioned American actors rather than Indian ones above - I honestly couldn't think of any one in Indian Cinema that I know who is so swaddled in "Star"-ness that she/he is always protecting her/his image.

    posted 3 months ago
  • Golmaal Again:

    Meeta, Happy Diwali!

    Why do you do this to yourself? You know you're going to hate the upcoming GOLMAAL movie - and that they're casting Parineeti Chopra as a character called "Priyanka" is either a bit of snark over her more-famous, Hollywood-star cousin...or a desperate hope nobody will notice Priyanka Chopra's doing dumb AMERICAN movies now!

    We'll see it, of course - because me, Bruce, and Craig are all guys, and suckers for silly comedies...and it's Diwali, when big, dumb movies come out.

    posted 4 months ago
  • Eega:

    What a strange and interesting film! We couldn't decide if it was a comedy or a thriller take on Kafka Metamorposis - but it held our attention, and Sudeep's cross between menacing and comical was a highlight.

    I had the notion while watching it that it had started out as a "calling card" movie for a bunch of effects guys, since it has a small cast, lots of effects work, and a plot so demented we watched it alternately laughing and slack-jawed. I gather that's not the case...?

    posted 4 months, 4 weeks ago
  • TE3N:

    Okay, I saw it finally, and - what was that I just watched? It didn't really have that as a denouement. did it? I wandered out the door babbling incoherently at the sheer WTF?ness of it - to the amusement of our friends, and annoyance of my wife.

    With that said, I don't think I've ever been so impressed by Amitabh Bachchan as an actor as I was here. I was pretty sure that, after his roles in films like Teen Patti, casting him in "little man" roles was akin to casting a lion as a mouse, because he's such an amazingly charismatic and powerful actor that he just - couldn't "go small". But he certainly did here, and so convincingly that I forgot for long stretches I was watching Amitabh Bachchan, Indian Megastar.

    Kudos also to Vidya Balan, who did the woman cop so modestly and well that I didn't realize it was her until the end credits. She's really on her way to being one of India best actresses, isn't she?

    You're right - aside from the acting, the movie's so slow I almost fell asleep watching it. And that ending - what did I just see happen?!?!?

    posted 6 months, 1 week ago
  • Jagga Jasoos:

    Oh, my - apparently I can't watch the trailer (it won't play for me), but that still alone shrieks "Worst CGI since Green Lantern!"

    Not that even great CGI will save a rotten movie - but...that's not a good sign at all.

    posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
  • Bbuddah hoga tera baap:

    Well, several years later, but we saw it, Meeta - and, because it's Big B, we loved it.

    Most of us pardesi Americans in Syracuse haven't seen Amitabh Bachchan in his "Angry Young Man" days - okay, my kid brother and I have seen Amar Akbar Anthony, and I've seen Zanjeer and the original Don, but that's about it. But we got what we was supposed to be - though I think maybe we saw something a bit more valedictory in the movie and its portrayal of him as an older gentleman seemingly preparing to go out in a blaze of glory. (I kept comparing it to Soderbergh's Terrence Stamp movie The Limey - only funnier.)

    Just so you know, this was our third movie this evening. The first was MAIN AUR MR. RIIGHT, which could have been an American Rom-Com (that's not a compliment!) and turned everybody off with its shallow, unsympathetic characters; Dashavatar, which I would have been happy to stick with since it's about the Avatars of Vishnu (which we know very little about), but everybody else went Thumbs-Down because it looks like "Something you'd see in Sunday School!"; and finally this.

    posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
  • Bahubali 2 - The Conclusion:

    Meeta - so want to see this! So can't get everybody together in one place at one time! :( :( :(

    It's been held over for THREE WEEKS at the one Indian movie screen in our Upstate NY city, and every week I ask, "Bahubali 2 this week, yes? We can all meet at 6 PM in front of the theater, yes...?" No - every week everybody else bags out on me, for one reason or another, even though they want to see it too.

    Loved Part 1 (we streamed it on NetFlix), and all said, "If it's showing at a theater in the US, we'll see Part 2 in the theater!" I only hope it's still in theaters next weekend....

    posted 9 months, 1 week ago
  • Sarkar 3:

    Wow - this review went up nearly a week ago, and I'm the first person commenting! Is the SARKAR series not that well-liked among film fans in India...?

    Not that I was rushing to see it, either - my comments under SARKAR RAJ pretty much sum up my feelings for this series. I'm a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan, but - naw, I'm gonna pass on this one.

    posted 9 months, 1 week ago
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra:

    @Meeta - because we're all kind of Arshad Warsi fans...?

    Also Boman Irani, though he's done more films we haven't liked that much. As I've said elsewhere, he's this really talented actor who sometimes seems to coast in his roles - but when he brings his A-game, I think he may be one of India's best film actors.

    posted 11 months ago
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

    @Meeta - I agree Episode IV is great and I still love. Episode V, not so much - and Episode VI...had Ewoks, which are even more annoying than Salman Khan trying to be charming!

    I'm sorry I assumed you wouldn't enjoy the STAR WARS series...

    posted 11 months ago
  • Phillauri:

    I think we'd like it better than you did, Meeta - but yes, I can sort of see why it's not your cup of chai.

    FYI, I went looking for you on FB to give you this link to read! I think you should be very proud, as an Hindustani Woman.... :)


    posted 11 months ago
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

    Meeta - as I sometimes ask when you watch a movie you know you'll hate: WHY are you doing this to yourself again? I can't think of a movie I would think you'd enjoy less than this - unless it's DHOOM IV MEETS KRRISH!

    posted 1 year, 2 months ago
  • La La Land:

    I should say that I've found a great deal else in Indian movies to love and admire - but, as a non-desi American, it was the musical numbers that first drew me (and my friends) to Indian cinema.

    posted 1 year, 2 months ago
  • La La Land:

    Meeta - I wonder if you'd feel differently if you didn't see musicals constantly, as you do with Indian movies? I haven't seen it yet but I'm really looking forward to seeing it - because how often does Hollywood do a musical any more?

    Bollywood? How seldom is it when they DON'T? ;)

    posted 1 year, 2 months ago
  • Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3:

    Well, Meeta - even knowing what we were getting to, my American Bollywood movie friends and I watched it tonight. Though we laughed through the entire thing, you were right not to watch it - it was really lowbrow, vulgar and stupid.

    Even by the standards of adult comedy it didn't really work - despite being about a couple schlubs working in porno movies, there was no nudity, no sex (not even kissing), and no swearing. It was like a lot of "Oh, aren't we naughty with all this innuendo?"

    That said, we did laugh a lot - well, except for Tammy, who just grumped about how stupid it was throughout. Maybe it works better if you're watching it with a bunch of friends, and you can enjoy a game cast broadly making jokes older than time itself....

    posted 1 year, 5 months ago
  • Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!:

    We finally saw it a couple weeks back, Meeta - and the period setting was generally great, the acting was good, and I'll give credit to Yash Raj Films for not trying their usual Love Story Masala. (Is this their first movie with no dance numbers, and the only song is a catchy pastiche of a period pop number to set mood?)

    But.... Unless Byomkesh Bakshy is as popular in India as Sherlock Holmes is in the West, I have a feeling a lot of local audiences will be as confused as we Westerners were with who on Earth these characters are, why they're doing what they're doing, and how they all interrelate. In a group where everybody is at least a casual mystery fan you wouldn't think we'd spend a lot of time going "Wait? Why did that just happen? What's going on?" - but we did a lot during this movie, because we couldn't latch onto genre conventions to follow the story.

    I don't think this is a cultural difference either, as we've been able to watch Feluda movies and follow the story just fine. I think whoever wrote and produced this just assumed we'd know who everybody was, so they didn't need to fill us in on any of them....

    posted 1 year, 6 months ago
  • TE3N:

    @Meeta - actually, I don't usually watch the trailers because ::embarrassed mumble:: I don't speak Hindi and they're not subtitled.

    posted 1 year, 6 months ago
  • The Legend of Michael Mishra:

    Oh, dear - sounds like you didn't like this one at all.

    So who's the male lead? Arshad Warsi or Boman Irani?

    posted 1 year, 6 months ago
  • buddha mar gaya:

    @Meeta - I shall confine it to the same pile we consigned Vivah....

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Housefull 3:

    @Meeta - so you don't know WTF Little B is doing these days, either?


    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • TE3N:

    @Fan - "emancipated"?

    Or "constipated"? ;)

    @Meeta - is there some reason you didn't list the basic premise of the movie, or is that too spoilery?

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Ram-Leela:

    "Quentin Tarantino's Ram-Leela" - oh, Gods, @Meeta! It would be longer than Jodhaa Akbar, full of American pop music in place of original Indian songs, and Ram would spend the entire first half of the movie obsessing over Leela's bare feet!

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Barfi!:

    That your daughter is twelve, and Priyanka Chopra is a goddess who gets to run very fast and shoot a gun a lot in America, @Meeta? All the while without having to cut her hair or smear her perfect makeup - even though she's so remarkably beautiful that you'd think every guy here would remember her just for that?

    She's not the role model you'd pick for your daughter - but Ms. Chopra's Alex getting to be an action hero on television every week is definitely a role model for Southern Asian girls, who rarely get to see women who look like them kick butt and look great doing it. It's kind of like Tammy's female heroes - yes, they're largely women warriors (and a few fighting mages) so they tend to solve problems by hitting them on the head with a sword, but they're getting to do "boy things" and be good at it so they inspire girls.

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • It's Entertainment:

    It really wasn't very good, @Meeta, was it? I have a bit higher tolerance for Akshay Kumar's Big Goof act than you do, but this really pushed me beyond the limit.

    OTOH? Tammy loves this movie - and still refuses to watch Piku, which is a wonderful comedy/family drama! As you've said to me before, takes all kinds.... ::sigh::

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • All Is Well:

    @Meeta - past a certain point if you're a major star (in any country), I'd think "script choice" is as much the actor's (or his management's) fault as the producers'.

    As @ANuP pointed out, he didn't get Dostana 2 - the sequel to the superhit he was one of the three stars of! Unless he's got a reputation for being as impossible to work with as Katherine Heigl has over here (maybe exaggerated because she's female, a bit), I have to assume it was Little B's choice to walk away from that - and to accept Housefull 3 (!), Hera Pheri 3 (!!!), and this Triumph of Modern Cinema instead. Why would he do that, anyway...?

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Aiyyaa:

    @Meeta - thanks for the warning on Shaandaar! I'll be sure to steer everybody away from it now.... :o :o :o

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Jai Gangaajal:

    @Meeta - I'm sorry, because Quantico is really insultingly stupid, and a waste of everybody's talents.

    At least Priyanka Chopra's getting well-paid to be in an idiotic American television series? And at least American audiences are getting to see an actual "Bollywood Movie Star" on television every week - and for once, she's not playing a terrorist or a socially awkward nerd?

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Kapoor & Sons:

    @Meeta - oh, no, Tammy's the only one of us who didn't like Piku! The rest of us really enjoyed it a great deal....

    Tammy - well, she can't get past Amitabh Bachchan, who she adores (he'll probably crop up as a god in one of her future books ;) ), playing a cranky old coot who mutters about his bowels so much.

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Finding Fanny:

    @Meeta - "chewing gum for the brain" is also good. :)

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Ishqiya:

    I thought I'd commented on this already - we saw it on Netflix a few weeks back.

    It wasn't quite what we expected given the blurb, which made it sound like a Bob Hope & Bing Crosby "Road" movie - it's more serious than that, though there's certainly humor....and some of the Our Lady of Perpetual Coincidence plot twists strain credulity in a(n unintentionally?) comic way.

    Looking at the credits, we first saw "Shemaroo Entertainment" and went "What? Don't they re-release classic Bollywood movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, Mughal-E-Azam and the original Don?" Then we saw Vishal Bhardwaj's name as Producer and Co-Writer - which is more to the point, as this film feels like it wants to be a Shakespeare adaptation, except there's no Shakespeare play to base it on. If anything, it feels like a feature-length romantic comedy-drama starring the machinegun-toting gravediggers from Haider in their younger days....

    It's - not bad, but it's not as good as it could be. The shifts in tone from romance to comedy to tragedy to romance to melodrama don't feel organic to the story, so you're not sure if you should be laughing, crying or upset. It seems kind of strange for me, an American who's been watching masala for the last three-four years, to complain about the story turning from comedy to tragedy and back again abruptly - but this film feels like it wants to be more than "Just Another Bollywood Movie", and it doesn't quite earn that right, no matter how good Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balin and Arshad Warsi are in their roles. (Honestly, it felt a bit like they were talking down to filmi conventions, while using all the ones they could to move the story along.)

    I'd say "Watch When on TV" is the right rating here, Meeta - the acting's excellent, but the story strives to be An Instant Classic, and ends up as a modestly enjoyable timepass only.

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Waiting:

    Is this another one of those little pictures Naseeruddin Shah does between blockbusters, like Ishqiya...?

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • buddha mar gaya:

    Meeta - what on Earth was that, and what did they use to blackmail or extort Anupam Kher and Om Puri to appear in it? We barely made it twenty minutes in before we all agreed to turn it off in disgust - although hearing Kher intone "You Will Die Laughing" over and over again in the opening credits number was kind of funny, maybe?

    I don't think I've seen a film that relentlessly witless since I was watching stupid American sex comedies in the 1970s. Next to it, God Tussi Great Ho comes off as a model of intelligence and good taste.

    I see from the credits that Paresh Rawal came in later. I'm not sure if it's brave of him to push the envelope of "What's Funny" in Indian comedy so insistently, or appalling that he's in so much utter crap.

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Housefull 3:

    Wait - how did Abhishek Bachchan end up in the Housefull series, anyway? Isn't that kind of like "I just did a hit comedy with some slightly controversial theme - so I'm going to do the second sequel to a series that partly uses that movie as a punchline?"

    Big B must be so proud of his kid sliding into Direct-to-Video fare....

    posted 1 year, 8 months ago
  • Azhar:

    I'm with @Fan on this.

    posted 1 year, 9 months ago
  • Finding Fanny:

    @Meeta, I think it's because it's easy for most people, including me, to like Big Splashy Dumb Entertainers. That's why just about every film industry on Earth makes so many of them, because they make a lot of money and travel well to other cultures.

    That they're the cinematic equivalent of fast food is both their greatest strength and their biggest problem, especially if you've eaten them for so long you're sick of them. That I liked something that plainly isn't a fast food movie, even if it's one you didn't like as much as I did, might mean I'm starting to develop...taste...? ;)

    I still love Big Dumb Entertainers - but I've seen enough Indian movies by now that I can enjoy both Finding Fanny and the latest entry in the Krrish franchise.

    posted 1 year, 9 months ago
  • Piku:

    @TimELiebe Tammy refuses to watch it even after you have reviewed it so?

    Yep, Meeta - she didn't even want to hear about it. :(

    To be fair, another part of the problem for her might be just how closely Piku and Bhaskor resemble our best friend and her mother, who live in connecting apartments and the daughter's never gotten married. We spent a lot of time during the last month with them, because our friend underwent major surgery and we were there to lend moral and any actual support we could (even though we now live a six-hour drive away) - Tammy basically spent two weeks living with a Parent/Adult Daughter relationship similar to the one in the movie!

    Guess Tammy will just have to not have seen this one.... ::sigh::

    posted 1 year, 9 months ago
  • Piku:

    If you haven't seen it - see it.

    posted 1 year, 9 months ago
  • Piku:

    Finally got to see it - and, although it is about constipation, it's also about a great deal more than that. Amitabh Bachchan does a brilliant job playing a cranky, opinionated old coot who expects his daughter to take care of him, even as he wants her to be as liberated as possible - and who, under all the crankiness loves her very much. Deepika Padukone is marvelous as the daughter, who gives as good as she gets to everyone, which terrifies people who don't know her well. And Irrfan Khan (just billed as "Irrfan" here) matches both as the wryly sensible but proud car service company owner who ends up driving them to from Dehli to Kolkata.

    It's a "little" movie, a slice of life really - with major stars doing some of their best work. As the movie progresses and you see Pakukone's Piku try and hide her smile as Irrfan's Rana gets sucked into her family's insanity and deals with it believably, or their shared expression of exasperated amusement at some of Bhaskor or the rest of her family's antics, is in a small way heartwarming - they don't "fall in love", but they become their best selves around each other and clearly enjoy being together.

    Everybody but Tammy loved it - Tammy refused to watch it, because as she said, "'Everybody Poops' - With Amitabh Bachchan? Pass!" It was realistically funny, believably poignant, and romantic without any "romance scenes" - unless you count Piku and Rana casually playing badminton together while dealing with their professional and home lives.

    It's wonderful - and I'm glad we finally got around to seeing it.

    posted 1 year, 9 months ago
  • Baaghi: A Rebel For Love:

    You know I've said I really like Shraddha Kapoor, so I'm glad to see her doing a straight actioner. Sadly, she either needs a new agent, or she needs an Career Manager worthy of the name, because Haider aside she's usually the best part of not very good movies. Sounds like she's on-trend here, sadly.

    Tiger Shroff.... Can you say "Early Abhishek Bachchan", Boys and Girls? It sounds a lot like he's trying to build a career on the one thing he can do well, action scenes, and hopes nobody cares that as an actor he's even more The Indian Chuck Norris than Sunny Deol is.

    I'm probably going to give this a go when it shows up on streaming or DVD in the US, because - Shraddha Kapoor! Action! But smells like a timepass, even to this American....

    posted 1 year, 9 months ago
  • Bombay Velvet:

    We watched this tonight, Meeta - and I got to say, your review hit the nail on the head. I usually am not a Ranbir Kapoor fan, but here he did a superb job with Johnny Balraj, holding his own with the Great Gangster Actors. Anushka Sharma is never less than really good - but even for her, this was a big step up to a truly great performance. (Did she do her own singing? If so, that's even more impressive!) The rest of the cast did an equally great job, even if I recognized very few of them. And the period setting was nearly spot-on, and we all loved seeing it.

    Unfortunately - the story isn't as good as the actors or the setting. Until the back half where it all came apart in a collection of filmi contrivances that the first half of the movie successfully kidded, it was a series of individually good scenes that didn't hold together in a coherent whole. Maybe if we'd known a bit more about Indian politics of the 1950s and 1960s it would have made a bit more sense, but it felt like "Scene", "Scene", and "Scene" rather than a cohesive story to us. It felt like the American film about the CIA Robert DeNiro directed, The Good Shepherd, where you had a lot of great acting and great individual scenes - but no through-line, really.

    Ultimately, we agree with your conclusion - like Johnny, this film needs some ambition!

    posted 1 year, 10 months ago
  • Fan:

    ::“You want real acting from me? Here! Take that! And some more!”::

    ROTFL, Meeta! I know SRK often annoys you with his skating on things he's done before - so now, I'm eager to see this one.

    posted 1 year, 10 months ago
  • Finding Fanny:

    @Anuj - Finding Fanny's global box office was 58 crores, for a production budget of 15 crores. That's not a SuperHit by any means, but for a modestly-budgeted "art movie" distributed by Fox Star Studios, spoken in English? That's not bad, man....

    posted 1 year, 10 months ago
  • Finding Fanny:

    We saw it tonight because it popped up on Netflix, and really ended up liking it a lot, Meeta. It's a little movie, quirky as all get-out which would normally be as irritating as Savio's sulks - but it worked as a ironic, a bit dark-humored, comedy with a heart.

    Deepika Padukone impressed me right out the gate with her dual role in Om Shanti Om! (which we clearly liked a lot more than you did) - and she just keeps getting better as an actress. She is the motor of this movie, and she works splendidly as it - even if you're right, she does seem like a much more together person than the youthful widow dealing with her comic-book Mother-in-Law.

    Naseeruddin Shah has often been really great - though after so many Big! Characters, seeing him play a little guy beaten down by life but still with a bit of spirit in him was a welcome change.

    Is Pankaj Kapoor a caricature? Of course he is - but he's the kind of caricature everybody who's ever dealt with creative people knows. We all laughed watching him, because our US fans of Indian Movies all knew Characters Just Like Him - most of us knew the same people he reminded us of!

    I don't think we've ever seen Dimple Kapadia or Arjun Kapoor before - but they fit their characters so well you wanted to punch them sometimes. I have say, it was hilarious that Angie slapped Savio after he kissed her - then a few minutes later, let him know it was because he could have built up to it better, and started making out with him after confessing her love life had been, well, lacking....

    The only thing that bothered us was making a joke out of killing a cat - though they paid it off well enough. Okay, that's a personal thing, given as many cats as Tammy and I have....

    posted 1 year, 10 months ago
  • Finding Fanny:

    We saw it tonight because it popped up on Netflix, and really ended up liking it a lot, Meeta. It's a little movie, quirky as all get-out which would normally be as irritating as Savio's sulks - but it worked as a ironic, a bit dark-humored, comedy with a heart.

    Deepika Padukone impressed me right out the gate with her dual role in Om Shanti Om! (which we clearly liked a lot more than you did) - and she just keeps getting better as an actress. She is the motor of this movie, and she works splendidly as it - even if you're right, she does seem like a much more together person than the youthful widow dealing with her comic-book Mother-in-Law.

    Naseeruddin Shah has often been really great - though after so many Big! Characters, seeing him play a little guy beaten down by life but still with a bit of spirit in him was a welcome change.

    Is Pankaj Kapoor a caricature? Of course he is - but he's the kind of caricature everybody who's ever dealt with creative people knows. We all laughed watching him, because our US fans of Indian Movies all knew Characters Just Like Him - most of us knew the same people he reminded us of!

    I don't think we've ever seen Dimple Kapadia or Arjun Kapoor before - but they fit their characters so well you wanted to punch them sometimes. I have say, it was hilarious that Angie slapped Savio after he kissed her - then a few minutes later, let him know it was because he could have built up to it better, and started making out with him after confessing her love life had been, well, lacking....

    The only thing that bothered us was making a joke out of killing a cat - though they paid it off well enough. Okay, that's a personal thing, given as many cats as Tammy and I have....

    posted 1 year, 11 months ago
  • Ram-Leela:

    Okay, finally saw it on Netflix at Bruce's insistence - and both Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone sold their characters, both the passion and the tragedy, brilliantly. The movie was completely overripe, with more gun play than a John Woo action movie - but using Romeo & Juliet as its base meant the overripeness felt earned here.

    I would be really surprised if Quentin Tarantino doesn't rip this film off shamelessly for his next project. It's got everything he loves - and I have to say, I love it too.

    posted 1 year, 11 months ago
  • Barfi!:

    PPS: Quantico has been airing in the US since the Fall - oh, brother.

    Priyanka Chopra running around with her magnificent mane of dark hair not remotely hidden by a baseball cap, totally made up and stunningly beautiful, slipping through FBI security checkpoints as she tries to clear her name of treason for a bombing? Added to flashbacks of the stupidest "agent training" ever, that mostly seems designed to get these trainees to turn on each other? Even by US television standards, this show is stupid - and offensive, since the first ten episodes of the series have every Born-in-the-US person knee-jerk assuming she has to be a "terrorist" because she's, well, From The Middle East...Or India...Or Someplace Over There That's Not Europe....

    Times like this, I despair for my country.

    posted 1 year, 11 months ago