Band Baaja Baaraat

I had previously written a lovely blog post but thanks to all the changes in the last year and a half the wordpress has made, it was all erased *grrrrrrrr*. So here goes try number two :).

It has been quite some time since my last post, but Bollywood has still been a part of my life. This last year included a lot of life changes for me so writing and keeping my blog up to date was not high on my list. I am back now and hope to be posting on a more regular basis.

After rewatching a bunch of old favorites, I decided to finally watch Band Baaja Baaraat (Band Horns and Revelry). I was initially excited about this movie because it starred Anushka Sharma of RNBDJ fame. It also featured a newcomer, Ranveer Singh, who looked promising. The movie was a typical romantic comedy of Bollywood proportions. Two college classmates, Shruti (Anushka) and Bittoo (Ranveer), become friends and start a wedding planning business together. The want to take it from the small time neighborhood weddings to the big time rich and famous ones. The only thing that could get in the way is love so they make a rule not to let romance come anywhere near them on their way to success. One guess what happens next ;).

In my opinion it felt a little flat. Shruti and Bittoo were quite bland and two dimensional and they were outshined by the fantastic and fun weddings they created. Of course I was rooting for a happy ending but was more interested in the side characters (the flower guy, cook, band, etc), the colors of the weddings, and of course the music. Just check out Ainvayi Ainvayi, Dum Dum, and the lovely Aadha Ishq if you need examples. While it is not going to be a new favorite film, it was a pleasant way to spend the evening.

What are your favorite films from the last year? Any recommendations for me? I would love to hear them. Namaste!


Ten Year Anniversary (almost)

I can’t believe it will be here soon! Ten years ago we began our love affair and it is still going strong. It began very one sided with me in pursuit, but soon I began to find myself being searched out by it in the most unexpected of places. On airplanes, in university classes, in SoCal bars, on the computer, and at work, it found me.

I am of course talking about my love of Bollywood! Films so full of color, music, love , sadness, happiness, and life they are bursting at the seams. I have seen so many movies now, that I have begun to re-watch films without realizing I have seen them before (not that it is a bad thing). Over these wonderful years I have been asked by many how my love for Bollywood began, and for recommendations of good movies.  All this has led me to the decision that I should start a blog. A blog about my love for this cinema, for keeping a record, and for recommendations. So feel free to follow, to comment, to agree, to disagree, to just enjoy, and hopefully you too will fall in love with Bollywood!