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Ep 39- Phir Bhi Hai Hindustani plus Saaho, Judgementall Hai Kya and others

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Episode 39 came as a bit of a surprise – we didn’t expect so many people would be interested in the Dreamz Unlimited movie Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. Directed by Aziz Mirza who had previously found a great deal of success with the starring duo of Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, this film from the year 2000 was oddly prescient about the direction and corruption of cable news shows in the 21st century as they hunt for ratings and get cozy with political power.
Featuring a bravura performance by the luminous Juhi Chawla and a by-turns-charming-and-creepy Shahrukh, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani was a high profile dud on arrival but there was quite a lot for us to discuss.
We are joined this week by Anuj Radia of FilmeShilmy to cover this and a host of other subjects in a very busy week for Hindi cinema.

You can add your vote for our next themed Khandaan Poll which is COPS:

A short timeline:

  • 01.27 The songs of Badshah and the remix of Sheher ki Ladki/ Psycho Saiyyan, the first song out of Saaho, the upcoming Prabhas / Shraddha Kapoor film
  • 15.31 Mission Mangal – a story of India’s women space scientists, starring Akshay Kumar (obviously)
  • 17.45 Batla House with yet more pissed off John Abraham
  • 22.20 Jabariya Jodi – a film made five years after everybody stopped caring
  • 30.01 Saand ki Aankh starring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar
  • 32.55 Judgmentall Hai Kya – the neverending saga of Kangana Ranaut
  • 46.47 Main Review: Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
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Ep 35- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (+SOTY2)

Episode 35 of the Khandaan podcast features our return from a much-needed break, so you know we’ve got something big for you – yes, it’s 1995’s monster hit, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge!

Aditya Chopra’s debut film changed Hindi cinema in ways that still influence filmmaking across South Asia today and turned Shahrukh Khan into a superstar. Co-starring Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher, Satish Shah, Parmeet Sethi, Mandira Bedi and Himani Shivpuri in addition to a baby Karan Johar, DDLJ was a sensation when it released.

We are joined once again by Top Friend Beth of BethLovesBollywood fame to explore how well this movie has stood up to the ravages of time and its unique position in Bollywood history.

We also do a small catch up on things that happened while we were away.

A Timeline:

  • 4.15 Sujoy’s quick review of Student of the Year 2 starring Tiger Shroff, Ananya Pandey, and Tara Sutaria
  • 10.42 Kalank’s box office made Varun Dhawan want to get kicked in the face and the state of Dharma Studios
  • 19.15 Main Review: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • Aditya Chopra studio head vs director
  • DDLJ’s legacy
  • A gift and a curse for SRK

Voting is now open for our next episode. Please vote below:

Show Notes:

The Making of DDLJ

Ramy streaming on HULU

London Indian Film Festival

Ep 34- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

Episode 34 of the Khandaan podcast is here for one last hurrah before we go on a short break for the month of April. Our special feature is 2001’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

Directed by Karan Johar, this is an old fashioned mega starrer of the kind rarely seen these days – with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor (Khan), Johnny Lever, Farida Jalal, Sushma Seth, Achala Sachdev, and a special appearance by Rani Mukherjee.

We threw open our Curious Cat once again for this episode because we knew you would all have tons to say and ask about this movie and we were correct! It’s clearly not as much of a favorite as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai but it has definitely established itself as a fan favorite over the years, especially on the internet where it has a cult following – if something this big and successful could be called a cult film. We are joined for this episode by our friend Ruchi who definitely had a lot to say.

This episode is being released with some quick thoughts on Sonchirya,  Lukka Chuppi and Made In Heaven(although you can hear us discuss Made in Heaven with Ruchi here) but for the rest it’s a giant episode for a giant film.

Please point and laugh at all those weeping at the thought of a three-hour Avengers film.

Shownotes:

Ruby Wax makes Hritik Roshan change his blouse on the sets of K3G

Our interviews with the makers of Made In Heaven Reema Kagti and Alankrita Shrivastav

Ep 18- Ghoul- Dil To Pagal Hai

We’re changing things up a trifle in Episode 18 of the Khandaan Podcast – for the next few episodes, we’ve asked our guests to choose their favorite Khan movie to discuss. First up, is the delightful Sammy (a.k.a. @lipstickpatrol on Twitter) with Dil To Pagal Hai (1997).

Directed by Yash Chopra, this candy floss romance might barely have a plot but it has some stellar 90s tunes by Uttam Singh, an incredibly talented music director who seemingly disappeared in the years since this movie was released. Featuring some of the romantic tropes that have come to define the SRK brand of romance, this movie also won Karisma Kapoor a National Award for her role as Nisha, the best friend whose love remains unrequited. Surprisingly the only movie to star Madhuri as “A Yash Chopra Heroine”TM DTPH makes for some lively conversation between the hosts and the guest.

As usual we also discuss a few new releases and trailers such as the upcoming Sui Dhaaga starring Asim’s forever crush Anushka Sharma – once again facing a troll army online even as she excels onscreen. Asim also gives his quick thought’s on Netflix’ new 3 part horror series GHOUL starring Radhika Apte.

Subscribers are reminded that Khandaan is currently accepting nominations for our special run. Please send your suggestions for movies of the Khans that you feel we must watch to upodcasting@gmail.com.

Lastly, we ask subscribers to consider donating to a good cause: the recent devastating floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala has left many homeless with their lives destroyed. If you have any change to spare (even 10 bucks), please visit CMDRF to donate. If you would rather donate to private charities targeting specific groups such as pets, children, the environment, etc. please contact @amritaIQ on Twitter or contact Upodcasting and we’d be happy to match you up. Thank you.

Subscribers are reminded that Khandaan is currently accepting nominations for our special run. Please send your suggestions for movies of the Khans that you feel we must watch to upodcasting@gmail.com.

Happy New Year Review Upodcast

Farah and Shah Rukh Khan come together again after a long hiatus to give us Happy New Year which is shattering records left and right. Part Heist movie, part dance movie are they able to recreate the magic of their previous collaborationsMain Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om?

We are joined by Anisha Jhaveri and Danny Bowes to answer some of the most important questions in the history of Hindi Film Cinema:

Can a 6 pack actually be terrifying?

Is there something like a merry go round bar dancer?

Did Amir actually go “Full Retard” in the PK trailer?

Is it fair to have expectations from a movie like Happy New Year?

And does it deserve to make as much money as it did? Or do movies like Kick, Bang Bang and Dhoom 3 deserve it more?

As always you can listen/stream or download the podcast in the links below

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Happy New Year / Slam Tour Report + New Charlie Promo

Farah Khan is suddenly a little tearful – “I’ve realised the journey is coming to an end“.

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Watching the star studded line up at the European press conference for the upcoming Happy New Year in a Central London hotel on a crisp Sunday morning, the camaraderie and strong bond between the cast was clearly evident. And if that is in the final product, then we really do have an amazing film to look forward to. Sonu Sood claimed it was “the biggest film ever made in India” and how it had been a “life changing experience working with Farah“. For Deepika Padukone, working with Shah Rukh in a lead role for the third time came very easily to her – not only did she know his processes but also revealed how she never questions anything that Shah Rukh tells her to do.

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Indeed, there was plenty of SRK mania evident at the conference and being in the same room with him, it was not hard to see why. Shy and unassuming, his poise and modesty came across with sincerity, gently encouraging to the Nepali journalist who had recently learnt Hindi when she asked a question and he seemed genuinely embarrassed when a French journalist offered him a book about him written in French as a gift. It was also touching to see how he made sure all his cast members got a chance to speak.

Things took quite an interesting turn when a press member suggested that the SLAM tour had allowed HNY to make all its money back before release and the rest was a money making exercise. The journalist also asked SRK what he had felt he had yet to achieve, cheekily adding on a request for SRK to reply in Hindi rather than English. SRK certainly gave a fitting reply in Hindi – explaining how a film could not guarantee it would do well at the box office and this was more a project of passion. As for his achievements, he said he wanted to give back to the audiences. It was interesting to see the superstar put on the spot and emerge with his dignity intact whilst shutting down the journalist.

Indeed, the SLAM tour has proved a blessing for HNY – as SRK explained: “We used the coincidence of the live concerts and film release as promo strategy” – certainly a savvy business idea which has been well received by the fans and by the rest of the cast too; apparently, we have not heard the last of the SLAM tour which may return once more in a different form in the future.

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All too soon, it was time to wrap up – it seemed the cast had more fun than anyone else, encouraging and teasing one another but with the feeling that the gathered audience were also in on the joke. How the film is received on release remains to be seen but it was Farah Khan who had the last word – explaining “HNY is a festival film – it is releasing on Diwali!” – let the festivities commence!

Happy New Year releases on 23rd October 2014

Here is a new poster and promo introducing the character of Charlie, played by SRK:


 

 

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Bhushan Kumar is a film obsessed amateur fashionista who lives in London.

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