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Ep 59- Remembering Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan

Khandaan: A Bollywood Podcast brings in episode 59 in the wake of one of the saddest weeks in Hindi film history: when we lost two towering stars, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor.

[Note: this episode is mainly in English mixed with Urdu/Hindi and a little bit of Pashto.]

How do we address the passing of two men, gone before their time, who meant so much to us as film-lovers? They came from two separate generations of acting talent even though they were barely a dozen years apart in age; they defined very different kinds of cinema even though they both made sorties into each other’s territory from time to time.
Rishi appeared onscreen for the first time at age two, in the most iconic song in Hindi cinema; by the time he was 18, he was a bonafide star. In his own words, he was born lucky and stayed lucky… until his luck ran out. Irrfan fought for every scrap of success; from that time he cruelly lost out on SALAAM BOMBAY to the day he bowled the world over in THE NAMESAKE. Here is a man who forsook his own lineage and didn’t worry about his legacy because everything he wanted was in the present.
Our love for these men’s work is reflected in our attitudes towards them while they were still alive. Rishi, the star, was always in the public eye: cosseted, reviled, retweeted. Irrfan, the actor, sparked intense scrutiny every time he came on film and then somehow just slipped away when he wasn’t onstage, so to speak; no mean feat in these times of intense media interest. When news broke about Irrfan, we were stunned to realize how much we loved him. When we learned of Rishi, we struggled with our feelings of love and anger, as thought we’d lost a member of our family.
The dead don’t care for our feelings. They now live in a world beyond our recriminations or love. Yet, we who are left behind cannot help but discuss them and how we feel about them.

We are joined by Aneela Babar (friend, true blue cinephile, and author of WE ARE ALL REVOLUTIONARIES HERE) for this very special episode.

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Biwi no 1, Drive review and Panipat Trailer

Episode 46 of Khandaan: A Bollywood Podcast features our first Salman Khan – David Dhawan collaboration. Coasting on nostalgia, the audience selected 1999’s Biwi No. 1, a film we had all mostly forgotten.

Co-starring Karisma Kapoor as the titular biwi (maybe? the climax left us confused), Sushmita Sen as the other woman, Anil Kapoor as the best friend, and Tabu as his totally unnecessary wife, this remake of a Kamal Haasan film drips South Indian tropes that were already outdated by the 80s, struggle to make sense in the 90s, and are definitely unbearable in 2019. The music is still amazing, though!

A Short Timeline:

  • 02.21 Asim talks about Drive, a movie Sujoy couldn’t finish and Amrita refuses to watch
  • 6.44 Panipat and Asim’s theory of the “jingorical”
  • 22.04 The controversy around the Patni, Pati Aur Woh trailer and the mystery of Kartik Aryan’s appeal
  • 33.34 The Main Review: Biwi No. 1
Shownotes:
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You can follow all of us on @AmritaIQ, Sujoy on @9e3k and @asimburney
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Ep 19- Dil Se – Khandaan Podcast


On Episode 19 of the Khandaan podcast, we continue our limited edition run of favorites with everybody’s preferred incendiary film critic, Raja Sen. A reviewer with Hindustan Times and the author of a children’s book based on The Godfather (!), The Best Baker in the World, Raja has chosen Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se (1998) to discuss.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a brand new restored print available on Netflix, this movie threw up some interesting reactions on the panel. Raja maintains that this is Shahrukh Khan’s best and most natural performance to date, but Sujoy and Amrita had issues with the film on a personal and political level. Asim was too dazzled by Preity Zinta to care.

Starring Manisha Koirala as a beautiful young terrorist from India’s Northeast, SRK as a radio journalist, and Preity in her breakout debut as the fresh young thing next door, Dil Se has garnered quite a reputation over the years even though it underperformed upon release. We discuss this phase of SRK’s career, our issues with the performances, and of course no episode of Khandaan is complete without a little gossip.

We also discuss some of the new releases over the past fortnight – from the Spiderman video game to Stree, which is garnering stellar reviews (including one from Raja). We also touch upon Amazon’s Jack Ryan, a series that Asim and Amrita took serious issue with.

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Jai Ho Teaser: Joy to the world Salman is back!

Finally the trailer for Salman Khan’s next release is upon us. Now that we finally know Jai Ho is finally coming out, flowers seems to smell better, food tasts better, we can hear the singing of birds again.

Seemingly melding the plot of Pay It Forward and adding some Sallu style ass kickery and lion noises.

Jai Ho is directed by Sohail Khan, stepping behind the camera after more than a decade. Most of his movies have actually been quite good (Hello Brother is still a household favorite- PUNGI!) although only Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya was the biggest hit. But Sohail has always had a great grasp of action scenes, he just needs some more focussed screenplays. Maybe remaking a Telegu hit, Stalin: Man For the Society (how absurd is that title?) origingally directed by AR Murgadoss and starring Chiranjeevi.

An official synopsis hasn’t been released yet but according to IMDB the plot for the orginal one was: “The story is about how an ex-army officer brings change in society by making people to help each other.”

Obviously the movie will be adapted to Salman Khan and it’s great to see Tabu back on screen after such a while. The movie seems to contain a heavy social message with some ass kickery added.

Jai Ho releases the 24th of January 2014

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