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quick IIFA post: from twitter

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I'll post picture with actual writing attached to them when I am home on Wednesday, but in the meantime, here are all my IIFA-related tweets . For those not familiar with twitter, the newest tweets appear at the top, so scroll to the bottom of this post and read up. You should also go have a look at Filmigirl's post on the awards show - her pictures are way better than mine and we agree on pretty much everything about the show. And if you're tired of IIFA (and I hear ya on that, believe me) , t here's a new episode of Masala Zindabad ! It's part 2 of our series on iconic Hindi female characters with Bollyviewer of Old Is Gold . WHY OH WHY did I not yell "WAKOW!!!" at Rishi Kapoor on the red carpet earlier? Canadian friends: my CBC tv spot with @Dolce_and_Namak and @kaymatthews is on in the 9:00 hour, I think! Somebody tell me how it goes! I. Saw. Neetu. Singh. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Will post pictures when I get home Tuesday. @kaym

more assorted Kapoors from Filmfare

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Following up last week's post about the Kapoor family tree , here is an article from Filmfare (December 4, 1970) with a few recollections about Raj and some text descriptions of some of the family relationships (branching out all the way to actress Naaz, who married Prithviraj's nephew)! Note the little picture of young Rishi and Raj with Shammi and Shashi hamming in silly hats! Shammi in an amazing shirt while filming Rajkumar ! Sadhana's headpiece is no less amazing. Babita wearing something I want to steal, head to toe. I'm not saying I'd wear all of it simultaneously outside the privacy of my living room. But I want it anyway. Shashi and Asha Parekh. I really wish they'd done more films together - I like them so much as a pair. And Shashi in the regular Filmfare feature "Tipsy Queries." I found two more of these with Rekha and Bindu (I promise to share them later). So silly!

in which Shashi Kapoor fights a bear and other delights amuse us: Yeh Dil Kisko Doon

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Last month while visiting Devon Avenue in Chicago, the heart of the city's Indian and Pakistani neighborhood, I popped into a new-to-me store called Al-Mansoor Video . Expecting the usual Shahrukh/Salman/Amitabh sections and everything else except pricey Yash Raj jumbled together, instead I found a squeaky-clean store with films sorted into dozens of categories by hero. Putting aside the giant flashing ethnological questions of a system of organization based only on language and lead male star, I was really surprised to see names like Anil Kapoor, Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna, and Shashi ! It's like they knew I was coming! I only wish I had known about this place years ago; as of May 2011, I already owned all but two of the forty-plus DVDs in the Shashi category. I snapped up those two, neither of which regsitered in my mental file of missing Shashi movies, and I'm now the proud owner of unsubtitled copies of Yeh Dil Kisko Doon and Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain . It appears that

In lieu of a film, how about some more vintage Filmfare pictures?

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This heat has melted my brain and I just cannot get traction on my writeup of a fabulous early Shashi Kapoor film in which he fights a bear. (Oh yes . That happens.) I do seem to have the brain power to crop and upload photos, so here are a few more from some of the many old Filmfare issues I have been able to check out from my university library. This set is for those who loved the picture of Shashi Kapoor and his late wife Jennifer Kendal in Manhattan in 1963 in my previous post of family photos . Here are a few more, I think from that same trip to New York, from a December 1963 issue of Filmfare. American Interlude Away from the bustling, overcrowded Manhattan streets, Shashi Kapoor and his pretty wife Jennifer spent peaceful moments wandering along the rambling leafy avenues of Central Park, New York. They admired the breath-taking beauty of the on-coming autumn stretching golden fingers across the lawns. Both former members of a Shakespearean company, the couple spent s

mini-review: Ready

I can't do any better to summarize my feelings about Ready than my film-loving friend Samrat did when I found him online at 1:00 in the morning after our one local screening. Samrat: Is it good? Beth: It is whatever. Nowhere near as offensive to everything I stand for as Housefull . Samrat: So, mostly harmless but also mostly charmless? And that was it exactly. I can, at a sort of academic level, accept that if one enjoys byzantine, duplicitous shenanigans that are eventually and somewhat hypocritically swept under the carpet of respecting elders and women and telling the truth and loving family and blah blah blah, then Ready might be perfect summer fun. Salman is funny enough; the heroine, who could have been played by anyone but was solid under the sass-dishing eyebrows of Asin, is pleasingly feisty more of the time than I thought (though all but absent post-interval) and even gets to express desire; there are too many pee jokes but only one about skin color; its wackadoo plot

Hum Dono

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There are several interesting aspects of Nav Ketan Films ' Hum Dono (recently colorized; I saw the original black and white), and if you can get past Dev Anand's secondary of two roles as Chortling English Accent Twit, you might really enjoy them. Me, I got distracted. Dev is not among my favorite actors anyway (though I have only seen Jewel Thief and Guide ), and the things I normally find irritating about him— his ubiquitous and out-of-place pompadour, jaunty body movements that border on swagger, smug facial expressions, and slowed-down, growling delivery—were ratcheted up in his performance of Major Verma. Verma chomps a cigar, strokes his mustache, rambles on and on about personal details in odd ways, and tries very hard to sound old-school English. "Oh dash it!" he grumbles, lacking only a "Jolly good show!" from the Pip Pip and All That! Mining English Vocabulary Stereotypes for Comedy Gold handbook. It's entirely possible that this charact

the Kapoor family tree

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For all your Kapoor Khazana reference needs (and beyond), here is a Kapoor family tree. This image is courtesy of Madhu Jain's book The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema (Penguin Books India, 2005). Click the picture to enlarge to legible size. The dates and underlining are my own. My notations indicate who is of what generation: double underlines are for Prithviraj's children; single underlines are for their children; dashed lines for their children; etc. If you'd rather read, the family tree goes like this, color-coded by major branch and with the names you probably recognize in bold: first and second generations: Prithviraj Kapoor (born 1906) is the father of Raj (Ranbir Raj, born 1924), Shammi (Shamsher Raj, 1931), and Shashi (Balbir Raj, 1938). Prithviraj and his wife Ramsarni (Rama) also had a daughter, Urmi (between Shammi and Shashi), and two children who died, Ravinder and Devinder. Prithviraj has a brother named Trilok Kapoor , who is a