Tuesday, June 02, 2009

FLASHBACKS AND GRATITUDE... and Random Screencaps

Yay, my 100th post!

It's about time... back in 2006 when I started this blog, it was so great to have a space in which to indulge my fledgling love for Dharmendra and growing love for Bollywood... I 'attacked' this blog with such gusto, pouring forth my thoughts in words that now seem slightly childish (but sweet! LOL), unenlightened and over-eager to me... and I loved it. I loved writing about these movies and people I was growing to love so much, and most of all, I loved hearing from Dharmendra-fans and Bollywood-fans from all over the world. I really treasure the lovely emails and comments I've received from people who are passionate about Hindi cinema and their (and my) favourite hero. What a joy!

Back then, my blog posts were fairly regular, and that continued for most of 2007 as well. In 2008 though, I posted much less frequently, and that trend has continued into this year. While I'm not sure I'll ever get back to the heady, exciting days of '06 and '07, when I just couldn't wait to put my thoughts down after watching a Bollywood film, I'm not quite ready to hang my Bollyblogging boots up, either.

I still love this little spot, and I still love writing about Bollywood and Dharmendra. And even when I'm not actively blogging, I'm constantly keeping up to date on my favourite Bollyblogs, and it's great to see that many of the Bollybloggers who inspired me to start writing about Bollywood are still blogging with as much gusto and enthusiasm as ever. It's also pretty great to see so many awesome new bloggers join the ranks. The best thing about Bollyblogging for me is definitely the sense of sharing and community.

So I'd like to say a special 'Dhanyavaad' to everyone who's stopped by here... thank you SO MUCH for sharing this experience with me, for your comments (always so delightful - enlightening, funny, challenging, inspiring, fun, informative), your emails, and just for taking the time...

... here's to my next 100 (and let's hope it doesn't take almost 3 years to crank 'em out!)

And now to an idea I borrowed from Veracious, whose cool and fabulous blog ...So They Dance, is one of my faves... this young Finnish blogger is smart, witty, insightful and always fun to read... she once did a really cool post with random Bollywood-related pictures from her computer... so I thought it might be fun to share some of my thousands of screencaps and say a little bit about them... so here they are, selected by the highly scientific method of eenie-meenie-manie-mo....

Neetu Singh in 'Chorni' (recommended by Memsaab Story)... I love Neetu... she is so gorgeous - I love her eyes, and she is always so watchable. She is really great at comedy, and this is why 'Chorni' is such a great watch. It's a shame her career was so short-lived, but I'm glad she left behind gems like this one. She still looks rather fabulous these days, when, as opposed to talking about her acting talent, everyone's talking about her thinly-veiled comments on Deepika Padukone's unsuitability for her darling Ranbir....

The beautiful Bipasha Basu in 'Aetbaar'... now this was such a horrendously bad film... everyone in it sucked (yes, even the Big B) - don't even get me started on John Abraham's awfulness in this film (bloodshot eyes, sweatiness and forced trembling do not an obsessed villain make). Bipasha was totally and hopelessly miscast (and I see she is yet to learn her lesson - why oh why did she ever think that doing 'Aa Dekhen Zara' opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh (talk about a match made in... the other place) was a good career choice??) I do love Bipasha, she's gorgeous and so charismatic, but I really wish she picked better roles - roles that suit her dusky, exotic looks and her bold, in-your-face persona (as in 'Corporate' and 'Omkara' - and to a significant extent, even 'Bachna Ae Haseeno')... but then again, perhaps the pickings are slim....

The stunning Shabana Azmi in 'Arth'... what a great performance! She owned her role in this film and grabbed my attention from start to finish with a gutsy, visceral turn... there's only one Ms Azmi.... Filmi Geek, the ultimate Shabana fan, recommended this movie, and I love it....


Shashi Kapoor, in his bhaiyya Raj's film 'Awaara'... how cute was he? I wonder if he ever thought back then that he would become a movie star in his own right? I love 'Awaara'... Raj and Nargis were tremendous... I need to watch it again soon.


Abhishek Bachchan, looking too cool for school in 'Bluffmaster'... I love this film - Abhishek and Riteish are fabulous. Boman is pretty good too... and Piggy Chops, well... she doesn't ruin the movie or anything. Abhishek is so great at comedy... love him in fun films like this one and 'Bunty Aur Babli'....


Umm, who is this? in 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke'... I honestly don't know who she is, but she looks gorgeous, doesn't she? Hence the screencap. Anyway, if I remember correctly, she played the dulhan, Rani's friend, at the wedding where Rani and Sallu Chacha meet for the first time at the start of the movie... and sparks fly! I remember the fabulous song 'No 1 Punjabi' from this wedding as well... I had to find it and listen to it again after watching the film. 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' is a weird film - I thought the storyline was ridiculous and disturbing, and I'm not sure I could watch it again, but I also think Rani, Preity and Salman all did a pretty good job in it... if I recall correctly, Preity even scored a couple of awards....


Madhuri Dixit proving she still had 'it' in spades in 'Dil To Pagal Hai'... I adore Madhuri - she is an absolutely divine dancer, such a professional, smart, articulate, and stunning to boot! I LOVE her. Anyway, here she is with one of her landmark roles of the 90s... while I think she did a very good job with her rather straitlaced (and actually quite boring) character in this film, for me the real star of DTPH was an energetic, fiery and determined Karisma Kapoor... Lolo heated up the screen for me... even Madhuri couldn't keep up (although that dance-off was FIERCE - both Madz and Lolo won, in my opinion)... and SRK was the weakest of the trio (I love him, but he was).


Another of my all-time favourites, Jaya Bhaduri, in the oh-so-charming 'Guddi'... 'Guddi' is one of those films that it's impossible for a Dharam fan not to love, but it really is Jaya's film from start to finish. I love this woman's acting so much, and I could watch her all day... I loved her in this scene - the lively young girl subdued, awkward, on the cusp of something strange and new....


And finally...
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'... back when Ash and Sallu were still on speaking terms... if you haven't read Filmi Girl's fantastic two-part write-up on HDDCS (first part here), you're missing out on something wonderful... it reminded me of all the good things about this movie, and one of them is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's really lush, luxurious, gorgeous aesthetic... I want a bedroom just like this one!

This was fun... I might do it again sometime - I have an almost embarrassing number of screencaps and these aren't particularly the ones I love best... which one of the above was your favourite?

13 comments:

bollyviewer said...

What a great idea! Love them all, especially the one of Neetu Singh. She was seriously gorgeous (still is, inspite of publicly being the nasty mother-in-law, now!) and so much fun in the movies. And I agree completely with you about Dil To Pagal Hai - Karishma was my favorite there. I adore Madhuri but she looked too intelligent to be spouting "HE will give me a sign [to show me my true love]"!

Cindy said...

I loved both Chorni and Guddi. It's interesting that they both are quite heroine-centric films.

shell said...

Congrats on your 100th post! It's amazing how time flies when you are doing something you are passionate about.

I love seeing what other pics people have on their computers. You have some stunning and serioulsy talented women there! Jaya and Neetu are so beautiful I can hardly stand it!

Cheers to the next 100!

Daddy's Girl said...

@bollyviewer: LOL! I had forgotten about those silly 'He will give me a sign to show me my true love' lines. Hilarious!

@cindy: I know... I really love it when I come across female-driven films in Bollywood. There are so few of those these days, sadly...

@shell: Thank you so much! Time really does fly when you're having fun! I really love Jaya, especially in her earlier work - she was beautiful, so full of life, and such a fantastic, natural actress.

Uzo said...

I want a bedroom like that as well. When i re-ignited my love for Bollywood, this movie was one of the first i bought in Atlanta and i didnt know who Salman Khan was or who Ajay was and i fell in love with the incredible decadence of the images in that movie....

I love this post...And since i havent seen Chorni or Arth, i am off to my website to search them out and order them now....

Nida said...

What a fun filled post! Though you don't post as frequently, your posts are always a joy to read when they do pop up--very thoughtful and lovingly articulated :)

As for my favorite, I love Mads but didn't care for "Dil To Pagal Hai". And I think Neetu is adorable, but haven't seen that film you've mentioned. Sigh..I guess I'm going to have to go with that shot of Ash...while she is not my favorite, I do love that film! And what a gorgeous screenshot of her in it!

bollywooddeewana said...

Loved the Neetu one, its so expressive, i also liked the Chori chori woman in her wedding garb, happy 100th post and many more to come.i remeber coming here for the first time ever from filmigeek a couple of months back, I was totally blown away by your analysis of Sooraj Barjatya, your blog won my heart that day

Lots of love
xoxo

Daddy's Girl said...

@Uzo: It's one of the best things about Bollywood, isn't it? The way it can draw you into another world - it's the most escapist type of cinema, I think. I miss you! Hope we can get together soon...

@Nida: Thanks... Ash always looks so good in everything! She may not be a great actress, but she sure is nice to look at... I'm currently watching 'Chokher Bali' - got it after reading your review... and as always, she looks amazing....

@Bollywooddeewana: Thank you so much, I love your blog too - no-one else dishes out '80s fabulousness the way you do, and I love your enthusiasm most of all - I think you've single-handedly sold me on Hindi movie posters....

yves said...

Hi DG,
That's nice: I also started my blog in 2006 (well, Jan 2007), and I've also just passed the 100th post...! And I've only recently seen my first Dharmendra movie! ... which is not in your list: Bandini! Have you seen it? If not, you must, there was a great debate with Shweta from apnieastindiacompany as to whether Dharm wasn't the right guy for the heroine to leave with at the end!! And the movie was for me a great experience! (http://www.letstalkaboutbollywood.com/article-31578257.html)
And oh, your Anniversary collection of caps WAS a treat!
cheers,
yves

bollywoodfoodclub said...

Great post Daddy's Girl-ji. Congratulations on prolific posting. How do I choose a favorite when I too have an almost embarrassing number of screencaps myself...but since you asked, I suppose it's the young man Shashi, since it seems a bit rare. I wish I'd known way back when I saw Awaara that that was him.

Keep on postin' and all the best!
Sita-ji

Daddy's Girl said...

@yves: Thanks so much - incidentally I am about a third through 'Bandini' and should finish it in the next couple of days... I am looking forward to reading your thoughts and sharing mine on the film. So far, I am enjoying it. The music is beautiful and I love the use of metaphor in the exposition of Roy's themes (which I'm sure you will, as always, have great insights on!) I am so glad you've seen your first Dharmendra film - here's to many more!

@Sita-ji: Thanks! Shashi was adorable wasn't he? And he grew into a very fine young man indeed...

dustedoff said...

How did I miss this? (Well, maybe that Blackmail post, with all its glorious screen caps, just made me oblivious to anything else on the page!)

But: congratulations on your 100th post, and may you see many more films and write many more posts!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I have been reading and posting comments on your blog.

As for Neetu Singh's recent comments on Deepika, short indeed is human memory. Considering the fact that Rishi chose to marry Neetu Singh, herself a nobody (an ordinary girl from an ordinary family), it is rich that she seems to be critical of Deepika who is not only a beautiful girl but also an excellent sports woman apart from being the daughter of a world Badiminton Champion (several times) - Prakash Padukone. Deepika comes across as a very intelligent woman in her interviews on various TV shows as a guest celebrity.