Guess who got new author photos???? This gal. If you haven’t caught me on Facebook yet, let me know what you think below! The first one is my fav and the one I’m going to submit for a book cover picture.
I am a few days late, but it’s time for that year-end blog post where I bring up all of the fantastic things that happened over the course of 2014. This past year has been one of the most amazing, life changing times of my life. I’ve had so many crazy fantastic moments that I can’t list them all here. What I will do, is give the highlights reel. [Read more…]
This past week, I saw a total of 12 movies to kick off the holidays. I’ve been really busy with work, writing, etc. and now that my schedule cleared a little bit, I was able to catch up. I figured I’d share some of the movie madness with you, along with what I believe the tag lines should’ve actually been. Here it is! [Read more…]
I know it’s been a week since I’ve actually SEEN this movie, but I needed that amount of time to think of something positive to say about it. Sorry, guys. I don’t have much. [Read more…]
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Bollywood movie review, so I’m going to make this especially awesome filled with fun gifs!
I recently saw the movie ‘Khoobsurat’ (translation: Beautiful) which is a DISNEY movie (in partnership with Anil Kapoor films). Did you hear that? DISNEY. Disney has finally made it to the Bollywood big screen and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I felt like I was watching a Disney movie in the same vein as Princess Diaries, but at the same time, a movie that didn’t stray from utilizing the characteristics uniquely Bollywood. [Read more…]
It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but the wait is over! I finally got a chance to go out and see ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania’, one of the biggest blockbuster Bollywood flicks of the year. I’m so glad I got to see it to because it was AWESOME. Like, seriously awesome. [Read more…]
I know this post is crazy late. Blame it on strep if you must. But it is finally here! If you follow me on any of my social media sites, you already know my news. I sold 2 YA books to Crown and option rights to Susan Cartsonis and Gurinder Chadha. It’s amazing. [Read more…]
I know most of you are expecting me to make some sort of awesome announcement, but I’m not ready to do it yet! So ha. Soon, I promise!
What I will tell you is that I saw the movie ‘2 States’ which is a Bollywood flick based on India’s bestselling author Chetan Bhagat’s same-titled novel. I LOVE Chetan Bhagat, and not just because he’s Punjabi (balle, balle). It’s because his books, which are written in English but published in India, are so…normal. They involve heavy issues with ordinary characters living extraordinary lives. Most importantly, his stories aren’t strangers to the big screen. ‘3 Idiots’ was based off of one of his books and that was a super hit movie. That’s why I had such high hopes for ‘2 States.’ [Read more…]
This weekend I decided to check out the movie Queen starring one of the most underrated actresses in Bollywood (I think), Kangana Ranaut. The trailer for this movie already sets it up as being hysterical, so no lie, I had high expectations.
And this movie totally delivers!
Here is the summary:
Queen is a movie about growing up. Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is a Delhi girl from a conservative family who is ditched by her fiancé just before her marriage. Shocked by this, she decides to set out on the planned honeymoon alone. As she travels the world and meets new people, she gains new experiences and discovers her own identity. (IMDB)
So here is some background about the movie: the entire thing was shot in 45 days in like 140+ locations. The budget was crazy small despite it’s massive attention. There was only a crew of like 30 people that traveled together. To save money, the actors would change in public bathrooms and the crew would eat at local restaurants. The lead had to edit and write some of her own dialog. When the movie was in editing, the cinematographer died and someone else had to take over. It wasn’t meant to be a big blockbuster production, but I’m so glad it did well in theaters!
Here are some of the reasons why I liked this movie:
1. The characters are complex. The ex boyfriend/fiance appears to be both loving at some parts and awful at others. That’s just the way humans are and it’s wonderful that a movie shows that.
2. The heroine does not have an easy journey reclaiming her independence. Self-discovery shouldn’t be something that happens overnight…or even in a fortnight.
3. The movie ends on a positive note, but you know the heroine has more growing pains ahead. Things aren’t hunky dorey, but they are better than the beginning.
4. A multicultural cast. All I can say is Oleksandr? Call me. Love you.
5. There are strip clubs and drugs and alcohol and sex, but all of that didn’t make the heroine react in an extreme way. She experienced those things, accepted it, and took the path that she was the most comfortable with.
Here are some of the reasons why I didn’t like the movie:
1. There were flashback scenes but I think they overdid them. Because of this, the first half of the movie had some pacing issues.
2. ALL FOREIGN INDIAN WOMEN AREN’T WHORES. I had to put that in caps, because that’s really what the movie felt like. Women born and raised abroad either become strippers or have random sex and produce children out of wedlock even though they are smart and have a “good heart”. Trust me, people from the motherland: we are not all like that. Not even close!
3. Um…can anyone explain to me what was up with the random Italian guy? No spoilers, but there was that one story line that could have been wrapped up better.
But that’s it! Obviously there are more things I liked about the movie than disliked. It was funny, and sweet, and it wasn’t really a love story, but a self discovery story and sometimes, self discovery after a broken heart is so much better than falling in love in the first place. I hope you guys go out to see the movie!
Every once in a while I’ll check out a Bollywood movie in theaters by myself. I go for the very first showing on a Sunday morning. I’m usually dressed like a bum in yoga pants and a law school sweatshirt. Because no one is there to judge me, I go all out at the concession stand (nachos with extra cheese, soda, Kit Kats) and I sit in the middle of an empty movie theater. I used to do this all the time when I was actually IN law school as a ritual to obtain a sense of calmness. To this day the whole process makes me feel centered when I leave the theater. Weird, I know but we all have something we do that’s strange, right?
Last Sunday I finally got around to watching Hasee Toh Phasee starring my new crushes Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malothra. I thought it was going to be a hysterical movie, but WTF, it totally wasn’t! I mean there WERE funny parts, but there was so much more to it. To give you a brief synopsis of the story (No Spoilers!):
Nikhil (hero) is getting married to long-time girlfriend Karishma he met at a wedding seven years ago. They have a horrible relationship, but he refuses to start over with another girl because there “are no guarantees the next one will be better”. Karishma wants him to not only pay for the wedding but to get investors to give him 5 million dollars before the wedding. Karishma believes that will demonstrate that Nikhil not only has a future but that he’s proven himself to her. Then, Meeta (heroine) enters the picture again. Nikhil met her at the same wedding seven years before but Meeta was escaping the wedding by climbing over the outside fence. Meeta left seven years ago because of horrible circumstances with her family, and she’s back to commit the same acts. Nikhil is charged with taking care of Meeta as a request from Karishma, and slowly they begin to not only understand each other but to fall in love.
The movie was really good. My crushes were FANTASTIC. Parineeti acted so well that I actually have hope for the Bollywood industry. But what really killed it for me was the chemistry between Parineeti and Sid. I mean, they do not look like they would go together when you see their pictures at first. But during the movie, they shared these moments, whether it was a long look, a secret smile, or hands brushing together that got my blood pumping.
And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love romance. Something so small as a secret smile (i.e. smiles that demonstrate characters have the same thought and know that they share the thought with each other only in a public setting where everyone else is clueless) can affect feelings in such a HUGE way.
If I was rating this movie on a scale of one to five, I would give it a 4.5. The story was different, the dialog was fresh and relatable, and the romance was great. I cut off a .5 because there was an external conflict element that kind of lost me for a sec, but you have to see the movie to know what I’m talking about.
So that’s my Bollywood review! Let me know if you see it and what you think!