Bollywood is For Lovers

Bollywood is For Lovers

Join hosts Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser for a bi-weekly podcast that explores the wonderful world of Hindi Cinema through the lens of two Canadian cinephiles! Part of the Alberta Podcast Network.

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May 26, 2021 78 min
We are thrilled to welcome creators, directors, and writers of OK Computer Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar to discuss their influences, worldview, and the making of our favourite science fiction comedy mystery series.  

Show Notes:

  • OK Computer
  • Pooja Shetty’s Twitter and Instagram
  • Neil Pagedar’s Twitter and Instagram

  • NEXT TIME: 2021 midyear review

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    Our favourite boutique film label, Criterion, has finally acknowledged Hindi cinema with two series on their streaming channel devoted to acclaimed filmmakers Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor. 

    Show Notes:

  • We checked the list, we have 133 Criterion films including the Eclipse box sets
  • The Criterion Collection and the Criterion Channel
  • NYT: How the Criterion Collection Crops Out African-American Directors
  • This is the podcast where the Bollyw...
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    Do you like robots? Yes! What about killer robots? Oh robots don’t kill you say? We’ll see about that! We get to the bottom of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics with Hotstar’s new sci-fi-comedy-mystery series OK Computer.

    Show Notes:

  • If you are able to lend your support to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India, here is a list of verified organizations to donate to: https://donate.indiacovidresources.in/
  • Ok Computer
  • Kani Kusruti
  • Cybe...
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    Karen Unland is back to discuss to two Indian adapatations of classic Jane Austen novels. 

    Show Notes:

  • Welcome back Karen Unland of That’s A Thing?!
  • Teen culture is all about remixing
  • That’s A Thing?!: “New life for Clone High, fake life for VTubers
  • Jane Austen
  • Hollywood’s love of Austen
  • Where are all the LGBTQ2S+ Austen adaptations?
  • Are we living in another Austen moment?

  • (INTERVAL (“By The Way” from Aisha)

  • Bride and Prejudice
  • Gurin...
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    In this supplemental episode we discuss Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ new memoir, Unfinished, and her latest film project, The White Tiger.

    Show Notes:

  • 66th Filmfare Awards (the video Matt watched full of spoilers)
  • Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas
  • 73 Questions with Priyanka Chopra
  • Episode 6: Priyanka Chopra: Who's the Hottest Girl in the World?
  • The White Tiger
  • PCJ getting fashion advice from Tika

  • NEXT TIME: Austen adaptations

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    Happy Pi Day Lovers! To celebrate we’ve invited our friend Amanda Mullins on to discuss two films about women and math.

    Show Notes:

  • Welcome Amanda Mullins!
  • Erin may or may not have made cherry pie today
  • Studying maths
  • Erin claims to like math
  • Math stereotypes in movies
  • Number sense
  • The Futurama Theorem
  • Gender stereotypes of mathematicians in pop culture

  • (INTERVAL (“Pass Nahi Toh Fail Nahi” from Shakuntala Devi)

  • Nil Battey Sannata
  • Remakes: ...
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    March 3, 2021 71 min
    We continue to explore Amitabh Bachchan’s filmography, one year at a time. 

    Show Notes:

  • How we choose the movies for this series (hint: it’s random)
  • We couldn’t find Coolie
  • Thank you Rajat Dikshit
  • Khud-Daar
  • The theme of reuniting the family
  • Matt wants more tall man comedy
  • Flying car song: “Hat Ja Bajoo Nahin To Uda Doonga”
  • Dishoom “From Bombay With Love”
  • Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain I Love You” and “Disco 82

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    In our eleventh supplemental Matt speaks to scholar Brian Collins about the new book Bollywood Horrors: Religion, Violence and Cinematic Fears in India

    Show Notes:

  • Bollywood Horrors: Religion, Violence and Cinematic Fears in India edited by Ellen Goldberg, Aditi Sen, and Brian Collins
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch: Ramsay Brothers Horror and Bollywood at Cannes: Masaan, Titli and Miss Lovely
  • Carol J. Clover’s Final Girl
  • De...
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    Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers! Romance is in the air, so we’re discussing three romantic comedies featuring retired (?) leading man Imran Khan.

    Show Notes:

  • BiFL points are in the mail!
  • Imran Khan
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll!
  • A Bollywood Brokeback
  • Cleeeeeeeeo
  • Who ate Imran’s lunch?
  • Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
  • We didn’t know that Arbaaz and Sohail Khan grew up in Calgary

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    January 27, 2021 135 min
    Well, we made it through 2020, and all we have to show for it are 17 short movie reviews! Enjoy!

    Show Notes:

  • Thank you Rajat Dikshit!
  • Get in touch to claim those BiFL points!
  • Bulbbul
  • Dil Bechara
  • Shakuntala Devi
  • Lootcase
  • Raat Akeli Hai
  • Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
  • Class of ‘83

  • (INTERVAL (“Dil Bechara” from Dil Bechara)

  • Cargo
  • Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare
  • Khaali Peeli
  • Serious Men
  • Ludo
  • Chhalaang
  • Sir
  • Surag Pe Mangal Bhari
  • AK vs AK
  • Coolie No. 1

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    In our tenth supplemental episode Matt speaks to film historian Debashree Mukherjee about her new book Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City.

    Show Notes:

  • Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City by Debashree Mukherjee
  • Saadat Hasan Manto
  • Shanta Apte
  • Amazon link to INR special edition of Bombay Hustle

  • NEXT TIME: 2020 year end review!

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    December 29, 2020 87 min
    We welcome back fellow podcaster Asim Burney to discuss two identical David Dhawan comedies made 25 years apart. 

    Show Notes:

  • Welcome Asim Burney of Upodcast and Khandaan
  • Judwaa episode
  • Twitter’s gonna hate
  • Should remakes exist at all?
  • Coolie No. 1 (1995)
  • How much ownership does Govinda have?
  • Comparisons to Jim Carrey and Umer Shareef
  • The songs are all bangers: “Coolie No. 1,” “Main Toh Raste Se Ja Raha Tha,” “Aa Jaana Aa jaana,” “Jeth ...
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    We get in touch with our inner child by watching two Hindi-language children’s films.

    Show Notes:

  • Indian farmers strike
  • Get your BiFL points in!
  • Vikas Bahl and the closure of Phantom Films
  • We don’t see a lot of Hindi-language children’s films
  • 90s live-action children’s films: The Little Rascals, The Sandlot, etc.
  • Chillar Party
  • “For the love of dog”
  • Matt is in favour of civil disobedience 
  • Bollywood dog rankings
  • Comparisons to Gangs of New Y...
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    In our annual Noirvember episode, we discuss two thrillers from the 1960s that maybe one could call noir, or neo-noir, or noir-ish... noir-esque?

    Show Notes:

  • The liquor store sent us twice as much Prosecco as we ordered
  • Our Noirvember playlist
  • Filmfare recommends: Best Bollywood noir films of the ’50s
  • Film Noir
  • Singapore
  • Songs: “Aane Laga Jeene Ka Maza,” “Dekho Ji Dekho,” “Tum Lakh Chhupana Chahoge,” “Hat Jao Deewane Aaye,” and “Dhok...
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    We go backwards and forwards in time to uncover the true meaning of love, maybe, with three time traveling romances!

    Show Notes:

  • Thank you Amrita!
  • Does Erin really hate time travel movies?
  • Thermae Romae
  • Love Story 2050
  • Harman Baweja aka not Hrithik Roshan
  • Liking rain is not a personality
  • Why Amazon Prime? Why?
  • The future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted 
  • Space Mutiny 

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    Here's a quick bonus episode for you this week, as Erin was tasked with putting together a panel discussion on Bollywood podcasting for this year's inaugural YEGPodFest.

    She reached out to Asim Burney (Khandaan Podcast, Upodcast), Manish Mathur (It Pod To Be You, Queer and Now) and Ankur Desai (Parde Ke Peeche) to find out their thoughts about Bollywood podcasting in general, and specifically why Hindi cinema criticism is so...
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    In our sixth annual Hindi Horror Halloween, we are joined by writer and bookseller Matthew Stepanic to discuss two films about vengeful, supernatural women.

    Show Notes:

  • Matthew Stepanic, Glass Bookshop, and Glass Buffalo
  • Should horror movies be judged on how scary they are?
  • “Elevated horror”
  • Horror Story

  • (INTERVAL (“Kamariya” from Stree)

  • Stree
  • The “Nale Ba” urban legend
  • Balancing act between horror and comedy
  • The power of “friendship”
  • B...
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    To celebrate our new nephew, we welcome his mother Julie-Anne Weaver on to discuss a pair of pregnancy comedies. 

    Show Notes:

  • The mountains are full of Jadoo!
  • Welcome Julie-Anne! She has actually been to India. 
  • Why are both of these movies about how men feel?
  • Badhaai Ho
  • Our Ayushmann Khurrana episode
  • News flash: parents have sex too
  • How the film discusses abortion
  • What it’s like to have a baby during a pandemic
  • Songs: “Badhaaiyan Tenu” an...
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    Fresh off of its appearance at the closing night of TIFF, we discuss Mira Nair’s six-part adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy

    Show Notes:

  • Thank you Mildmanneredgamer!
  • Join Erin at YEGPodFest!
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Mira Nair
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • A Suitable Boy
  • Spoiler Zone (52:26 to 1:01:01)

  • NEXT TIME: Pregnancy movies

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    In honour of her Hollywood debut, we discuss three of Dimple Kapadia’s most iconic and acclaimed films. 

    Show Notes:

  • Thank you you crazybrownchik (and Chris)
  • Attend YEGPodFest and Erin’s panel with other Bollywood podcasters
  • Chatting with the Khandaan crew
  • Dimple Kapadia
  • Tenet
  • Thank you Film Companion for the MUBI code
  • Bobby
  • Matt makes fun of the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards but they gave Adam Sandler Best Actor for Uncut Gems
  • We are...
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