Gabfest: And Thereby Hangs A Tail

Discussion in 'Education & Personal Growth' started by Cimorene, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Kohvachn

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    I liked the Kalki Koechlin starrer “Margarita, with a Straw”. I think it received positive reviews among the international audiences too but yeah, a few rare gems here and there, once in a while that is sensibly done and with care, breaking the stereotype as well. Give it a watch if you haven't already. : )
     
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    Try Pose. When I started I wasn't very hopeful, expecting something very usual but a couple of episodes later...and by the finale, I felt emotional and touched by their stories. Powerful performances too. Set in the 80s New York around a group of LGBTQ people of color, talks about their dreams, fears, traumas, addressing more complex themes like battling the AIDS crisis in the 80s, loss of friends and family to AIDS, their concerns, anxieties, transphobia, racism, drugs, violence, rejection, coming in terms with themselves, acceptance....There is just so much going on every season! Joy, pain, life, love, romances - a good storytelling package if you'll enjoy and appreciate what the series tries to accomplish, the message they are trying to send across. I didn't get the underground Ball culture scene of NY so had to look up and came across so many positive reviews (every damn website you can name). That's history by itself, you know? Rarely queer and general audience like stuff alike. Not to mention it's first-ever for TV with maximum trans representation off and on-screen and trans characters played by trans actors too! Why it feels real I guess. Impressive.

    If barriers are only just beginning to break after these long years even for Hollywood.... India is just getting warmed up! ; )
    "Diversity sells" (in the West) for obvious reasons. Often LGBTQ subplots/subtexts are forced in the scripts to please the fantasies of mainstream audiences or to pull the niche crowd for the free hype and publicity - occasionally written for a meaningful cause with the queer community in mind or with any actual sincerity (If you hang around queer forums you can understand their anger and desperations about all the stereotyped or misrepresentations). I wonder if Indian cinema too has finally figured this trick of the trade to appeal to the geNXT who aren't drawn to the usual Macho hero masala formulas anymore. Got other ideas? :buenrollo: On second thought, maybe we should appreciate something is being made here after all than no representation at all? (And, once in a while let ourselves be charmed with movies like the Margarita!) : )
     
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    Lol, yeah. Lucy Lawless can be the female Witcher and the kid in me that loved Xena would be so so happy! :hearteyes::hearteyes::grin:

    :lol: :tonguecrazy: :facepalm:
     
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    Flora Saini says in “ Gandii baat2” she found it difficult to act in a scene with Aniveshi.

    Acting seem to be not a cake walk in this type of movies!
     
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    @Gauri03 ,

    I am starting the 100 days of positivity again. For some reason i could not continue after 50 days. Though i have taken this up couple of times earlier, could not complete more than 10 days. This time i could go till 50 days.
    Will start again and complete my 100 days.
     
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    @Anisu 50 consecutive days is an achievement in itself! Looking forward to your 100 days!
     
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    I looked it up, it's on Netflix and the reviews are great. Added it to my list.

    I agree Diversity sells but in the Indian context it is still a trade off between a wider market share versus betting on a small but devoted younger audience. And more often than not such movies don't make money. In that sense I don't question the motives of the movie makers, but the handling of the subject matter needs the kind of nuance that isn't Bollywood's forte. I guess I'm being too critical. They will find their way...after we've suffered through a bunch of lame attempts like CKA.
     
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    I had to look up the series. The Wikipedia entry seems quite scandalous. Certainly not my cup of tea. I can only imagine how hard it must be for the actors in these types of series especially since Indian film and TV studios have yet to embrace the concept of intimacy coordinators.
     
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    I totally get you :grimacing: Few weeks ago when I got Covid I was so much into it such that when I was seeing a movie I was like why is everyone without masks :grin:!!!
     
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    How r u now?

    Yeah I felt the same too. Still afraid to face public without mask
     
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