Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Week in Entertainment

DVD: Chamatkar (चमत्कार, Miracle), an old (well, 1992) Hindi ghost comedy movie with Naseeruddin Shah as the ghost of the dead criminal and Shahrukh Khan as the young man, stranded in Bombay, who is the only one who can see him. It's a bit dated, but quite amusing. Also a 1993 SRK film called Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (कभी हाँ कभी ना, Sometimes yes, sometimes no) in which he plays (and very well, you're so sorry for him) the second choice and doesn't end up with the girl (at least, not with Suchitra Krishnamurthy, who plays the lead - Juhi Chawla has a tiny appearance at the end, to reassure the audience that he won't suffer too much for being willing to stand aside even after the wedding is fixed). And oh my goodness, the party his parents throw for him when they think he's passed his university exams brings tears to your eyes.

TV: The usual Wednesday comedies (The Neighbors, The Middle, Modern Family, once again funny in ascending order.

Read: What Maisie Knew, which is, oddly enough, the first Henry James I've ever actually read. It was odd, but very good. An enjoyable light-hearted romp called Harry Lipkin, Private Eye about an 87-year-old man working as in Florida; it's in first person and Harry's voice is very engaging. I started an Australian detective novel called Corparoo Blues but it wasn't enjoyable, to me anyway, so I quit about halfway through.

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