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Beth Watkins
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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<I>The Prisoner of Zenda</i> strikes again: <I>Bandie</i>
Bandie , a 1978 remake of The Prisoner of Zenda ,  probably works better as an artifact than as a film. Its components, which on paper seem excellent or at least intriguingly oddly chosen, don't add up to much—and certainly not into much that needed to be m...
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<i>Sikandar</i> (1941)
Epically epic! Not terribly high in historical accuracy, but wonderful to behold and thoroughly thought-provoking about empire and political virtue from pre-Independence India. Sikandar  manages to be completely entertaining while still indulging in lesson-...
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special audio post: <I>Disco Dancer</i>
As part of the  Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit 's Swap-a-Thon this month, in which each member is doing a guest project on another's site, Carol of  The Cultural Gutter  volunteered to watch the dramatic, music-filled, and super-duper sparkly Bollywo...
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Hyderabad –> Kolkata Express
My explorations of Bengali cinema have finally brought me to contemporary (as in, the last 7-8 years) popular films, and much to my ignorance-fueled shock I have found a ton of Telugu remakes usually starring, as far as I can tell, Jeet the poster from the ...
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Farooq Shaikh (part 1 of 2, probably)
Dipti Naval's face says more than I ever could about Farooq Shaikh (though I will give it a try over the weekend).  From The Indian Express  (photo by Amit Chakrvarty). And like so many of the great Hindi film actors, just when I thought I understood his fi...
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Beth Watkins

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<i>Sikandar</i> (1941)
Epically epic! Not terribly high in historical accuracy, but wonderful to behold and thoroughly thought-provoking about empire and political virtue from pre-Independence India. Sikandar  manages to be completely entertaining while still indulging in lesson-...
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three films from the Mahanayak: <I>Sabar Uparey</i>, <I>Bipasha</i>, and <I>Lal Pathar</i>
Three Uttam Kumar films I've seen in the last month or so. The first two entries are my thoughts in brief, and the last one is a slightly edited transcript of a conversation between Filmi Geek and me after we watched the third film. (The same piece is on he...
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<I>The Lunchbox</i>
[Note: Sony Pictures Classics provided me with a screener DVD of this film.] The Lunchbox  has so many strengths and joys that director/writer Ritesh Batra fits together perfectly. The acting, the shifting portions of loss and discovery, the beautiful devel...
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<I>Saat Pake Bandha</i>
[Spoilers, the biggest of which will be marked in situ. Also, I don't know why the images are different tones—they're from the same DVD played on the same laptop.] It's 50-odd years old, but  Saat Pake Bandha  resonantes with realness. From its meet-ordinar...
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<I>Dhoom 3</i>
[One sorta spoiler, and it's coming right now , so skip to the next paragraph if you're afraid.] Yougaiz, how much of a twist can it possibly be if it's an infamous trait of 1970s Bollywood? And now that I think about it, someone should organize a really go...
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Museum exhibit development, education, and publications; thinking and writing about Bollywood films. Love - and miraculously compensated for - both.
Employment
  • Spurlock Museum
    Education and Publications Coordinator, 2003 - present
  • Wall Street Journal
    India Real Time columnist ("Bollywood Journal"), 2011 - 2012
  • Spurlock Museum
    graduate assistant/academic hourly, Education and Publications, 2000 - 2002
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Female
Other names
Just because it's fine in Pride and Prejudice does not mean you should call me Lizzie. EVER.
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Beth Loves Bollywood
Introduction
Hindi films museums writing coffee knitting architecture singing Shashi Kapoor travel Canada gigglesnort Europuddings lovely friends everywhere Masala Zindabad!
Bragging rights
Always up for pancakes. Usually on time. Seldom angry. Never bored.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    library and information science, 2000 - 2002
  • University of Toronto
    museum studies, 1996 - 1998
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    history, 1992 - 1996