Resolution Time

Well, it's that time of year again. The presents have been played with, the tree waits patiently to be taken down and plans for how to spend the last night of the year are under way. As it is so incredibly difficult to find a babysitter, we are going to be having a quiet night at home again (blah!), though I'm still going to have a martini in one hand an and apple pie shooter in the other (so yum!). Have to try and ring the new year in with a little style, right!?

As I reflect on the year that has been, despite not really making any new year's resolutions last year, it has been a year of personal growth, discovery and angst. I committed myself to a workout regiment and nutritional program that resulted in a huge milestone in my weight loss goal (50 lbs!), I made some really terrific friends online through twitter (thanks to Shah Rukh, who was really the only reason I went on in the fist place), I continued my Bollywood education (though you must forgive me, the latter half of the year it's been difficult to keep on top of my movie collection). I've also had to deal with the ongoing saga that is my friendship with my bff, and I sometimes think that things will never get back to the way they used to be, all on account of my marriage, which is also a continuing work in progress. My 6 yr old started grade one and my 3 year old finally got potty trained. I had moderate success with my card classes and struggled half the year keeping and getting kids in my dayhome. Ah, life, you are a roller coaster personified, aren't you?

Well, I am going to continue not making resolutions this year and am just going to keep trying my best to keep on the same track I'm on. HOWEVER, I really need to get back to the movie watching. I tried watching critically acclaimed Love, Sex Aur Dokha last night and couldn't get past the 2nd story. If this is parallel cinema, then I am going to firmly stay planted in the land of masala, heart wrenching kjo dramas and frothy, light hearted rom coms. I've got so many movies sitting on my dvd shelf waiting to be watched, but none of them are calling to me. Maybe some help from my bolly blogging buddies is in order? Here's the list of what's waiting downstairs. Help me out people, what do I NEED to watch?

Apna Sapna Money Money
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
Chor Machaye Shor
Chori Mera Kaam
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Delhi 6
Dev D
Deewane Huye Paagal
Dil Hai Tumhaara
Don (original)
Doosra Aadmi
Duniya Meri Jeb Main
Gora aur Kala
Haan...Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya
Heaven on Earth
Hera Pheri
Hum Saath-Saath Hain
Hero Hindustani
Insaaf Ka Tarazu
Jaan-E Maan
Just Married
Maine Pyaar kyun Kiya
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
No Entry
Phir Hera Pheri
Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
Ram Jaane
Ram Shyam
Road, Movie
Seeta Aur Geeta
Yeh Dillagi

Now that that is out of the way, let me wish all my wonderful followers, commentors, friends and family a wonderful New Years!

I wish you Health...
So you may enjoy each day in comfort.

I wish you the Love of friends and family...
And Peace within your heart.

I wish you the Beauty of nature...
That you may enjoy the work of God.

I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities...
For those things that really matter in life.

I wish you Generousity so you may share...
All good things that come to you.

I wish you Happiness and Joy...
And Blessings for the New Year.

I wish you the best of everything...
That you so well deserve.


15 Response to "Resolution Time"

  1. dunkdaft says:
    December 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    My picks from your list :
    [and in this order u should watch too]

    Hera Pheri
    Jaan-E Maan
    Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
    Dev D
    Delhi 6

  2. dunkdaft says:
    December 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Happy New Year to u too.

  3. Shell says:
    December 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Start comical end serious hey?! thanks for the input! Happy New Year!!!!

  4. Bombay Talkies says:
    December 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Dev D and Omkara for sure. Dev D is my favorite version of Devdas, and Omkara will make you forget you're watching a movie--the performances are absolutely perfect, especially Saif's--I'd call it the best of his career so far (right ahead of Parineeta).

  5. Bombay Talkies says:
    December 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Just wanted to add (and sorry for being completely off topic) that I think you must have accidentally deleted your blog title from your dashboard...your title shows up as a period rather than "Shell's Bollyworld."

  6. Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat says:
    December 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    A very happy new year and Congratulations on the 50lb loss- I look up to you and hope that I can make it happen for me this year! From the list, I'd heartily recommend "Atithi", "Dev D" "Don" (original), Omkara and Rajneeti. And dont watch ravan- try Ravanan if you havent seen that yet.

  7. Shell says:
    December 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    @Melissa - thanks luv for the head's up. I actually know that the . is there. I did it on purpose. The title of my blog looked really funny up there when I redid the look, so I had to put my name somewhere else.

    Omkara certainly is one that everyone is telling me to see. I wasn't a huge fan of Sanjay's Devdas (gasp!), so maybe I'll like Dev D better. However I haven't seen any of Abhay's movies yet, which is why it's still sitting there. Thanks for the suggestions and have a wonderful New Years!!

    @Shweta - Thanks luv! I feel like it's an uphilll battle, but I'm slowly making my way to the top. I will cross my fingers that you find your journey too.

    I wish I had Raavanan after hearing all the comparisions. I wanted so badly to see Raavan, and then the reviews started coming out. I agree, even from just the clips I've seen, Vikram is the man!

    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I see a trend starting!
    Hope you have a fantastic New Years!

  8. Tady Rox! says:
    December 30, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Congrats on all of ur 2010 accomplishments and hopefully the new year is much better to you i hope it is with me ... i would def recommend Don as my pick to watch in the new year ... you won't be disappointed!

  9. Shell says:
    December 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Thanks Tady! I hope you have a splendid new year's eve and that 2011 is kind to you!!!

    I am setting up my list to watch! Thanks for the sugg!

    ps. I really like the nosering!

  10. rhilex says:
    December 31, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    You NEED to watch Kaminey. Badly. And Omkara was good, too. I really don't see what the fuss was about Road, Movie or Dev D. Like, at all. Black has great acting from Rani, but I can't say much about the plot.

    Those are the only ones I've seen, so that's all I can say. =)

  11. Shell says:
    January 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    I tried to watch Kaminey once...I fell asleep. I will give it another go! Omkara is looking to be the one I watch first. Thanks for the suggestions!!

  12. theBollywoodFan says:
    January 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Thanks for all the wishes, Shell! Wish you a year of much prosperity, happiness, good health, and progress!

    Wow, that's a lot to choose from! Here are my recommendations:

    The Amitabh Bachchan films: Black before Paa. Don (original) before Sarkar. Delhi-6 too.

    Mujhse Shaadi Karogi then Jaan-e-Mann -- if you like musicals and masala, you'll likely enjoy the latter.

    Hera Pheri, great *great* comedy (very Indian, though, so beware ;), Dhamaal isn't bad at all either, although the latter is not original.

    I didn't like Omkara a whole lot, to be honest. (And it's not that I don't like Shakespeare, really -- Shakespeare-themed films in English make up some of my all-time favorites).

    Dev.D was good, but I haven't seen LSD, and I wonder if there's any overlap for why you must not have liked it. Check out the trailers/website etc. and see for yourself.

    Rajneeti I really enjoyed. On Kaminey, I swear I almost fell asleep, too, no kidding. :)

    I liked Water, too, but like Earth (which I loved the most of the three) and Fire (good point there, too, but wouldn't unconditionally recommend it), I got the feeling shock and awe are deliberately used sometimes. It's a good film, IMHO, but not for everyone. John Abraham's best, in my opinion, and fantastic music and art all around.

    Good luck!

  13. Shell says:
    January 5, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Wow, those are lots of suggestions! I actually did watch Omkara the other day (write up to follow soon), but teaser: it didn't hold my attention like it should have.

    I think it shall be a comedy next!

  14. Lime(tte) says:
    January 6, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Mujhse Shaadi Karogi is fun... But yeah, you know, Akshay Kumar kind of fun.

  15. Tady Rox! says:
    January 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Thanks for the compliment! :)