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What I watched on Netflix

Mostly Sunny


This documentary is on Netflix. It is about Sunny Leone and her recent success in India. I liked it. Mainly because of how real and down to earth Sunny is. She knows she is a brand and has no issues promoting herself. The documentary also talks to her extended family and her brother. They don't dig very deep but you realise her life hasn't been easy. Her family had a difficult time dealing with her career as a porn star and they have cut her off. 
Sunny has positioned herself as the happily married woman who is monogamous in India and it is working for her. We, Indians, want our porn stars also to be sati savitris. 
What the documentary missed was the hard work behind the glamour. I would have loved to see her workout/grooming sessions or the preparation for item songs or behind the scenes on a regular day. 
All in all, a good documentary and worth a watch.

What the Health


I started watching this documentary on Netflix. This is about how meat, chicken and eggs are unhealthy. I expected it to be well researched and talk about healthy foods but it came across as propaganda. It talks about how ALL non vegetarian foods are unhealthy because of how they are produced. I could make the same arguments about vegetarian foods. Fruits and vegetables have pesticides which are harmful. 
I turned this off within 30 minutes. Avoid it.


Beyond Bollywood

This documentary follows the journey of 4 people from the Bollywood industry - a make up artist, an Australian backpacker who does bit roles, a dancer aspiring to be an actress and a union leader. 
You get to see the gritty reality behind the glamour. 
Interesting watch. Worth a dekko. 

Anarkali of Aarah

I watched half of this movie in a theatre and the rest of it on Netflix. I had walked out of the theatre but word of mouth on Twitter made me turn it on. Starring Swara Bhaskara, this movie is about a dancer in a small town of Bihar. She gets harassed on stage while performing by a VIP. The cops take away all the phones and delete all clips so there is no proof. When Anarkali refuses to give in to the demands on the VIP, her life is made hell in every way and there is nobody to defend her. She wins in the end.
While I think this is a bold movie and Swara is awesome, the villain is Sanjay Mishra and you know he will not be able to harm her seriously. The conflict does not feel real. Like, she is in a room with him and he does not rape her. Instead, he gives her a rose and wants her to submit to him. At no point did I feel like Anarkali was in serious danger. 
A good movie to watch on Netflix but avoid in the theatre. 


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