Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

@dorotka suggested sending a food truck to Lee Jae Wook just like how Scarlett sent one to Seo Ji Hwan in WWW.
Tagging some beanies who I know are on Puppy Wagon – @cloggie, @sensationalfantasy @mayhemf @13infamyss @ndlessjoie

While it might be a stretch to really send one, we can at least do a virtual one.

ps. You can insert yourself into those cut outs. We need fan service.

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My Absolute💩Last Episodes.
How often do you get two bad drama endings in one night?
🤖💩👼

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    The two that one is actually live watching?

    The drama gods must be unhappy…

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When a drama is bad, you just need to rant and let off some steam.
I can’t write like @sicarius whose shitposts are legendary. I can’t draw like she does but I think anyone can shitdoodle.

My Absolute Boyfriend shitdoodle

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I’m always impressed when an actor can do both protagonist and antagonist roles well. What’s more if it’s a young actor.

Lee Jae Wook has the type of face which can fit both extremes well and the ability to pull it off. I didn’t even recognize cutie pie Ji Hwan as rogue Marco in MoTA(he fitted the role of a rather Japanese looking gamer programmer so well!).

All of 21 years old, Lee Jae Wook more than sold me Ji Hwan’s cute romance with Cha Hyun. So age and age gap aren’t issues when you have the right people.

The best part is even though I am loving Jae Wook’s Ji Hwan now, I know I will hate him when he plays a villain. Now, that’s really something.

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    @Cloggie I am all caught up with WWW now. I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat during the entire ‘confession’ scene.

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      that confession scene was awesome. Even more so because he didn’t tell a single lie during it… And that they were holding hands at the time.

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    I think Hyun Bin started a management company to grow some talent and LJW is one of the actors. Good eye, Hyun Bin.

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      Oh, is that why he was cast in MoTA? He is such a rookie, I can’t believe this is just his 2nd drama!

      I looked for versatility in an actor and he seems to be quite a chameleon.

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    He was Marco in MoTA? Wow!!! He’s such a versatile actor! I didn’t even think that was him. Yep. He’s basically palying three roles in this drama and he nails them!

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My Absolute Boyfriend

Did they just use my script for a makjang robo romance?

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I need to get some things out of my system, can’t wait until this week’s What We’re Watching

WWWUp to ep 4. Am I the only one having problems with Bae Ta Mi or Lim Soo Jung? I am weirded out by how she seems to be moving in a kind of slow mo. The way she blinks her eyes drive me nuts. She is so unreal. On the other hand, I love Scarlet/Cha Hyun.

Angel’s Last Mission: Love ep 21-22. Sunbae HU is an IDIOT. Either he doesn’t understand what his purpose is or he’s actually hired by the mafia. I don’t get why Choi is shocked by her daughter. Wasn’t she the one who kept saying they have to make sure that Ni Na succeeds at all cost? Or does she expect an angel to wave his hand and make it happen? No luck there, madame! According to Hu, he’s paid to be a bystander.

My Absolute Boyfriend Just when I think the writing isn’t half bad, it does something that makes me wonder if it’s just luck. It could be a lot worse so I’ll just take it for what it is. There’s a lot on Wang Joon this week and while I like what I see at times, he goes and do something which makes me think he didn’t get it altogether.
Da Da and Young Gu are just boring. I thought the show should have focused more on these two characters. It’s actually doing more work on Wang Joon than them. It would be nice to see how Young Gu ‘evolved’ and I want to see more of Da Da’s thoughts on being in a romantic relationship with Young Gu. Instead, we just get these ‘Girlfriend loves me, I love girlfriend’ from Young Gu and Da Da singing the same tune.

Before We Got Married I planned to drop the show after that horrible 1st episode. Not sure why I continued although I still can’t stand the guy. Then I watched the 10 minutes long trailer. This show could be really good. There’s a thing about Taiwanese dramas(not always) that feels more real and raw than Korean ones when it comes to depicting relationships.

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    Omg I was the same with Before We Get Married. Really liked the first half of the first episode, second half pissed me off. One second I can’t stand the ML, but the other he seems very likeable. I’m chalking that up to Jasper Liu. Or maybe he’s an inconsistent character, because there’s an underlying softness that starkly contrasts his aggressiveness.

    I did end up continuing it though LOL. I’m up till the second episode. I think the one other thing that’s irking me is that I cannot understand where the FL stands in all this. She’s firm one second and not the next. I also don’t know how she’s attracted to him despite how irrationally aggressive he’s been. I want her to want him, but in a believable way.

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      Before we got Married second half of first episode goes into other alternate reality, it was sooo sleazy and disgusting. I am all caught up now. I just pretend the last half of first episode didn’t happen. The ML is not really consistent but it’s a good watch about people in bad relationships.

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        Yes, I am watching for the dysfunctional relationships like that between Ke Huan and Zi Yuan. 321(Hao Yi) is also an interesting character.

        I wish I can blot out that disgusting ep1 and also how they write Ke Huan’s character. Otherwise, I find it a rather compelling watch on relationships and betrayals.

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      It’s unfortunate that I am introduced to Jasper Liu through this character. The sexual aggression in first episode and the way Ke Huan stalked Wei Wei afterwards completely turned me off. There’s no chance I can root for him.

      I don’t question why she’s attracted to him. I do wonder if the drama thinks it’s alright for a man to excused from sexually aggressive behavior just because he’s good looking and rich?

      The person I hate most in the drama is her roommate. She brought Wei Wei to the party where she could be raped. I eye roll every time she comes on and I want to whack Ke Huan’s young colleague on his head for pursuing her. Anyway, she is a boring nymphomaniac, yikes!

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    Before We Got Married. I was going to drop it too and yet still watching.

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    I had a supervisor very much like Bae Ta Mi. She was wicked smart, independent, assertive, a force to be reckoned with in our agency, and she moved like Bae Ta Mi. So she seems very familiar to me.

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      And I love her.

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      Oh my! Really, she does? How interesting!

      I started this show for Lim Soo Jung because I liked her in her movies. I wasn’t expecting the dreamy landscape, unfocused cinematography and her way of moving to get to me.

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        It was worst in ep 4 but then it suddenly improved. Everything is a lot better from ep5 onwards.

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    @outofthisworld Where did you find the ten minute trailer for Before We Got Married? It is supposed to be packed with info, so of course I’m dying to watch.

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My Absolute Boyfriend
At this rate, I think Ma Wang Joon is the lead and not Da Da or Young Gu. The show is finishing soon and I feel as if I’ve learnt more about Wang Joon than Da Da and Young Gu has always been and still one note.

Fans are going to hate this week’s because of lack of lovey dovey scenes between Da Da and lovebot. Wang Joon waste too much of their time and worse, there’s double servings. No need to fret, Da Da may still worry or care for Wang Joon but she seems to be standing firmly on Young Gu’s side. I may not understand her but I hope the show remains consistent. Don’t give her a sudden change of heart.

Lastly, Hong Jong Hyun did not let down my expectation. Nicely done! This is exactly what I’ve been wanted to see all this while. And oh…play a villain in your next drama, will you? Although most will argue you already are in this drama, hee.

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My Absolute Boyfriend: Perfect Love
If there is no free will, there cannot be love. God would have created robots who will not disobey Him.

I am certain those watching this show and cheering for the robot, Young Gu is actually cheering for Yeo Jin Goo and not because they really buy into robot romance. Or maybe after reading today’s news, more people will get disenchanted with love/happily ever after.

Is the show is trying to tell us that Young Gu, the robot can become more and more human and therefore his love for Da Da is real? If that’s the case, then Young Gu cannot in the same breath, stay true to his promise that his love for Da Da won’t change.

I found Young Gu absolutely creepy in this scene. I can make a horror show out of this premise.

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My Absolute Boyfriend
Every time I want to drop this drama, something happens and I change my mind.
Tonight’s episode is mostly on Wang Joon. He may be a total jerk to most viewers but somehow I feel that his character is actually given more meat than Young Gu, the robot. Either that or Hong Jong Hyun is adding to the script. Now, I got to scrutinize his performance even more. Promise, I won’t play favorites.

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    but wasn’t it obvious from second 10 that he has a stalker so he is trying to be nice to her by breaking up with her?

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      It’s not so straightforward. That I must give to the writer. In any case, majority of the audience thinks he’s a total ass, no doubt helped by the fact that he’s competing with Young Gu for Da Da.

      Wang Joon does a lot of childish things out of pettiness and jealousy as demanded of a second lead and love rival in a rom com. I am just surprised the writer didn’t stop at that.

      Are you still watching?

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Angel\’s Last Mission: Love
Last week was mostly bad. I didn\’t planned on watching this week but I thought I\’d give it another try. Surprisingly, I liked it. I think as long as we have less:
-Annoying Hu
-Evil Cousin & evil aunt
-Boring dance troupe
-Delusional ex-angel
and more:
– Yeon Seo & L
– Yeon Seo
– Yeon Seo
– Yeon Seo
….

If I would rewrite this but keep true to the premise of angels and missions – I would change the part of sunbae Hu. The way they showed the consequences of disobedience through the story of old woman and Angel Noel felt so heavy handed. They should have just given the story of fallen angel Kang Woo who dared to disobey and love a woman.

Instead of sending the celestial thugs to gun down Seol Hee, have her die in an accident or even illness and then Kang Woo questioned god why. Isn\’t it a common question asked by people who lost their loved ones who died before their time?

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    Agreed. Last week’s episodes were quite poorly written. this week was SO MUCH BETTER.

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    I nearly dropped the show after last week’s episode. So glad it got better but it does leave an aftertaste in my mouth that I’m not too fond with.

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    Thanks E for assurance this week was better! I’ll watch this series over the weekend!

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At this point, I don’t want Da Da with Wang Joon anymore.
My Absolute Boyfriend

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    You…you did at some point?

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      LOL, I’ve always been on a completely different side from you 😜

      Anyway, yes. I was on DD-WJ camp then switch to DD with no one and now I think it’s best DD go with Young Gu.

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love so far seems to have missed the opportunity to tell a story about love.
The meaning of love conveyed by Hu is a terribly distorted one.

Instead, let’s look at what the bible says:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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    Yea, as a Christian who’s watching this drama, this aspect of it actually makes me cringe

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    Sigh, E. if Yeon Seo’s theory that Kim Dan is following a cult, this would have made much more sense….. I wish she was right….

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    At this point, I think Hu & Dan are actually aliens.

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When Angels can’t escape from Noble Idiocy.

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    😫😫 frustrating!!!! I’m so angry at Kim Dan, like do you not see that this chaebol lady right here got up and prepped some breakfast for you?!!! Just few episodes ago she was struggling to break an egg! 😡

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      He couldn’t have chosen a worse moment.

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        Well he WAS freaked out by seeing the other angel just turned to dust for loving a woman. I hope he will come to his senses…..

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          I was wondering if he was thinking of saving his own skin or saving Yeon Seo from misery. He seemed more affected by the elderly woman crying for her beloved. Maybe it’s both.

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            I’m more inclined to think that he’s doing all this for Yeon Seo. I think The fact that he imagined Yeon Seo crying her heart out for him mortified him and that caused him to make a rash decision. He did say all he wanted was Yeon Seo’s happiness and if his presence is negating that goal, I think he’s ready to drop all of it in a heartbeat.

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            I agree with @13infamyss – he is doing this for Yeon Seo – we have just entered the part of the show known as noble-idiocy. Unfortunately though he is not being noble – but really thinking of her own happiness as he can’t tell her that he is an angel and will turn to dust if he continues to love her.
            ugh – this story is breaking my heart!

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            He was totally saving Yeon Seo. Problem is he doesn’t realize that him leaving now hurts just as much.

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Before We Got Married
This could have been a really interesting story about love, relationship, marriage and betrayal but they had to have the male lead sexually assault the female lead in ep 1 and continuously harass her. Did they expect viewers to root for these two together?

I am wrong. I expected viewers to slam the show but instead majority were gushing over the chemistry between the leads.

My issue isn’t about the betrayal but that the male lead is scum. His apparent fetish for BDSM aside, he stalks her, encroach into her privacy and private space and physically harasses her. I can’t see how they going to write their way out of this.

It’s a pity because I was quite curious about their respective relationships with their partners. They are more interesting characters than the leads.

Sometimes Taiwanese shows can be very interesting and less cliche, this could have been one but looking at the leads, no.

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    Saw the familiar title and couldn’t remember the drama. But I scrolled down and saw the poster. I watched ep 1, and have yet continued in with ep 2. I’m waiting to see how this plays out

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    Gah! thank you for writing this. I`m not gonna add on to how this drama just rubs me wrong in so many ways, as that would mean I give my time and interest in this drama cuz I don’t, I really don’t, so thank you for taking the words out of my mouth.

    I feel like had this been a drama a decade ago, where dramas used to portray female leads as someone who didn’t get respected in whatever they did; when they said no, and no translated to yes to men, I would have forgiven this drama. But the fact that women continued to be written and depicted as who can’t be respected even in modern literature is just sad.

    ~moving on…

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L has truly improved and I’m afraid it’s not good for our hearts. I’m a fan of not overacting, something that even some experienced actors tend to do. Here, he hit all the right notes in the slight trembling and silent tears.
Earlier in the show, I was afraid he would be just as dramatic in the delivering the emotions as he did the comedy. But as episodes go by, I am seeing a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of Dan in his vulnerable moments.

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    He perfectly expressed the agony along with his true feelings. Can’t wait for tomorrow morning.

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    We didn’t see a lot of dimples today, but we were given instead his silent moments that spoke so many volumes of pain and longing he didn’t understand why. And L delivered these moments so good. When he covered his eyes with his hands at the end 😭

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I was like “Who is this beautiful man-boy?” Can he stay?
I would watch a drama about this man-boy ruling a fantasy world.
Sorry Jang Dong Gun and Song Joong Ki! Speaking of SJK, does the stylist have something against him? I guess the lip color got something to do with his origin but seriously, give the guy a break! He looks like he ran away from The Blue Lagoon(@egads) after stealing Brook Shield’s purple lipstick.

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Angel’s Last Mission
Has anyone seen this? I forgot SHS is older than L, so cute to hear him call her “Noona”.

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Arthdal official poster
Soompi calls this breathtaking.
Not wrong. I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe.

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    While Koala’s Playground called it “laughably terrible”.

    Guess we know who has cozy ties with the industry.

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    it looks rreeeeaaaally bad. terrible. like it’s going to be an instant flop.

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      I am going to reserve my judgement purely because the writer and PD have good resumes. I am actually curious as to how such a dream team could produce something like this going by the trailers I’ve seen.

      Let’s hope the styling and creative team are the weakest parts. I wonder why the PD or writer has no say or is everyone agreeable with the entire look of this production? I can look at Song Joong Ki in this and take him seriously. Now with the heap of pretty flowers on top of his head, it’s near impossible.

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    I had the same response. That poster makes it look farcical.

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    Hahaha. My breath was not taken away by the poster 🤣. It is bad.

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    The title script looks like the runic alphabet… Neat… But were the show runners trying to incorporate some Northern European features? It feels like they’re cherry picking the well known elements from various places and cultures around the world… Maybe trying too hard to be distinct… Or cool?

    On a superficial note, I do like Kim Ok-bin’s hairstyle and earring as well as Jang Dong-gun’s mane of glory…

    And why are the characters backlit? Were the poster team trying to go for the look of an American superhero movie poster? Is it trying to say… “Feast your eyes upon all the most important people in this drama!!”…?

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      You are right, they borrowed and incorporated ideas from popular fantasy genre – mostly from the west.

      I can almost imagine Jang Dong Gun being Charlton Heston like, holding a curling rod in his hand as he majestically parts his hair.

      The backlit is totally called for.

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    It looks like they’ve combined African, South American, Mongolian and Viking’s culture with Celtic and acient China jewelry. The incorporated some plastic or paper flowers like a crown and painted faces like they do in New Zealand. It’s a complete mixture of everything and anything it gives me Xena series vibes. So if they will be in bad weather, they’ll be perfectly clean , have their hair perfectly styled and washed every day no sign of dirt,…

    I was once making some photos of a film making and I asked the director why those guys have perfectly ironed and clean clothes when they supposed to have hard time because they’re shipwrecked and the weather is not welcoming either but he didn’t think it was something important.

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      Looking pretty is the top priority, no one cares about realism. Many shows goofed up on this aspect but it is a matter of the extent. Unfortunately for Arthdal, the terribleness of it all is so in your face that I am afraid I will find it hard to get into the drama. The most unfortunate character in the whole styling mess happens to be the main lead. I already had trouble believing Soong Joong Ki as macho army captain in DOTS, it’s worse in this one – he looks like a flower child, a boy abandoned in the woods and adopted by the fairies.

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        Maybe he’s kind of creature adopted by an elf from Lord of the Rings.

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      Don’t forget Native American. The face painting and clothes reek of Native American culture. It’s like they said screw Korean historical accuracy, let’s just steal from everyone else cuz it looks cool. It doesn’t by the way.

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        I think this is what bothers me the most. We see all these rip offs from various regions but nothing much we can recognize as Korean or ancient Korean. Granted it’s a fantasy drama and not historical but I would appreciate a little authenticity.

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          Exactly. I don’t mind if they exercise a little creative license given the time period and the fact that it’s fantasy, but at least incorporate some Korean elements.

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    Is it just me? I think this poster reminds me of Avengers: Endgame poster. The only difference is one excites me while the other disappoint me.

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      Now that you’ve pointed it out, I think I have not seen a truly creative character based movie or drama poster in a long time. This format, especially one which features an epic cast and the all important jostling of whose head is bigger on the poster or who’s in the center, has been around for a while.

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    Looks to me they put Game of Thrones in Avatar! They live in extreme cold and main guy can freeze to death or the rest will melt away in summer and only main lead survives!

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    HAHAHAHAHHAHSHAHAHAH

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    It’s so cringy. Even Indian production houses don’t make such horrible posters

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