Speaking of the critics - I've got two articles that could loosely be grouped under "Bollywood for White Folk."
Foreign Policy in Focus gives a general overview of Bollywood for white folk, focusing on films like Mr. and Mrs. Iyer.
More interesting is this look at Arshad Warsi vehicle Dhamaal by FilmThreat.
Everyone has heard about Bollywood, but few people outside of India and the Indian diaspora have ever sat down and watched a Bollywood film from start to finish. I just experienced my first Bollywood film, a 2007 comedy called “Dhamaal.”
As one of the "few" he is talking about, I was curious to see how this played out. The reviewer is confused by the songs, sound effects, and many references to Hollywood films - all things singled out for derision. And this is the problem with showing something like Dhamaal to a Bollywood virgin - he has no context. I can guarantee that there were as many tributes to old Bollywood films as there were references to old Hollywood films but those would have gone right over his head. And the sound effects are unremarkable for somebody used to the Rohit Shetty school of filmmaking. They just are - mixing into the background to provide ambiance, like canned laughter in a sitcom.
Still, it's not everyday you get to read a review of a Bollywood film written from somebody whose idea of "international" cinema is probably closer to Mr. and Mrs. Iyer than Golmaal: Fun Unlimited. Maybe he should read the Foreign Policy in Focus Bollywood for White People article to get some better ideas of movies to watch.
But... okay - Gossip.
* Gopichand and Prabhas's new film is going to be called Partners. Although the article mentions that Gopichand plays an "encounter specialist" in the film he's working on now. What does that even mean?
* I might have mentioned this before but Bebo is looking certain for Ra.1.
* Golden Star Ganesh is filming in Goa!
* Kurbaan is going to feature a music video of Saif surrounded by images of Kareena.
* Shashi Kapoor will be honored at the Mumbai International Film Festival!