Oh, it is so hard going without Internet at home, my darlings! I will do my best to keep you entertained while the battery lasts on my laptop.
Let's run through the Raajneeti reviews!
* I loved it! (No spoilers in my review.)
The American press is baffled and ignorant, as per usual. My nemesis Rachel Saltz insists that it's based on the Godfather and misreads Ajay Devgn's character. The LA Times gets in a dig about how the characters don't break into song-and-dance along with a Godfather reference. Slant Magazine calls the acting stiff along with the Godfather reference.
American press: Fail
The Indian press got it, though, with nice reviews from all the usual suspects and a bump in the box office collections on the second day. (Check out the Behind Woods review if you want an opinion other than mine - although I don't know why you would.)
One person less than impressed was Imran's fiance who apparently disturbed film maker Rahul Rawail with her loud heckling at a showing.
“Yes, we were disturbed by Avantika and her mother. Every person buying a ticket has a right to an opinion. You can like or dislike the film. But wait till you leave the theatre to praise or rip it. Filmmakers go to a theatre to guage the audience’s reaction. Would they have liked it if I had made a ruckus while watching Kidnap?”
Check and mate.
And what about the players themselves?
Ajay Devgn is allegedly unhappy with being sidelined in the promotions.
Katrina Kaif may have finally proven herself to the haters! (I always knew she could do it!)
Read an interview with Prakash Jha!
You talk very pragmatically about political equations; where's the idealism?
They are two entirely different things. You cannot win an election with idealism. If you want idealism, if you want to be a satyawadi (follower of the truth), you should not be in politics, you should be in an NGO.
My reason for contesting elections was primarily to get into a position where I would have access to resources for development — creating jobs, educational infrastructure and good healthcare. Which I am now doing, in my individual capacity, but on a smaller scale.
* The other big story - IIFA.
3 Idiots sweeps the IIFAs. Yawn. Like anybody was surprised by that. I'm so over 3 Idiots.
Zeenat Aman was awarded an lifetime achievement award at IIFA, which was sweet.
Salman Khan is still angry at Vivek Oberoi but the two are among the biggest names at IIFA so they keep running into each other.
The promo for Knock Out, the Kangana Ranaut-Sanjay Dutt starrer was revealed.
Note from Filmi Girl:
I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.
If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.
xoxo Filmi Girl