Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Gossip!

Good morning!

Well, if you follow me on Twitter, you know that last night I watched
Pankh... wow. Hopefully, I'll have a review up for you later today but in a word... wow. In a few words... why the heck doesn't Lillete Dubey get more work?

Okay!

Let's hit the day's Bollywood gossip!

There is not much going on today, so let's visit a clueless Western blog trying to poke fun at Bollywood!

Flicksided.com posts the trailer to upcoming low-budget outsider horror film Mallika and has this to say about it.

If you haven’t been privy to Hindi cinema (or Bollywood), then you’re missing out. For unintentional hilarity, few movie industries or genres can compare. If you dig tiresome cliches, soap opera plots, substandard special effects and impromptu dance sequences, Hindi flicks are where it’s at. The trailer for Mallika is a great primer. It’s a beautiful disaster of slow motion head turns, obtrusive title cards and ear-splitting sounds of tearing. None of these things give us an inkling of what the hell it’s about, but it makes little difference because the filmmakers have not a clue either. Prepare to be confused.

I watched the trailer and first of all,
Mallika is far from Bollywood, even if it is in Hindi. I can guarantee you that there will no impromptu dancing in it unless the Hero visits a dance bar or something, in which case the dancing won't be impromptu and will serve the important plot purpose of giving a skin show. Secondly, there are plenty of tiresome cliches and soap opera plots in every single cinema in the entire world! Have you seen Korean film? Not every Korean film is Old Boy, you know. What about Dear John starring Amanda Seyfried? It's a Hollywood movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book - which means... what? It's not tiresome and full of melodrama? And substandard special effects... oh, for God's sake. Fair enough in some cases but not every Hollywood movie has great special effects either... Do I even have to mention The Last Airbender? How many millions did Hollywood throw at that and it STILL looked like crap?! Why pick on some low budget Hindi horror film that is just trying to do the best it can with its small budget?

Seriously. These Flicksided guys are so confused with this
Mallika trailer because they are treating what is essentially a film like the great Mark Borchardt would like to make like a big-budget blockbuster.

Now, if they had picked on the trailer for
Aisha or I Hate Luv Storys or We Are Family they might have a case but as it is... Flicksided, do some research next time so you don't look like ignorant idiots.

* The liberal American press gets on board with
Peepli Live.

Lured by the promise of greater production, farmers are pressured into mortgaging their farms to purchase genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and fertilizer from American companies like Monsanto. Since GM seeds are patented by Monsanto, their repeated use each year requires constant licensing fees that keep farmers impoverished. One bad yield due to drought or other reasons, plunges farmers so deep into debt that they resort to suicide. One study estimates that 150,000 farmers have killed themselves in the past ten years.

* Get a good look at
Kangana Ranaut's new assets.

* Neil Nitin Mukesh gets
nervous during love making scenes.

* After
Kites and Raavan, Hrithik and Abhi have had to cut their prices... and is Hrithik's character in Guzarish too close to John Abraham's in Aashayein?

* Ajay Devgn:
ladies man.

2 comments:

eliza bennet said...

I'll take John over Hrithik any day. And Nagesh Kokunoor is a film maker I really like, so much so that I even liked Tasveer (head duly hang in shame)

But Guzaarish has Aishwarya who is my kriptonite in Indian cinema so it is a good thing I don't have to choose.

Now I have not seen Ravaan but Kites was awful and the worst thing in it was Hrithik's performance so it is fair to lower the price.

Archee ologist said...

It is so putting off when they talk about the cliches of Hindi/ Indian cinema (they= critics within and outside India).

Hollywood horror/action/sports/ romantic movies are all about cliches. Dont even get me started on how the bad guys infiltrate the intelligence systems in each action adventure. Look at Avatar for such predictable cliches.

Most Hindi movies do not have the pretence of avoiding cliches. That is what they thrive on and how.

Hmph!

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